in June 2018 member states agreed to set an overall EU renewable energy target of 32% by 2030. Challenges exist for renewable energy to realise its full potential in all sectors and accelerate the clean energy transition.
The introduction and deployment of renewable energy at large scale requires overcoming a number of barriers. These cover issues such as consumer acceptance, legal and financial challenges related to the introduction of novel solutions into a technical and business environment with incumbent established solutions in place, necessity of making renewable energy solutions compliant with the new legislations, facilitation of legislative and regulatory aspects limiting innovative energy solutions implementation at the grid levels and also at the community or citizen level. Improving existing tools for better assessing the environmental, economic and social impact of renewable energy solutions is challenging due the breadth and scope of the different renewable technologies. The challenges are also related to creating a renewable energy sector fit for massive deployment in the market, which means ensuring that complete value chains for a broad range of renewable energy technologies are in place.
- The proposal will develop solution(s) addressing one or more of the identified challenge(s), for the entire renewable energy sector or focusing on a specific energy market, such as electricity, heating, cooling or renewable fuels.
- The proposed solution can be developed to address a local challenge but should have wide potential for reapplication.
- The solution must have a long term viability and not be limited to an ad-hoc fix.
- The methodologies applied may be inspired by successful approaches already tested in other fields or contexts.
The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of between EUR 1 to 3 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.
- It is expected that the solution proposed will facilitate the wider uptake of renewable energy generation in the energy and industrial sectors leading to an increase share of renewable energy in the final energy consumption by 2030.
- The solution will contribute to substantial and measurable reductions in the project development timings and efforts, whilst fully addressing the needs for environmental impact assessments and public engagement.
- It will also contribute to provide a basis for the development of more informed policy, market support and financial frameworks, notably at national, regional and local level, leading to more cost effective support schemes and lower financing costs for RES facilities.
11 December 2019 at 17:00 Brussels time