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WindEurope Quarterly Newsletter on EU Research and Innovation policy, Funding Opportunities and Projects September 2022

Upcoming EU Funding Opportunities and Research & Innovation policy
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Wind energy related project calls open under the Horizon Europe Work Programme:

Opening date: 26 May 2022. Deadline for applications: 27 October 2022:

Opening date: 6 September. Deadline for applications: 10 January 2023:
You can access all the available calls through the Commission’s funding and tenders portal here. Information on all topics of the Horizon Europe’s climate, energy, and mobility cluster (#5) and advice on how to draft a good proposal are available on the European. Commission website here.

 

The third call for projects under the Innovation Fund will open in November 2022 with a deadline for applications in March 2023. The call will include a window for manufacturing renewables, and there will be specific windows for hydrogen, storage, and CCS projects.

WindEurope, together with all other European renewable energy associations, is preparing recommendations for the European Commission on how to improve the evaluation framework of projects for renewables under the Innovation Fund.

Are you submitting a project under the large-scale project call? Be sure to get in touch with us to share your views on howto boost your project’s chances of success in our advice to the European Commission.

Workshops on the lessons learnt from the2nd large-scale call for projects will be held on 29 November, and the ‘Info Days’ event on the Innovation Fund will take place on 30 November. Registration will open in the coming months via this page.

For more info, get in touch with Iván Pineda.

 

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On 19 and 20 September the European Commission resumed the PCI (Projects of Common Interest) Energy Days, a policy conference and exhibition looking at the practical implementation of Projects of Common Interest (PCIs). The third edition of this event took place in Brussels, but the recording of the event was webstreamed on YouTube.

Project promoters showcased their projects and recalled their experience of how best to accelerate the development and deployment of key PCIs.

The current list of projects (the 5th PCI list) features 67 electricity projects, 20 for gas, 6 for cross border CO2 transport and storage and 5 for smart grids. A 6th list of PCIs will be drafted in the autumn under the revised rules of the Trans-European Energy Networks Regulation (TEN-E) which have recently entered into force.

For more information, contact Iván Pineda.

European Research and Innovation Days

European Research and Innovation Days is the European Commission’s annual flagship Research and Innovation event, bringing together policymakers, researchers, entrepreneurs and the public to discuss and shape the future of research and innovation in Europe and beyond.

The event will take place online on 28 and 29 September 2022, giving anyone interested the chance to get involved from anywhere. The conference programme is now available and participants can register here– and stay tuned for more news und updates.

For more information, contact Nina Mavrogeorgou.

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Connecting Europe Facility

The European Commission has established the first list of renewable energy cross-border (CB RES (Renewable Energy Sources)) projects under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF).

CB RES projects aim to promote cross-border cooperation between Member States (and between Member States and non-EU countries) in the field of planning, development and cost-effective exploitation of renewable energy sources.

This first list includes three projects, relevant for a total of seven Member States. These include a hybrid offshore wind park between Estonia and Latvia, a cross-border district heating grid based on RES between Germany and Poland, and a project to produce renewable electricity in Italy, Spain and Germany for the conversion, transport and use of green hydrogen in the Netherlands and Germany.

By acquiring the official CB RES status, projects are now eligible for financial support for studies and works under the CEF Programme.

The ELWIND project is an offshore wind project, involving Estonia and Latvia, featuring a hybrid grid connection with interconnector and transmission lines connecting the two countries and aiming at an annual renewable electricity output of about 3 to 3.5 TWh per year. The plan is to build two offshore wind parks, one in Estonian and one in Latvian waters. The ultimate aims are to pilot a cross-border hybrid project concept in the Baltic Sea for replication in other locations, and to improve the security of supply in the region.

Overview of EU funding programmes relevant for financing offshore renewable energy projects. 

The European Commission has launched an overview of EU funding programmes relevant to financing offshore renewable energy projects. For each programme listed, information is also available on eligible investments, previously funded offshore projects and how different EU programmes can be combined.

The overview can be accessed through this link.

Official date to be announced! In October, WindEurope will organise a webinar together with the European Commission for project promoters to learn more about the different funding programmes.

If you are interested in attending or want to know more, contact Nina Mavrogeorgou.

 

The Clean Energy Transition Partnership 

The Clean Energy Transition Partnership (CETPartnership) is a co-funded partnership between the European Union and European Member States and Associated Countries. It brings together 50 national and regional research, development, and innovation (RDI) programmes aimed at boosting and accelerating the clean energy transition.

From 2021 to 2027, the CETPartnership will publish annual joint calls for projects worth around €100-130m per year. These calls are defined based on a Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda with input from more than 200 experts.

 On 14 September, the CETPartnership launched their first annual joint call with an estimated budget of around €100m, and organised along seven Transition Initiatives (TRIs)

    • TRI 1 Integrated Net-zero-emissions Energy System Call Modules

    • TRI 2: Enhanced zero emission Power Technologies

    • TRI 3: Enabling Climate Neutrality with Storage Technologies, Renewable Fuels and CCU/CCS

    • TRI 4: Efficient zero emission Heating and Cooling Solutions

    • TRI 5 Integrated Regional Energy Systems Call Module

    • TRI 6: Integrated Industrial Energy Systems

    • TRI 7: Integration in the Built Environment

Under the TRI 2, two calls are particularly relevant for wind energy technologies:

    • Advancing RE (Renewable Energy) technologies for power production through cost reduction: relevant topics could include novel wind turbine system design, optimisation, scale-up and increased lifetime of onshore and offshore wind turbines, technologies, and systems for the cost-efficient repowering of existing wind farms.

    • Breakthrough R&D to increase RE power technologies efficiency: relevant topics could include improving the understanding of atmospheric and wind power plant flow physics for designing novel wind turbine systems.

The call is suited for projects aiming for solutions with medium to high TRLs (Technology Readiness Level) (6-8) combining technological development, market-related solutions, and stakeholder involvement.

The deadline to submit pre-proposals is 23 November. More information can be found here.

News from WindEurope Projects

The Corewind project offers disruptive and cost-effective solutions for floating offshore wind technology, bringing costs down to less than 100€/MWh. This innovative project is developing research, modelling and optimisation for concrete-based semi-submersible and spar floating structure concepts.

In August 2022, the project carried out a survey on the levelised cost of energy from floating offshore wind to validate its modelling, and held an expert workshop to discuss its findings with industry experts.

The survey showed that there are no design and manufacturing limits for very large foundations. It also showed that the installation and maintenance of moorings and the design of the electrical connection have the highest impact on cost at wind farm level. It observed that companies carry out predictive maintenance regularly and, and that the use of new techniques like self-hoisting cranes, remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) and autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) need more standard designs for wider adoption.

You can read a summary of the survey here. COREWIND has also published an updated flyer with the main results achieved so far in the project.

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For more information, visit our website or contact Lizet Ramírez.

About Corewind: The COREWIND project provides disruptive and cost-effective solutions for floating offshore wind technology leading to cost reduction. It is developing innovative research, modelling and optimisation for concrete-based floating substructure concepts. 

On 20 September, ETIPWind elected a new Steering Committee ahead of the kick-off for its next cycle of activities from 2022-2025. The Steering Committee consists of 36 experts and one observer, including 23 industry representatives and 14 research representatives.

Adrian Timbus from Hitachi Energy, Head of Portfolio and Strategic Marketing, will continue to chair the platform while Jacob Edmonds, Head of Innovation in Ørsted, and Susanne Nies, General Manager Germany in Smart Wires were elected as Vice Chairs.

ETIPWind will provide expert advice to the European Commission on the research, technology and innovation priorities in the wind energy sector.

One of the next steps for the platform will be to update its Strategic Research & Innovation Agenda (SRIA), inputting the Horizon Europe Work Programme for 2025. It will also prepare recommendations for National Governments as they revise their National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs) next year.

ETIPWind will be hosting a high-level event in Brussels on 13 October 2022 (from 9:00-14:30 CEST).

The event will be hybrid and registrations are open here. For more information, contact Capucine Vannoorenberghe.

About ETIPWind: ETIPWind works to define and agree on concrete research and innovation (R&I) priorities and communicate these to the European institutions and other decision-making bodies in order to support the EU’s ambition of a decarbonised economy by 2050.

 

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Workshop on Renewable Energy 

4 October 2022 – 10:00 am CET 

On 4 October the European Commission will run a workshop to explore the exchange of information, synergies and clustering between offshore renewable energy projects, funded by both the EMFF/EMFAF and other funding programmes. Its main goal is to establish a framework to foster information exchange, networking and cooperation across projects and beneficiaries.

The workshop will showcase success stories, information and funding options for project coordinators to consider, with the objective of establishing synergies and stimulating potential cooperation in the field of offshore renewable energy.

