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Developing the next generation technologies of renewable electricity and heating/cooling

Specific Challenge

The technologies that will form the backbone of the energy system by 2030 and 2050 are still in the research and development cycle and need to be fully developed before they could fully demonstrate their potential value in our future energy system. It is crucial that these new technologies show evidence of promising developments and do not represent a risk to society.


At least one of the following technology-specific challenges has to be addressed in 2016 and 2017: see call website

Proposals should address one or more of the technology-specific challenges described above. Combining renewables areas, when new innovative ideas could bring breakthrough, is welcome, but the proposal should have a clear focus on at least one of the technology specific challenges. The proposals should bring technology solutions to TRL 4-5 (please see part G of the General Annexes) at the end of the action.

Environment, health and safety issues shall be considered in all developments and appropriately addressed.

Proposals shall explicitly address performance and cost targets together with relevant key performance indicators, expected impacts, as well as provide for development of explicit exploitation plans.

Technical issues, synergies between technologies, regional approaches, socio-economic and environmental aspects from a life-cycle perspective (including public resistance and acceptance, business cases, pre-normative and legal issues, pollution and recycling) need to be appropriately addressed wherever relevant. As in many cases, renewable energy projects are part of complex ecosystems, with links to broader environmental, socioeconomic and livelihood issues that are of particular relevance to local communities, multidisciplinary research designs that integrate contributions also from the social sciences and humanities are encouraged.

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of between EUR 2 to 5 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.

Expected Impact

Further to what mentioned for the specific technologies, proposals focusing on the technology specific challenges a) to h) should address all the general impacts listed below:

  • Reduce the technological risks for the next development stages;
  • Significantly increased technology performance;
  • Reducing life-cycle environmental impact;
  • Nurturing the development of the industrial capacity to produce components and systems and opening of new opportunities;
  • Contributing to the strengthening the European industrial technology base, thereby creating growth and jobs in Europe;
  • Reducing renewable energy technologies installation time and cost and/or operational costs, hence easing the deployment of renewable energy sources within the energy mix;
  • Increasing the reliability and lifetime while decreasing operation and maintenance costs, hence creating new business opportunities;
  • Contributing to solving the global climate and energy challenges.

The proposals focusing on the technology-specific challenge i) in 2016 and on the technology-specific challenge j) in 2017 should address all the following impacts:

  • Improving EU energy security;
  • Making variable renewable electricity generation more predictable and grid friendly, thereby allowing larger amounts of variable output renewable sources in the grid;
  • Bringing cohesion, coherence and strategy in the development of new renewable energy technologies;
  • Contributing to solving the global climate and energy challenges.
Call ID
LCE-07-2016-2017 - RIA Research and Innovation action
Application date
16 Feb 2016
Europe H2020
Social sciences Business and Administrative Sciences Communication Sciences Demography Economics Environmental Sciences Gender Studies Geography International Relations Law Pedagogic & Education Research Political science Psychology & Cognitive Sciences Social Anthropology Sociology
Required post-doc experience: 
between 0 and 99 years
Program Type
Societal Challenges Societal challenge 3: Secure, clean and efficient energy
Award granted
€ 2-5.000.000