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European Industrial Initiatives (EII)

The European Industrial Initiatives (EII) are joint large scale technology development projects between academia, research and industry.

Goal of the EIIs

The goal of the EIIs is to focus and align the efforts of the Community, Member States and industry in order to achieve common goals and to create a critical mass of activities and actors, thereby strengthening industrial energy research and innovation on technologies for which working at the Community level will add most value.

List of Industrial Initiatives within the SET-Plan

The Industrial Initiatives within the SET-Plan are:

  • Wind (The European Wind Initiative)
  • Solar (The Solar Europe Initiative - photovoltaic and concentrated solar power)
  • Electricity Grids (The European Electricity Grid Initiative, EEGI). Read more
  • Carbon Capture & Storage (The European CO2 Capture, Transport and Storage Initiative)
  • Nuclear Fission (The Sustainable Nuclear Initiative)
  • Bio-energy (The European Industrial Bioenergy Initiative)
  • Smart Cities (Energy Efficiency - The Smart Cities Initiative)


  • Fuel Cells and Hydrogen (Joint Technology Initiative)
  • Nuclear Fusion (International + Community Programme - ITER)

EII team

Under the overall guidance of the Steering Group of the SET Plan, the EII team is composed by Industry, European Commission and Member States and when necessary other relevant stakeholders (research, financial communities, etc.). It provides a flexible platform for planning and programming of actions to implement the initiative.

For more information about the EIIs, access here.


Electricity Grids (The European Electricity Grid Initiative, EEGI)

The European Electricity Grid Initiative (EEGI) was launched in 2010 as one of the European Industrial Initiatives under the SET-Plan.

The strategic objective of the EEGI is:

  • To transmit and distribute up to 35% of electricity from dispersed and concentrated renewable sources by 2020 and a completely decarbonised electricity production by 2050;
  • to integrate national networks into a market-based truly pan-European network, to guarantee a high quality of electricity supply to all customers and to engage them as active participants in energy efficiency;
  • and to anticipate new developments such as the electrification of transport.

EEGI Roadmap

The first EEGI Roadmap 2010-2018 was approved by the European Commission and the Member States in June 2010.

An upgraded version for 2013-2022 was produced within the GRID+ project in 2013 in response to recent EU energy policy evolutions: Download EEGI Roadmap 2013-2022.

EEGI Implementation Plan

 The first EEGI Implementation Plan 2010-2012 was launched in 2010 based on the new EEGI R&I Roadmap.

An upgraded version was produced within the GRID+ project, summarizing the priorities on which projects launched in the period 2014-2016 should focus on regarding both transmission and distribution aspects: Download EEGI R&I Implementation Plan 2014-2016.

The integrated R&D Implementation Plan 2016-2018 is being produced within the GRID+ Storage project.

EEGI meetings

 Material related to the 1st to 12th (2010-2014) EEGI meetings can be found on GRID+ website.

Material related the 13th (2015) and onwards EEGI meeting can be found on GRID+Storage website .

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