Monday, October 7, 2019

A funding call under Horizon 2020, supported by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India and European Commission.

Challenge - The fast growth of energy production from renewable energy sources offers new and economically attractive opportunities for decarbonising local energy systems (e.g. isolated villages, small cities, urban districts, rural areas with weak or non-existing grid connections). It is also a technological and financial challenge for the electricity network to integrate more renewables, but it is also an opportunity to optimise the electricity system operation in synergy with other energy carriers/vectors to increase the hosting capacity for renewables, not just for electricity but also for heating/cooling, transport and/or industry in a sector coupling approach.

Novel approaches to optimize network architecture, planning and development based on the opportunities offered by integrated local energy systems and enabled by digitalisation and power electronics can contribute to addressing the challenge, as can storage of electricity in all energy vectors (e.g. electricity, heating, cooling, water, wastes, etc.), including possibilities offered by batteries and electric vehicles. Integrated local energy systems can be used to create economically attractive conditions to boost local energy sources and activate local demand-response. Innovative approaches, for example based on Renewable Energy Communities, in line with the recently adopted Renewable Energy Directive (EU) 2018/2001, can result in attractive business cases for local investments in smart integrated energy systems with weakly or non-existing grid connections. At the same time, decarbonisation can go hand-in-hand with the improvement of local air quality and citizens’ engagement.

Scope - Proposals should develop and demonstrate novel solutions, integrating all energy vectors (electricity, heating, cooling, water, wastes, etc.), including possibilities offered by batteries and electric vehicles, interconnect them and optimize joint operation with increased share of renewables and a higher energy efficiency. Cooperation will take the form of a proposal demonstrating a local energy system (or several) in Europe and/or India.

Funding - For this joint call for proposals, the EC has committed €9 million under Horizon 2020, Work programme (2018-2020) on Secure, clean and efficient energy; and the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India, agreed to match that amount. In total, funding of €18 million will thus be available.

This call targets minimum three participants from India as well as from Europe. It is considered that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU and the Government of India of between EUR 5 to 6 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.

TRL - The Technology Readiness Level (TRL) will range between 5 and 8.

Closing Date- January 29, 2020

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