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DG JRC side event: NER 300 - A funding programme for innovative low-carbon demonstration projects


DG JRC and DG CLIMA are co-organising a side event about the NER 300 programme during SET Plan – Central European Energy Conference X on 30 November 2016 (10:00 – 11:30).

The overall aim of the workshop is to provide an overview of the current state of the NER 300 programme. Experiences from funded projects will be shared with the audience and a panel will discuss challenges and opportunities identified. The goals of the session - corresponding to the objectives of the NER 300 programme – are to raise awareness about the Commission's efforts to accelerate the deployment of CCS and/or innovative RES, to increase the undertaking of, and confidence in, CCS and/or RES by the wider public, to maintain a competitive market for the post-demonstration deployment of CCS and/or RES technologies; and to highlight the expected benefits for the European energy system from the development of innovative energy technologies, funded by NER 300.

The expected target audience is the European energy technology stakeholders from industry, research, government, NGO and other interest groups and associations along the whole RES and/or CCS research and innovation chain.

For registration, please contact Andreas Uihlein at:


Draft agenda

Introduction and welcome

Stathis Peteves (Head of Unit, Knowledge for the Energy Union, DG JRC)

NER 300: goal, structure and state-of-play

Roman Doubrava (Deputy Head of Unit, Land Use and Finance for Innovation, DG CLIMA)

Financing of innovative projects from the point of view of a financial intermediary  

Roland Schulze (Managerial Adviser - Low Carbon Energy Technology, European Investment Bank)

What is available at national level for innovation and how can the SET-Plan help to coordinate relevant activities

Pascal Barthe (Policy officer RD&D coordination, Ministry of Environment, Energy and the Sea, France; tbc) 

Presentations from NER 300 projects

Verbiostraw (Michael Schlimbach, Manager R&D Verbio AG)

Stroma Tidal Turbine Array (Tim Cornelius, CEO Atlantis Resources)

South Hungarian EGS Demonstration (Zoltán Salánki, Project Manager EU-FIRE)

Key findings and experience with NER 300 programme, expectations on the Innovation Fund 

Moderated panel discussion and Q&A session 



NER 300 is one of the world's largest funding programmes for highly innovative low-carbon energy demonstration projects, although it is not funded by the EU budget but by resources coming from the EU Emission Trading Scheme (ETS). The programme is conceived as a catalyst for the demonstration of environmentally safe carbon capture and storage (CCS) and innovative renewable energy (RES) technologies on a commercial scale within the European Union. NER 300 awarded €2.1bn in total to 38 projects in 19 EU Member States (37 renewable energy projects and 1 CCS project), which will leverage roughly €2.7bn of private investments.

The legal basis of the NER 300 programme includes strong requirements for knowledge sharing, which oblige projects to share relevant knowledge gained during their implementation. Knowledge sharing is a critical tool to lower risks in bridging the transition to large-scale production of innovative renewable energy and CCS deployment in the European Union.