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    Objective

    The objective of the PDA is to improve projects’ maturity for subsequent IF calls for proposals through high-quality technical and financial advisory support tailored to the project needs. The PDA also aims to support projects to improve their chances for financial closing and entry into operation.

    Eligible projects

    Projects submitted under the IF calls for proposals that are not selected for grant funding may be proposed by CINEA evaluators to receive PDA, if they meet the criteria, as defined in the call, and if they show the potential for improving their maturity through specific PDA.

    Find out more about the next calls for small-scale and large-scale projects.

    Deployment of Project Development Assistance

    Eligible projects proposed by CINEA are reviewed and shortlisted by the EIB, based on the level of maturity as identified during the evaluation process.

    The shortlisted projects are then submitted to the European Commission for approval.

    EIB technical and financial experts are responsible for offering technical support to approved projects, with the support of external consultants. Indicative examples of PDA services are available below.

     

    Due diligence assessment

    • Project maturity assessment
    • Technical due diligence
    • Bankability assessment
     

    Financial services

    • Business plan and financial plans
    • Market analysis
    • Financial forecasts
     

    Technical services

    • Support in the preparation of applications
    • Concept development support
    • Economic analysis
    • Engineering, procurement and implementation support

    Projects benefitting from Innovation Fund

     

    BHyPER Community

    Country: Portugal
    Category: Solar energy
    Project promoter: Hyperion Energy Investments SGPS SA (PT)

    The BHyPER Community project is a hydrogen production plant that aims to produce green hydrogen through an electrolysis process fed from a renewable and non-polluting source (solar energy). The project will contribute to the Portuguese targets for the gradual introduction of green hydrogen in the various aspects of the Portuguese economy, making it a sustainable and integrated pillar of the National Hydrogen Strategy “EN-H2”.

    The project will be the first of its kind in Portugal, delivering green hydrogen and electricity to the local economy, while offering flexibility to the electricity network through the provision of reserves power.

    Sun2Store

    Country: Spain
    Category: Intra-day electricity storage
    Project promoters:
    Malta Iberia Pumped Heat Electricity Storage S.L.U. (ES)
    Alfa Laval Corporate AB (SE)
    Siemens Gas and Power GmbH & Co. KG (DE)

    The Sun2Store project develops, implements and operates an innovative pumped heat electricity storage system of 100 MWe net AC discharge power with 10 hours capacity. The storage system stores on a daily basis solar PV electricity during solar surplus hours and feeds this stored electricity back to the grid as required for covering the residual load curve to avoid renewable energy curtailment.

    The storage innovation consists in combining novel heat pump technology with molten salt thermal storage, well proven in Spanish concentrating solar power plants, and thus making this long duration utility scale storage technology competitively applicable for solar PV and wind power generators. Beside its cost advantage compared to other existing technologies, such as battery storage, the benefits of the pumped heat electricity storage for the grid include the ability to provide dispatchable reserve power with rotating turbine equipment, fast ramping, reactive power and synchronous inertia.

    The storage solution would be the first of its kind in Europe. 

    WAVE

    Country: France
    Category: Other
    Project promoter: Chantiers de l'Atlantique (FR)

    Chantiers de l’Atlantique, the largest shipyard in Europe and a leader in energy and environment efficiencies through its dedicated Ecorizon® R&D Programme, has developed a large sailing cruise ship concept featuring an innovating wind propulsion technology. This new system, consisting of large sails in composite panels mounted on a 80 meters-tall rig, will allow cruise vessels to reduce their GHG emissions up to 45%, compared to similar conventional ships. It will also be transferable to other kinds of large ships, such as bunker vessels and tankers.

    The WAVE (Wind Assisted VEssels) project aims to deploy on the market the first ship applications of this wind propulsion concept by 2024-2025.

    GraviSTORE

    Country: Czech Republic
    Category: Intra-day electricity storage
    Project promoters:
    Gravitricity Ltd (UK)
    Huisman Equipment B.V (NL)
    ILF Consulting Engineers Austria GmbH (AT)
    Frank Bold s.r.o (CZ)
    Viridicore s.r.o (CZ)
    Institute of Geonics of the CAS (CZ)
    RAG Mining Solutions GmbH (DE)
    GA Energo s.r.o. (CZ)

    The GraviSTORE project comprises a gravity-based electrical energy storage system and focuses on the deployment of a prototype in the Moravian Silesian Region of the Czech Republic.

