Implementation of the SET-Plan started with the establishment of six European Industrial Initiatives (EIIs), which bring together industry, the research community, Member States and the European Commission in risk-sharing, public-private partnerships. These are aimed at the rapid development of key energy technologies at European level, for which the barriers, scale of investment and risk can best be tackled collectively.
In parallel, the European Energy Research Alliance (EERA) has been working since 2008 to align the R&D activities of individual research organisation with SET-Plan priorities and to determine a joint programming framework at EU level.
Implementation of the SET-Plan is also supported by a series of industry-led European Technology Platforms (ETPs). These help define research and technological development objectives and lay down concrete goals for achieving them.
Another pillar of support for implementing the SET-Plan is provided by a number of Joint Technology Initiatives. These are public - private partnerships, funded by the European Commission, along with Member States and industry, under the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) for large-scale research initiatives. SETIS is particularly involved with the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen (FCH) Joint Technology Initiative.