The European Union and the Dutch government have set clearly defined climate goals. In order to meet these goals, CO2 emissions have to be reduced on a large scale. In addition to energy conservation, there is a focus on renewable and sustainable energy production, for example from biomass, or wind and solar energy. Both within the energy sector and beyond, this transition is clearly visible.
E+M grant consultants is closely involved in these developments. We have a proven track record of successful grant applications for projects related to renewable energy; CO2-reducing techniques; the flexibalisation of energy systems; alternatives to natural gas in built-up areas; and energy storage and conversion.
Relevant Grant Programmes
The Topsector Energy (TSE) stimulates innovations for an affordable, reliable, and sustainable energy transition. Based on these policy objectives, grant schemes have been drawn up for the development and demonstration of energy innovations.
Demonstration Energy Innovation (DEI+):
The DEI+ is a grant scheme that supports CO2-reducing technologies by financing pilots and demonstration projects. Projects can be submitted in the following programme lines:
- Energy efficiency
- Renewable energy (including flexibilisation of the electricity system, amongst others hydrogen and spatial integration)
- Local infrastructure
- Circular economy
- CCUS (Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage)
- Other CO2-reduction measures in industry or in the electricity sector
In addition, the following DEI+ programmes complement the programme lines outlined above:
- DEI+ Homes, neighbourhoods and buildings without natural gas
- DEI+ Circular economy
Here you find more information on the DEI+ 2020.
Renewable Energy Innovation (HER)
The aim of the HER is to achieve the energy targets for 2030 in a cost-effective manner. It is open to a wide range of renewable energy sources. The scheme focuses on two types of projects:
SDE+(+) techniques: Making the production of renewable energy more cost-effective
Offshore wind energy: Making the production of offshore wind energy more cost-effective
Generation and storage: Combining storage and generation of renewable energy.
Generation and smart grids: Combining smart schemes with the production of renewable energy at a decentralised level.
Non-SDE+ techniques, via which additional production is feasible through innovations.
Here you find more information on the HER.
Mission-driven Research Development and Innovation (MOOI) scheme
The aim of the MOOI scheme is to support projects with an integrated approach that bring the climate objectives closer. It concerns multidisciplinary consortia with a minimum of 3 partners, outlining the following main themes:
- Wind at Sea
- Renewable energy on land
- Built-up environment
Projects fall within the MOOI scheme when they are in the phase of ‘applied research and development’. Therefore, pilots and demonstration projects do not qualify for this scheme.
Whilst the project size must be at least €2 million and the maximum grant available is €4 million (with a maximum of €7 million for projects in the category ‘Built-up Environment’). This scheme consists of a pre-registration (opening: 1 April 2020 to 20 April 2020) and a final application (1 July 2020 until 8 September 2020) period.
Accelerated Climate Investment in Industry (VEKI) scheme
The aim of the VEKI scheme is to stimulate companies that aim to implement CO2-reduction measures. This specifically concerns investments in existing, proven technologies.
- The investment costs must, at present, be too high.
- The payback period is longer than 5 years.
- Eligible are the extra costs compared to the conventional process / a less environmentally friendly investment.
The budget is €28 million with grant rates varying according to the type of project:
- Environmental project/other CO2-reducing measures: 40%
- Recycling project: 35%
- Local infrastructure project: 50%
- Energy efficiency: 30%
Based on a first-come-first-serve basis, the VEKI application process opens on 1 August 2019 and closes on 30 June 2020.
Top Sector Energy Studies Industry
Top Sector Energy Studies Industry is a grant scheme aimed at feasibility studies by industrial parties into innovative pilot or demonstration projects. The aim is to reduce CO2 emissions in a cost-effective manner by 2030. This includes feasibility studies, environmental studies and comparable studies.
A study must fall within the following programme lines (PL):
- PL1: Closure of industrial chains
- PL2: A CO2-free industrial heating system
- PL3: Maximum electrification and radically renewed processes
- PL4: CCUS (Carbon Capture Utilisation and Storage)
- PL5: Other CO2-reducing measures
The total budget is €6 million. A maximum grant percentage of 50% can be obtained per study (with possible surcharges for SME parties). The maximum grant amount per project is €2 million. The application period runs from 15 January 2020 until 1 September 2020.
In addition to the Top Sector Energy schemes, we have other schemes in the field of energy:
Living Labs Natural Gas-Free Neighbourhoods
Natural gas-free homes, neighbourhoods and industrial estates are becoming increasingly important as gas production declines. The ‘living lab scheme’ offers municipalities the opportunity to gain experience in making neighbourhoods natural gas-free or natural gas-free-ready. This scheme is open until 1 April 2020. The focus is on the implementation readiness of the approach and the robustness of the plans.
Energy Investment Allowance (EIA)
The EIA is a tax deduction to stimulate investments in energy efficient techniques and renewable energy. Entrepreneurs can deduct part of eligible investment costs from the taxable profit. This provides an advantage in the event of payment of corporation tax.
Promotion of Sustainable Energy (SDE+)
In addition to the many grant schemes intended to realise innovations as mentioned above, the SDE+ aims to reduce the exploitation costs of renewable energy. The SDE+ compensates the unprofitable top by subsidising the difference between the costs of grey energy and renewable energy. The scheme is aimed at companies and institutions. There are several renewable energy categories for which SDE+ can be obtained. From 2020 onwards, the scheme will change and shift its focus from energy production to CO2 reduction.
The Dutch Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) funds scientific research at universities and knowledge institutes. The department of applied and technical sciences promotes scientific and technical research that makes a positive impact on people and society. Various funding instruments cover fundamental and applied research in the field of energy transition and CO2 reduction.
NWO also funds large-scale research programmes, such as the National Science Agenda – Research on Routes by Consortia (ORC) programme. ORC provides grants for social issues and the strengthening of knowledge infrastructures. The Cross-over scheme is aimed at achieving a significant impact on societal challenges, linking research themes from several top sectors and scientific disciplines.
Horizon 2020 is the most important European programme for research, development, and innovation. The most important overarching themes are ‘Excellent Science’, ‘Industrial Leadership’, and ‘Societal Challenges’. Each theme covers various grant programmes. Research and development in the energy sector can be covered by several of these programmes. Under the theme ‘Societal Challenges’, project proposals can be submitted that are aimed at a safe, clean, and efficient energy supply. More information about Horizon 2020 can be found here.