EUROGIA2020 & MERIC: EUROGIA Board grows stronger



MERIC joined EUROGIA Board


Brussels, BE - 27/04/2018 - MERIC ( Marine Energy Research and Innovation Center) in Chile  has joined EUROGIA Board. 

Sharing the same ambitions brought EUROGIA2020 and MERIC together and a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to initiate collaboration was signed in 2016.  Following the accession of Chiles as an Associated Country to EUREKA Network, MERIC has decided to join EUROGIA Board with the aim of generating transnational energy technology projects. 

As an 8-year project initiated by Enel Green Power and DCNS, a EUROGIA2020 Board Member Company, MERIC is designed to be an innovation hub for marine renewables both in Chile and in global arena. MERIC is supported by Chilean Government`s economic development organisation CORFO  (Corporacion de Fomento de la Producci), as well as by the Chilean development organisation Fundación Chile and the Foundation INRIA Chile.

MERIC joined forces with EUROGIA2020 to bring marine renewable energy technologies to a new level in order to achieve its ambitious yet feasible goal: becoming the global leader in marine renewables.

RKT Energy joined EUROGIA2020 Board


EUROGIA2020 Board grows stronger

RKT Energy joined EUROGIA2020 Board

RKT Energy joined EUROGIA2020 Board on March 9, 2018 in Paris. RKT energy is a Turkish project development management company engaged in the fields of Wind and Solar Energy.  In addition to its expertise in project development, RKT ENERGY provides sectoral consultancy services to the leading companies.

RKT ENERGY, developing one of the largest unlicensed portfolio in Turkey, with a total capacity of 74 MWp unlicensed solar energy projects, has an important know-how in the field of licensed and unlicensed solar energy project development services.

“Our main objective was to increase use of renewable in electricity production in Turkey. Now we aim to broaden our scope to respond to the needs of energy industry  and  to address digitalisation and sustainability challenges ” says the CEO of RKT Energy, Mr Utku Korkmaz.


EUROGIA2020 Helsinki Info Session - May 24, 2018



HELSINKI Information Session
May 24, 2018 

EUROGIA2020, the EUREKA Cluster for low carbon energy technologies, is organising an information session on May 24, 2018 in Helsinki  within EUREKA Innovation Days 2018

Join our session to learn how to submit  successful, transnational energy technology projects and to access national funds in EUREKA Member and Associated Countries. EUROGIA2020 Board Member Companies will be there to address your questions and provide you with their first hand experience on EUROGIA2020 project submission process. 

Finlandia Hall
Room 25- 26 (2nd Floor)


11:15 - 11:45 - Introduction to EUROGIA2020, Mr Gabriel Marquette, EUROGIA2020 General Manager
11:45 - 12:00 Industry Insight into EUROGIA2020, Mrs Sinem Altuncu,  EUROGIA2020 Chairwoman and Grants and Incentives Manager of CARDTEK
12:00 - 13:00 Project Pitches and Consortium Building Session

Fore more information and registration, please visit

Download  project pitch template

LEADING has been awarded Quality Innovation Award


EUROGIA Board Member Company, LEADING has been awarded QUALITY INNOVATION AWARD 2017 by The Asociación Nacional de los Centros Promotores de la Excelencia (CEX-National Association of Centers for the Furtherance of Excellence) for its new isolated manufacturing area for beryllium machining on November 27, 2017.

In LEADING progress is born from the commitment to the customer, total involved with their needs and for a search for and development of solutions for mutual improvement.

The innovation in production and manufacturing processes are developed based on the use of advance technologies demonstrated in the NEW ISOLATED MANUFACTURING AREA FOR BERYLLIUM MACHINING.


Beryllium is an exceptionally light and strong metal. Due to its very high heat capacity and thermal neutron absorption this material is used in many industrial applications.


The global Beryllium market includes aerospace, defense, automotive, medical equipment, electronics, nuclear industry and large scientific facilities.

To produce such innovative components for these potential markets, special materials machining has created a new facility consisting of a clean work area specially designed to control pollution levels in three ways.


The facility is an isolated work zone and has strictly controlled environmental parameters covering airborne particles, temperature, humidity, airflow and internal air pressure.

Contained in the work zone there is a Machining Centre fully enclosed with the installation of a specialised fume extraction system as well as customised chip collection, security doors and a remote system view, all focusing on mitigate risk and ensuring quality and safety.

The work zone also contains a Wire Electrical Discharge Machine that has been developed to use standardized barrels with decantation filters. The cleaning area is equipped with water jets to prevent deposition of material on walls. A fume extraction system is also included to control the small amounts of material evaporated during the process.

The third way of isolation covers Personal Protective Equipment and Procedures. Personal safety clothing incorporating mask with respirator and filter, coverall with coated seams and hood, gloves, safety boots and boot covers.

To achieve mechanical solutions at the cutting edge of science, quality, performance, safety and attention to detail are paramount to us at special materials machining

More about LEADING: 

Founded in 1971, LEADING aims to provide the metal-mechanical needs of its customers and develops, together with our customers, advanced technologies to achieve innovative metal-mechanical solutions. Leading currently has more than 100 employees with an annual turnover of 14 M Euros. 


EUROGIA2020 Istanbul PO Day




The Turkish Minister for Science, Industry and Technology Mr. Faruk Ozlu confirmed his participation at EUROGIA2020 Istanbul PO Day on October 5, 2017 

EUROGIA2020, the EUREKA Cluster for low carbon energy technologies, is organising a project outline (PO) day  in Istanbul, Turkey on October 5, 2017.

