EU, India invite joint research proposals on integrated local energy systems

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India’s Department of Science & Technology and the European Commission’s Innovation and Networks Executive Agency have issued a joint call for proposals that aims at smartly integrating large amounts of renewable energy in local energy systems in Europe and/or India and in this way make energy supply cleaner, more efficient and affordable.

The proposals should develop and demonstrate novel solutions, integrating all energy vectors (electricity, heating, cooling, water and wastes), including possibilities offered by batteries and electric vehicles; interconnect them; and optimize joint operation with increased share of renewables and a higher energy efficiency.

Proposals should present a preliminary analysis of the local case as part of the content of the proposal and propose to develop solutions and tools for the optimisation of the local energy network that also have a high replication potential across Europe and India.

Local consumers, small to medium industrial production facilities and/or commercial buildings should be involved in the projects from the start, preferably by creating renewable energy communities.

Funding

The total available budget is approximately 18 million euros, with the EC committing 9 million euros for applicants from European countries and the DST contributing another 9 million euros (equivalent in Rupees) for Indian applicants.

Up to three projects shall be selected and funded by both the sides.

Timelines

The proposals can be submitted till September 1, 2020. Results shall be declared by early December. Project duration should not exceed 42 months.