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NER 300 at the SET-Plan Conference 2016

NER 300 at the SET-Plan Conference 2016

13/12/2016

DG JRC and DG CLIMA have co-organised a side event on the NER 300 programme during the SET Plan – Central European Energy Conference X on 30 November 2016. The event was held during Slovakia’s EU Council Presidency and created an international platform for open discussion on the most important issues regarding current EU energy as well as research and innovation policy between stakeholders.

This year, the JRC and project sponsors presented some renewable energy projects funded under the NER 300 programme at a parallel event. Roman Doubrava, Deputy Head of Unit "Land Use and Finance for Innovation" from DG Climate Action, European Commission, introduced the programme and its current state-of-play. Highlights from the following projects were then presented and discussed with the audience:

  • Verbiostraw (Dr. Michael Schlimbach, Vereinigte BioEnergie AG)
  • Stroma Tidal Turbine Array (Cameron Smith, Atlantis Resources Ltd.)
  • South Hungarian EGS Demonstration (Zoltán Salánki, EU-FIRE Hungary Ltd.)

In addition, Roland Schulze, Managerial Adviser - Low Carbon Energy Technology from the European Investment Bank (EIB) provided an overview on the financing of innovative projects and Pascal Barthe (Ministry of Environment, Energy and the Sea, France) commented on it from the perspective of a Member State.

The event was concluded by a panel discussion on the key findings and experiences of the NER 300 program, as well as expectations for the Innovation Fund (the NER 300 successor).

The presentations are available here:

Project information

Verbiostraw

Verbiostraw is a first-of-a-kind plant turning agricultural residue into biogas. The project, located in Schwedt/Oder, entered into operation on 3 January 2014. The plant has a capacity of 16.5 MW and will deliver 136 gigawatt hours per year of biogas and use some 40,000 tonnes of straw annually. It will use agricultural residue only and, as a result, will not require farmland to grow energy crops. The biogas will be conditioned to the same quality as natural gas and fed into the natural gas network. Verbiostraw was awarded NER 300 co-funding of €22.3 million under the first NER 300 call for proposals (December 2012).

South Hungarian Enhanced Geothermal System (EGS) Demonstration Project

South Hungarian Enhanced Geothermal System (EGS) Demonstration was awarded under the programme's first call for proposals. It is located in the South-Eastern part of Hungary on the Great Hungarian Plain, near Battonya.

Its aim is to develop an Enhanced Engineered Geothermal System (EGS) reservoir and therefore build an innovative geothermal power plant of the Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) type. This will require the drilling of four 4km deep production wells and two injection wells. The plant gross capacity will be 11.8 MW. However when cooling is considered, its net capacity is expected to become approximately 8.9 MW.

The project is expected to get into operation by end 2018. It was awarded a NER 300 co-funding of €39.3 million.

Stroma Tidal Turbine Array

The ocean energy project Stroma Tidal Turbine Array was awarded under the first NER 300 call for proposals. It consists of four tidal energy twin rotor turbines and is based on a significant scaling up of an operational test turbine, which has a long track record in Northern Ireland. An array of tidal turbines with a total capacity of 5MW will therefore be designed, built and operated.

The project is expected to get into operation in December 2017. It was awarded a NER 300 co-funding of €16.8 million.

Background

The NER 300 programme

The NER 300 programme is one of the world's largest programmes for the support of innovative low-carbon technologies. It supports first-of-a-kind, commercial-scale projects of both renewable energy (RES) and carbon capture and storage (CCS). The NER 300 programme is an essential instrument in the EU climate and energy policy because:

  • It bridges the gap between R&D and commercialisation by funding first-of-a-kind projects
  • It provides 2.1 billion euros to fight climate change now
  • It reinforces the EU's competitiveness by supporting low-carbon technologies, in which the EU enjoys global technological leadership
  • It increases the EU's security of supply by focusing on indigenous sources of energy

More information on the conference can be found here: https://ec.europa.eu/clima/policies/lowcarbon/ner300_en.

Knowledge sharing

Knowledge sharing requirements are built into the programme as a tool to lower risks in bridging the transition to large-scale production of innovative RES and CCS deployment. The goals of knowledge sharing are, amongst others, to de-risk CCS and RES with regard to scaling up to commercial size; accelerate the deployment of CCS and innovative RES; and increase the undertaking of, and confidence in, CCS and RES by the wider public.

For these reasons, project sponsors are required to submit annually to the European Commission the relevant knowledge (RK) gained during the implementation of their project. The European Commission assesses the submitted RK with a view to establishing whether the project has adequately complied with its knowledge sharing obligations and disseminates it.

Programme management and implementation

The European Commission is responsible for the overall management of NER 300. The Commission draws on the expertise of the European Investment Bank to evaluate proposals submitted by Member States, to sell NER allowances, and to manage the revenues and the disbursement of funds.

DG CLIMA is in charge of managing the NER 300 programme. The JRC supports DG CLIMA in the implementation of the NER 300 knowledge sharing process, including the assessment and dissemination of RK from projects.

Contact and further information

For further details, please contact:

Andreas Uihlein (andreas.uihlein@ec.europa.eu), DG JRC

Filippo Gagliardi (Filippo.gagliardi@ec.europa.eu), DG CLIMA