    This first of its kind project will utilise Gravitricity’s highly innovative Multi MW technology to operate at grid scale, storing and releasing energy by raising and lowering solid weights within a disused mineshaft.

    The acquired learning and knowledge building will pave the way for future commercial roll-out of the technology, which has exceptional cyclability and offers significant circular economy benefits through the re-use of closing mine infrastructure.

    LiSalt

    Country: France
    Category: Other energy storage
    Project promoter: ARKEMA FRANCE SA (FR)

    Arkema’s LION Project aims to develop and upscale an innovative production process that allows the cost-optimised and environmentally friendly production of an ultra-pure electrolyte salt. It will improve batteries’ safety and fit perfectly with high voltages and fast charge batteries within either the present or future battery technologies.

    Lion project is part of the IPCEI Batteries and participates in establishing a complete innovative and competitive battery value chain within the EU.

    CESAR

    Country: Germany
    Category: Other energy storage
    Project promoter: Black Magic GmbH (DE)

    Black Magic GmbH is the only producer of Curved Graphene globally. Curved Graphene is a form of carbon used to achieve remarkably high energy density in energy storage technology, outperforming current batteries in many parameters.

    The CESAR-E project, will develop and upscale Curved Graphene synthesis production technology for cost reduction and thus widen the field of application. The broader market penetration of Curved Graphene will lead to an expected cost reduction and to significant GHG emissions savings, especially in the automotive sector, through reducing fuel consumption in hybrid vehicles and increasing battery life in electric vehicles. 

    GHG-PU

    Country: Netherlands
    Category: Energy-intensive industries
    Project promoter: InSus B.V. (NL)

    The project plans to construct a large-scale recycling plant to recover (H)CFC’s and propane propellants from rigid polyurethane foam. These propellants were historically used as blowing agents for rigid polyurethane foam insulation and (H)CFC’s are extremely strong greenhouse gases. The (H)CFC propellants are rendered harmless in this process and the pentane propellant is recovered for reuse. The process also recovers the foam for reuse.

    The project development assistance (PDA) scope will be a market study to identify the business potential of deploying this technology across the 27 EU Member States. The objective of the PDA will be to increase the maturity of the project by establishing the current and future market potential.

    TRISKELION

    Country: Spain
    Category: CO2 transport and storage
    Project promoter: Forestal del Atlántico, S.A. (ES)

    TRISKELION, located in the Northeast of Spain (Mugardos, Galicia) is an innovative renewable methanol manufacturing project that combines and integrates different technologies at industrial scale: CO2 Capture through an amine-based absorption-desorption system in an existing cogeneration; Alkaline electrolysis, powered by electrical energy provided by a wind farm connected in a virtual system; Synthesis of methanol, carried out in a single reactor using Cu-ZnO base catalysts, and distillation of methanol.

    The aim is to obtain a final product with a quality similar to that of fossil methanol which will allow the use of existing logistics chain and industrial facilities currently used for fossil methanol. 

    NEF

    Country: Norway
    Category: Energy intensive industries
    Project promoters:
    Norsk e-Fuel AS (NO)
    Paul Wurth S.A. (LU)
    Valinor AS (NO)
    Sunfire GmbH (DE)
    Climeworks AG (CH)

    NEF, located in Norway and led by Norsk e-Fuel AS, industrialises the world’s first-of-a-kind large-scale Power-to-Liquid (PtL) process, integrating efficient conversion technologies to produce renewable jet fuel (e-Fuel) from 100% renewable electricity, water and CO2. The multi-step process will include:

    • CO2 capture via direct air capture (DAC)
    • Syngas production
    • Fischer-Tropsch Synthesis to produce the renewable fuel
    • product upgrading to maximise the jet fuel fraction within the product stream

    The plant is based on alkaline electrolysis and Reverse-Water-Gas-Shift reactors, and integrating high temperature co-electrolysis based on solid oxide electrolyser cell technology – Co-SOEC. The project will reach a relative GHG emission avoidance of 99%.

