The European Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET Plan) is a key stepping-stone to boost the transition towards a climate neutral energy system through the development of low-carbon technologies in a fast and cost-competitive way.
By improving new technologies and bringing down costs through coordinated national research efforts, the SET Plan helps promote cooperation among EU countries, companies and research institutions, and in so doing also deliver on the key objectives of the energy union.
The SET Plan consists of the SET Plan Steering Group, the European Technology and Innovation Platforms (ETIPs), the European Energy Research Alliance (EERA), and the SET Plan Information System (SETIS).
Key action areas
The integrated SET Plan identifies 10 actions for research and innovation. The actions addresses the whole innovation chain, from research to market uptake, and tackles both financing and regulatory framework:
- Integrating renewable technologies in the energy systems
- Reducing costs of technologies
- New technologies and services for consumers
- Resilience and security of energy systems
- New materials and technologies for buildings
- Energy efficiency for industry
- Competitiveness in global battery sector and e-mobility
- Renewable fuels and bioenergy
- Carbon capture and storage
- Nuclear safety
To ensure an effective interaction with all partners, the plan has an overall governance structure for measuring key performance indicators (KPIs), including level of investment or cost reductions. The SET Plan infographic shows the above actions, divided into 6 domains for clarity. It also lists the 13 SET Plan implementation working groups (IWGs).
The SET Plan infographic. Source: https://ec.europa.eu/energy/sites/default/files/media/set_plan_bis_002.jpg
SET Plan Steering Group
The SET Plan Steering Group consists of high-level representatives from EU countries, as well as Iceland, Norway, Switzerland, and Turkey. It ensures better alignment between the different research and innovation programmes at EU and national level, as well as the SET Plan priorities. It also increases cooperation between national programmes to avoid duplication and heightens the impact of public investment.
European Energy Research Alliance
The European Energy Research Alliance (EERA) aims to accelerate new energy technology development by cooperation on pan-European programmes. It brings together more than 175 research organisations from 27 countries, involved in 17 joint programmes. It plays an important role in promoting coordination among energy researchers along the SET Plan objectives and in the technology transfer to the industry.