The EMFF has funded 14 projects dealing with offshore renewable energy.

Further, one more project, ESENSE, while not primarily focusing on energy, deals with survey, inspection, maintenance and repair of offshore infrastructure, including renewable energy facilities.

Based on the experience thus far, it seems that not all EMFF-project beneficiaries are determined to seek cooperation with other projects. In fact, carrying out projects in silos is far from ideal in terms of advancing the blue economy and achieving the sea-basin strategies objectives. However, previous experience has shown that there is ample room for cooperation between project beneficiaries.

The workshop will take place online on 4 October 2022 from 10:00 to 13:00 CEST. An agenda and a link to join will be shared with registered participants closer to that date.

You can register here: https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/maritimeforum/en/node/7330.

Contact: Nina Mavrogeorgou

The READY4DC Project, supported by Horizon Europe, will create and engage a community of experts to assess and give recommendations on the major technical and legal aspects of designing and building an interoperable multi-vendor DC (Direct Current) grid. One major objective will be to lay the groundwork for the development of the first multi-terminal, multi-vendor HVDC (High Voltage Direct Current) (High Voltage Direct Current) project in Europe.

On 13 July the project partners welcomed more than 90 participants to an online event to present the project, its objectives and the progress achieved since the project was launched.

To access the recording of the event anddownload the presentation, click this link. On 19 and 20 September partners of READY4C exhibited at the PCI Energy Days event in Brussels. Details here. To get the latest news on the project you can subscribe to the mailing list by clicking here.

And to subscribe to the expert working groups of the project, please contact: Maria Kotofolou.

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COREWIND project gathers experts to discuss cost reduction potential of floating offshore wind

On Wednesday August 10 the COREWIND project carried out an online workshop to discuss the preliminary results of a survey which identified the main components to reduce the cost of floating offshore wind.

The workshop discussed in detail the cost reduction potential of certain design and operation choices across foundations, moorings, cables, installation, and O&M.

75 experts from developers, consultancies, certification bodies, universities, research institutes, turbine manufacturers, government authorities, marine contractors, and other suppliers attended the workshop.

The workshop also helped to validate the results from the COREWIND survey that experts answered ahead of the event.

The survey showed, among other things, that the there are no design and manufacturing limits for very large foundations. Also that the installation and maintenance of moorings and the design of the electrical connection have the highest impact on cost at wind farm level. And that companies carry out predictive maintenance regularly and that the use of new techniques like self-hoisting cranes, remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) and autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) require more standard designs for a wider adoption.

Click here to read the full survey result analysis and the questions discussed during the workshop.

WindEurope Quarterly Newsletter on EU Research and Innovation policy, Funding Opportunities and Projects June 2022

Upcoming EU Funding Opportunities and Research & Innovation policy

New wind-energy related project calls are open as part of Horizon Europe. The relevant dates are:

Opening date: 26 May 2022. Deadline for applications: 27 October 2022:

Opening date: 6 September. Deadline for applications: 10 January 2023:

You can access all the available calls through the Commission’s funding and tenders portal here.

Information on all topics of the Horizon Europe’s climate, energy, and mobility cluster (#5) and advice on how to draft a good proposal are available on the European Commission website here.

The Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) is the EU’s funding instrument for cross-border infrastructure investments in energy, transport and telecoms with a total budget of €33.4bn. Energy has €2.4bn allocated for the 2021-2023 period, out of a total €5.8bn for the entire 2021-2027 period.

The CEF allocates up to 15% of its budget to cross-border projects in the field of renewable energy. This comes on top of Projects of Common Interest defined as part of the Trans-European Networks for Energy Regulation (TEN-E).

On 18 May the European Commission opened two CEF Energy calls for Projects of Common Interest (PCIs) to finance studies and works. There is €800 million available and the call closes on 1 September 2022.
 

 

All projects in the 5th PCI list are eligible for funding. The list has 67 electricity projects, 20 for gas, 6 for cross border CO2 transport and storage and 5 for smart grids. This is the final list under the previous TEN-E Regulation. The revised TEN-E takes effect on 23 June and a 6th list of PCIs will be drafted in the autumn.

On 8 June the European Commission organised a Virtual Info Day on the CEF calls for PCIs. All presentations and the recording of the live stream can be accessed here.

For more information, contact Iván Pineda.

The LIFE Clean Energy Transition Call for Proposals was published on the Funding & tender opportunities portal on 17 May.

In 2021 LIFE CET funded 18 topics across five areas of intervention – accelerating roll-out, digitalisation, new services and business models and the enhancement of skills, as well as attracting private financing for sustainable energy.

The LIFE CET programme has a budget of nearly €1bn for the period 2021-2027.

For more information, contact Iván Pineda.
 

On 18 May the European Commission published its REPowerEU plan, the EU’s energy response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The plan includes the frontloading of financing for the Innovation Fund, making €3bn available for the upcoming call for large-scale projects, which is due to open next autumn.

The call will include a window for manufacturing renewables, and there will be specific windows for hydrogen, storage, and CCS projects.

No renewable energy project for power generation has been awarded financing in the first two rounds – disbursing €2.5bn in total.

On 28 June WindEurope, together with all European renewable energy associations and the European Commission, will host a webinar on the lessons learnt from the first calls for projects and will look at how to ensure a higher rate of success for these projects.

In addition, the second call for small projects under the Innovation Fund is open with an application submission deadline of 31 August. The call has a budget of €100 million.

The agenda for the workshop is available here. And you can register here. For more information on the Innovation Fund, please contact Iván Pineda.

News from WindEurope Projects

The Corewind project offers disruptive and cost-effective solutions for floating offshore wind technology, bringing costs down to less than 100€/MWh. This innovative project is developing research, modelling and optimisation for concrete-based semi-submersible and spar floating structure concepts.
The project is in its third year of work and has achieved significant results including:

  • Design analyses and the optimisation of mooring and anchoring systems for floating wind.
  • General recommendations on O&M strategies for floating wind farms, covering a comprehensive set of floating wind-specific O&M requirements and a review of state-of-the-art inspection and maintenance strategies and monitoring techniques.
  • An assessment of the effects of bathymetry irregularities on the energy dissipation of a mooring line.
  • The development of the FowApp, a software assessing the performance, costs and environmental impact of floating offshore wind projects.
  • A review of existing international Floating Offshore Wind Turbine standards, an investigation into current commercial offerings and a work-in-progress status update of COREWIND design practice recommendations is presented in the report on preliminary market assessments and development needs.

The project will carry out a survey on the levelised cost of energy from floating offshore wind to validate its modelling. To take part in the survey please contact Lizet Ramírez.
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For more information, visit our website or contact Lizet Ramírez or José Luiz Domínguez.

About Corewind: The COREWIND project provides disruptive and cost-effective solutions for floating offshore wind technology leading to cost reduction. It is developing innovative research, modelling and optimisation for concrete-based floating substructure concepts.
 

The European Commission recently confirmed the financing of ETIPWind’s activities through to 2025! The platform has met several times in the last few months to discuss the future of ETIPWind and to start the process of updating the sector’s research and innovation priorities.

In April at WindEurope’s annual event in Bilbao, the Chief Technology Officers of ETIPWind (pictured above) met to take stock of the platform’s work and to consider the future challenges it should focus on.

ETIPWind experts met again in May and June to elaborate on the challenges identified by the CTOs linking them to the ETIPWind Roadmap. This work will be used to prepare recommendations for Governments as they revise their National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs) next year.

Save the date! ETIPWind will be hosting a high-level event in Brussels on 13 October 2022. The agenda and registration details will be issued soon. Make sure to stay connected with the platform to receive any additional news – you can subscribe to our news distribution list here.
 
For more information, contact Iván Pineda.
 
About ETIPWind: ETIPWind works to define and agree on concrete research and innovation (R&I) priorities and communicate these to the European institutions and other decision-making bodies in order to support the EU’s ambition of a decarbonised economy by 2050.


 

One of the key elements in REPowerEU – the European Commission’s plan to cut Europe’s reliance on Russian energy imports – is the simplification of permitting for renewable energy projects. The European Commission has issued three documents tackling the permitting issue, largely based on the recommendations of the RES Simplify project.

The documents include:

  1. Legislative amendments to the Renewable Energy Directive.
  2. Recommendations on speeding up permit-granting procedures for renewable energy projects and facilitating power purchase agreements.
  3. Guidance to Member States on good practices to speed up permit-granting procedures for renewable energy projects and on facilitating Power Purchase Agreements.

The interim results of RES Simplify project and the national reports were published together with REPowerEU on 18 May. You can find them here.

