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Innovation Fund projects

In the EU, polluters have to pay for their greenhouse gas emissions via the Emissions Trading System (ETS). The money raised via the ETS is reinvested into the Innovation Fund: one of the world’s largest funding programmes for innovative low-carbon technologies. What projects does the Innovation Fund support? Discover them in the table below -just click on the name of a project to see its factsheet.

In the ‘main technology pathways’ column, you can find the different  technologies used to reduce greenhouses gases. For projects that are already being implemented, you can find up to date quantitative information through the dashboards developed by the European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA).

We will also be gradually sharing a few project stories, which will tell you all about how the projects are helping people and business.

ProjectType of projectCategorySectorLocationMain technology pathwaysProject storiesStatus
CO2ncrEAT: Integrated low carbon footprint solution for cement-free building products by using exhaust CO2 gas from lime manufacturing plant and wasted by-product from stainless steel productionSmall-scaleEnergy-intensive industriesGlass, ceramics and construction materialBelgiumCO2 use and permanent sequestration in building materials Invited for grant preparation
CIRQLAR: Low temperature heat recovery and upgrade for industrial use by heat pumpsSmall-scaleEnergy-intensive industriesOtherSpainWaste heat recovery and upgrade Invited for grant preparation
BEAR: A first of a kind HyBrid REgenerative glAss fuRnaceSmall-scaleEnergy-intensive industriesGlass, ceramics and construction materialSloveniaHybrid glass furnace; electrification Invited for grant preparation
SOL: Sugar: the gOdfather of fueLsSmall-scaleEnergy-intensive industriesRefineriesNetherlandsUsing sugar for producing a sustainable marine fuel blend component for heavy fuel oil Invited for grant preparation
InnoSolveGreen: Demonstrating a novel Energy-as-a-Service solution for industrial sector energy consumersSmall-scaleEnergy storageOther energy storageLithuaniaSolar PV-plus-storage system Invited for grant preparation
Listlawelbattcool: An energy and resource efficient battery cooler technologySmall-scaleEnergy storageManufacturing of components for production of renewable energy or energy storageCzechia, France, SpainBattery cooler technology for Electric Vehicles Invited for grant preparation
HyPush: Construction of a fuel cell pusher boat operating with two hydrogen fuel cells and a lithium battery designed for inland river navigationSmall-scaleRenewable energyUse of renewable energy outside Annex I of the EU ETS DirectiveFranceHydrogen-powered pusher boat for inland river navigation Invited for grant preparation
VOZARTEK: Initiating the Production of Green Hydrogen for Transport and Other Applications in the Czech RepublicSmall-scaleEnergy-intensive industriesRefineriesCzechiaHydrogen production by electrolysis powered by solar PV and biomass combined heat and power (CHP) Invited for grant preparation
HFP: A first of a kind Hybrid Furnace Project for glass wool productionSmall-scaleEnergy-intensive industriesGlass, ceramics and construction materialNetherlandsHybrid glass wool furnace; electrification Invited for grant preparation
CLYNGAS: first of a kind technology to Substitute petroleum coke in the cement industry by synthesis gas (syngas) generated from gasification of stabilized refused derived fuelsSmall-scaleEnergy-intensive industriesCement and limeSpainSyngas from waste residues Invited for grant preparation
PRIMUS: Prime Manufacturing of crystal glass under innovative SolutionSmall-scaleEnergy-intensive industriesGlass, ceramics and construction materialItalyHybrid furnace and waste heat recovery Invited for grant preparation
AGRIVOLTAIC CANOPY: The Brouchy Agrivoltaic Canopy - An acceleration toward energy transitionSmall-scaleRenewable energySolar energyFrancePhotovoltaic panels in agriculture Invited for grant preparation
