What is SETIS?
The Strategic Energy Technology Information System (SETIS) website is the open-access information, knowledge management and dissemination system for the European strategic energy technology plan (SET Plan). It is managed by the Joint Research Centre (JRC), European Commission.
SETIS helps implement the SET Plan and accounts for its progress and achievements through the monitoring progress report - released yearly during the SET Plan Conference.
"Since 2008, the SET Plan has been the core instrument helping align European and national clean energy research priorities, turning synergies into concrete projects and outcomes, bringing solutions from the lab to the market, and supporting our clean energy ecosystem. The SET Plan, in synergy with the existing funding and regulatory tools, can be a game changer in delivering the necessary innovation to achieve the European Green Deal 2030 & 2050 targets and in establishing the ERA for the clean energy transition."
European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth
What is the SET Plan?
The (SET) Plan aims to achieve the EU’s energy and climate goals and make Europe a global leader in clean energy and energy efficiency technologies.
The plan does this by:
helping to coordinate national research and innovation (R&I) activities in developing low-carbon energy among EU Member States and 4 associated countries (Norway, Iceland, Turkey and Switzerland)
aligning national R&I programmes with its agenda.
It is becoming more crucial that public and private investments are channelled towards the technologies needed for the energy transition. The SET Plan steps up cooperation between governments, industry and research institutes to leverage the use of R&I funding schemes for clean energy.
The Clean Energy Transition Technologies and Innovations Report and the national energy and climate plans set out the policies and financial measures that EU countries will take to reach the climate and energy targets.
The R&I community has been asked to cooperate so as to ensure:
the upscaling of these technologies
that there is rapid and efficient uptake in the market, helped by innovative regulatory and financial schemes.
"The SET Plan is the European framework for gathering governments, key industrial players, and the best research institutes across Europe to ensure that Research & Innovation programmes in clean energy technologies respond to the challenges we face – both in terms of recovery and in terms of the increased ambition of the EU Green Deal."
European Commissioner for Energy
- introduced the SET Plan concept
- launched the plan
- determined its financial requirements and how it would be implemented.
A fourth Communication, in 2013, reinforced the implementation structure of the SET Plan, strengthening its position as the overarching umbrella for energy research and innovation within the Horizon 2020 framework programme.
The 2015 Communication on the integrated SET Plan linked the SET Plan to the 5th dimension of Europe’s energy system – research, innovation and competitiveness. The initial 10 key actions of the SET Plan addressed the energy R&I priorities of the EU in order to accelerate the energy system’s transformation, as stipulated in the 2015 Energy Union Communication. The progress achieved on these actions formed part of the annual report to the European Parliament and the Council on the ‘State of the Energy Union’.
The initial 14 implementation plans, were drafted as a tool to cover all the 2015 Energy Union’s R&I priority areas according to the 10 key actions. They contain a set of activities and actions – identified in cooperation with the SET Plan countries and stakeholders (industry and research bodies) – to be carried out at regional, national and European level.
The 14 IWGs, formed in cooperation with the SET Plan countries, and relevant industry and research stakeholders, have to carry out the R&I activities presented in the IPs and monitor their progress.
2018 – Agenda 2018-2023
The SET Plan’s agenda for 2018-2023 proposed the tasks that are required to achieve the above objectives through implementing the SET Plan’s 10 key actions over this period. The 2018-2023 agenda builds on the 2015 Commission Communication 'Towards an Integrated Strategic Energy Technology Plan'.
In 2020, the working groups on Energy consumers and Energy systems were merged. This was done mainly due to some degree of organisational overlap, to increase the working efficiency in delivering on the SET Plan priorities, as well as to emphasise the key role that consumers will play in the energy system of the future.
The SET Plan High voltage direct current (HVDC) & direct current (DC) technologies working group was established in 2021 to identify the needs and pathways for the development and deployment of HVDC and DC technologies in the EU. Following the creation of this new group, the SET Plan implementation working groups became 14 again.
The SET Plan report "Contributing to the EU Green Deal and the path forward to a green recovery" was published in November 2021. It features three interconnected chapters that cover the political relevance of the SET Plan, developments in the previous 12 months, and a concise overview of the individual achievements of the working groups.
Call for expressions of interest - Become a member of the SET Plan HVDC working group
The Path forward to a Green Recovery: the SET Plan Progress Report 2021
SET Plan conference 2021
EU tops railway innovation patenting trends
New SET Plan action on high voltage direct current (HVDC)
Announcement of new IWG chairs