The project consortium will organise dissemination events across the EU Member States to promote the conclusions of the project.

For more information, please contact Viktoriya Kerelska.

About RES Simplify: RES SIMPLIFY project is a project funded by the European Commission on permitting renewable energy. It is coordinated by the Consultancy Eclareon, in partnership with Oeko-Institut, WindEurope and SolarPower Europe. The project aims to speed up the permitting process at a national level for new renewable energy projects, including onshore and offshore wind.
 

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Corewind research on modelling mooring lines awarded best scientific poster and pitch at WindEurope Annual Event 2022

Álvaro Rodríguez, Project Technician at Offshore Engineering and Marine Energies Group (IH Cantabria), was awarded for the best scientific poster at WindEurope’s Annual Event 2022 in Bilbao.

His poster entitled “Chain and nylon mooring lines for floating offshore wind foundations: numerical modelling validation” presents an alternative mooring system for floating wind, using hybrid systems made of steel chain, agglomeration weights and nylon rope as opposed to common steel catenary systems.

Modelling the hybrid system is crucial in understanding the behaviour of the coupled system. This model is part of the research done for the COREWIND project, which seeks to reduce the cost of floating wind technology through optimisation of coupled systems. This includes the turbine, floater, mooring, anchors and dynamic cables. You can see the author’s presentation of the poster here.

The poster was also presented at the “Floating structures and components” session on Day 2 of the Conference. This technical session looked at solutions and models aimed at improving the design and performance of floaters, such as semi-sub and spar. Álvaro pitched the main assumptions and findings in his research.

WindEurope Quarterly Newsletter on EU Research and Innovation policy, Funding Opportunities and Projects February 2022

Upcoming EU Funding Opportunities and Research & Innovation policy

Horizon Europe project calls are open for the following wind energy-related topics with an application deadline on 23 February 2022:

And with an application deadline on 26 April 2022:

You can access all the available calls through the Commission funding and tenders portal here.On 3 February the European Commission organised an Info Day on the upcoming calls for Horizon Europe’s climate, energy, and mobility cluster (#5). The Info Day was followed by a brokerage event organised by National Contact Points to support the development of consortia.74 open topics were presented with an emphasis on providing advice on how to draft a good proposal and sharing the key lessons learnt from the first Horizon Europe evaluations. All sessions are available here. 

The Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) is the EU’s funding instrument for cross-border infrastructure investments. The CEF covers transport, telecoms, and energy which gets €5.8bn over the 2021-2027 period out of a total of €33.71bn.

On 26 January EU Member States agreed on a European Commission proposal to invest €1bn in five cross-border infrastructure projects under the CEF for trans-European energy networks. The largest amount of funding will go to the EuroAsia interconnector project (€657m) to support the first electricity interconnection between Cyprus and the European grid. Upcoming funding calls under the CEF will be focused on supporting projects that are identified in the 5th PCI list.The new Connecting Europe Facility programme also introduces a window for cross-border projects in the field of renewable energy, with an allocation of up to 15% of the CEF budget. This comes on top of Projects of Common Interest defined as part of the Trans-European Networks for Energy Regulation (TEN-E).The first call for cross-border renewables projects closed on 1 February, making €1m available to support preparatory studies before projects are presented for inclusion in the Union list of cross-border renewable energy projects. 

For more information, contact Iván Pineda. 

The LIFE Clean Energy Transition Call for Proposals will be published on the Funding & tender opportunities portal on 17 May 2022.In 2021 LIFE CET funded 18 topics across five areas of intervention, accelerating roll out, digitalisation, new services and business models and the enhancement of skills, as well as attracting private financing for sustainable energy.The LIFE CET programme has a budget of nearly €1bn for the period 2021-2027.For more information, contact Iván Pineda. 

The second call for large projects under the Innovation Fund is open with a deadline to submit applications by 3 March 2022. The call has a budget of €1.5bn. Key changes to this call are the creation of a separate category for ‘manufacturing of components for renewables’ and new categories to promote renewables in transport and heating & cooling.On 13 January the European Commission hosted a webinar on the lessons learnt from the first calls for projects in 2021. All relevant material can be found through this link.For more information, contact Iván Pineda. 

News from WindEurope projects

The Corewind project held its third dissemination event on 9 February. Project partners from IREC, INNOSEA, Ramboll and IHCantabria presented the project’s recent breakthrough findings for floating wind. WindEurope provided an overview of the state of play for floating offshore wind in Europe.You can access the webinar through this link.Follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.For more information, visit our website or contact Lizet Ramírez.About Corewind: The COREWIND project provides disruptive and cost-effective solutions for floating offshore wind technology leading to cost reduction. It is developing innovative research, modelling and optimisation for concrete-based floating substructure concepts. 

ETIPWind has produced its latest factsheet on “Electricity grids for a climate-neutral Europe”, laying out the four key building blocks for a renewables-based energy system that is fit-for-55 and set for climate neutrality. The factsheet builds on the latest report published by ETIPWind and WindEurope in June 2021, which shows that renewables-based electrification is the most cost-effective way to decarbonise Europe’s economy. ETIPWind organised an online webinar on 9 December to launch the factsheet. The event saw energy experts come together to identify the key building blocks and technological solutions that will make Europe’s grids fit for a renewables-based energy system. During the webinar industry experts agreed that there is an urgent need to strengthen collaboration among stakeholders and to implement new technologies to deliver electricity grids that are able to bring about climate neutrality by 2050. You can access the full proceedings here. For more information, contact Iván Pineda. About ETIPWind: ETIPWind works to define and agree on concrete research and innovation (R&I) priorities and communicate these to the European institutions and other decision-making bodies in order to support the EU’s ambition of a decarbonised economy by 2050. 

Renewables are at the centre of a job-rich, cost-effective delivery of the European Green Deal. The European Union will have to double the rate of wind deployment alone to meet the EU’s 2030 renewable energy targets. The EU Renewable Energy Directive mandates Member States to simplify permitting – a maximum of 2 years for new projects, and 1 year for repowered ones. Yet authorisation processes are still the key bottleneck to unlocking the wind volumes Europe needs for net-zero. In Q1 2022 the RES-Simplify project will continue engaging national stakeholders to assemble best practices from across the EU on wind energy permitting, and to exchange information on how Member States can best implement the simplified permitting rules from the Renewables Directive as quickly as possible. Expect to see the project in action both in national capitals and at WindEurope’s Annual Event in Bilbao from 5-7 April. More information will follow shortly.These exchanges will support the European Commission in preparing its new Guidance to National Governments on simplifying and accelerating Permitting expected in the summer of 2022. And Don’t hold back on sharing your own views on how the Guidance can help simplify permitting – you can do so through the ongoing public consultation before 12 April.For more information, contact Viktoriya Kerelska.About RES Simplify: The RES SIMPLIFY project is a project funded by the European Commission on permitting of renewable energy. It is coordinated by the Consultancy Eclareon, partnering with Oeko-Institut, WindEurope and SolarPower Europe. The project aims to speed up the permitting process at a national level for new renewable energy projects, including onshore and offshore wind. 

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Research and Innovation policy, funding opportunities and projects – quarterly update

Upcoming EU funding opportunities and Research & Innovation policy

The European Commission has announced the details of 2021-2022 Horizon Europe work programme priorities. Wind energy will benefit from at least €154m, which is double what we had in the previous years.

Aside from that, there is an extra €207m of funding available, as part of additional calls for proposals in the renewable energy technologies area. 

More information on the calls can be found on the European Commission’s funding and tenders portal.

Click here to learn more about the wind specific calls and register for our webinar to see how your organisation could benefit from these funding opportunities.
 

Webinar: “R&I funding under Horizon Europe: what’s in it for wind”

4 October, 10:00-12:00 CEST (Register here)

Carlos-Eduardo Lima de Cunha, Policy Officer from the European Commission, will give you a full overview of the open calls for wind energy and renewables.

Francesca Harris, Project Manager at CINEA (the Executive agency in charge of evaluating applications), will help you navigate the rules and share tips and tricks on how to successfully apply for the calls.

During the second part of the webinar you will get a chance to connect with other companies and research organisations to find a partner for your next EU-funded project!

For more information, contact Sabina Potestio.

22 Member States submitted their draft Recovery & Resilience Plans (RRPs) to the European Commission.

The RRF represents an unprecedented EU-level fiscal intervention (€673bn) to revive the European economy in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. And its objective is to make it greener, more digital, and more competitive.

Making the most of EU’s recovery and resilience facility

Wind energy projects are well placed to benefit from these funding opportunities. If you have a project that needs public funding, contact Sabina Potestio to check its eligibility or look at the technical guidance and other supporting documents here.

