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ERA-Net Smart Energy Systems launches joint call for RDD projects on integrated regional energy systems

A new European Research, Development and Innovation (RDI) initiative has launched its first joint call for projects with a focus on the development of integrated local and regional energy systems.
ERA-Net Smart Energy Systems launches joint call for RDD projects on integrated regional energy systems
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The ERA-Net Smart Energy Systems (ERA-Net SES) has a funding budget of more than 30 million euros and is seeking innovative solutions for facilitating cross-sectoral, holistic approaches to enable regions and local communities to move towards a decarbonised energy system by 2030.

One of the key challenges for European and global societies is to reach a secure and resilient energy supply with up to 100 percent renewables. To meet this challenge, ERA-Net SES is initiating and pushing ahead transnational collaboration on energy system innovation. The platform brings together 30 national and regional funding partners from 23 different countries and, under its focus initiative on Integrated Regional Energy Systems (RegSys), is calling for Research, Development and Demonstration (RDD) projects that aim at solutions answering to specific critical needs with a local and/or regional scope. ERA-Net SES is also calling for linking the energy and the digital world, research projects should consider market and societal aspects. The total available funding budget is 33.3 million euros including European Commission co-fund contribution.

The call is to be launched during the Nordic Clean Energy Week in Malmö, Sweden. From May 22 to 25, ERA-Net SES is co-hosting a series of events to discuss the latest developments in the fields of smart grids and regional & local energy systems with policy makers as well as international experts from research, industry and regional representations. In a break-out session of the “Speeding-up for change”-event on Wednesday, May 23, potential applicants meet different types of stakeholders that can express the regional perspective and point to practical needs for RDI. Participants match their ideas with such specific needs and meet potential partners for their projects.

Image: 2017 Smart Energy Systems ERA-Net networking event

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