DEI – Demonstration Energy Innovation


In its ‘Draft Climate Agreement’, the Dutch government has set itself the target of achieving 49% CO2 reduction by 2030. The energy sector offers many opportunities to contribute to this objective. The Energy Innovation Demonstration (DEI) aims to contribute to achieving CO2 reduction in the most cost-effective way. The DEI therefore focuses on new innovative products, processes or services that contribute to CO2 reduction (or CO2 equivalent) in the Netherlands.

Themes, budgets and subsidies

The Energy Innovation Demonstration is open to different themes. The table below gives an overview of the themes for 2019. In addition, the table gives an overview of the type of projects that can be requested and the budgets for 2019.


DEI-topicPilot- or demonstrationprojectBudgets
Energy-innovationPilot- and demonstration projects€35 million
CO-reduction industry (including
CCUS, infrastructure)
Pilot- and demonstration projects
(for CCUS pilots only)
€23,74 million
Electricity system flexibility (including storage
and conversion, demand-side response,
CO2-free adjustable capacity and
flexibility of electricity networks)
Pilots€33,6 million
Innovations in natural gas-free homes, neighbourhoods
and buildings
Pilots€11 million
Spatial integration of large-scale
renewable energy generation
Pilot- and demonstration projects€9,6 million


A maximum of € 6 million can be requested per project (€ 15 million for projects in the field of flexibilisation). The grantrates vary from 25% for experimental development to 30-45% for demonstration (possibly increased by 10-20% for small and medium-sized enterprises).

Target group(s)

The DEI can be requested by individual companies and participants in joint ventures (minimum 1 company). Provinces and municipalities may participate in projects, but cannot receive grants themselves.


  • Projects within the themes of CO2 reduction industry, electricity system flexibility, innovations in natural gas-free homes, neighbourhoods and buildings and spatial integration of large-scale sustainable energy generation must be completed by 31 December 2019. Small projects in which all project partners individually submit less than €125,000 applications,  have a maximum duration of 1 year for these topics
  • Projects within the topic of energy innovation have a maximum duration of 4 years
  • Projects must be realised in the Netherlands (or in Bonaire, St. Eustatius or Saba). The CO2 reduction must also take place in the Netherlands
  • Projects may not have started before the application has been submitted

A programme in transition

In 2019, the DEI was radically changed compared to previous years. The scope of the programme has been broadened. The focus is no longer only on energy innovations and the production of renewable energy, but from 2019 also on CO2 reduction. This has expanded the number of categories in which applications can be made. In practice, this means that many more projects can fall within the scheme. Another change is that subsidies are distributed according to the first-come-first-serve principle. Previously, 2 tenders were opened annually.

*The amounts and criteria mentioned in this document are based on the opening in 2019. Budgets and subsidy rules may change.

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