Research, Development and Innovation Reports

ENTSO-E’s RDIC publishes three major reports on TSO’s RDI planning, activity and monitoring:

  • RDI Roadmap outlines the long term methodology that TSOs are using for their RDI policy in response to the EU climate and energy objectives.

  • RDI Implementation Plan paves the way for the key milestones of the RDI Roadmap to become reality.

  • RDI Monitoring Report assesses the ongoing RDI activities of the TSOs against the ENTSO-E RDI Roadmap and the RDI Implementation Plan.

Besides these ENTSO-E’s RDI Committee releases position papers and technical reports

Roadmap 2020 – 2030

The energy system is going through radical changes with global trends such as decarbonisation and digitalisation. The European Green Deal aims to catalyse this transformation to achieve climate neutrality by 2050. Only electrification and sectoral integration of energy end uses can deliver on this ambitious goal placing the electricity system and the electricity grid at the core of the transition, away from fossil fuels. This calls for electricity TSOs to develop bold and agile strategies as integrators of technologies and solutions.

With three main clusters and six flagships and clearly defined milestones, ENTSO-E’s Research, Development and Innovation Roadmap (RDI Roadmap) for the period 2020-2030 aims to be an ambitious innovation planning tool, pooling up the vision and needs of TSOs with the surrounding ecosystems, policy experts and other stakeholders.

As one of ENTSO-E’s legal mandates, the RDI Roadmap 2020-2030 was subject to a public consultation and opinion by ACER.

RDI Roadmap 2020 – 2030

Previous Roadmaps

Implementation Plan

​​​The Research, Development and Innovation (RDI) Implementation Report 2021-2025 lays out thirteen project concepts to be initiated by TSOs in collaboration with key stakeholders and supported by policy makers and regulatory authorities in the coming years.

The Report builds on the vision set out in the form of 6 Flagship topics in the ENTSO-E RDI Roadmap 2020 –2030 and translates its milestones into tangible RDI project ideas. The Implementation Report justifies the prioritisation of activities and serves as a guiding instrument for TSOs and the wider energy sector to prepare and activate urgently required RDI projects.

The thirteen project concepts are more tangibly outlined than in earlier reports, more system-challenge focused, and less technology driven. They still focus on what is relevant for TSO core activities in ensuring a cost-effective, secure energy transition. An overarching aim is to bring innovative ideas to a technology readiness level which allows their uptake in grid planning, asset management and operations.

RDI Implementation Report

Previous Implementation Plans

Monitoring Report

Research is already a business support activity within the TSOs – is one of the major outcomes of the new RDI Monitoring Report that is published now. Out of the screened 117 RDI projects of the TSOs, the majority, 51 percent are financed or co-financed by the TSOs themselves, while 35 percent is financed or co-financed by the EU.

The purpose of the RDI Monitoring Report is to assess the coverage level of the recently finished or ongoing TSO RDI projects against the more than 80 milestones of the ENTSO-E RDI Roadmap 2020-2030 and thus to provide input to the new ten-year RDI Roadmap by identifying macro-trends and potential gaps.

The Report shows that 80 percent of these milestones are already covered at some degree, which highlights the deep commitment of TSOs towards carbon neutrality and the strong alignment with the Green Deal and the REPowerEU action plans.

Monitoring Report

Previous Monitoring Reports

Position Papers and Technical Reports

The RDI Committee of ENTSO-E publishes papers and reports on various topics, stemming from the milestones of the RDI Roadmap. These papers build the basis for future implementation activities or provide points of focus for the TSOs related to subjects which appear on a longer time horizon.

Previous Position Papers and Technical Reports