Six of these will be wind power projects.
EU climate action commissioner Connie Hedegaard said that the funds available from selling CO2 allowances through the ETS could be worth "around €4.5 billion" and that "with project sponsors and member states contributions this will sum up to €9 billion".
She claimed the programme would drive low carbon economic development in Europe. "The NER300 initiative will act as a catalyst for the demonstration of new low carbon technologies on a commercial scale," said Hedegaard. "They will also help us meet our ambitious climate targets for 2020 and beyond"
Companies interested in making proposals have three months to submit bids at national level.