The EU Framework Program for Research and Innovation
Horizon 2020 is a key program in the field of research and innovation, lasting from January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2020. Its budget is EUR 77,028 billion. Its main purpose is to contribute to building a knowledge-based society and economy by supporting research, development and innovation. Thanks to this, Horizon 2020 contributes to the achievement of EU research and development goals, including to increase spending of up to 3% of GDP to fund research and development across the Union by 2020.
Horizon 2020 is based on three pillars:
1. Strengthening the excellent science base in order to increase the Union’s ability to achieve world-class outstanding scientific achievements,
2. Promoting a leading position in industry to support enterprises, including SMEs and innovation,
3. Facing social challenges in order to implement the tasks defined in the Europe 2020 strategy by supporting activities covering the full innovation cycle from research to market introduction.
more information about the program at https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/
From October 2018. works on the construction of a consortium consisting of European Union Member States as well as from countries outside of the EU and joint creation of an application for co-financing an innovative project which is the CONTINGENCY project „CONTAINERised renewable electricity GENERATION for offshore communities as a plug & plaY solution”. The result of this cooperation is a ready application, submitted to the European Commission in December 2018. Among the 16 countries and organizations participating in the project, in addition to Solar Networks were: CIRCE (Centro de Investigación de Recursos y Consumos Energéticos) from Spain, CERTH (Ethniko Kentro Erevnas Kai Technologikis Anaptyxis) from Greece, University of Genoa (Italy), ARE (Alliance for Rural Electrification) from Belgium, the Institute for Geological and Energy Research (Instituto de Investigación Geológico y Energético) from Ecuador, or the German Jordanian University (German Jordanian University). The overall goal of the CONTINGENCY project is to build a complete and qualified „plug” system and play „(connect and use) for the production of electricity from renewable sources and check the reliability of the device in three different locations (Floreana, Jordan, Burundi), where there are significant fluctuations in climatic conditions and where there is a diversified access to renewable energy sources. Our system is to be not only modern, reliable, managed remotely, but also profitable for communities living outside the power grid.