Top Sector Energy programmes

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Climate change affects all aspects of our society. In order to implement COsavings across the board, the Dutch government has various related objectives when it comes to making the Netherlands more sustainable.

The top sector energy has already had subsidy schemes like the DEI+ and HER+ for a number of years. In 2020, the MOOI scheme (Mission-Driven Research, Development and Innovation) was added. This has to do with the change that is gradually taking place from top sector driven to mission driven innovation policy. 

In addition, within the context of TKI New Gas a new grant programme has been published specifically to support the development of hydrogen technology. In addition to hydrogen, other themes covered by the TKI New Gas are green gas, CCUS, and geo-energy.

The top sector energy operated in accordance with the so-called Multi-Annual Mission-Based Innovation Programmes (MMIPs). These MMIPs cover the entire knowledge and innovation chain, from fundamental research to market introduction, and can connect several top sectors.

Target groups

All companies that want to innovate or invest in CO2 reduction.

Missions and MMIP’s

In the context of the energy transition, 6 missions have been formulated to which openings of MMIPs will be linked in the coming years:

  • A completely CO2-free electricity system in 2050
  • A CO2-free built environment in 2050
  • By 2050, raw materials, products and processes in industry will be net climate-neutral and at least 80% circular.
  • Emission-free mobility for people and goods in 2050
  • In 2050, the system of agriculture and nature will be net climate-neutral.

From the sectors wind energy at sea, renewable energy on land, built environment and industry 13 MMIPs have been developed:

Wind at seaMMIP 1: Renewable electricity at sea1. Cost reduction and optimisation
2. Integration within the energy system
3. Integration in the environment
MMIP 8: Electrification and radically renewed processes1. Production of hydrogen, molecules, and innovative renewable fuels
2. Electrical equipment and electrically driven processes
3. Flexibilisation and digitalisation
4. (Radically) renewed processes
5. Societal implications of industrial electrification
MMIP 13: A robust and socially supported energy systemThis encompasses all other missions, and is directed towards knowledge and innovations that enable the transition of the energy system.
Hydrogen programmeInnovation, upscaling, acceleration, knowledge development, and synergy in the field of hydrogen.
Renewable electricity on landMMIP 2: Renewable electricity generation on land1A. Enablers and broadly applicable innovations in technology (generic)
1B. Enablers and broadly applicable innovations in market and policy (generic)
2A. Solar power systems in the built environment
2B. Solar power systems in rural areas
2C. Wind farms in rural areas
2D. Other options for electricity generation on land and in the built environment
MMIP 13: a robust and socially supported energy systemSee above
Built environmentMMIP 2: Renewable electriciy generation on landSee above
MMIP 3: Acceleration of energy renovations in the built environment1. Development of integrated renovation concepts
2. Industrialisation and digitalisation of the renovation process
3. Placing property owners and users centre stage in energy renovations
MMIP 4: Sustainable heat exchange in the built environment1. Heat pumps
2. Delivery, ventilation, and tap water systems
3. Heat battery
4. Sustainable heating networks
5. Large-scale thermic storage
6. Geothermal energy
7. LT sources such as aquathermal and thermal energy
MMIP 5: Electrification of the energy system in the built environment5.1 Smart energy usage in/between buildings by its users
5.2 Flexibility of/for the energy system (in the built environment)
5.3 System design for the electriciy system in the built environment
5.4 Local flexibility to the benefit of the entire electricity system
MMIP 13: A robust and socially supported energy systemSee above
IndustryMMIP 6: Closure of industrial chains1. Circular plastics
2. Bio-based materials for products and transport fuels
3. CCU
4. Circulaire non-ferrometalen
5. CCS
MMIP 7: A CO2-free industrial heat system1. Maximising process-efficicency
2. Reuse, upgrading, and storage of heat
3. Deep and ultradeep geothermal energy for industry
4. Application of climate-neutral fuels
5. System concepts for ground-coupled heat exchangers
MMIP 8: Electrification and radically renewed processesSee above
MMIP 13: A robust and socially supported energy systemSee above

Current Grant Programmes

The top sector grants for which you can currently submit proposals comprise: 

SchemeKey aimThemes
HER+ - Renewable Energy RegulationDevelopment of lower-cost renewable energy generation technologyFrom 1 September 2020 onwards known as HER+
to encompass the reduction of CO2-emissions.
Topsector Energy Studies IndustryEstablish feasibility of innovative pilot or demonstration* Closure of industrial chains
* A CO2-free industrial heat system
* Maximum electrification and radically renewed processes
* CCUS(Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage)
* Other CO2-reducing measures
DEI+ Demonstration Energy InnovationDemonstration of CO2 emission reduction technology* Energy efficiency
* Renewable energy (including flexibilisation of the electricity system, amongst which hydrogen and integration in the environment)
* Local infrastructure
* Circular economy
* CCUS (Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage)
* Other CO2-reducing measures in industry or the electricity sector
* Dwellings, neighbourhoods and buildings without natural gas
VEKI- Accelerated Climate Investment in IndustryInvestment in proven technology with a payback period of more than 5 years leading to a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions* Energy efficiency
* Waste recycling and reuse
* Local infrastructure
* Other CO2-reducing measures

Do you have an innovative idea or are you involved in a project that generates, saves or otherwise makes a positive climate contribution? Contact us today to explore the funding possibilities. We are happy to help you!

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