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Assessment of clean energy technology

Clean energy technologies play an essential role in the transformation of energy systems globally, and for that reason they are supported by European Commission funding programmes such as Horizon 2020. Innovations are developed to improve and strengthen these technologies, whose impact should be assessed. The EU-funded TEIIF project will work to deliver information on the impact of innovation in key clean energy technologies through research, development and demonstration (RD&D). The project will be carried out by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), which will draw on its existing databases, global membership and analytical experience. Overall, TEIIF will provide policy makers with better knowledge about the impact of their innovation funding and support programmes, help to identify both solidity and gaps and advise future investment plans.


The objective of the project is to provide enhanced insights into the impact that innovation, in particular through Research, Development and Demonstration (RD&D), is having on progress in key clean energy technologies and in the transformation of energy systems around the world.

Assessments of the impact of innovation support programmes, such as Horizon 2020, are of significant interest to the European Commission and governments investing in clean energy innovation. The TEIIF project will be delivered by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). The Agency will draw on its established capabilities (its global membership, existing databases and analytical experience) to expand relevant data sets and to develop a methodology to allow the more robust, quantitative assessment of clean energy innovation progress. Such an assessment will lead to a better understanding of the progress being made through clean energy innovation. The project results will be disseminated to policy makers to: provide them with better insights into the impact of their innovation funding and support programmes; assist in identifying both strengths and gaps, and; inform future investment plans.

The project will address specific challenges associated with tracking innovation and their impacts by (1) broadening and deepening IRENA’s existing cost and performance data sets for key clean energy technologies; (2) exploring the use of datasets around patents, standards and publications related to clean energy innovation and (3) analysing clean energy innovation progress and trends based on innovation output indicators. The project will link to and build upon existing efforts of the European Commission, including work by the Joint Research Centre and other actors.


Net EU contribution
€ 500 000,00
10000 Abu Dhabi
United Arab Emirates

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Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Total cost
€ 500 000,00