For rolling updates on the instruments and budget, please visit our WindEurope website

The Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) programme funds the development of high-performing and sustainable infrastructure in the fields of energy, transport and digitalisation across Member State borders.
 
The total budget for the programme amounts to €33.71bn, with €25.81bn going to transport, €5.84bn to energy and €2.07bn to digital projects.
 
In the energy sector, the programme aims to contribute to further integrating the European energy market by facilitating decarbonisation, improving the interoperability of energy networks across borders and sectors, and ensuring security of supply. Funding will also be available to cross-border projects in the field of renewable energy generation.
 
For more information, contact Sabina Potestio.

The European Commission is in the final selection stage for large – scale projects submitted in 2020, who have applied to receive funding from the Innovation Fund (€1,100m).

The next call for large-scale projects will open on 26 October with the application deadline in March 2023. The European Commission is planning to allocate between €1,300m and €1,500m of funding and the submission requirements should be similar to those of the 2020 large-scale projects’ call.

The results will be ready to announce by summer 2023, with grants being allocated by November 2023. 

The European Commission will also provide €100m funding to 30 small-scale projects (less than €7.5m), under the 2021 call. The results are expected to be announced this summer and grants will be signed by October 2021.

The next call for small-scale projects will open in March 2022, with a budget of €100m, and the application deadline in August 2022. Grants will be awarded in Q2 of 2023.

For more information, contact Alexander Vandenberghe.

Eager to know what funding opportunities your hydrogen project could benefit from? 

The European Commission has just launched the Hydrogen Public Funding Compass, a platform which helps stakeholders find all the relevant information they need to access public funding. It has an overview of funding opportunities both at EU and Member State level. 

This platform is a tool of European Clean Hydrogen Alliance, that is developing an investment pipeline of clean hydrogen projects. In June, the European Commission announced that 996 projects were already submitted to deliver the European Hydrogen Roadmap.

It also provides background information on Important Projects of Common European Interest (IPEIs) on hydrogen.

For more information, contact Sabina Potestio.

News from WindEurope Projects

 


 

The Corewind project partners have developed the FowApp, a flexible and intuitive application for early project planning of floating offshore wind farms.

The application calculates the energy produced, life-cycle costs, environmental impacts and Levelised Cost of Energy (LCOE) of floating offshore wind farms.

The application was tested earlier in March this year and its commercial deployment is expected by the end of this year.

Read more about the application here

For more information, contact Sabina Potestio.

About Corewind: The COREWIND project provides disruptive and cost-effective solutions for floating offshore wind technology leading to cost reduction. It is developing innovative research, modelling and optimisation for concrete-based floating substructure concepts.

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We launched new report ‘Getting Fit for 55 and set for 2050: Electrifying Europe with wind energy’. It was presented at an online event in June. You can watch all the sessions here or just take a look at the key messages:

  • Renewables-based electrification is the most cost-effective way to deliver climate neutrality by 2050. 
  • With the right investments in grids and technology Europe can electrify 75% of its energy demand directly or indirectly. 
  • And wind will provide at least 50% of all that electricity. 
  • More research & innovation will help drive down the costs of wind even further and unlock the full potential of wind-based electrification in Europe.

Watch the new ETIPWind video: ‘ETIPWind, helping European R&I power our future’! It highlights the central role of research & innovation (R&I) in the success of Europe’s wind industry. And the importance of continuing investments in R&I. 

For more information, contact Raquel Alemañ.

About ETIPWind: ETIPWind works to define and agree on concrete research and innovation (R&I) priorities and communicate these to the European institutions and other decision-making bodies in order to support the EU’s ambition of a decarbonised economy by 2050.

The RES Simplify partners have now finished mapping permitting procedures for new renewable energy installations across all the EU Member States, Norway and Iceland. The findings were verified with the wind and solar industry. They include:

  • a mapping of the permit granting steps in each country
  • barriers in the permitting and grid connection procedures
  • best permitting practices at a national level 

The project partners are working closely with the European Commission, feeding in the relevant findings along with suggestions to allow for more efficient permitting in Member States. 

For more information, contact Sabina Potestio.

About RES Simplify: The RES Simplify project is a project funded by the European Commission, addressing permitting of renewable energy. It is coordinated by the Consultancy Eclareon, partnering with Oeko-Institut, WindEurope and SolarPower Europe. The project aims to speed up the permitting process at a national level for new renewable energy projects, including onshore and offshore wind.

Other news

On 5 and 6 July the European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency held the first series of Horizon Europe info days focusing on Cluster 5 ‘Climate, Energy and Mobility’. It presented the new Horizon Europe research and innovation call for proposals including scope, timeline and application rules.

These projects should all contribute to accelerating the green and digital transitions needed to achieve climate neutrality in Europe by 2050. 
 
Recording are available on the event page
 

Are you part of a European or national research project and you want to promote it? Would you like to attract new partners and disseminate your results? Take a look at WindEurope’s Innovation Park! It is a pavillion designed to promote projects’ research and findings, and will be part of Electric City 2021 in Copenhagen (23-25 November 2021). The goal of the pavillion is to provide high-profile visibility to projects on the exhibition floor, giving partners access to greater publicity and networking opportunities. 

Benefits include:

  • Your own exhibition space;
  • a speaking slot on the Innovation Park stage;
  • a printed logo on your exhibition space;
  • entry in the exhibitor list;
  • social media coverage; and
  • 2 Exhibitor staff passes (lunch included).

For more information, contact Tanguy Grandjean.
 

Legal notice: The views represented in this newsletter are those of its authors and do not represent the views or official position of the European Commission.

WindEurope’s Quarterly Newsletter on Funding opportunities and European projects March 2021

News from WindEurope projects
 

The Corewind team hosted a webinar on 25 February on “Innovations in integrated floating offshore wind systems”. Project partners IREC, WindEurope, the University of Stuttgart, INNOSEA, Ramboll and UPC, and Vestas came together to discuss the latest activities in the project and provided valuable recommendations on how to advance floating wind technology.

The University of Stuttgart and Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya introduced the FAST model of the UPC concrete spar floater and the 15 MW IEA WIND reference turbine. INNOSEA spoke about mooring solutions for floating offshore wind turbines and what the Corewind partners have been doing to optimise these systems. Ramboll highlighted opportunities in maintenance strategies for commercial scale floating wind. IREC introduced FowApp, an intuitive application developed by Corewind to be used during early project planning of floating offshore wind farms. Vestas expressed support for the innovative solutions discussed in the Corewind project.

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For more information, contact Sabina Potestio.

About Corewind: The COREWIND project provides disruptive and cost-effective solutions for floating offshore wind technology leading to cost reduction. It is developing innovative research, modelling and optimisation for concrete-based floating substructure concepts.


 

ETIPWind will organise a workshop focused on “Delivering circularity through innovative materials and recycling technology” on 4 May 2021. With the support of WindEurope’s Sustainability Working Group, it will bring together policymakers, researchers, and industry representatives to debate and shape the future of sustainable wind energy materials. Learn more about the latest development in recycling and the circularity of materials used by wind. 

Further information and registration here.

For more information, contact Raquel Alemañ.

About ETIPWind: ETIPWind works to define and agree on concrete research and innovation (R&I) priorities and communicate these to the European institutions and other decision-making bodies in order to support the EU’s ambition of a decarbonised economy by 2050.

Permitting is today’s main bottleneck for new wind farms. It often takes five years or more for authorities to decide on a permit. These delays add to the costs of developing a wind farm, deter investors and stifle technological innovation.

The RES Simplify project is currently mapping administrative and grid connection procedures across EU Member States and assessing through performance indicators how Member States are doing with regards to these procedures. This exercise looks at the various steps in the permitting process for onshore and offshore installations, use of IT systems, complaint procedures, and specific features to ease administrative steps. WindEurope has supported the assessment, from an effectiveness and efficiency point of view, of total process duration, deadlines, project approval rates, stakeholder involvement, cost and transparency of procedures and other important elements related to permission of new installations in different countries. 

The preliminary project results will be presented for discussion in a workshop hosted by WindEurope on 22 March. We will discuss administrative and grid connection steps in different countries, and barriers to an efficient permitting process across the EU. We will also tackle specific permitting issues for offshore wind installations and EU provisions on permitting for the revision of the Renewable Energy Directive

To register, please click here.

For more information, contact Sabina Potestio.

About RES Simplify: The RES Simplify project is a project funded by the European Commission, addressing permitting of renewable energy. It is coordinated by the Consultancy Eclareon, partnering with Oeko-Institut, WindEurope and SolarPower Europe. The project aims to speed up the permitting process at a national level for new renewable energy projects, including onshore and offshore wind.


