Why the EU supports bioenergy research and innovation
Bioenergy is the conversion of biomass - such as agricultural and forest by-products and residues, organic municipal waste, energy crops, algae, biological CO2 - into useful energy carriers including heat, electricity and transport fuels.
Bioenergy is the main source of renewable energy in the EU, with a share of almost 60%.
The EU has leadership in bioenergy technologies, but deployment remains limited.
- improving the technology in terms of efficiency and cost reduction
- developing reliable, integrated bioenergy supply chains from feedstock cultivation, harvesting, transport, storage to conversion into heat, electricity and transport fuels
- integrating bioenergy in the overall energy system
- bioenergy and biofuels are essential for both energy use and as energy carriers
- the market for advanced biofuels is growing because of their large renewable energy density
- because they are compatible with existing engines, drop-in biofuels are the only deployable solution for replacing petroleum in transport in the mid-term, and in sectors like aviation and shipping in the long-term as well
- research and innovation can improve the cost, performance, and sustainability needed to make bioenergy competitive
Research focuses on
- technology improvement and diversification
- feedstock diversification
- modernising and improving efficiency of biomass based heat and power co-generation
- market uptake measures for all technologies, in particular aviation, shipping and heavy duty road
- breakthrough research and market-creating innovation (e.g. bionic leaf technology)
- coordinating EU research and innovation funding and risk financing to boost commercialisation
- integration of bioenergy in the overall energy system
- international cooperation to tackle global societal challenges
Calls for proposal on bioeconomy-related themes in Horizon Europe and information on the work programme.
European structural and investment funds (ESIF)
Energy research related calls may be found in these funds.
NER 300 programme
Funding for innovative low-carbon technology research with focus on environmentally safe Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) and innovative renewable energy technologies
The LIFE Programme is the EU’s funding instrument for the environment and climate action.
European Climate Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA)
The European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA) is the successor organisation of the Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA).
Prize for renewable energy islands
Prize rewarding achievements in local renewable energy production for electricity, heating, cooling and transport on islands.
Projects and results
Research projects database (CORDIS)
The Commission's primary portal for EU-funded research projects and their results.
Project success stories
Stories of particularly successful EU-funded projects
Latest news, interviews and features about thought-provoking science and innovative research projects funded by the EU.
Horizon Results Platform
Platform where framework programme participants present their results for you to search, contact their owners, and form partnerships.
Results packs on energy
Thematic collections of innovative EU-funded research results in the energy field
Horizon 2020 dashboard
Access to real-time programme data with the ability to filter by country, region, theme and more
Collaboration and jobs
Find project partners
Find partners for open EU calls for proposal
Collaborate in energy research and innovation public-private partnerships
International cooperation between the EU and global stakeholders in energy
Researcher jobs in related fields
Scientific publications, tools and databases
Strategic Energy Technologies Information System (SETIS)
SET-Plan implementation progress reports giving data by priority area, country and energy source
Scientific energy research publications published by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC)
Scientific research tools and databases
The Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) compiles databases and develops software and modelling tools. You can access energy research related ones here
EU publications portal
Online library of EU energy research publications
EU Open Data Portal
Single point of access to open data produced by the EU institutions - all data free to use for commercial and non-commercial purposes
You can access all scientific publications from Horizon 2020 via OpenAIRE
EU Biorefinery Outlook to 2030
Studies on support to research and innovation policy in the area of bio-based products and services
EU and Japan jointly invest €10,7 million for breakthrough research on advanced biofuels and alternative renewable fuels
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