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The power of projects - Energy Research & Innovation on the fast track

Things that might look ground-breaking and innovative now, are not necessarily new. Take the concept of electric vehicles, or using hydrogen to generate energy, or even the principle of the fuel cell. It dates back to the 1800s when electric vehicles were first invented. And, at about the same time, studies on hydrogen for generating energy and on fuel cells arose.

Although promising and despite the progress and advancements such technologies made, they didn’t get traction then. Or did not receive the incentives and market conditions to flourish.

In the early 1900s electric vehicles, for example, lost the battle to petrol-fuelled vehicles. Convenience, limiting market conditions, ignorance? Those are likely some of the causes of this doubtful choice society made at the time, which led to an expensive price that we are all paying now. According to Statista, “Global transportation-related emissions totalled 7.29 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide (GtCO2) in 2020” and “between 1990 and 2019, global transportation emissions increased by almost 80 percent.”

Fast forward 100 years, EVs are now fully back. The state of California issued a law to end the sale of gasoline-powered cars in the state by 2035. In Europe, the European Union proposed an effective ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars also from 2035.

Let's say that, in 1838, the people who had invented the electric vehicles received incentives, funding, investment in research and development, and guidance on implementation, where would the transportation sector be now? Maybe it wouldn’t be one of the top concerning areas when it comes to decarbonisation.

That is why initiatives such as Horizon Europe (former Horizon 2020), Projects of Common Interest (PCIs), ETIP SNET, Bridge and many others are so important.

These initiatives aim at identifying projects that have the potential to tackle the climate crisis, decarbonise the energy industry, increase energy efficiency, provide flexibility and do that in the most efficient and fast way. They provide funding, incentivise research & development and enable the implementation of projects.

A project is a group of highly skilled people, that spots a gap in the system and transforms it into an opportunity. Through lots of research and a great deal of commitment and dedication, these projects are tackling complicated issues by bringing new thinking and innovation to the table.


Enlit Europe Arjan Haring     Enlit Europe Our Purpose Areti Ntaradimou



An example of this is the Graphene Flagship, with over 170 partners working together to bring graphene and other two-dimensional materials out of the lab and into different applications that will, among other things, help ensure access to affordable, reliable and sustainable energy for all.

Enlit Europe Our Purpose Jari KinaretOur special industry-led initiatives, the so-called Spearhead Projects, are working on innovative solutions close to the market. Thanks to the collaboration with the industry, the Graphene Flagship is developing the first graphene-enabled solar farm in Greece,” says Jari Kinaret, Director of the Graphene Flagship. “Our graphene-enabled solar cells could reduce the cost of photovoltaic energy below €20/MWh – cheaper than fossil fuels.

The Graphene Flagship also aims to provide innovative solutions to significantly increase the energy density of lithium-ion and post-lithium batteries and to develop a first-of-their-kind grease-free, maintenance-free, low-voltage circuit breakers for fault protection in key parts of the electrical grid. “Projects like the Graphene Flagship are of paramount importance to support the energy transition with innovative solutions.

Innovation must come at speed. REPowerEU, the European Commission's set of requirements aimed at reducing reliance on fossil fuels and expediting the energy transition, calls for a significant acceleration in the deployment of renewables. That will also be possible through the work of projects.

Integrating the highest amount of Renewable Energy Sources (RES) is a priority for the EU,” says Gianluigi Migliavacca, Project Manager at Ricerca sul Sistema Energetico - RSE SpA.

According to Migliavacca, beyond decarbonisation targets which motivated pushing for renewable energy sources in the past years, we have also the further important goal to make the EU independent as much as possible from gas and oil imports. “The main road to obtain this is by reinforcing the role of flexible resources (storage and demand-side management), both in grid planning and operation, as well as pushing for a more and more integrated management of the different energy carriers.




The role of projects is vital in the energy transition. With that we can prevent what happened in the past, that “old” technologies that are now back in fashion get overlooked, just to realise 200 years later that they did have potential. Simply because now we don’t have that time.

At Enlit Europe this November you will meet with the people who are working tirelessly on projects that are accelerating the energy transition. Take a tour of the EU Projects zone in Frankfurt to meet with project leaders, learn about their projects, milestones and accomplishments, start new partnerships and get inspiration for your own journey to deliver clean, secure and affordable energy for all.






At Enlit we are breaking down the silos and bringing industries together. Join industry thought leaders at Enlit Europe this November and discover how, through successful cross-sector collaborations, Europe can speed up the energy transition and achieve energy security.

Let’s meet up in Frankfurt and build on the future of energy together.



Diamond Partner

  • Schneider Electric


Platinum Partner

  • Siemens AG


Gold Partners

  • Baker Hughes
  • Energy Web Foundation
  • Energynest
  • Ericsson
  • Gridspertise
  • Palantir
  • SAP
  • Siemens Energy
  • Solar Turbines
  • Wartsila

Silver Partners

  • Alfen
  • Babcock & Wilcox
  • Capgemini
  • G&E
  • IFS
  • Italgas
  • Landis+Gyr
  • Meters and More
  • Microsoft
  • PRIME Alliance


Knowledge Partner

  • Enel Foundation


Legal & Regulatory Partner

  • Pinsent Masons


Utility Partner

  • Dtek Grids
  • Enel Grids
  • RTE



  • ABS Group
  • AC Boilers
  • Accenture
  • Bergen Engines
  • Cisco
  • Cleanwatts
  • Driivz
  • Efacec
  • EnergyDome
  • Greencom Networks
  • Hive Power
  • Hiven Energy
  • Itron
  • Kaluza
  • Kigen
  • Kore Wireless
  • Kraken Technologies
  • Last Energy
  • Minsait
  • Mytilineos
  • Nextgen
  • Oracle Energy and Water
  • Ormazabal
  • Piclo
  • Pietro Fiorentini
  • ProEnergy Services
  • PSM, a Hanwha company
  • Sentient Energy
  • SLM Solutions
  • Sungrow
  • Trilliant Networks
  • Uniper
  • Waterfall Security Solutions


Initiate Partners

  • EIT InnoEnergy
  • Enel Innovation Hubs
  • IMI
  • Rockstart
  • Siemens Energy
  • Start Up Energy Transition
  • TotalEnergies


Industry Partners

  • ANIE Federazione
  • ANIMA Confindustria
  • Avere
  • CHARGE Energy Branding
  • CO2 Value
  • COGEN Europe
  • currENT
  • dena
  • DERlab
  • E.DSO
  • EASE
  • Elettricità Futura
  • Energia Media
  • ETN
  • Eurelectric
  • Eurogas
  • Euroheat & Power
  • European Biogas Association
  • European Energy Retailers (EER)
  • Flow Batteries Europe
  • Generazione Distribuita (Distributed Generation)
  • Hydrogen Europe
  • IEC - International Electrotechnical Commission
  • IPPF
  • Lombardy Energy Cleantech Cluster (LE2C)
  • OSGP
  • Ricerca sul Sistema Energetico - RSE SpA
  • SmartEn
  • Start Up Energy Transition (SET)
  • VDMA
  • VDMA
  • VGBE Energy