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RHC-ETIP input to H2020 Energy Work Programme 2018 - 2020

In H2020, all renewable energy technologies have to compete for the same budget in the related LCE calls, including electricity against the heating technologies. The analysis of the results of the H2020 calls 2014 – 2016 shows the unintended result of this concept: RHC technologies receive significantly less funding than technologies related to Renewable Electricity.

The only way to overcome this shortcoming for the RHC technologies in H2020 funding and to create a level playing field between the sectors is to separate, starting from the WP2018-2020, the H2020 LCE calls in calls for RHC technologies and calls for Renewable Electricity technologies. This approach would pay due respect to the fact that the RHC sector is, in contrast to the Renewable Electricity sector, much more diverse in technological applications and in markets, is mainly dominated by SMEs and has much smaller R&D capacities in industry as well as in universities and research institutes. This is the result of continuously neglecting the huge innovation potential of RHC technologies and the low R&D funding of RHC technologies both at European as well as at national level.

The competition between RHC technologies and Renewable Electricity technologies in the same call is a systematic fault. If non-electricity RHC technologies are needed to decarbonize the H&C sector (as shown above), it is not constructive to allow that almost only R&D projects on electricity technologies are funded (which is not intended, but obviously almost the case). The continuation of this mechanism will never enable the RHC technologies to regain the leeway of technological development in comparison to Renewable Electricity technologies. This is why it is absolutely necessary to separate the RHC from Renewable Electricity related topics in H2020 calls and allocate separate budgets for them in order to create a level playing field.

This document presents selected priorities by the experts of the RHC-ETIP related to the different fields which are covered by it: biomass; district heating and cooling; geothermal; heat pumps; hybrid systems; solar thermal; thermal energy storage.

For more information, please, contact the RHC-secretariat.