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Horizon 2020: Low Carbon Energy Inducement Prizes 2016 - Photovoltaics Meets History

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05 Jul 2016, 17:00
26 Sep 2018, 17:00
Horizon 2020

In Europe, architectural and planning rules for protected historic buildings lead to major technical constrains in integrating renewable energy such as photovoltaic. These problems call for innovative and creative solutions for building integrated photovoltaic. These solutions must combine aesthetic and photovoltaic technology applied to historical buildings that represent the artistic and cultural heritage of a city.


This prize will reward a European protected historic urban district that has perfectly integrated a photovoltaic system in its buildings to generate and supply electricity for its own consumption. The photovoltaic system includes all the necessary components to supply power within a district.

The prize will induce the integration of new photovoltaic systems in protected historic urban districts. It will also foster the development of the best suitable architectural and aesthetic design in combination with optimal technical solutions delivering the least visible impact and a minimal intrusion to the structure of the buildings. The prize aims as well to mobilise and enhance private and public investment for replication of similar solutions in Europe.

The specific rules of the contest were published in 2016 by the European Commission, which will directly launch and manage the contest and award the prize based on the judgement of independent experts.

Expected Impact:

The prize winner will be the entrant (a community) that has installed and operated in the protected historic urban district in Europe a new building integrated photovoltaic system (BIPV) to provide electricity corresponding to at least 50% of the required electricity consumption of the district. The suggested energy solution shall be adaptable and replicable to other districts. Clear energy security and economic benefits shall be attained to assure replications.

It is expected that the prize will accelerate the innovation in photovoltaic technologies and architectural enhancement needed for sustainable use of European protected historic urban districts. Integrating photovoltaics in this type of districts will create new industrial expertise. It will also give a good opportunity to local small and medium-sized enterprises to develop new ideas and demonstrate their know-how.

Delegation Exception Footnote:

This activity directly aimed at supporting pilot activities is excluded from the delegation to INEA and will be implemented by the Commission services.

This call for proposals includes the following topics. Click on the topic to link directly to the Participant Portal.

LCE-Prize-PhotovoltaicsHistory-01-2016: Horizon prize for Integrated Photovoltaic System in European Protected Historic Urban districts

For full details of the calls for proposals, please click the Register button below to link directly to the Participant Portal.