Upcoming EU funding opportunities and Research & Innovation policy

The Recovery & Resilience Facility (RRF) regulation came into force on 18 February. It represents an unprecedented EU-level fiscal intervention to revive the European economy in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Crucially, the objective of the RRF is not to return the EU to business-as-usual, but to lay the foundations for the economy of 2050: greener, more digital, and more competitive.

EU Member States have until 30 April to submit their national Recovery & Resilience Plans for review and approval by the European Commission. These plans will set out how Member States will use the funding and financing available under the RRF to support the transition towards a greener and more sustainable economy.

The RRF Regulation specifies that 37% of €673bn must be used for climate-related spending. And it includes a list of investments that would qualify as such. The lists not only define climate-related spending but also apply a weighting for different forms of climate-related spending. Member States must take those weightings into account when drafting their Recovery and Resilience plans.

When proposing the RRF, the European Commission made clear that recovery funding must “Do No Significant Harm” to the EU’s climate mitigation efforts. Now the Commission has published technical guidance on the application of this principle: measures which contribute to “significant” greenhouse gas emissions may not be funded under the RRF.

The technical guidance and other supporting documents can be found here.

Look at our infographic on “Making the most of EU’s recovery and resilience facility“. 

For rolling updates on the instruments and budget, please visit our WindEurope website

If you have a project that wants to benefit from funding, contact Sabina Potestio.

The European Parliament approved the InvestEU programme in March, ahead of its official launch on 18 March. The new programme will establish an EU guarantee of about €26.2bn, primarily to de-risk loans from the European Investment Bank. The envelope will be allocated according to four objectives:

  • Sustainable infrastructure: €9.9bn
  • Research, innovation and digitalisation: €6.6bn
  • Small and medium-sized enterprises: €6.9bn
  • Social investment and skills: €2.8bn
All four policy areas will include projects to support the just transition towards climate neutrality in the EU. And at least 30% of the investments under InvestEU should contribute to meeting the EU’s climate objectives. Investment projects that receive EU support will be screened to determine they do no significant harm to the environment.

For more information, contact Josh Gartland.
 

The European Commission is finalising the Horizon Europe work programme 2021-2022 for Climate, Energy & Mobility. We expect close to €1.8bn for energy R&D in 2021-2022. 40% of that could go to renewables, and could include some dedicated topics on onshore wind, recycling and materials research.

There will also be significant funding for developing Multiterminal Multi-Vendor (MTMV) HVDC platforms. These will play an important role for the deployment of offshore wind. And these were highlighted as a research and innovation priority in the EU’s offshore renewable strategy.

The first calls are expected to open on 15 April. 

For more information, contact Alexander Vandenberghe.

The Innovation Fund is the EU’s largest funding programme for the demonstration of innovative low-carbon technologies. It aims to bring to the market industrial solutions that will deliver the transition towards climate neutrality.

The European Commission is reviewing the 311 applications to the first call for large-scale projects. The best 70 projects will be invited to submit a more detailed application by 23 June 2021. The final results will be announced in the autumn. The first grants will be signed by December 2021.

On 26 February, the European Commission organised an event to discuss the importance of knowledge-sharing for such projects, and to learn from the experiences of the NER 300 programme, the predecessor of the Innovation Fund. Experts from the “Veja Mate”, a 402 MW offshore wind farm in the German North Sea, which received over €100m in funding from NER 300, showed how knowledge was shared between the wind energy projects. The European Commission cited the wind sector as a shining example of how to share useful knowledge without disclosing any sensitive information.

For more information, you can watch the full webinar here.

The next call for large-scale projects (with a capital expenditure above €7.5m) is expected to open in September this year. The Commission still needs to decide whether the call will have a two-stage or a one-stage application process. It will have a budget of at least €1bn.

For more information, contact Alexander Vandenberghe or Ivan Pineda.

The Council of the European Union and the European Parliament have reached a provisional agreement on the second edition of the Connecting Europe Facility (2021-227).

The Connecting Europe Facility will continue to fund key projects in the areas of energy, transport and digital with an overall budget of €33.7bn (in current prices). The budget will be allocated as follows:

  • Transport: €25.81bn
  • Digital: €2.06bn
  • Energy: €5.84bn

CINEA, the European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (the new INEA) will manage the transport and energy area.

For the energy sector, the programme aims to support the integration of the European energy market, improve the interoperability of energy networks across borders and sectors, facilitate decarbonisation and ensure security of supply. Funding will also be available for cross-border projects in the field of renewable energy generation.

CEF 2 will also emphasise synergies (synergy calls) between the transport, energy and digital sectors, to enhance the effectiveness of EU action and minimise implementation costs. It will promote cross-sectoral work in areas such as connected and automated mobility and alternative fuels.

Next steps:

Once adopted by both the Council and the European Parliament, the CEF regulation will enter into force the day after its publication in the EU Official Journal. It will apply retroactively from 1 January 2021.
 

For more information, contact Sabina Potestio.

The brand new LIFE programme starting this year (2021-2027) has much more to offer to the wind energy sector!

The new LIFE programme will cover the areas of nature and biodiversity, circular economy and quality of life, climate change mitigation and adaptation and clean energy transition. The Clean Energy Transition sub-programme of LIFE will be a continuation of the market uptake activities, previously funded under Horizon 2020. The clean energy transition sub-programme will aim to support the objectives of EU policies and regulation in the transition towards a decarbonised energy system and decarbonised economy. It will include capacity building and dissemination of knowledge, new skills, and innovative techniques in renewable energy and energy efficiency. The co-financing rate for projects will amount to 60%, so projects will need to find the remaining funding from other sources.

A call for project proposals is expected to be launched in late spring this year. The deadline for applications is provisionally set for autumn with the following project proposal timeline:

  • Launch of call: late spring 2021
  • Deadline for applications: autumn 2021
  • Evaluation: 2021/2022
  • Signature of grants: second half of 2022

All online information sessions for applicants will take place around June 2021.

For more information, contact Sabina Potestio.
 


 Other news

The new European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency – CINEA will replace the existing INEA – Innovation and Networks Executive Agency as of 1 April 2021. INEA has been implementing the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), Horizon 2020 and Innovation Fund programmes.

The new Agency will look at supporting a sustainable, green and decarbonised Europe.

It will continue to follow the implementation of existing projects but will also start implementing additional 2021-2027 programmes. It will:

  • Continue managing CEF energy and Transport & Innovation Fund;
  • Add climate action to its portfolio under Horizon Europe;
  • Take on the LIFE programme and European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (previously managed by EASME). LIFE will have a new clean energy transition sub-programme (see the LIFE section above); and
  • Manage the new EU renewable energy financing mechanism. The mechanism will pool financial contributions from all EU countries to fund competitive tenders. It will ensure teh EU will reach its collective target of 32% renewable energy by 2030.
For more information, contact Sabina Potestio.

Are you part of a European or national research project and are looking to promote it? Would you like to attract new partners and disseminate your results? Look no further – we have the perfect solution for you. WindEurope’s Innovation Park is a pavilion designed to promote projects’ research and findings, and will feature at Electric City 2021 in Copenhagen (23-25 November). The goal of the pavilion is to provide high-profile visibility on the exhibition floor to projects, giving partners access to greater publicity and networking opportunities.

Benefits include:

  • Your own exhibition space;
  • a speaking slot on the Innovation Park stage;
  • a printed logo on your exhibition space;
  • entry in the exhibitor list;
  • social media coverage; and
  • 2 Exhibitor staff passes (lunch included).

For more information, contact Tanguy Grandjean.
 

Legal notice: The views represented in this newsletter are those of its authors and do not represent the views or official position of the European Commission.

WindEurope’s Quarterly Newsletter on Funding opportunities and European projects

Your gateway to WindEurope’s EU-funded projects, European Funding Opportunities and the latest on funding Policies.

News from WindEurope projects
 

The Corewind team has been working on a report on floating-wind-specific O&M requirements and monitoring technologies which is available to download on the Corewind website. The document identifies state-of-the-art techniques in order to enable economic O&M operations for future commercial floating wind farms.

The adhesion of proteins or microorganisms on wetted surfaces can influence the behaviour of the components submerged in the sea. Therefore, the COREWIND project has been analysing marine growth and biofouling in all system components (turbines, floating structures, mooring and dynamic cables). The project partners sent material samples for anchors and dynamic cables to the Marine Corrosion Test Site “El Bocal” located on the Cantabrian coast near Santander. The results will help validate the model assumptions for different components of the floating system.

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For more information, contact Sabina Potestio.

About Corewind: The COREWIND project provides disruptive and cost-effective solutions for floating offshore wind technology leading to cost reduction. It is developing innovative research, modelling and optimization for concrete-based floating substructure concepts.

