Project results are expected to contribute to all of the following expected outcomes:
- Demonstration of knowledge and scientific proofs of the technological feasibility of concepts on high risk/high return (i.e. high technological and economic risks) technologies for transition to climate neutral economy by 2050 and beyond.
- Assessment of environmental, social, and economic benefits to contribute to R&I strategy, as well as the EU climate and energy targets.
- Contribution to establishing a solid long-term dependable innovation in Europe.
This topic focusses on the development of novel bottom-up technological solutions with breakthrough potential across all parts of the energy sector value chain, as well as all energy-related aspects in the transport sector.
Projects supported under this topic should consider at least one of the following areas:
- Energy distribution and transmission.
- Long-term energy storage.
- Novel energy generation/conversion methods.
The following areas should not be covered, as they fall within either partnerships or other calls:
- Renewable energy technologies covered under the call D3-1-49 on ‘Next generation of renewable technologies) and renewable hydrogen production.
- Batteries and especially long-term electricity storage technologies, covered under D3-2-17 as well as flow batteries.
- Material research.
The proposal should: i) present a robust research methodology including ambitious yet realistic conversion efficiency targets to be validated in the lab ii) establish the technological feasibility of the proposed concept iii) include a proper assessment of environmental, social, and economic benefits and iv) consider the applicability of the proposed technology in various sectors.
Proposals are expected to fulfil the following conditions:
In developing its concept, the proposal should address the following aspects:
- Low environmental impact (e.g. on climate change and pollution) quantified based on Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) framework.
- Barriers to the deployment of such technologies, including issues related to social acceptability or resistance to new energy technologies, related socioeconomic and livelihood issues globally.