SUSTAIN-SEA: Reducing maritime transport CO2 emissions using windSmall-scaleRenewable energyWind energySpainReducing fuel consumption in maritime transport through wind energy. Invited for grant preparation
GeoHuberila: An innovative heating and cooling system for Huberila Small-scaleRenewable energyGeothermal energyFinlandGeothermal heating and cooling system Invited for grant preparation
GreenH2CY: Green Hydrogen Project for Transport in CyprusSmall-scaleEnergy-intensive industriesRefineriesCyprusGreen hydrogen for transport applications Invited for grant preparation
VITRUM: Virtuous Innovative Transformation of high-quality container glass manufacturingSmall-scaleEnergy-intensive industriesGlass, ceramics and construction materialItalyHybridization, energy efficiency, circularity, digitalisation and automation solutions Invited for grant preparation
GreenH2: Small-scale green hydrogen production facilitySmall-scaleEnergy-intensive industriesHydrogenPolandHydrogen production through 1 MW electrolyser + photovoltaic plant + energy management system + waste heat recovery system Invited for grant preparation
HH: Holland HydrogenLarge-scaleEnergy-intensive industriesHydrogenNetherlandsHydrogen production through 400MW electrolyser + offshore wind energy Grant signed
PULSE: Pretreatment and Upgrading of Liquefied waste plastic to Scale up circular EconomyLarge-scaleEnergy-intensive industriesChemicalsFinlandChemical recycling of waste plastics – feedstock for refinery Grant signed
N2OWF: Nordsee Two Offshore Windfarm Innovation ProjectLarge-scaleRenewable energyWind energyGermany450 MW offshore wind with 15 MW turbines + electrolyser Grant signed
FUREC: Fuse, Reuse, RecycleLarge-scaleEnergy-intensive industriesHydrogenNetherlandsWaste to hydrogen Grant signed
ReLieVe: Recycling Li-ion Batteries for electric vehiclesLarge-scaleEnergy storageManufacturing of components for energy storageFranceLi-ion Battery recycling for production and refining of black mass Grant signed
C2B: Carbon2BusinessLarge-scaleEnergy-intensive industriesCement and limeGermanyOxy-fuel + carbon capture; carbon use for methanol production Grant signed
BIOZIN: Conversion of waste and residue BIOmass from Norwegian forestry and sawmills to advanced low carbon fuels for Zero emission transportation INdustryLarge-scaleEnergy-intensive industriesRefineriesNorwaySecond-generation biofuels (drop-in) & biochar from forestry waste Grant signed
RISE: Rec Innovation at Sarreguemines EnterpriseLarge-scaleRenewable energyManufacturing for components for solar energyFranceSolar PV HJT cells manufacturing 2 GW Withdrawn
ANRAV: ANRAV-CCUS, an innovative stakeholder supported CCUS value-chain to realize the first CCUS-cluster in Eastern Europe, supporting the Balkan region to reach it’s climate goals by 2030Large-scaleCarbon capture and storageCement and limeBulgariaOxy-fuel + CCS Grant signed
Coda Terminal: Coda by Carbfix - a highly scalable, cost effective CO2 mineral storage hubLarge-scaleCarbon capture and storageCO2 transport and storageIcelandCarbon storage: carbon mineralization in onshore basalt formation Grant signed
AIR: Production of sustainable methanol as raw material for chemical products by first-of-a-kind Carbon Capture and Utilization process integrated with world scale electrolysis unitLarge-scaleEnergy-intensive industriesChemicalsSwedenMethanol production from renewable hydrogen and carbon capture Grant signed
HySkies: A partnership to develop Sustainable Aviation FuelLarge-scaleEnergy-intensive industriesRefineriesSwedenSynthetic aviation fuels from RES H2 and CC Grant signed
ELYgator: Kick-starting a renewable hydrogen value chain for industry and mobility: highly integrated, flexible large-scale 200MW water electrolyser producing renewable hydrogen and oxygen.Large-scaleEnergy-intensive industriesHydrogenNetherlandsHydrogen production through 200MW electrolyser Grant signed
NorthSTOR PLUS: Industrialising Green Optimised Li-ion Battery Systems for ESSLarge-scaleEnergy storageManufacturing of components for energy storagePolandGW scale manufacturing of battery energy storage Grant signed
