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Project description

A stellar boost for European renewable electricity generation

Concentrated solar power (CSP) technology can play a leading role in EU’s renewable energy efforts and specifically in the electricity sector. However, there is a gap between research and market development. CSP ERANET is the outcome of a joint EU effort to fill this gap. The EU-funded CSP ERANET aims to synchronise a wide range of actors, from EU member countries and associated states to the regions, seeking the creation of CSP SET Plan Investments. The result will be strategic projects that single states or the European Commission cannot deliver. The project will run for five years, during which it will finance large-scale projects that could deliver a low-cost, cost-efficient, profitable and innovative CSP technology.


CSP ERANET is the result of a joint EU will for bridging the gap between research and commercial deployment in the Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) technology, so this technology can play a main role in the European renewable electricity generation in a medium term.

For this purpose, the main European countries and regions, with roles to play in the future CSP deployment (industrial or academic stakeholders), have committed their economic resources to create big-scale funding synergies able to finance strategic CSP research.

CSP ERANET aims to coordinate the efforts of Member States, Associated Countries and Regions towards achieving CSP SET Plan objectives, by pooling their financial resources to implement joint calls for R&I proposals, resulting on strategic projects with substantial volumes of investment, which cannot be allocated by individual countries or by the European Commission on their own.

By pooling funds, CSP ERANET will achieve to finance large-scale projects implementing medium/high TRL research, which will accelerate the time to commercial deployment of affordable, cost-effective and resource-efficient CSP technology solutions.

CSP ERANET constitutes a public-public partnership gathering 11 representatives from Member States, Associated Countries and Regions which have committed more than 9 million EUR public fund for launching the Cofund joint calls for proposals and more than 6 million EUR for the additional call to finance transnational research actions.
During the 5 years of CSP ERANET the consortium intends to pool together financial resources from multiple countries, the Commission and the private sector, in order to invest more than 36 million euros (Cofund + Additional Call) in researching for innovative CSP solutions.

This investment will finance 8 topics which were selected among the 12 R&I topics defined in the CSP Implementation Plan produced by the SET Plan temporary working group (TWG) on CSP.

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Net EU contribution
€ 59 812,50
06011 Badajoz

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Centro (ES) Extremadura Badajoz
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Total cost
€ 181 250,00

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