 


 

Health and Safety (H&S) is a top priority for the wind industry. But how is it addressed in each country? Why does the industry need to follow different approaches and regulation to achieve the same goal? The project WindHarmony, funded by the European Commission, has been looking into these questions and has assessed the potential for harmonisation of H&S regulations and standards across Europe. The final results are available here. A series of best practice events were organised in September and October across Europe. Did you miss them? Don’t worry, you can access them here.  

If you don’t have time to watch but would like a quick summary, read our latest post here.
After two years of intense industry discussions the project is now finished. There are 7 priority areas for potential harmonisation of H&S standards. And the consortium has developed a database on national H&S regulation that has been made publicly available.

For more information contact Sabina Potestio.

About WindHarmony: The Wind Harmony project looks at health and safety (H&S) regulations and related standards impacting onshore and offshore wind energy across in Europe. It assesses and prioritises their potential for harmonisation or other type of intervention at European level.

 


 

With accelerated policies, floating offshore wind could reach cost parity with bottom-fix offshore in the next decade, very much depending on the speed of deployment and research policies. 

ETIPWind produced a graphic overview of the state-of-the-art floating offshore wind technology and the measures needed for commercialisation. The report spells out the sector's R&I recommendations allowing Europe to take the lead in a vast and untapped global market, as well as supporting European competitiveness. The topic was addressed in a webinar earlier this year. Did you miss it? See the video here

For more information, contact Alexander Vandenberghe.

About ETIPWind: ETIPWind works to define and agree on concrete research and innovation (R&I) priorities and communicate these to the European institutions and other decision-making bodies in order to support the EU’s ambition of a decarbonised economy by 2050.

Permitting is today’s main bottleneck for new wind farms. It often takes 3 years or more for authorities to decide on a permit. These delays add to the costs of developing a wind farm, deter investors and stifle technological innovation.

WindEurope has joined forces with other renewable energy sectors and partners to tackle permitting issues in a 3-year project funded by the European Commission: the RES SIMPLIFY.

As a first step, the partners are mapping the permitting procedures in different countries. Secondly, we will monitor and evaluate the performance of these permitting procedures based on key performance indicators. The results of the monitoring and evaluation, in combination with other sources of good practice will then be used to identify transferable good practice approaches that should be reflected in the next revision of the Renewable Energy Directive and that can be applied in Member States.

WindEurope organised a workshop on 20 October with wind farm developers and national associations to identify the appropriate performance indicators to assess the efficiency and effectiveness of permitting processes in Member States. The participants validated the indicators proposed by the project partners. Some examples include cost of administrative/grid connection procedures, process duration, the average response time of authorities/TSOs/DSOs, the average number of staff in authorities to assess permits and the minimum distance to housing.

For more information, contact Sabina Potestio.

About RES Simplify: The RES SIMPLIFY project is a project funded by the European Commission on permitting of renewable energy. It is coordinated by the Consultancy Eclareon, partnering with Oeko-Institut, WindEurope and SolarPower Europe. The project aims to speed up the permitting process at a national level for new renewable energy projects, including onshore and offshore wind.
 


European Funding Opportunities & Policies

1. Recovery & Resilience Facility

The European Parliament’s position on the Recovery & Resilience Facility (RRF) was voted on in committee on 10 November.  Negotiations between the European Parliament, European Commission and EU Council on the final form of the €672.5bn funding instrument are expected to be concluded by the year’s end. All three institutions agree that 37% of RRF funding should go to climate-related spending.

Five Member States have already published high-level Recovery & Resilience Plans (RRPs): Spain, Romania, Portugal, Czechia, and Slovenia (see graph below). The Romanian plan is the most ambitious as it represents up to 16% of gross national income while the Spanish plan represents the largest absolute amount, with €140bn planned.

The European Commission is currently engaged in discussions with these Member States on the details of their plans, to ensure they meet both the criteria in the draft RRF regulation, and the Commission guidance published in September. Final drafts of the RRPs should be ready by 30 April 2021 for evaluation by the European Commission.

2. InvestEU

Trilateral negotiations are also underway on InvestEU, the European Commission guarantee to de-risk loans from the European Investment Bank and other public financial institutions. The institutions are currently far apart. The European Parliament supports a budget of over €40bn, with guarantees provisioned at 45%, while the Council of the European Union supports a budget of just €9.4bn, with guarantees provisioned at 40%. The Council’s position makes no mention of the Strategic Investment Facility first proposed by the European Commission in May.

3. Just Transition Fund

On Wednesday Green MEPs managed to get rid of natural gas funding from the €17.5 billion Just Transition Fund (JTF) in the final round of trilogue negotiations. The European Commission and Council positions already excluded gas funding, but Parliament had approved an opinion in September allowing for fossil spending in regions expected to have a tough time switching from coal to renewables.

For rolling updates on the instruments and budget, please visit our WindEurope website

If you have a project that wants to benefit from funding, contact Sabina Potestio.

On 11 November, EU members states approved the European Investment Bank (EIB) Group Climate Bank Roadmap 2021-2025.

The Roadmap describes how the EIB will support the objectives of the European Green Deal and sustainable development outside the European Union. This includes:

  • Allocating €1 trillion in investment for climate action and environmental sustainability in the decade to 2030;
  • EIB Group aligning all financing activities from the end of 2020 with the goals of the Paris Agreement;
  • More than 50% of annual financing dedicated to green investment by 2025;
  • More green advisory services and financing of innovative low carbon technologies;
  • Support for green capital markets, climate change adaptation, Just Transition projects.

EIB President Werner Hoyer stated that the roadmap constitutes a significant contribution to the role of Europe which is leading the effort for decarbonisation and the building of a green, resilient economy leaving no one behind.

For more information, contact Guy Brindley.
 

The European Commission has opened a call for Research & Innovation projects, with a €1 billion budget under Horizon 2020, to help the EU deliver on the Green Deal in the form of grants. Funding is also available for wind energy. The call is open until 26 January 2021 and is subdivided into different topics:

More details about the call are available here.

In October, WindEurope organised a Sofa Talk with the European Commission’s experts, who gave us all necessarily tips and steering in helping proposals to succeed. A very insightful session. Our top recommendation for those involved in the current call. Did you miss it? Don’t worry, you can access the video here.

For more information, contact Sabina Potestio.

The Blue Economy Window is a “window” of opportunities in the form of grants, allocated to SME projects every year through the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF).

This time around, it’s €20M for projects from SMEs contributing to the Green Deal goals. SMEs are considered the backbone of our economy and will play a huge role in the post-COVID recovery.

Relevant areas for the blue economy include renewable energy, cleaner shipping, digital transformation of ocean and coastal activities and enabling technologies such as sensors, corrosion or biofouling resistant materials, coating, digitisation, electricity transmission equipment or multi-purpose platforms.

The call is open until 16 February and aims at:

  • Bringing to market new products, services, processes, and business models in blue economy value chains and helping to advance their market-readiness;
  • Developing a sustainable and innovative blue economy in Europe's sea basins;
  • De-risking investment in these projects to facilitate their access to other financing schemes for the next stages of their activities.

Who can apply?
Minimum of 1 for-profit SME from any EU Member State + the UK.

How much support can companies expect?
70% co-funding. Indicative requested contribution between €700,000 & €2,500,000

What is the EC looking for?

  • Close-to-market activities (TRL 6-8);
  • Innovation & impact-oriented investment;
  • Strong management teams;
  • Support from investors or customers.

Can these funds be combined with other EU funds?
No. Beneficiaries cannot simultaneously receive finance from other public sources.

For more information, contact Sabina Potestio.
 

One of the world’s largest funding programmes for the demonstration of innovative low-carbon technologies, the Innovation Fund has recently allocated €1bn to 311 projects including 58 on renewable energy (look out for the upcoming ETIPWind newsletter in January on R&I to get more information on wind projects!). This first call for projects was also 22 times oversubscribed! (projects worth €21.7 bn for only €1bn available). The fund has now opened a call for small-scale projects with less than €7.5m in CAPEX and has a budget of €100m to allocate.

The call will support innovative, state-of-the-art projects that go beyond incremental innovation and that support the Green Deal objectives. The deadline to apply is 10 March 2021.

What are the award criteria?

  • Degree of innovation. If a proposal scores less than the minimum threshold under this criterion, the evaluation is stopped (the remaining criteria are neither evaluated nor scored);
  • Project maturity and greenhouse gas emissions avoidance potential. If a proposal scores less than 50% of total points under the project maturity criterion, if it does not meet the minimum requirements or is found to have a manifest error under the greenhouse gas emission avoidance potential criterion, the evaluation is stopped (the remaining criteria are neither evaluated nor scored);
  • Scalability and cost efficiency.