IONFibre: First-of-its-kind commercial plant producing new sustainable textile fibres applying novel green chemistryLarge-scaleEnergy-intensive industriesChemicalsFinlandTextile fibre from pulp to replace polyester Grant preparation unsuccessful
GO4ECOPLANET: KUJAWY GO4ECOPLANETLarge-scaleEnergy-intensive industriesCement and limePolandCryocap carbon capture technology + CCS Grant signed
CalCC: First industrial-scale carbon capture for lime production integrated with shared pipeline transport of dense phase CO2 to coastal hub for shipping to geological storage in the North SeaLarge-scaleEnergy-intensive industriesCement and limeFranceCryocap carbon capture technology + CCS Grant signed
EAVOR LOOPLarge-scaleRenewable energyGeothermal energyGermanyClosed loop technology using geothermal energy Invited for grant preparation from the reserve list
TANGO: ITaliAN PV Giga FactOryLarge-scaleRenewable energySolar energyItalySolar PV B-HJT cells and Tandem modules manufacturing 3GWThe TANGO story: Towards the largest solar factory in EuropeGrant signed
K6 ProgramLarge-scaleEnergy-intensive industriesCement and limeFranceCarbon capture and storage and Carbon capture and utilisation (CO2 incorporated in concrete) Grant signed
Beccs Stockholm: Bio Energy Carbon Capture and Storage by Stockholm Exergy Large-scaleEnergy-intensive industriesBiofuels and biorefineriesSwedenBio Energy Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS) Grant signed
ECOPLANTA: Reduction of CO2 Emissions from municipal non-recyclable waste to produce methanolLarge-scaleEnergy-intensive industriesChemicalsSpainWaste to chemicals and fuels (methanol) Grant signed
HYBRIT demonstration: Swedish large-scale steel value chain demonstration of Hydrogen Breakthrough Iron-making TechnologiesLarge-scaleEnergy-intensive industriesIron and steelSwedenHydrogen-based iron and steelmaking, 500 MW eletrolyser, electric arc furnace Grant signed
SHARC: Sustainable Hydrogen and Recovery of CarbonLarge-scaleEnergy-intensive industriesHydrogenFinlandHydrogen with electrolysis and with CCS (green and blue hydrogen) Grant signed
Kairos@C: Building strong momentum for massive decarbonisation in the EU through a unique end-to-end CCS projectLarge-scaleEnergy-intensive industriesCO2 capture and storageBelgiumCarbon capture and storage Grant signed
AAL SEB: Demonstration of the use of flexible electrical demand to assist Electrical grid facilitate higher levels of renewable powerSmall-scaleEnergy-intensive industriesNon-ferrous metalsIrelandElectrification (High- pressure electric boiler) Grant signed
AGGREGACO2: Fabrication of CO2 negative AGGREGAtes based on disruptive accelerated carbonation processes fuelled by carbon capture in refineriesSmall-scaleEnergy-intensive industriesGlass, ceramics and construction materialSpainCarbon negative aggregates; carbon capture Grant signed
BCP: Batch and Cullet Preheating technology first-of-a-kind, commercial-scale demonstration towards decarbonization of flat glass productionSmall-scaleEnergy-intensive industriesGlass, ceramics and construction materialFranceWaste heat recovery and use Grant signed
EB UV: EB/UV curing without GasSmall-scaleEnergy-intensive industriesIron and steelFranceElectron-beam curing of solvent-free pain Grant signed
FirstBio2Shipping: First Bio-LNG to Marine ShippingSmall-scaleEnergy-intensive industriesBiofuels and bio-refineriesNetherlandsBio-liquefied natural gas for marine shipping Grant signed
W4W: Waga 4 WorldSmall-scaleEnergy-intensive industriesBiofuels and bio-refineriesSpainBiomethane from landfill gas Grant signed
H2 Valcamonica: Green hydrogen for the decarbonisation of ValcamonicaSmall-scaleEnergy-intensive industriesHydrogenItalyGreen hydrogen as a rail fuel Grant signed
HYVALUE: Novel upcycling production process based on an innovative circular business model for urban waste streams valorisation for the generation of high quality H2Small-scaleEnergy-intensive industriesHydrogenSpainWaste to hydrogen through pyrolysis Grant signed
SUN2HY: First small-scale deployment (fsd) of a pre-commercial plant based on photoelectrocatalytic technology for hydrogen productionSmall-scaleEnergy-intensive industriesHydrogenSpainPhotoelectrocatalytic technology for hydrogen production Grant signed