    ETHOS

    Country: Italy
    Category: Energy intensive industries
    Project promoter: VERSALIS S.P.A. (IT)

    ETHOS objectives are the design, construction and operation of innovative units for onsite cellulolytic enzyme manufacturing and high-quality lignin production in an integrated large scale 2nd generation cellulosic bioethanol demonstration plant in Crescentino (Vercelli, Italy) with Versalis’ proprietary technology, capable of converting lignocellulosic biomass from forestry residues into bioethanol for the biofuel sector and high-quality lignin co-product suitable for bio-based composite plastics.

    ETHOS will create a new bio-circular business model obtained from the simultaneous production of a 2nd generation advanced biofuel (bioethanol) and an advanced biopolymer (lignin), able to substitute fossil derivatives in relevant fuels and plastics markets, contributing significantly to the reduction of greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions.

    Equigy CBP

    Country: Netherlands, Germany, Italy
    Category: Energy storage
    Project promoter: Equigy B.V. (NL)

    Equigy aims to play a key role in accelerating the energy transition and integrating the energy system. With its European crowd balancing platform, Equigy’s objective is to create a trusted data exchange to allow aggregators to participate with smaller flexibility devices, such as home batteries and electric vehicles, in electricity balancing markets, turning consumers into prosumers.

    Equigy submitted a proposal to the Innovation Fund on October 2020, seeking a grant to develop key functionalities that would boost growth and lower the barriers for Transmission System Operators (TSOs) and market parties to adopt the Crowd Balancing Platform (CBP) across Europe.

    Owned by five leading European transmission system operators, Equigy aims to set cross-industry standards throughout Europe, to support a future-proof, reliable and cost-effective power system that is independent of fossil fuel-based flexibility sources.

    Oxy-combustion (GreenBPP)

    Country: Germany
    Category: Energy intensive industries
    Project promoters:
    AtlasInvest Holding (BE)
    Tree Energy Solutions (BE)

    TES (Tree Energy Solutions) is a green and clean hydrogen company that supplies long-term non-intermittent carbon neutral energy at industrial scale. TES’s prime objective is to replace the fossil gas system by importing green gas (CH4) produced using green hydrogen generated from solar photovoltaics in the solar belt, as well as to introduce CO2 circularity. In Wilhelmshaven, TES is building Germany's first Green Energy Hub, which will enable the import of 250 TWh of green gas by 2045. The Green Energy Hub will also incorporate the installation of a FOAK Oxy-combustion power plant (GREENBPP project) combined with an integrated CCS chain (Carbon Capture and Storage). It will be deployed at full industrial scale (550 MWth/284 MWe) aiming to avoid 8.6 million tons of CO2 over 10 years at full capacity. TES is a private Belgian company, backed up by the investment company AtlasInvest.

    HYDROGEN EU-ROPAX

    Countries: Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, United Kingdom
    Category: Energy intensive industries
    Project promoters:
    DFDS AS (DK)
    Hexagon Composites ASA (NO)
    ABB Ltd. (SE)
    Ballard Power Systems Inc. (DK)
    Lloyd's Register Group Services Limited (UK)
    Knud E. Hansen (DK)
    Ørsted (DK)
    Danish Ship Finance (DK)

    The HYDROGEN EU-ROPAX project aims at designing and constructing a Hydrogen FuelCell powered ROPAX vessel connecting main EU ports.

    Current vessels of this size run on traditional marine fossil fuel. In line with the EU Green Deal and Innovation Fund, the zero-emission vessel powered by a large-scale fuel cell system (23 MW) will exclusively use green hydrogen from renewable sources, allowing for a 100% GHG emission avoidance compared to the state of play.

    Beside the technical design and construction, the project will also analyse and develop financial models and hydrogen-sourcing strategies for the implementation of large-scale Hydrogen powered ROPAX vessels.

    Over the 10 year monitoring period, the project/vessel will avoid more than 600 000 tons of CO2e.