The funds can be used in cooperation with other public funding initiatives, such as State aid or other EU funding programmes.

Applicants will be informed about the results of the evaluation in the fourth quarter of 2021. Full info on the call can be found here. And you can listen to the info webinar here.

For more information, contact Sabina Potestio.

The European Commission has approved an investment package of more than €280 million from the EU budget for new LIFE programme projects. Among other challenges, these projects will support the EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2030, contribute to the EU’s Green recovery post-COVID-19, and help Europe become a climate-neutral continent by 2050.  

The LIFE programme will become more and more important for wind as of 2021. A specific sub-programme on energy will be added to the budget line. So keep an eye on its upcoming funding opportunities next year!

For more information, contact Sabina Potestio.
 

Are you part of a European or national research project and you want to promote it? Would you like to attract new partners and disseminate your results? Look no further – we have the perfect solution for you. WindEurope’s Innovation Park is a pavilion designed to promote projects’ research and findings, and will feature at Electric City 2021 in Copenhagen (27-29 April). The goal of the pavilion is to provide high-profile visibility on the exhibition floor to projects, giving partners access to greater publicity and networking opportunities.

Benefits include:

  • Your own exhibition space;
  • A speaking slot on the Innovation Park stage;
  • A printed logo on your exhibition space;
  • Entry in the exhibitor list;
  • Social media coverage;
  • 2 Exhibitor staff passes (lunch included).

For more information, contact Tanguy Grandjean.
 

Legal notice: The views represented in this newsletter are those of its authors and do not represent the views or official position of the European Commission.

Corewind

WindEurope Research & Innovation Quarterly Newsletter Q3 2020

News from WindEurope projects

Corewind

Corewind

The project has developed an automatised mooring design optimisation tool. It couples OrcaFlex and ISIGHT software, allowing testing for a large variety of mooring designs. The tools find the most cost-effective design to address e.g. floater motions and accelerations, lines and anchor tensions. It’s been successfully applied for the Windcrete and ActiveFloat floaters in the West of Barra, Gran Canaria and Morro Bay sites.

The Corewind team is also working on recommendations to optimise O&M strategies and installation techniques for futre commercial floating wind farms. Its preliminary findings include: 

  • Establishment of a “good neighbourhood” communication is essential for reducing conflicts during the operation phase with other stakeholders (e.g. fishing industry);
  • The walk-to-work system is the most promising technique to overcome the relative motions between floater and vessel and to accomplish a safe access. 

For more information contact: Sabina or visit the Corewind website.

About Corewind: The COREWIND project provides disruptive and cost-effective solutions for floating offshore wind technology leading to cost reduction. It is developing innovative research, modelling and optimization for concrete-based floating substructure concepts.

Wind Harmony

wind harmony

Wind Harmony is producing roadmaps for the industry and other stakeholders on proposed changes towards a European harmonisation on Health and Safety with recommendations for 7 areas: 

  • Training;
  • Electrical, mechanical and other hazardous areas;
  • Wind turbine safety design standards;
  • Fitness to work and medical examinations;
  • Emergency planning and response;
  • Critical safety information sharing;
  • Common approach to regulation and enforcement

Harmonisation would not only reduce complexity, risks and costs, but also allow for a truly global wind industry.

The project has two online best practice events coming up on. The first event, which will focus on Poland will take place on 13 October. The second will take place on 27 October and will focus on Denmark. The objective of these interactive webinars is to share best practices in health, safety and potential areas for harmonisation. 

To register to the free online events, please visit this web page.

For more information contact Sabina Potestio.

About WindHarmony: The Wind Harmony project looks at health and safety (H&S) regulations and related standards impacting onshore and offshore wind energy across in Europe. It assesses and prioritises their potential for harmonisation or other type of intervention at European level.

ETIPWind

ETIPWind latest “Floating Offshore WInd: delivering climate neutrality” gives a graphic overview of the state-of-the-art floating offshore wind technology and the measures needed for commercialisation. It spells out the sector’s R&I recommendations allowing Europe to take the lead in a vast and untapped global market, as well as supporting European competitiveness. See it here.

The ETIPWind workshop on “Research & Innovation to deliver 450 GW of offshore wind” is now available online. The workshop was in collaboration with the EERA JP Wind and SETWind Annual Event 2020. Industry experts and researchers discussed the technology pathways to deliver 450 GW of offshore wind in Europe. Together with the participants they identified how to scale-up offshore technology and how to successfully install and manage these large volumes of offshore wind. See the video here

For more information, contact Alexander Vandenberghe.

Upcoming EU funding opportunities and Research & Innovation policy

EU Recovery Plan

In July, Member States reached an agreement on an exceptional Recovery Strategy to counter the economic impacts of COVID-19. The total recovery package amounts to €1.82 trillion. It combines a €1.074 trillion proposal for the EU’s seven-year budget for 2021 to 2027 and an unprecedented recovery fund – Next Generation EU – worth €750 bn. The biggest single component of Next Generation EU will be the Recovery & Resilience Facility, worth €672.5 bn.

The Strategy recognises that “the renewable energy sector will be hit hard”. It singles out renewables as a priority, and commits to “rolling out renewable energy projects, especially wind, solar and clean hydrogen”. If properly implemented, the Recovery Strategy could be accelerate the European Green Deal. The budget will be allocated through both grants and loans. 

The consultancy EY has identified 1,000 green projects which will support the EU’s Recovery Plan. The summary report highlights required investments to be €200 billion. Onshore and offshore wind projects are also featured on the list. The list of projects illustrates the huge project pipeline that exists across all European countries which could ensure a green and resilient recovery from the COVID-19 economic crisis. EY says the entire EU pipeline of green projects could be as high as €1 trillion. 

For rolling updates on the instruments and budget, please visit our WindEurope website

If you have a project that wants to benefit from funding, contact Sabina Potestio.

The European Green Deal

The European Commission has opened a call for R&I projects, with a €1 billion budget under Horizon 2020, to help the EU deliver on the Green Deal. The call has an exclusive focus on projects that have clear impacts in the short to medium-term (more focus on innovation than research). 

The call dedicates €68 million to support offshore renewables and system integration. Offshore energy includes wind (bottom-fixed and floating), ocean energy and floating PV. Offshore projects must cover innovation in power generation technologies and may include new solutions to grid infrastructure and power transmission. 

In addition, there are:

  • €18 million for renewable heat solutions (could be for electrifying district heating); 
  • €60 million to demonstrate a 100 MW hydrogen electrolyser;
  • €40 million to support deployment of renewables in Africa; and
  • €80 million to decarbonise industrial processes (possibilities for direct electrification).

Projects can apply for up to €35 million in support, we will see at least two projects funded.

The call will support:

  • Pilot applications, demonstration projects and innovative products;
  • Innovation for better governance of the green and digital transition;
  • Social and value chain innovation.

The deadline to apply for projects will be 26 January. Projects would start in Autumn 2021. On 22 October, we will be discussing the priorities and rules for applicants in a WindEurope Sofa Talk together with the European Commission. 

For more information, contact Sabina Potestio.

Innovation Fund

The Innovation Fund’s first call for proposals has been published. The Innovation Fund is one of the largest EU funding programmes for the demonstrating the contribution of innovative low-carbon technologies to greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction.

The Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA) is responsible for implementing the calls, and provides extensive information and instructions for applicants on their website.

The call for proposals targets innovative renewables and energy storage technologies, and projects are selected according to these criteria:

  • Effectiveness of greenhouse gas emissions avoidance;
  • Degree of innovation;
  • Project maturity;
  • Scalability;
  • Cost efficiency.

WindEurope strongly encourages its members to apply for funding of innovative projects in the area of wind energy. This includes projects that link wind energy to electrification or the production of renewable hydrogen. Floating wind projects, or hybrid projects, combining wind energy production with storage solutions or solar power production could also fall under the funding criteria.

The maximum co-financing rate is 60%. For large-scale projects, the application process is in two phases: expression of interest and full application. For small-scale projects, the application process will consist of just one stage. The first call is dedicated to large-scale projects.

More info here

Electric City 2021 Innovation Park

Electric City 2021 Innovation Park

Are you part of a European or national research project and you want to promote it? Would you like to attract new partners and disseminate your results? Look no further – we have the perfect solution for you. WindEurope’s Innovation Park is a pavilion designed to promote projects’ research and findings, and will feature at Electric City 2021 in Copenhagen (27-29 April). The goal of the pavilion is to provide high-profile visibility on the exhibition floor to projects, giving partners access to greater publicity and networking opportunities.

