The European Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET Plan) is an initiative that aims to accelerate the development and deployment of low-carbon technologies by coordinating national research efforts and helping to finance projects. The SET Plan promotes research and innovation efforts across Europe and supports the most impactful technologies for the transformation to a low-carbon energy system. The role of European Technology and Innovation platforms (ETIPs) is to give recommendations to policy makers how to improve new technologies and bring down costs.
The integrated SET Plan identifies 10 actions for research and innovation based on an assessment of the energy system’s needs, the transformational impact of technologies and the potential to create growth and jobs in the EU. The SET Plan addresses the whole innovation chain, from research to market uptake, and tackles both financing and the regulatory framework.
Action number 1 is global leadership in renewables. The role of European Technology and Innovation platforms (ETIPs) under this action is to give recommendations to policy makers how to improve new technologies and bring down costs. They to support the implementation of the SET Plan by bringing together EU countries, industry and researchers and the market uptake of key energy technologies by pooling funding, skills, and knowledge.
In December 2016 representatives from Member states, sector stakeholders and the European Commission formed the SET Plan temporary working group (TWG) on Off-shore wind. National representatives from the Netherlands and the European Technology & Innovation Platform on wind (ETIPWind) co-chaired the group to draft an Implementation plan that contain concrete R&I activities and to propose relevant funding opportunities for their realization, which are considered essential for achieving the agreed set of targets. The Implementation plan was then endorsed by the SET Plan Steering Group members at the meeting held on 13 June 2018.