Navigating the roadmap for clean, secure and efficient energy innovation


The transformation of Europe’s energy system requires policies that are informed by systemic analysis and energy innovation. A systemic perspective on innovation emphasises that the stages and processes involved, e.g. R&D and market diffusion, are supported by a broader innovation environment comprising knowledge, actors & institutions, resources and adoption & use. These ideas helped form the rationale for a new project, called SET-Nav – Navigating the Roadmap for Clean, Secure and Efficient Energy Innovation – whose kick-off event took place on September 28th at CEPS.

Given the recent technological advancements made in batteries and modular renewables, there was a general consensus among the panellists that a decentralised plan offered the most promising way forward. It was recommended that policy-makers should now focus on the next crucial steps needed to launch EU energy policy in this direction.

The findings of the project, funded by the EU Horizon 2020 programme, are intended to support the further development of the SET (Strategic Energy Technology) Plan, which aims to accelerate the development and deployment of low-carbon energy technologies. The project will produce contributions along three dimensions: the development of a modelling portfolio for decision-making in the energy sector, the analysis of the impact of multiple future paths and policies, and the development of stakeholder dialogue and dissemination. It is being implemented by a consortium of academic, research and industry partners from Austria, Germany, Norway, France, Spain, Greece, Hungary, Belgium, the United Kingdom and Switzerland.