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Agency: Cordis | Branch: H2020 | Program: ERA-NET-Cofund | Phase: LCE-18-2015 | Award Amount: 19.67M | Year: 2016

SOLAR-ERA.NET Cofund will bring together 15 national organisations owning and / or managing major solar power research and innovation programmes throughout Europe, covering photovoltaics (PV) and concentrating solar power (CSP). According to the challenges addressed in the work programme on Low Carbon Energy, SOLAR-ERA.NET Cofund has different objectives: To implement a joint call on subjects of highest priority and European added value in line with the Solar Europe Industry Initiative within the Strategic Energy Technology (SET) Plan To pool resources and to provide critical mass for transnationally highly relevant and innovative projects To mobilise 20 MEUR of public funding (national and EC funding), and, together with the resources provided by the private industry sector, a total of 40 MEUR. To enhance coordination, coherence and networking between national programmes SOLAR-ERA.NET Cofund will contribute to substantial cost reductions of solar power technologies, economic development of the European solar power sector and to reinforce Europes strong position in solar power technologies. Reducing technology cost and advancing manufacturing technologies, applications and grid / system integration are essential to increasing the deployment of solar power technologies. This way, SOLAR-ERA.NET Cofund will greatly contribute to: Acceleration of the time to market by advancing technologies Affordable, cost-effective and resource-efficient technology solutions Decarbonisation of the energy system Sustainable, secure energy supply and completion of the energy internal market Strengthening the European industrial technology base (growth and jobs in Europe SOLAR-ERA.NET Cofund follows on from SOLAR-ERA.NET project and network and previous PV-ERA-NET network, taking advantage of more than ten years of ERA-NET experience and expertise from all major key stakeholders in the solar research, innovation and industry sector.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-ERA-Plus | Phase: NMP.2012.4.0-3;KBBE.2012.1.2-08 | Award Amount: 23.03M | Year: 2012

The overall objective of the WoodWisdom-Net\ is to support the transformation of the European F-BI and sustainable forest management for increasing resource efficiency and adapting to and mitigating climate change effects. This will be achieved by integrating knowledge and technologies of large-scale industrial products and processes, as well as primary production. The aim is to plan a single joint call for proposals for research, development and innovation in the forest sector with a clear financial commitment from the participating national (or regional) research programmes and the EU. The estimated total funding volume of the joint call is expected to ca. 30 MEUR (share of industry funding 5-10 MEUR). The main approach in the WW-Net\ is the substitution of non-renewable resources (e.g. materials or fossil fuels), by renewable forest-based solutions to reduce carbon emissions and waste. The joint trans-national call will address the whole forest-based value chain in four areas. These are: 1) the sustainable management of forest resources through 2) their efficient utilisation in industrial processes to 3) value added products and 4) competitive customer solutions. The exact scope will be defined during the project. WW-Net\ will base its research, development and innovation funding activities on the processes and experience developed during the preceding ERA-Nets towards streamlined and efficient processes. The preceding ERA-Nets WoodWisdom-Net (2004-08) and WoodWisdom-Net 2 (2009-12) form the transnational WoodWisdom-Net Research Programme (total funding volume of the launched 3 calls ca. 50 MEUR) which provides the planned ERA-NET Plus Action with a solid foundation. Looking to the future, the WW-Net\ will continue to improve the delivery of joint activities and has ambitious goals for funding trans-national research and offering access to the resources of other countries.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-CA | Phase: ENERGY.2011.10.2-2 | Award Amount: 2.36M | Year: 2012

