SET-Plan 10 Key Actions

No 1 in renewables (ongoing work)

26/08/2016

The first round of the public consultation process was dedicated to the 1st Energy Union Research, Innovation and Competitiveness common priority, for "being the world leader in developing the next generation of renewable energy technologies including environment-friendly production and use of biomass and biofuels, together with energy storage". It focused on Actions 1 and 2 of the SET Plan Communication (C(2015)6317):

  • Action 1: "to sustain technological leadership by developing highly performant renewable technologies and their integration in the EU's energy system"; and
  • Action 2: "to reduce the cost of key technologies"

To initiate this consultation, and on the basis of the SET Plan Integrated Roadmap, the European Commission developed Issues Papers that addressed the R&I challenges for concentrated solar power/solar thermal electricity (CSP/STE), offshore wind, photovoltaic, ocean and deep geothermal sectors/technologies. For the first three Issues Papers - on CSP/STE, offshore wind and photovoltaic - the European Commission initiated the public consultation in October 2015 by sending these Issues Papers to relevant research and industrial stakeholders and SET Plan countries requesting them to take position on the proposed targets/priorities in accordance with the guidelines set out in the document entitled ''the SET Plan actions – Implementation process and expected outcomes'' (see box below).

Relevant stakeholders and SET Plan countries were invited to provide their comments for this public consultation round in the form of "input papers" by 20th November 2015. During a dedicated SET Plan Steering Group meeting on 9th December 2015, invited stakeholders and SET Plan countries discussed the Issues Papers and reached an agreement on common targets that took the form of a Declaration of Intent (DoI). At the Steering Group meeting of 20th January 2016, the DoIs for CSP/STE, Offshore Wind and Photovoltaic were endorsed.

Following the same process, for ocean energy and deep geothermal energy, stakeholders and SET Plan countries were invited to provide comments in the form of "input papers" by 17th June 2016. They were requested to take position on the proposed targets/priorities again in accordance with the guidelines set out in the document in the box underneath. During a dedicated Steering Group meeting on 12th July 2016, stakeholders and SET Plan countries held discussions on the Issues Papers and reached an agreement on common targets. Following a period of review, the DoIs for both deep geothermal and ocean energy were presented and endorsed at the Steering Group meeting of 14th September 2016.

 

Photovoltaics - Implementation

Implementation plan: 

In January 2017, interested Member States/Associated Countries, stakeholders and the European Commission held the kick off meeting of the SET Plan temporary working group (TWG) on Photovoltaics (PV). This TWG chaired by national representatives from Germany and co-chaired by the European Technology & Innovation Platform on PV (ETIP PV) met regularly times during this year to draft an Implementation plan that contains concrete R&I activities, and proposes relevant funding opportunities, which are considered essential for achieving the agreed set of targets. The Implementaion plan was then ensorsed by the SET Plan Steering Group members at the meeting held on 14 November 2017.

Solar Thermal Electricity / Concentrated Solar Power - Implementation

Implementation plan: 

In April 2016, interested Member states/Associated countries, stakeholders and the European Commission held the kick off meeting of the SET Plan temporary working group (TWG) on Solar thermal energy. This TWG has met regularly times during 2016 and 2017 to draft an Implementation plan that contains concrete R&I activities, and proposes relevant funding opportunities for their realization, which are considered essential for achieving the agreed set of targets. The TWG, chaired by national representatives from Spain and co-chaired by the European Solar Thermal Electricity Association, the European Association of Gas and Steam Turbine Manufacturers, and the Joint Programme on CSP of the European Energy Research Alliance presented its first draft version of the CSP Implementation plan to the SET Plan Steering Group members in March 2017. The Implementation plan was then endorsed by the Steering Group members on 14 June 2017, pending further information on financing tools and instruments. The final version of the Implementation plan was endorsed by the SET Plan Steering Group members at the meeting held on 27 September 2017.

Offshore Wind - Implementation

Implementation plan: 

In December 2016, interested Member states/Associated countries, stakeholders and the European Commission held the kick off meeting of the SET Plan temporary working group (TWG) on Off-shore wind. This TWG have met regularly times during 2016 and 2017 to draft an Implementation plan that will contain concrete R&I activities, and will propose relevant funding opportunities for their realization, which are considered essential for achieving the agreed set of targets. The TWG, chaired by national representatives from the Netherlands are currently working on the preparation of an Implementation plan that is expected to be endorsed by the SET Plan Steering Group members during the first quarter of 2018.

Ocean - Implementation

Implementation plan: 

In May 2017, interested Member states/Associated countries, stakeholders and the European Commission held the kick off meeting of the SET Plan temporary working group (TWG) on Ocean energy. This TWG, chaired by national representatives from Ireland and co-chaired by the European Technology & Innovation Platform on Ocean (ETIP Ocean) met regularly times during this two year to draft an Implementation plan that contains concrete R&I activities, and proposes relevant funding opportunities, which are considered essential for achieving the agreed set of targets. The Implementation plan was then endorsed by the SET Plan Steering Group members at the meeting held on 21 March 2018.

Deep Geothermal - Implementation

Implementation plan: 

In February 2017, interested Member states/Associated countries, stakeholders and the European Commission kicked off the SET Plan temporary working group (TWG) on Deep Geothermal Systems. This TWG, chaired by national representatives from Italy and Iceland and co-chaired by the European Technology & Innovation Platform on Deep Geothermal (ETIP Deep Geothermal), met regularly times during this year to draft an Implementation plan that will contain concrete R&I activities, and will propose relevant funding opportunities, which are considered essential for achieving the agreed set of targets. The Implementaion plan was then ensorsed by the Steering Group members at the meeting held on 24 January 2018.

Any SET-Plan country or stakeholder's organisation interested in joining the temporary working groups to deliver implementation plans is kindly invited to inform the SET-Plan Secretariat (SET-PLAN-SECRETARIAT@ec.europa.eu).