Get prepared for Horizon 2020

Grand Societal Challenges Roundtables Series

Secure, clean and efficient energy
University of Twente, June 24 2013

Together with UT-researchers in the in the field of (green) energy, the EU-Office organized the Grand Societal Challenges Roundtable on Energy. The event was open to all - senior - UT stakeholders on the theme. After a general introduction by the EU-Office, attendants presented their own competences in the field and the opportunities they foresee for interdisciplinary collaboration. These presentations was followed by a lively plenary discussion on specific ideas for partnerships and network sharing.

Introductory Powerpoint Presentations at the roundtable

About the Challenge

Secure, clean and efficient energy” is one of the societal challenges which will be tackled by Horizon 2020. Within such challenge the preparatory documents of Horizon 2020 explicitly mention the role the SET Plan will play.

The SET-Plan greatly contributed in shaping the framework for supporting, facilitating and boosting the research efforts put in place by the different stakeholders. The strategic alignment of energy research with SET-Plan strategy and priorities started convincingly during FP7 and it will reach new heights in Horizon 2020.

Renewable energies still need further investments to be developed and deployed in a cost-effective way. Production costs must decrease and efficiency increase. This calls for further research and demonstration activities. As envisioned in Europe 2020, stronger efforts are required to foster the integration of R&D capacities and resources at a European level. Ways are needed to leverage resources available at Member State level, thus leading to a higher critical mass, better streamlining and less duplication of research efforts.

Innovation - bringing products to the market - will play an important role in Horizon2020. Therefore a stronger dialogue with industry is needed to cut time-to-market and accelerate demonstration and take-up activities. At the same time, links between different technological areas should be exploited and valorized.

The SET-PLAN represents an important contribution in this direction. Networks like ESEIA and EERA, as well as the KIC InnoEnergy, are complementary instruments that will contribute to overcoming bottle necks in the funding and support of research and innovation initiatives. The impact of research on energy topics will benefit from intensified efforts on international cooperation activities, which will contribute to tackle challenges at a global level.

Last but not least, information about energy technology (i.e. overview of technology options and priorities – current, as well as forward looking ones (monitoring implementation progress, assessing

impact on policy, etc.) – should be timely collected, analyzed and disseminated to targeted audience, as well as to the general public, in order to properly plan activities and implement the SET-Plan. In this regard, SETIS will represent an important source of information and supporting tool for the SET-Plan.