Policy status:In Force
Date Effective:2008
Date Ended:2012
Policy Type:Research, Development and Deployment (RD&D)>Demonstration project
Policy Target:Transport>Passenger, Carbon Capture Storage, Energy Sector>Electricity Generation>Renewable>Bioenergy
Agency:ADEME (Environment and Energy Management Agency)
Funding:EUR 400 million over four years
Description:In July 2008, a demonstration fund was created by three government ministries to provide EUR 400 million over four years to help finance the development of energy technologies for which there currently is no viable market. The fund is joint effort between the Ministry of Ecology, Energy, Sustainable Development and Territorial Planning; the Ministry of Higher Education and Research; the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Employment, and is managed by the French Environment and Energy Management Agency, ADEME. It was created on the recommendation of the Grenelle Environemnt Forum of October 2007. The fund targets manufacturers or public-private partnerships in need of financing for high-cost demonstration projects with experimental goals, for which market prospects are long-term. For 2008, the fund will have three calls for proposals in following areas: -Carbon capture and storage -Renewable energy (2nd generation biofuels) -Innovative transport systems, with low energy consumption and/or reduced greenhouse gas emissions Two calls for proposals for 2nd generation biofuels and low-emission vehicles were launched on 18 July and closed on 30 September 2008. Proposals are to be selected by the end of 2008. The second generation biofuels projects sought are those that will lay the basis for future production. Eligible technologies are: production by thermochemical means, essentially based on pyrolysis gasification, and production by biological means, based on enzyme hydrolysis and/or fermentation. The demonstration fund will give preference to the former, thermochemical, technology. The volume of biomass processed in each synthesis/gasification unit is also to exceed 1 million tonnes per year. Low-emission vehicle projects are requested to address one or more of the following elements -New traction chain technologies: Energy recovery, electric acceleration, transmission efficiency, use of batteries and super capacity. -Innovative electric motors: Reduced size and cost, mecatronic integration, wheel motor -Vehicle architecture combining reduced mass with electric or hybrid propulsion -Navigation systems: On-board electric and thermal energy management, heat management, vehicle behaviour -Battery performance and conditions for industrialisation, and battery charging technologies (time taken, safety) -Urban and/or multi-use zero emission or ultra low emission vehicles (ZEV and ULEV) -Hybrid or electric passenger transport vehicles On 16 September a call for proposals was launched for projects aimed at advancing carbon capture and storage. The call will remain open until 30 November, and a selection decision made by 15 March 2009. Priority areas have been outlined for capture, transport and storage technologies. For capture, projects are to focus on post-combustion and oxy-combustion technology. For transport, a localised transport demonstration project is considered most appropriate. Finally, for storage, preference will be given to projects exploring storage in aquifers. All proposals must incorporate risk analysis and risk management procedures related to transport and storage. Preference will also be given to projects covering all three aspects, as well as those formed by a consortium which includes industrial groups or companies. Potential calls for proposals for 2009 include renewable energy (solar and ocean energy), smart grids, energy storage and positive-energy buildings.

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