[H2020] Report on the last Energy Info Days in Brussels

The Energy Info Days is a three days event in Brussels, organized by the European Commission, INEA, and EASME. The goal of the event was to present the H2020 funding opportunities for research, innovation and market uptake projects on clean energy.

You’ll find presentations and useful materials here.

More than 300 attendants from industries, universities, private companies, etc, were present during the event, to learn and connect for future collaboration on H2020 projects.

During the two first days, Policy Officers from INEA, and from the European Commission presented several calls under the topic “H2020 – Secure, clean and efficient energy systems” for 2019-2020. « Calls for 2020 are not yet official, they will be launched in a few days in the official webpage of the European Commission ». INEA has also presented the H2020 evaluation process with some lessons learned during the past few years in the program and tips to improve proposals and enhance chances to be financed. 

Topics related to smart citizen-centered Energy system, digitalization to support the energy transition, cybersecurity and digital privacy in the energy sector, next-generation batteries, and renewable energy solutions in different fields have been discussed all along.

One of the biggest trends that will continue over the coming years is Electrification. We need to store technologies and look at ways to make the system more flexible so that it would be easier to integrate more and more renewable energies. The idea is to integrate all these set of renewables energies together, increasing the flexibility of the system (e.g. electricity system, different systems linked such as electricity – heating, electricity – transport, etc).

In consequence, there are some challenges to solve. How are we going to integrate all these different technologies to work in a system, and how are we going to make a lot of different actors work together to make the innovation happen? These are the main questions asked by the European Commission that show the complexity of these challenges.

Police Officers at the European Commission are trying to translate all these insights into policies measures to clarify some of these inferences so that the market uptake of all these innovations will be easier.

Moreover, integrating digitalization techniques in energy projects is key to integrate faster all novel energy transitions and connect all collaborators.

Key message: New calls will be launched in 2020 with an important budget for Islands energy resources, cybersecurity and digital privacy in the energy sector, smart airport, and next-generation batteries. 

In conclusion, “Climate and energy will STAY VERY HIGH on the agenda in the next Commission.” Says Mark Van Stiphout (Police Officer INEA). The final goal is to meet the Paris climate objectives by 2050, reducing significantly CO2 gas emissions, and show that with the R&D the energy transition to a zero society is feasible.

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