ZE PAK green H2: Investment in 5 MW green hydrogen production facility located in Konin, PolandSmall-scaleEnergy-intensive industriesHydrogenPolandProton Exchange Membrane (PEM) electrolysers Grant signed
LK2BM: Conversion of a pulp mill fuel source to biomassSmall-scaleEnergy-intensive industriesPulp and paperPortugalBiomass as fuel for pulp mill Grant signed
TFFFTP: Towards a Fossil Fuel Free Tissue ProductionSmall-scaleEnergy-intensive industriesPulp and paperSwedenBio-syngas production connected to paper machine Grant signed
SKFOAAS: SKF Recondoil as a ServiceSmall-scaleEnergy-intensive industriesRefineriesSpainRecycling of industrial oilThe SKFOAAS story: a new circular technology on oil regeneration for European industry and climateGrant signed
TLP: Thermoplastic lignin production - Creating a green industry to replace fossil-based plasticsSmall-scaleEnergy-intensive industriesChemicalsSwedenBiomaterial to replace polyethylen Grant signed
Aquilon: Airborne wind hybrid renewable microgrid with RedOX Flow battery to provide flat renewable energy to an industrial siteSmall-scaleRenewable energyWind energyGermanyAirborne wind energy (AWE) production and redox-flow battery Grant signed
NAWEP@ Norse Airborne Wind Energy ProjectSmall-scaleRenewable energyWind energyNorwayAirborne wind energy (AWE) Grant signed
CCGeo: Closed Carbon Geothermal EnergySmall-scaleRenewable energyRenewable heating/ coolingCroatiaClosed-loop geothermal power plant Grant signed
WH: Water Horizon Renewable Energy SolutionSmall-scaleRenewable energyRenewable heating/ coolingFranceWaste heat recovery Grant signed
DMC: Decarbomalt CroatiaSmall-scaleRenewable energyRenewable heating/ coolingCroatiaSolar heat plant and storage facility for the malt industry Grant signed
CO2-FrAMed: CO2-Free Agriculture for the Mediterranean regionSmall-scaleRenewable energySolar energySpainPhotovoltaic irrigation systems (PVI) Grant signed
HELEXIO line: Demonstrating manufacturing for innovative BIPV roof componentsSmall-scaleRenewable energySolar energyFranceBuilding Integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) technology Grant signed
CarBatteryReFactory: Assembly plant for serial production of industrial energy storage systems based on second-life car batteries and disruptive full-pack technology.Small-scaleEnergy storageOther energy storageGermanyBattery reuse Grant signed
Green Foil project: Low CO2 footprint battery foil for Li-ion batterySmall-scaleEnergy storageOther energy storageSwedenManufacturing of aluminium foil for Li-ion batteries Grant signed
GREENMOTRIL: Development and operation of a GREEN energy community in the port of MOTRILSmall-scaleEnergy storageOther energy storageSpainFully renewable and self- Managed Motril seaport Grant signed
DrossOne V2G Parking: Large-scale vehicle-to-grid system with integrated stationary storage: harnessing EV batteries and their fast response to deliver grid services, currently provided by highly polluting gas plantsSmall-scaleEnergy storageIntra-day electricity storageItalyVehicle-to-grid (V2G) system Grant signed
EVVE: First European Large-Scale Vehicle-To-Grid Demonstrator for an efficient decarbonisation of the energy sectorSmall-scaleEnergy storageIntra-day electricity storageFranceVehicle-to-Grid; Virtual Power Plant (VPP) Grant signed
GtF: Green the Flex: Achieving significant greenhouse gas emission reductions by intelligent electricity load shifting on the customer levelSmall-scaleEnergy storageIntra-day electricity storageAustriaVirtual Power Plant (VPP) Grant signed
NorthFlex: Decarbonising temporary power & flexible storageSmall-scaleEnergy storageIntra-day electricity storagePoland, SwedenScale-up a lithium-ion battery energy storage system (BESS) Grant signed
PIONEER: airPort sustaInability secONd lifE battEry stoRageSmall-scaleEnergy storageIntra-day electricity storageItalyBattery reuse for energy storage Grant signed
Silverstone: Full-scale CO2 capture and mineral storageSmall-scaleCarbon capture and storageCO2 transport and storageIcelandMineral storage of CO2 Grant signed