Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA) is contributing up to $5 million to the Clean Energy Transition Partnership’s (CETP) Joint Call 2022. CETP is a transnational initiative for joint research, technological development, and innovation (RTDI) programing to boost and accelerate the energy transition. The global funding program is open to projects in 30 participating countries.
ERA funding will focus on advancing technology solutions for renewable fuels and hydrogen, as well as Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS), with strong potential for commercialization in Alberta. ERA funding is sourced from the Government of Alberta’s Technology Innovation and Emissions Reduction (TIER) fund.
CETP collaborates with funding partners within and beyond Europe to broaden the global knowledge and experience base and introduce European solutions and stakeholders to global value chains. ERA joined CETP in January 2022. The initiative enables 50 national and regional funding partners from 30 countries to align on priorities, pool budgets for two joint calls in 2022 and 2023, and to implement annual calls until 2027.
CETP’s first funding Call, Joint Call 2022 is structured into 7 thematic Transition Initiatives (TRIs) that address challenges outlined in the Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA), a 10-year roadmap created by CETP in 2020 that is endorsed by the European Commission.
ERA’s investment is focused on TRI3: Enabling Climate Neutrality with Storage Technologies, Renewable Fuels, and CCUS. The primary goal of the CETP TRI3 is to provide technologically cleaner solutions for renewable fuels and hydrogen from all sources, as well as Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS), while also promoting RD&D and innovation projects to achieve global climate neutrality by 2050. Funding from ERA is available for projects at the technology scale-up, field pilot, commercial demonstration, or commercial implementation stages.
Project proposals require a project consortium consisting of at least three eligible applicants from at least three separate countries/regions participating in CETP TRI3 Call. Consortia with partners from other countries are welcome if these organizations are funded by sources other than CETP. This partnership requirement demonstrates international collaboration and is a way for countries to leverage new knowledge, expertise, and resources.
In the Joint Call 2022, the CETP TRI3 offers two call modules:
CCUS technologies maximize carbon reuse in a circular economy, removing carbon from the energy system in response to technological, environmental, social and economic challenges. Research target areas for CCUS are:
Hydrogen and renewable fuels encompass the development of innovative technologies for cost-effective, energy-efficient, and carbon/resource-efficient systems. Research target areas for renewable fuels and hydrogen are:
Mandatory Focus – besides focusing on the topics above, projects must address at least one of the cross-cutting and multidisciplinary topics. Cross cutting opportunities include:
The focus is on projects with industry-relevant approach and should aim for a Technology Readiness Level (TRL) of 5 or higher, but parts of the project (work package or tasks) may be at a lower TRL.
Submissions for pre-proposals are due November 23, 2022 at 6:00 AM (MST). Applicants shortlisted for the Full Proposal stage will be notified in January 2023. Shortlisted applicants will have until March 20, 2023 at 6:00 AM (MST) to submit a Full Proposal. Funding decisions will be in June of 2023 and projects are expected to start in September of 2023.
All project proposals must be submitted through the CETP Application Portal. Please note that no project proposal will be accepted after the submission deadline.
Click the links below for more details:
Please note, an informational webinar will be held in October, 2022. Details of the event will be communicated shortly.
All proposals will undergo a rigorous two-stage evaluation process:
Projects will be evaluated based on three primary criteria, in addition to national/regional funding organization criteria:
CETPartnership aims to empower the clean energy transition and contribute to the European Union’s goal of becoming the first climate-neutral continent by 2050, by pooling national and regional RTDI funding for a broad variety of technologies and system solutions required to make the transition.
The goal of the initiative is to:
CETP is coordinated by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG). It builds on established best practices in: