EIT InnoEnergy

Accelerating sustainable energy innovations


Creating energy that’s sustainable in every sense.

For EIT InnoEnergy, true sustainability also means an industry that’s commercially viable, endlessly innovative, and highly competitive.

We make this possible by helping the adoption of pioneering new technologies, without risk or complexity.

From mobility to construction - from renewable energy sources to smarter storage - our commercially-attractive technologies are the product of a trusted ecosystem for sustainable energy.

We’ve invested EUR 560 million into more than 480 products. Our Innovation Projects alone have forecasted sales amounting to EUR 5.3 billion. In addition, 1 100 alumni have graduated from our Master's and PhD School programmes, many of whom work for prestigious companies such as Tesla, Siemens, Total and Procter & Gamble.

The result is the proven, landmark innovation you need to reduce energy costs, increase system performance, decrease greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, create jobs, and increase competitiveness.

Our Mission

To build a sustainable long-lasting operational framework among the three actors of the knowledge triangle in the energy sector: industry, research and higher education, and ensure that this integration of the three is more efficient and has a higher impact on innovation (talent, technology, companies) than the three standing alone.

Our Vision

To become the leading engine for innovation and entrepreneurship in sustainable energy.

Our Values

  • Pan-European: We cover and capitalise the fascinating diversity of Europe
  • Integrative: We ceaselessly co-operate, integrate, synthesise, melt, merge
  • Entrepreneurial: It’s in EIT InnoEnergy’s DNA to be entrepreneurs for sustainability
  • Impact-oriented: Everything we do is directed to create the maximum impact
  • Excellence-driven: We thrive to be the best, work with and create the best ones
  • Visionary: We dare to be visionary, to think beyond boundaries, to scrutinise rules
  • Passionate: We are bursting to develop cutting-edge-solutions & optimum results
  • Sustainable: We are here to stay. We care and work for the energy-future of Europe

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Where are we?

EIT InnoEnergy is a world class alliance of top European players with a proven track record. Seven regional European Innovation Hubs make up the consortium.:

  • Barcelona: EIT InnoEnergy Iberia 
  • Eindhoven: EIT InnoEnergy Benelux
  • Genk: EIT InnoEnergy Benelux
  • Grenoble: EIT InnoEnergy France
  • Karlsruhe: EIT InnoEnergy Germany
  • Krakow: EIT InnoEnergy Central Europe
  • Stockholm: EIT InnoEnergy Sweden

The challenge is big but our goal is simple: to achieve a sustainable energy future for Europe

EIT InnoEnergy‘s mission is to build  a sustainable, long-lasting operational framework among the three actors of the knowledge triangle in the energy sector: industry, research and higher education, and ensure that the integration of the three is more efficient and has a higher impact on innovation (talent, technology, companies) than the three standing alone. Its objective is to become the leading engine for innovation and entrepreneurship in sustainable energy. 

EIT InnoEnergy comprises around 430 partners who are top European players in industry, research institutes, universities and business schools. EIT InnoEnergy is about securing Europe’s global competitiveness in the field of energy technologies. Close networking of all partners speeds up commercialisation and generates new energy products.

Establishment as a European Company – Clear structure allows for lean management and the measurement and evaluation of the targeted output

EIT InnoEnergy SE is run like a business through a flexible and effective organisational structure and with a sound and monitored business plan, focused on results. About one quarter of EIT InnoEnergy's budget will be funded from other sources with substantial contribution from the EIT InnoEnergy partners. The EIT will finance EIT InnoEnergy in a first phase with about EUR 30 million annually.


Energy storage: We are encouraging innovation in large and small-scale storage that will:

  • Help integrate renewable energy into the electricity grid
  • Enable a more distributed and responsive distribution system
  • Support business opportunities for new actors in the energy system

Energy efficiency: We are encouraging innovation in two areas that together account for more than 50 per cent of the EU's energy consumption, and at least 33 per cent of its CO2 emissions:

  • Energy efficiency in buildings
  • Energy efficiency in industry

Energy for circular economy: The thematic field scope outline for the Energy for Circular Economy:

  • Feedstock sourcing technologies
  • Energy conversion technologies
  • Smart grids for energy carriers – logistics, transportation and distribution
  • Smart heat grids
  • Air quality and sustainability of conventional energy sources
  • Decommissioning technologies

Smart electric grid: We are encouraging new solutions that:

  • Enable the hosting of new services, technologies and business models
  • Enable information, communication and analytic capabilities on a large scale
  • Support enhanced cyber-security and critical infrastructure protection

Renewable energies: We are encouraging innovation that:

  • Improves the production, penetration and profitability of renewable energy
  • Continues to develop all forms of solar technology
  • Improves reliability, accuracy and integration of onshore and offshore wind
  • Increases performance, lifespan and scalability of wave power

Smart and efficient buildings and cities: We are fostering innovation that:

  • Enables energy-positive homes and commercial buildings
  • Encourages energy-saving behaviour at home and at work
  • Supports a smart and sustainable transport system

Nuclear instrumentation: We are fostering innovation in:

  • Advanced materials and processes for nuclear and renewable sources
  • Energy efficiency in industrial and manufacturing sectors
  • Instrumentation, measurement and control systems for nuclear power

Energy for transport and mobility: Points of interest for EIT InnoEnergy are currently:

  • Zero-emission drivetrain, including, e.g., advanced battery technology with higher energy density for passenger cars; hydrogen as a carrier for fuel cells or internal combustion engine; and e-drive systems. The technology in this focus area is already market-fit and has a direct impact on GHG emissions, raw material use, and energy efficiency. As a second order effect it thus also improves public health and the affordability of transport.
  • Autonomous driving technology, including products like advanced software, sensors, and other electronics, e.g., LIDAR systems, including algorithms for trucks as all-in-one solution. In this focus area we see strong business cases which are, however, restrained by long-term uncertainty. An optimized movement of vehicles could improve several dimensions, though: lower emissions, safer traffic, as well as better affordability and availability for people. Robotaxis, (pooled and nonpooled) could account for up to 20% of vehicles on the road in European cities.
  • Innovative transport concepts, including offers that make the last mile for people (micromobility) or goods more efficient, or allowing for purpose-optimized concepts like, e.g., new rolling e-chassis could. This focus area could also entail vehicle concepts which take an enabler role for primary planet and people targets of InnoEnergy by significantly improving the uptake and the business case across technologies.
  • Energy provision infrastructure, including sustainable and efficient EV charging stations and or hydrogen infrastructure. A better infrastructure – which is thoughtfully integrated with other sectors, will enable sustainable transport and mobility in Europe – it also impacts space and availability with the rollout starting already today.
  • Mode-shifting new mobility services, including improved algorithm and route calculation for shuttle services to improve the operations – or mode aggregator service provisions. For the end customer, value shall be created by seamless access, real-time information, payment, and services. Optimizing the use of transport modes can have strong implications for all 3P targets – the respective business models are already gaining traction today. The European mobility-as-a-service (MaaS) commission market is estimated to be worth EUR 180 to 380 million by 2023.