The purpose of pilot projects is to carry out practical system tests at a scale that permits the calculation of scientific, technical, economic or social data that cannot be obtained through laboratory tests.
The purpose of demonstration projects is to carry out market tests at a scale of 1:1 and thus permit a comprehensive technical, economic and social assessment from the point of view of effective introduction on the market. In particular they provide answers to questions regarding the performance and economic viability of the system in question. They also draw the attention of potential users to the new technology, new product, new organisational structure or new instrument.
Flagship projects are exemplary demonstration projects of national importance. In order for flagship projects to qualify for financial support by the SFOE, they have to involve a public entity as a project partner. SFOE flagship projects render Switzerland's future energy supply in line with Energy Strategy 2050 visible to energy specialists as well as the general population.
Applications for financial support for projects from the pilot, demonstration and flagship projects programme may be submitted by e-mail at any time to the Swiss Federal Office of Energy (SFOE).
The process of submitting applications entails three steps:
Step 1 – Determine whether the project fulfils the criteria for support from the programme.
Step 2 – In case of doubt: discuss the proposed project with the person responsible for the programme (cf. link to contact form at the bottom of this page).
Step 3 – Submit the completed application to the SFOE, together with all necessary enclosures and any other relevant documentation.
The SFOE examines each submitted application in terms of content and at the formal level, and takes a decision within three months following its receipt of the complete application. If the application is approved, the modalities of cooperation between the applicant and the SFOE will be agreed in the form of a contract. The deadlines for reviews and reports, plus any applicable milestones, will also be specified in the contract. Upon completion of the project, a comprehensive final report encompassing the full duration of the project has to be submitted to the SFOE.