€107.5M allocated for renewable energy sources, smart grids, energy storage, CCS

From the call fiche file: Identifier: FP7-ENERGY-2013-1 Publication Date: 10 July 2012 Budget: € 107 500 000 Deadline:  28 November 2012 at 17:00:00 (Brussels local time) OJ Reference: OJ C202 of 10 July 2012 Specific Programme(s): COOPERATION Theme(s): Energy Overall objective of the FP7 Energy Theme: Adapting the current…

From the call fiche file:

Identifier: FP7-ENERGY-2013-1

Publication Date: 10 July 2012

Budget: € 107 500 000

Deadline:  28 November 2012 at 17:00:00 (Brussels local time)

OJ Reference: OJ C202 of 10 July 2012

Specific Programme(s): COOPERATION

Theme(s): Energy

Overall objective of the FP7 Energy Theme:
Adapting the current energy system into a more sustainable one, less dependent on imported
fuels and based on a diverse mix of energy sources, in particular renewables, energy carriers
and non polluting sources; enhancing energy efficiency, including by rationalising use and
storage of energy; addressing the pressing challenges of security of supply and climate
change, whilst increasing the competitiveness of Europe’s industries.

Work Programme:

I.2. Approach for 2013
A technological shift in the EU’s current energy system is necessary to achieve the 2020
targets and realise the 2050 ambitions to largely decarbonise energy and transport sectors.
There is an urgent need of bringing new, high performance technologies to the market and to
ensure the European leadership on low carbon energy technologies. The scale of investment,
the high demand for cutting-edge research capacities and the global nature of technology
markets require a European approach to energy research and innovation.
Activities in this work programme contribute to supporting European Energy and Climate
Policy initiatives, the implementation of the SET-Plan – its Industrial Initiatives as well as
its Research and Innovation agenda – while completing the portfolio of FP7 activities and
bridging to Horizon 2020, the next EU Research and Innovation Framework Programme.
A major novelty of this work programme is the special emphasis on a cross-cutting approach
in support of the new European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities:
• Smart cities and communities: Smart Cities and Communities integrate energy,
transport and ICT solutions to increase energy efficiency in urban environments. The goal
is also to create new markets for the industry and to provide new or enhanced services to
the end users and the citizens. In line with the proposal for an energy efficient Directive
and with the forthcoming Commission Communication on Smart Cities and Communities,
activities of this work programme target industry-led large-scale demonstration of
integrated, innovative and replicable solutions for more efficient buildings, electricity
distribution grids and heating/cooling systems (Area 8.8). These activities are
complemented by research on distribution grids and electric vehicles (topics 7.1.1, 7.3.1
and 7.3.2). Replication of successful solutions will ensure a high impact. These activities
contribute to the SET-Plan Initiative on Smart Cities and Communities, which is also
supported in other parts of the FP7 work programme 2013, notably by the ICT, Transport
and NMP Theme.
In addition, this work programme will continue to support the following three priority areas:
• Renewable energy sources: The EU shall reach a share of 20% of renewable energy in
its final energy consumption by 2020. In support of the EU’s energy and transport policy
targets and in line with the forthcoming Renewable energy strategy, this work programme
aims at increasing the competitiveness of a portfolio of renewable energy technologies for
electricity generation (Activity 2 and 10), fuels (Activity 3 and 10) and for application in
the heating/cooling sector (Activity 4). The priorities for solar energy, wind and bioenergy are in support of the SET-Plan Industrial Initiative’s roadmaps and implementation
plans which identify the key RD&D challenges for delivering cheaper and more efficient
technologies and have been agreed by industry, Commission and Member States.
• Smart grids and energy storage: The integration of decentralised renewable energy
sources and the completion of the internal energy market require more flexible and
“smarter” electricity grids with appropriate storage options. Taking into account the
Energy Infrastructure package as well as the forthcoming Commission Communication
on the internal energy market, actions in Activity 2 (topic 2.7.1), Activity 7 and Activity
10 aim at increasing the efficiency, flexibility, safety, reliability and quality of the
European electricity systems and networks within the context of a more integrated
European energy market. Priorities in these areas are in support of the roadmap of the
SET-Plan Industrial Initiative on Electricity Grids.
• Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS): Capturing and storing CO2 is an important option
for drastically reducing the adverse environmental impact of fossil fuel use on a European
and global scale. Taking into account the forthcoming Commission Communication on
CCS, actions in Activities 5 aim at increasing the efficiency of capture technologies and
the reliability of geological CO2 storage, while actions in Activity 6 target reducing CO2
emissions from coal use through research on combining CCS and Underground Coal
Gasification. These activities contribute to implementing the roadmap of the SET-Plan
Industrial Initiative on CCS.
Finally, this work programme also contributes to the following cross-thematic priorities,
whose centre of gravity lies on other programmes:
• Oceans of the future:
o OCEAN 2013.4 Innovative transport and deployment systems for the offshore
wind energy sector

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• Raw materials – the following topic addresses related issues relevant to this priority:
o Support to integrated research programmes between research performers on
innovative research in support of the SET Plan Research and Innovation Agenda
• Bio-resource efficiency – the following topics address related issues relevant to this
priority:
o Topic ENERGY.2013.3.2.1: Pre-commercial industrial scale demonstration plant
on paraffinic biofuels for use in aviation
o Topic ENERGY.2013.3.7.1: Developing regional and pan-European schemes for
the sustainable delivery of non-food biomass feedstock in a pan-European
integrated market
o Topic ENERGY.2013.10.1.1: ERA-NET Plus – Bioenergy: Demonstrations of the
European Industrial Bioenergy Initiative.