Benefits include:

  • Your own exhibition space;
  • A speaking slot on the Innovation Park stage;
  • A printed logo on your exhibition space;
  • Entry in the exhibitor list;
  • Social media coverage;
  • 2 Exhibitor staff passes (lunch included).

For more information, contact Tanguy Grandjean.

MaRINET2

MaRINET2

The fifth and final MaRINET2 call has opened for free offshore renewables testing. The call is open to offshore energy technology developers who are looking to test their device or components. The winning projects will have access to a world-leading network of testing and testing infrastructure in Europe.

The application deadline is 16 October, and a webinar recording helping candidates with their application and in updating others on the process is available on the project website.

European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF)

EMFF

The European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) has launched a call to boost Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP). The call aims to support Member States in setting up maritime spatial plans, and to ensure the plans are coherent and coordinated across relevant marine regions.

The Maritime Spatial Planning call is divided into two distinct topics:

EMFF-MSP-01-2020: Reserved for applicants from at least two coastal Member States bordering the targeted sea basins/marine regions, i.e. the North Sea and/or the Baltic Sea.
EMFF-MSP-02-2020: Reserved for applicants from at least one coastal Member State responsible for MSP in the concerned EU Outermost region(s). 

The application deadline is 10 November.

For more information contact Sabina Potestio.

European Research & Innovation Days

European Research & Innovation Days

The European Commission’s annual flagship event focusing on Research & Innovation (R&I) brought together policymakers, researchers, entrepreneurs and the public for 3 days of intense policy co-designing, panels and matchmaking opportunities.

The fully virtual event included interactive sessions and gave participants the opportunity to provide input on how R&I policy and funding can help pave the way for a green, digital and resilient future.

The event featured a policy conference with several plenary sessions, covering a wide range of topics on R&I. These include:

  • Shaping future R&I policy;
  • Fair and just transition in the Green Deal;
  • Digitalisation;
  • EU funding;
  • Synergies between EU and other funding programmes;
  • International cooperation.

More information available here.

WindEurope Research & Innovation Quarterly Newsletter – Q2 2020

News from WindEurope projects
 


The Corewind project held its first dissemination webinar on the 21 April (recording and slides available here). The online event brought together some of the companies involved in the project to discuss how floating offshore wind can help Europe go carbon-neutral through innovations and cost-reduction.

The focus of the discussions was on innovative responses to key challenges in mooring and anchoring technology, power cables interconnection and O&M strategies. Innovations in these areas are essential to pave the way for cost-competitive floating offshore wind.

Cobra, JDR and Equinor shared their industrial experience on offshore floating projects. Research institutions DTU and IREC gave an overview on the latest research developments while WindEurope provided a broader view on the latest on the European Green Deal and the role of offshore wind.

For more information contact: Sabina

About Corewind: The COREWIND project provides disruptive and cost-effective solutions for floating offshore wind technology leading to cost reduction. It is developing innovative research, modelling and optimization for concrete-based floating substructure concepts.

The Wind Harmony project held its third public workshop on 13 March. The project is developing a list of health & safety areas that would benefit from the harmonisation of national regulations and industry practices.

The online workshop focused on the validation of those health & safety areas, including their potential for harmonisation. The project is now finalising the priority list, including an assessment of the socio-economic benefits and barriers.

The final list will be presented and discussed at the fourth and final workshop, planned for 10 June. The workshop will be held online and is open to all stakeholders. Click HERE to register. For other updates check the project website.

For more information contact Dorina.

About WindHarmony: The WindHarmony project looks at health and safety (H&S) regulations and related standards impacting onshore and offshore wind energy across in Europe. It assesses and prioritises their potential for harmonisation or other type of intervention at European level.

In June, the ETIPWind platform will publish a new factsheet on floating offshore wind. The document builds on the 2019 Roadmap and will summarise the state of play in technology and spell out the benefits of floating wind development for Europe and its regions. Key industry stakeholders will engage in a deeper discussion on the factsheet and the wider trends during a dedicated webinar. Click here to stay informed.

About ETIPWind: ETIPWind works to define and agree on concrete research and innovation (R&I) priorities and communicate these to the European institutions and other decision-making bodies in order to support the EU’s ambition of a decarbonised economy by 2050.
 


Upcoming EU funding opportunities and Research & Innovation policy

 

The Blue Invest Fund is a brand new €75 million fund to support innovative SMEs in Europe active in the Blue Economy (all economic activities related to oceans, seas and coasts). The fund was jointly launched by the European Commission and the European Investment Bank (EIB) earlier this year.

To receive financing, financial intermediaries must meet one or more of the criteria below:

  • Be active in research, development and/or operations of the Blue economy;
  • Exploit marine environment data or information in order to research, develop or manufacture products and/or services;
  • Transfer non-blue economy sectors technologies and/or data to blue economy-related activities;
  • Pursue digitalisation in blue economy technologies, products or services.

 
For more information contact Sabina.
 

The 2020 CEF Energy call for proposals has been opened, making €979.6 million available to finance Projects of Common Interest (PCIs) geared at the following objectives:
 

  • Ending energy isolation;
  • Increasing competitiveness by promoting the integration on the internal energy market and the interoperability of electricity and gas networks across borders;
  • Enhancing the Union’s security of supply;
  • Integrating energy from renewable sources and developing smart energy networks;
  • Eliminating energy bottlenecks;
  • Completion of the internal energy market;
  • Contributing to sustainable development and protection of the environment, inter alia by the integration of energy from renewable sources and by the development of smart energy networks and cross-border carbon dioxide networks;
  • Providing other benefits, e.g. in relation to the European “Green Deal” objectives.

The deadline to apply is 27 May 2020  

For more information contact Sabina.
 

The European Commission is launching a new call for proposals. It has a €1 billion budget for research and innovation projects that will help the EU to deliver on the Green Deal.
The European Green Deal Call is expected to focus on 8 thematic areas, 2 horizontal areas and 1 potential area on international cooperation. There are two thematic areas of interest to the wind industry:

  • “Area 2”: Clean, affordable and secure energy;
  • “Area 3”: Industry for a clean and circular economy.

We expect the European Commission to publish the final work program and open the call for proposals in September, in the occasion of the R&I days. The call would then be open until January 2021.
For more information contact Sabina.
 

DG CLIMA and INEA are looking for experienced and motivated experts to evaluate projects applying to the Innovation Fund.

Who should apply? Technical experts in renewables; seasoned professional and financial experts in project development and/or corporate or project finance including due-diligence, bankability and risk analysis of projects; and legal experts with experience in permitting and public procurement. 

How to apply? Register in the European Commission’s expert database and in parallel, send your CV to [email protected]

Make sure to:

•    Complete all sections of the online application form;
•    Document and add all relevant keywords best describing your expertise and background;
•    Add your email address so that you may be contacted;
•    Attach an updated CV to the registration;
•    Take a look at the manual for experts for more information;
•    Send a copy of your CV to [email protected] 

For more information contact Sabina.
 

The European Commission launched an online questionnaire to consult stakeholders on the implementation of the new LIFE programme (2021-2027), which will include the Clean Energy Transition sub-programme as a new feature. Read WindEurope’s response here.

The Clean Energy Transition sub-programme of LIFE will be a continuation of the market uptake activities currently funded under Horizon 2020. The aim is to support the objectives of EU legislation and policies in the transition towards a decarbonised energy system and a decarbonised economy. It will include capacity building and dissemination of knowledge, new skills, and innovative techniques in energy efficiency and renewable energy. WindEurope has been very active in market uptake projects. We are expecting this program to continue supporting the sector on policy and market design related topics.

The last calls for the LIFE programme funding period 2014-2020 have just been published. The Climate action sub-programme funds climate change mitigation and climate governance and information.

One of the priority areas for climate change mitigation is renewable energy. Grants will be allocated to best practice, pilot and demonstration projects that contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, the implementation and development of EU policy and law, best practices and solutions.

Climate governance and information funds projects in the areas of awareness raising, training and capacity building, law compliance and enforcement, knowledge development and stakeholder participation.

The deadline to apply is 6 October 2020

For more information contact Sabina.

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has recently opened a public consultation on sustainable finance. The aim of the consultation is to collect the views and opinions of interested parties in order to inform the Commission’s renewed strategy on sustainable finance.

Building on the 2018 Action Plan on financing sustainable growth, the renewed sustainable finance strategy will provide a roadmap with new actions to increase private investment in sustainable projects and activities to support the different actions set out in the European Green Deal and to manage and integrate climate and environmental risks into the financial system. The initiative will also provide additional enabling frameworks for the European Green Deal Investment Plan.

The deadline to reply is 15 July 2020

Legal notice: The views represented in this newsletter are those of its authors and do not represent the views or official position of the European Commission.