SOLAR-ERA.NET Cofund (01/2016 - 12/2020) will bring together 16 national organisations owning and / or managing major solar power research and innovation programmes throughout Europe, covering photovoltaics (PV) and concentrating solar power (CSP). SOLAR-ERA.NET Cofund has different objectives:
- To implement a joint call on subjects of highest priority and European added value in line with the Solar Europe Industry Initiative within the Strategic Energy Technology (SET) Plan
- To pool resources and to provide critical mass for transnationally highly relevant and innovative projects
- To mobilise 20 millionen Euro of public funding (national and EC funding), and, together with the resources provided by the private industry sector, a total of millionen Euro.
- To enhance coordination, coherence and networking between national programmes
SOLAR-ERA.NET Cofund will contribute to substantial cost reductions of solar power technologies, economic development of the European solar power sector and to reinforce Europe’s strong position in solar power technologies. Reducing technology cost and advancing manufacturing technologies, applications and grid / system integration are essential to increasing the deployment of solar power technologies.
SOLAR-ERA.NET Cofund follows on from SOLAR-ERA.NET (11/2012 - 10/2016) project and network and previous PV-ERA-NET network, taking advantage of more than ten years of ERA-NET experience and expertise from all major key stakeholders in the solar research, innovation and industry sector.