    SUN2HY

    Country: Spain
    Category: Energy intensive industries
    Project promoters:
    SUNRGYZE S.L. (ES)
    REPSOL SA (ES)
    ENAGÁS S.A. (ES)

    SUN2HY project, the first-of-a-kind large-scale plant based on photo-electro-catalytic technology for hydrogen production, is focused on demonstrating the cost-effectiveness and robustness of the photo-electrochemical (PEC) technology.

    The novelty behind PEC technology lies in the capacity to directly convert solar energy to chemical energy, by splitting water in its constituents, hydrogen and oxygen, thanks to the direct use of solar energy without external energy input, providing a sustainable alternative route for hydrogen.

    The large industrial implementation of the technology would reduce significantly the cost per kg of green hydrogen being competitive versus the conventional process (SMR – Steam Methane Reformer) and bringing the reduction of the carbon footprint of hydrogen production. The aim of this project is to demonstrate the first PEC pre-commercial plant in the world with a production capacity of 3 650 t H2/year. During 20 years of operation, the plant will avoid 664 067.2 t CO2. The plant will be located close to the refinery of Repsol in Puertollano, Spain. 

    GreenHyseO

    Country: Italy
    Category: Carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology
    Project promoters: FNM S.P.A (IT)

    The GreenHyseO Project is part of "H2iseO: a Hydrogen valley for sustainable mobility”, a project promoted by FNM S.p.A., that aims at creating the first Italian Hydrogen Valley and decarbonizing rail and bus transport in Valcamonica.

    FNM S.p.A. will introduce a green hydrogen-powered fleet of 14 trains and 40 buses, including the construction of the hydrogen production plants, and the distribution and refuelling stations:

    • a hydrogen production, storage, and distribution plant in the city of Iseo, using the Steam Methane Reforming (SMR) technology starting from biomethane, and the innovative addition of Carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology,
    • one or two hydrogen production, storage and distribution plants using electrolysis in the cities of Brescia and Edolo.

    The focus of the GreenHyseO project is on the CCS technology for the Iseo hydrogen production plant.

    HyPush

    Country: France
    Category: Substitute products
    Project promoter: NEoT Green Mobility (FR)

    The project concerns the construction of a hydrogen pusher to navigate in Paris, replacing the existing pusher. It will have similar capacities allowing CEMEX to push barges with a capacity of up to 2 600 tons.

    It is especially designed to navigate on the Seine river, with a propulsion using electric energy from two hydrogen fuel cells and a lithium battery. Particular care has been taken in the design of the hull to keep the wake to a minimum. 

    NEoT Green Mobility is working with CEMEX to set up an innovative financing solution including performance guarantees for the zero emission energy system.

    ZERO CARBON GYPSUM

    Country: Latvia
    Category: Renewable energy; Energy intensive industries
    Project promoter: AS ETGAS (LV)

    The scope of the “Zero Carbon Gypsum” project is to facilitate a transition of an energy-intensive gypsum plasterboard manufacturing site from natural gas use to renewable on-site generated synthesis gas (syngas), generated from local waste biomass using proprietary gasification technology.

    This first-of-a-kind project is being developed in Latvia, at KNAUF Latvia plasterboard manufacturing plant's territory, and the project's feasibility is enabled by gasification technology's ability to convert otherwise non-recyclable waste fractions to high-purity renewable syngas at lowest costs in industry.

    By applying carbon capture from syngas in further project phases, eventually a carbon-negative gas will be delivered, demonstrating the decarbonisation pathway in such an energy intensive industry as plasterboard manufacturing, without requirement to retrofit existing manufacturing asset base.

    TRUCK2WIND

    Country: Spain
    Category: Intra-day electricity storage
    Project promoter: Green Capital Power SL (ES)

    The aim of TRUCK2WIND project is the integration of a hybrid energy storage system (HESS) including first and second-life batteries in a renewable energy plant in Spain. This first-of-a-kind project will demonstrate the advantages of the integration of first- and second-life batteries by evaluating the feasibility and performance of the hybrid solution and its potentiality for the participation in different grid services. This project will validate the circularity of EV batteries, while providing flexibility to the energy system leading to achieve a higher degree of decarbonisation.

