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Call: Measuring, monitoring and controlling the risks of CCS, EGS and unconventional hydrocarbons in the subsurface

Programme
Type of Fund Action programme
Description of programme
"Horizon 2020 - Societal Challenges "
A challenge-based approach will bring together resources and knowledge across different fields, technologies and disciplines, including social sciences and the humanities. This will cover activities from research to market with a new focus on innovation-related activities, such as piloting, demonstration, test-beds, and support for public procurement and market uptake.
Funding focuses on the following challenges:
  • Health, demographic change and wellbeing;
  • Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime and inland water research, and the Bioeconomy;
  • Secure, clean and efficient energy;
  • Smart, green and integrated transport;
  • Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials;
  • Europe in a changing world - inclusive, innovative and reflective societies;
  • Secure societies - protecting freedom and security of Europe and its citizens.
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Description of programme
"Secure, Clean and Efficient Energy"
This Sub-Programme is structured around seven specific objectives and research areas:
  • Reducing energy consumption and carbon footprint
  • Low-cost, low-carbon electricity supply
  • Alternative fuels and mobile energy sources
  • A single, smart European electricity grid
  • New knowledge and technologies
  • Robust decision making and public engagement
  • Market uptake of energy and ICT innovation.
Call
Measuring, monitoring and controlling the risks of CCS, EGS and unconventional hydrocarbons in the subsurface
Description of call
"Measuring, monitoring and controlling the risks of CCS, EGS and unconventional hydrocarbons in the subsurface"

Carbon capture and storage (CCS), enhanced geothermal systems (EGS) and unconventional gas development impact on the subsurface. Subsequently, advanced and cost effective monitoring of the containment of underground CO2 and natural gas is vital for the sustainable management of the subsurface and its resources.

Research is needed to better understand and quantify possible (natural and engineered) leakage pathways for natural gas, the rates of leakage into aquifers and escape at surface, the impacts that leakage can have on fresh groundwater resources, soil and biodiversity, and the time frame in which emissions will return to baseline values. In addition, the effective detection and quantification of leakage requires a scientifically robust method for determining natural background concentrations of CO2 and natural gas in the soil and at the surface.

Uniform, unbiased and independent data are needed to improve environmental stewardship in all three aforementioned geo-energy applications.

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Thematic Focus Research, Infrastructure, Innovation, Climate, Sustainability, Technologies, Environment & biodiversity, Natural ressources
Funding area EU Member States
Candidate Countries
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Iceland / Ísland
Moldova
Norway / Norge
Switzerland / Schweiz / Suisse / Svizzera
Ukraine / Україна Oukraïna
Others
Origin of Applicant EU Member States


Albania / Shqipëria
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Iceland / Ísland
Moldova
Montenegro / Crna Gora/Црна Гора
North Macedonia / Северна Македонија
Norway / Norge
Serbia / Сpбија
Switzerland / Schweiz / Suisse / Svizzera
Turkey / Türkiye
Ukraine / Україна Oukraïna
Others
Eligible applicants Education and Training Centres, Research Institution, Small and Medium Sized Enterprises, SMEs (between 10 and 249 employees), NGO / NPO, Start Up Company, University, Enterprise (more than 250 employees or not defined), Association
Project Partner Yes
Project Partner Details

At least three legal entities. Each of the three must be established in a different EU Member State or Horizon 2020 associated country. All three legal entities must be independent of each other.

Industry participation is strongly encouraged to facilitate access to existing sites and data, and to allow extending the operating period of the research infrastructure beyond the project duration.

Recurring Call No
Project duration max 72 months
Type of Funding Grant
Financial details

Suggested budget: 5-10 million € (This does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.)

EU funding rate: max. 100%.

Submission

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