Both the European Union and the Dutch government have set clearly defined goals to significantly reduce the emission of greenhouse gases. In addition to energy conservation, there is a focus on renewable and sustainable energy production, for example from biomass, or wind and solar energy.
E+M grant consultants is active in both fields. We have an extensive track record of successful grant applications for projects related to renewable energy, CO2-reducing techniques, flexibalisation of energy systems, alternatives to natural gas in built-up areas, energy storage and conversion.
Relevant Grant Programmes
The Topsector Energy (TSE) stimulates innovations for an affordable, reliable, and sustainable energy transition. On the basis of these policy objectives, grant schemes have been drawn up for the development and demonstration of energy innovations.
Within the TSE, there are various Top Consortia for Knowledge and Innovation (TKIs), encompassing various themes:
- TKI Wind at Sea (Wind op Zee): The development of offshore wind energy as a large-scale energy source is an important part of the Dutch energy transition. The TKI facilitates research, development, knowledge transfer, and market development in this sector.
- TKI New Gas (Nieuw Gas): The energy transition in the gas sector will result in a reduction in the use of natural gas and an increase in sustainable alternatives. In this TKI, knowledge institutes and companies are supported in the development, demonstration, and application of innovative technologies with lower CO2 emissions. Hydrogen plays an important role in this.
- TKI Urban Energy: There is a high demand for energy innovations in the built-up environment and infrastructure. There are six separate programme lines within this TKI: natural gas-free districts; homes and buildings; solar PV; heating and cooling installations; physical integration; flexible energy infrastructure; and energy regulation systems and services.
- TKI Energy & Industrie (Energie & Industrie): Industry is responsible for a large proportion of the Dutch CO2 emissions. The TKI Energy & Industry stimulates sustainability, for example through more efficient use of raw materials, energy savings, and the electrification of processes.
- TKI Biobased Economy: Biomass is an alternative to fossil raw materials, both for energy production and in the chemical sector. Both chemical and biological conversion is possible. In this TKI, there are four different programme lines: thermal conversion; chemical catalytic conversion; microbiological conversion; and solar capturing and biomass production.
The Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) publishes an annual grant programme for each theme. In 2019, more than €43 million was available, spread over the above-mentioned themes. In addition, money was available for so-called energy studies, including feasibility studies and environmental studies.
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 – innovation
- CO2-reduction in the industry
- Flexibility of the electricity grid
- Spatial integration large-scale electricity generation via solar or wind power
- Houses, neighbourhoods, and buildings that are free of natural gas
Here you find more information on the DEI 2019.
Renewable Energy Innovation (HER – Hernieuwbare Energy Regeling):
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: Innovative projects that reduce the production costs of renewable energy, thereby reducing the costs of future SDE+ (operating) grants.
- Technologies that combine the generation of renewable energy with storage, smart grids, and additional production, and thus lead to additional production of renewable energy.
Here you find more information on the HER.
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 and the Cross-over programme. ORC provides grants for social issues and for strengthening 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 main 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 ‘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.
Energy Investment Deduction (EIA – Energie Investeringsaftrek):
The EIA is a tax-deductible item to stimulate investments in energy-efficient technologies and sustainable energy. Entrepreneurs can deduct part of the eligible investment costs from the taxable profit. This provides an advantage when paying corporation tax.
Sustainable Energy Incentives ( SDE+ Stimulering Duurzame Energie):
In addition to the many grant schemes mentioned above to realise innovations, the SDE+ exists to reduce the operating 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 various renewable energy categories to which SDE+ can be applied. From 2020 onwards, the focus of the scheme will shift from energy production to CO2 savings.