    In line with its commitment to a green and fair energy transition, Capital Energy currently has a portfolio of wind and solar projects in the Iberian Peninsula with around 30 GW capacity. More than 8 GW have already received network access grants. Capital Energy is already present on the entire renewable energy value chain: from development to construction, production, storage, operation and supply.

    CO2Made

    Country: Germany
    Category: Carbon capture utilisation (CCU) technology
    Project promoter: Twelve Benefit Corporation (DE)

    Twelve has developed a technology that enables the energy efficient conversion of CO2 from any source into CO that can be used to produce high-value products.

    The purpose of the CO2Made project is to obtain industrial validation of the technology's potential in turning CO2 into PC-based car parts that form the internal structure of Mercedes-Benz cars - with significantly lower greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions than conventional production.

    This innovation can reduce the carbon footprint of the world's heavy emitting industries while creating a new revenue stream from what is discarded today as a waste product.

    The EIB is working with Twelve Benefit Corporation to fund the development of a financial model and market analysis for this technology and project.

    CO2ncrEAT

    Country: Belgium
    Category: Carbon capture utilisation (CCU) & Carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology
    Project promoters:
    Prefer Construct SA (Prefer) (BE)
    Carrières et Fours à Chaux Dumont-Wautier SA (Lhoist) (BE)
    Orbix Solutions SRL (Orbix) (BE)

    The main objective of the CO2ncrEAT project is to offer to the construction sector a new line of carbon negative pre-cast materials such as masonry blocks, with the same dimensional, visual and mechanical characteristics as current concrete products.

    This project offers a sustainable and environmentally sound alternative to the traditional manufacturing process of concrete elements, which entails high greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The products created as a result of CO2ncrEAT will replace the cement and natural aggregates in their composition with non-valorised residues from slag recycling centres and CO2 captured from the exhaust gases from the lime manufacturing process.

    CO2ncrEAT offers a sustainable solution for CO2 use and sequestration (CCU & CCS) because, once the captured CO2 is mineralised into building materials, it cannot be liberated again to the atmosphere.

    Foundry Sand Recycler (FRFS)

    Country: Germany, Finland, Sweden, Italy, Spain
    Category: Energy intensive industries
    Project promoter: Finn Recycling Oy (FI)

    Finn Recycling’s recycling service for waste foundry sand has been in commercial use for foundries in Finland since 2018.

    After several years of research, Finn recycling has developed and patented a process that combines thermal and mechanical methods in one single modular unit. This breakthrough innovation allows the use of thermal-mechanical regeneration for even the most difficult sand types to be reclaimed. Currently, alternative systems that use thermal fluidized bed regenerators cannot regenerate green sand without a two-stage mechanical treatment preceding and following the thermal process, which removes the clay attached to the surface of the sand grains.

    Finn Recycling uses a unique Sand-as-a-Service (SaaS) model, which has the advantage to be asset-light, to require low investment, and be an easy-to-start solution for customers, who can test the service in advance and can profit from quick installation without the need for a long production break. Thanks to this new system, the need for new, virgin sand is reduced by up to 90%, with consequent decrease in sand acquisition costs, as well as significant improvement of waste sand problem and the foundry’s CO2 footprint.

    This service is now being expanded in the first phase to Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

    Hiisi I BIOCHAR

    Country: Finland
    Category: Carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology
    Project promoter: Carbo Culture Oy (FI)

    Carbo Culture aims to build and operate a state-of-the-art biochar facility in Finland. Biochar is the product of biomass pyrolysation and fixes the carbon in a stable, functional material.

    The proposed facility “Alpha” will advance proprietary pyrolysis technology to a commercial scale. The proven process accommodates variable biomass feedstocks and produces high quality biochar with desirable materials properties, for example high fixed carbon content, and is stable for more than 1 000 years, storing carbon safely. The innovative biochar method has high added value when compared to traditional biochar value chains.

    The high quality biochar can be used as a soil improver to reduce fertiliser use, and as material for blue/green infrastructure, construction materials and other functional applications. Additionally, the project will sell verified carbon removal credits and the syngas produced from the process.