Climate change affects all aspects of our society. In order to implement CO2 savings across the board, the Dutch government has various related objectives when it comes to making the Netherlands more sustainable. The Energy Top Sector, linked to various Top Consortia for Knowledge and Innovation (TKIs), therefore opens up a wide range of grant schemes each year in order to make the Dutch energy system more sustainable. These schemes focus on fundamental research and development, demonstration and the first practical application of innovations.
Target groups of Top Sector Energy schemes
The Top Sector Energy schemes are intended for national consortia. They contain at least one entrepreneur, supplemented by other entrepreneurs, research institutes and/or universities, for example. Only in the case of the Top Sector Energy Studies (see below TKI exceeding grant schemes) is it also possible to submit an application as an individual entrepreneur.
TKI Biobased Economy
Biomass is an alternative to fossil raw materials for energy production and to fossil raw materials in the chemical sector. Both chemical and biological conversion is possible. Within the TKI there are 4 programme lines: Thermal conversion, chemical catalytic conversion, microbiological conversion and solar capturing and biomass production.
TKI Energy & Industry
The industry is responsible for a large part of the Dutch CO2 emissions. The TKI Energy & Industry stimulate sustainability through more efficient use of raw materials and energy consumption and the electrification of processes. Projects can be submitted within 3 programme lines:
- Programme line 1: Heat (heat manipulation and storage, efficient process technology)
- Programme line 2: System integration – Electrification and flexibilization
- Programme line 3: Circularity
TKI New 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 helped with the development, demonstration and application of innovative technologies with lower CO2 emissions. Hydrogen has an important role to play here as an energy carrier.
TKI Urban Energy
In the built environment there is a high demand for energy innovations in the built environment and infrastructure. There are several programme lines within this TKI:
- Solar energy
- Sustainable installations for heat/cold and attractive indoor climate
- Physical integration
- Flexible energy infrastructure
- Energy regulation systems and services
There is also a scheme for Multi-Annual Mission Driven Innovation Programmes (MMIP). Within this category subsidies can be applied for:
- Acceleration of energy renovations in the built environment
- Sustainable heating and cooling in the built environment (individual and collective systems)
TKI 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. Projects can be submitted within 3 programme lines:
- Cost reduction and optimization
- Integration into the energy system
- Wind at sea and the surrounding area
TKI exceeding grant schemes
Socially Responsible Innovation (CSR) Energy: Multidisciplinary fundamental and industrial research relating to the interplay between technical energy innovations and social innovations. The aim is to facilitate a transition to a future-proof, sustainable energy supply. The socio-scientific aspects of the development are a major consideration in the assessment.
Top Sector Energy Studies: Top sector-wide feasibility studies broken down by:
- R&D feasibility studies;
- Exploratory studies;
- CCUS (Carbon Capture Utilisation Storage) feasibility studies.
In addition to the TKI schemes, there are two other innovation programmes in the field of energy and CO2
- Demonstration Energy Innovation (DEI): Investment in pilot and demonstration projects in the field of CO2-reducing techniques.
- Renewable Energy Regulation (HER): Research, development and demonstration of cost-effective renewable energy production technologies [[link]].