The proposed ERA-NET will deepen the cooperation of national program owners and administrators and thus be an enabler for the integration of national research and development agendas into a coherent European geothermal R&D program. Countries participating in the first instance in this ERA NET are chosen on the basis of their ambitions to include geothermal energy into their goals for 2020 and 2050 on the reduction of CO2 emissions. A cornerstone of the implementation will be the broadening of this ERA NET partnership by including additional European national program owners to ensure the appropriate geographic balance and complementarily. The Geothermal ERA-NET will focus on the utilization of geothermal energy, from direct heating use up to higher enthalpy resources and their corresponding use (e.g. power generation). To ensure appropriate linkages to related R&D activities (renewable heating and cooling via ground storage heat pumps, power distribution and transmission) the interface with related ERA-NETs such as ERACOBUILD or SmartGrids will be maintained to avoid overlap. The ERA NET will include technical and non-technical issues as long they can be considered to be exclusively applied to the support of geothermal energy utilization. A significant instrument will be the EERA Joint Programme on Geothermal Energy whose aim it is to contribute via research and development to the renewable energy targets for 2020 and beyond in member and associated states. Coordination activities will focus on implementation of commonly agreed objectives and joint activities and funding of joint transnational research actions

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-CA | Phase: ENERGY.2013.10.1.3 | Award Amount: 2.67M | Year: 2013

Europes vast coast line harbours a huge potential resource of ocean energy to be exploited as a renewable electricity source contributing towards the 2020 targets and beyond. The ocean is a complex working environment, relatively little is known about it and it is widely used by others, such as fishing, shipping and recreation. However, the prize for introducing ocean energy generation is high, estimated by DG MARE, at 380GW. Currently, several member states and regions are funding ocean energy research, demonstration, technology and innovation (RTDI). There is a shared goal to generate knowledge about the marine environment and to speed the development of this emerging sector. However these research efforts are not coordinated. This is why the member states are proposing the Ocean Energy ERA-NET as outlined in this paper. The ERA-NET will provide a framework for transnational joint activities and will cooperate with the EERA Ocean Energy Joint Programme; other relevant European projects and industry stakeholders. This wide reaching ERA-NET brings together 16 partners from nine member states intent on gaining the benefits of coordinated research funding. Member States have different levels of engagement in the ocean energy sector, and it is important that the ERA-NET actions reflect this. The objective is to improve the quality, scope and fragmentation of research through better networks, addressing common barriers and improving coordination. The proposal sets out the execution of the project from networking and information sharing to the launch of, at least one, transnational joint call. In doing so the partners will develop a shared vision for the sector, an action plan for delivery and a toolkit for call administration. The result will be reduced fragmentation in research funding, development and wider uptake of good practice and support for the commercialisation of the ocean energy sector.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: H2020 | Program: CSA | Phase: LCE-22-2014 | Award Amount: 1.50M | Year: 2014

C-ENERGY 2020 is a 48 months Coordination and Support Action having the specific objectives to Ensuring high quality Energy NCP services for Horizon 2020 and related programmes applicants; Lowering entry barriers for Energy NCPs approaching EU Framework Programmes for R&I for the first time; Consolidating the network of Energy NCPs. C-ENERGY 2020 project will take into consideration the significant changes that Horizon 2020 has brought about the Energy NCP mandate. With its brand new approach to R&I Horizon 2020 demands Energy NCPs: a) to address their services to a wider target, b) to have specific multidisciplinary competences. C-ENERGY 2020, whose consortium is composed by experienced and less experienced Energy NCPs from 18 countries, will tackle these challenges building up the NCP capacity by organising benchmarking activities, at least 8 training sessions and 12 twinning schemes. The dialogue with energy participants will benefit of at least 2 enhanced cross-border brokerage events and 9 training sessions for stakeholders. The project will also take special care of outreaching activities by extending the collaboration with other NCP thematic networks, cooperating with EEN, working on partner search and cooperating on international relevant activities. Finally, communication within and outside the Energy NCP network and the dissemination of results will be ensured through the website, the development of promotion/information materials, the participation at major events and PR activities and an e-mail alert service/newsletter. Throughout the project special attention will be paid to the diversity of stakeholders in the energy sector, the gender dimension, as well as to establish links with other EU relevant initiatives, programmes and policies.

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