SDE++ – Stimulating Sustainable Energy Transition



The grant scheme Stimulation of Sustainable Energy Transition (SDE++) is a broadening of the earlier Stimulation of Sustainable Energy Production (SDE+). It is intended for companies and (non-)profit institutions in various sectors that produce renewable energy or apply CO2-reducing techniques, or aim to do so infuture. The central government is excluded from participation.

The difference compared with the former scheme is the scheme’s broadening scope: CO2 reduction is also stimulated.

Main CategorySubcategory
Renewable electricity* Osmosis
* Hydropower
* Wind
* Sun
Renewable heat (CHP)* Renewable heat biomass
* Mushroom compost
* Geothermal energy (ultra-deep)
* Solar thermal energy
Renewable gas* Renewable gas from biomass
Low carbon heat* Aquathermal (TEO, TEA and TED)
* Daylight greenhouse
* Solar PVT panels with heat pump
* Electric boiler
* Geothermal energy (ultra-deep)
* Residual heat
* Industrial heat pump
Low carbon production* CO2-capture and -storage
* CO2-capture and -use
* Advanced renewable fuels
* Hydrogen produced via electrolysis

Expected new techniques

  • Electrification: hybrid glass furnaces: The Netherlands has about 10-15 furnaces that produce molten glass, which is further processed into mainly packaging glass for food and beverages. For the production of the required heat, mainly natural gas is used. An alternative to conventional furnaces are hybrid glass furnaces, in which the heating is mainly electrical, combined with the combustion of a gas. This results in a reduction of CO₂ and this technique will be opened up for the first time in 2022.
  • Electrification: industrial heat pump with 3,000 full-load hours: until now, the SDE++ only had a category for an industrial heat pump with 8,000 full-load hours. With the new category for 3,000 full load hours, installations that run fewer hours, and therefore cannot operate at 8,000 full load hours, are facilitated.
  • Hydrogen: direct line: a category for hydrogen already exists in the SDE++. This category will be expanded to include a second category for electrolysers that obtain their electricity via a direct line from a wind or solar park. This distinction from grid-connected systems has been made because the number of CO₂-free full-load hours, the connection costs to the electricity grid and the electricity prices are different in both cases. For the new category, it applies that no SDE++ grant may have been provided for the electricity used.

Target Groups

  • Companies and (non-)profit institutions in various sectors such as industry, mobility, electricity, agriculture and the built environment
  • The central government is excluded from participation.

Deadlines and Budget

  • The SDE++ programme opens 5 September 2023 and closes 5 Ocotober 2023.
  • This funding always works with opening-rounds. Techniques with a reduced funding per tonne of CO2 can be submitted earlier and are therefore considered earlier. The drafting rounds for 2022 are as follows:

    • Phase 1 90 €/ton CO2: 5 September 09:00 hrs – 11 September 17:00 hrs;
    • Phase 2 180 €/ton CO2: 11 September 17:00 hrs – 18 September 17:00 hrs;
    • Phase 3 240 €/ton CO2: 18 September 17:00 hrs – 25 September 17:00 hrs;
    • Phase 4 300€/ton CO2: 25 September 17:00 hrs – 2 October 17:00 hrs;
    • Phase 5 400€/ton CO2: 2 October 17:00 hrs– 5 October 17:00 hrs.


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The purpose of this fact sheet is to provide a quick overview of the objectives, structure and conditions of this grant scheme. No conclusions can be drawn on the basis of this information. Moreover, this document has no legal status. 


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