Supported by CARDTEK, ENERJISA, RKT Energy and TUBITAK (Scientific and Technological Research Center of Turkey), this event aims  to generate transnational energy technology projects.  Three pitching sessions will be organised in the fields of solar energy, smart grids and energy efficient buildings. However, participants focusing on other energy technology fields are highly encouraged to join

We have the pleasure of hosting, among others, following distinguished guests at our EUROGIA2020 Istanbul PO Day.  The Turkish Minister for Science, Industry and Technology Mr. Faruk Ozlu, the Finnish Chairman of EUREKA for 2017-2018 Mr Heikki Uusi-Honko and the vice-president of TUBITAK Mr. Ilker Murat Ar. 

Turkish and European Representatives of SIEMENS, YINGLI Solar, Air Liquide  confirmed their participation  as well as those of leading Turkish Companies TUPRAS, NETAS, and Arcelik. 

For more information and registration, please visit 

EUROGIA2020 contribution in clean energy innovation


Covering the entire energy mix except nuclear, EUROGIA stands as a unique tool in the European Research Area (ERA) which mostly embraces programmes for specific energy technologies.

EUROGIA2020 is the EUREKA Cluster for low carbon energy technologies. Its aim is to support and promote transnational low carbon energy technology projects in more than 40 EUREKA Member and Associated Countries.  Since 2008, EUROGIA2020 gave the EUREKA label to 41 transnational energy technology projects, enabling the project partners to access public funds in EUREKA Member and Associated Countries, including 28 EU Member States. 

Supported by 10 leading energy technology companies such as Acciona Energy, Air Liquide, Bureau Veritas, CARDTEK  ENERJISA, ENGIE and GE Oil&Gas, EUROGIA2020 is a complementary tool to the European Framework Programmes in reaching SET Plan objectives.

EUROGIA2020 responds to the technological changes

EUROGIA2020 is the only programme in the ERA covering the entire energy value chain. This enables the industry to respond swiftly to the current technological challenges and project participant companies benefit from the wide spectrum that EUROGIA2020 represents.

The period between 2008 and 2013 witnessed the large deployment of wind and solar RES across Europe and eventually led to the generation of many EUROGIA projects in these technology fields.     Now that Europe has reached the largest installed and connected PV capacity in the world and overall wind power, a wide-range international, innovation programme like EUROGIA2020 is utmost importance to address energy storage challenges related to intermittency of renewable energy. A leading ICT Company CARDTEK chose to join EUROGIA Board and got elected the chairing company with the aim of providing smart ICT solutions for energy efficiency.  EUROGIA2020 responds to the major shift from energy generation to storage, management and efficiency.

Expanding Horizons

EUROGIA2020 benefits from the expansion of EUREKA towards non-European countries and is currently the leading EUREKA Cluster in terms of generating proposals with South Africa, and has active participation of Canada in its project calls.  

The Global Stars initiative launched by EUREKA provides a multi track approach for the internationalisation of EUREKA.  This programme enables EUROGIA2020 project participants to develop R&D&I cooperation between EUREKA countries, including the associated countries South Korea, Canada, South Africa and Chile, and non-EUREKA partner countries.  Access to new and emerging markets through the Global Stars initiative makes EUROGIA2020 a more attractive funding tool for low carbon energy technology projects.

 From Industry for Industry

Led by leading energy technology companies, EUROGIA2020 has a bottom- up approach and its non – thematic project calls allow industry to focus on its needs and new market challenges abruptly.  Market oriented EUROGIA2020 projects do not only lead to the development of new energy technology products, processes and services in the market; they initiate job creation and respond to major societal challenges in more than 40 EUREKA Member and Associated Countries and beyond.



Visit to TEKES and to the Finnish EUREKA Chairmanship



EUROGIA2020 Chairwoman and Cardtek EVP SİNEM ALTUNCU and General Manager Gabriel Marquette met with EUREKA Chairman, Mr Heikki Uusi-Honko  at TEKES premises in Helsinki, Finland. 

The aim of this meeting was to present EUROGIA2020 2017 - 2018 objectives to the EUREKA Finnish Chairmanship Team and meet TEKES Energy Experts. Both sides exchanged in-depth views on EUREKA Clusters and their objectives during the Finnish EUREKA Chairmanship. EUROGIA Representatives continued their trip in Finland with visits to VTT, a leading Finnish Technological Center and WICETEC, a wind turbine ice prevention system supplier company.

New EUROGIA2020 Chairwoman, Sinem Altuncu


New EUROGIA2020 Chairwoman, Sinem Altuncu 

Sinem Altuncu, CARDTEK became the chairwoman of EUROGIA2020 as of July 1, 2017. Last year EUROGIA2020 has  implemented one-year rotation rule for the chairmanship of its Board and Laurent Midrier from Bureau Veritas was  the first rotating chairman of EUROGIA2020 between July 2016 -2017. 

Sinem  began her career in banking sector and served in several roles including branch manager and resident vice president at CITIBANK, before having become CFO at CARDTEK in 2010.  She is currently the Head of Grants & Incentives at CARDTEK. 

CARDTEK provides innovative end-to- end payment solutions for financial institutions, processors, telecom operators, personalisation bureaus, retailers, terminal and card vendors and last but not least public transportation authorities to more than 150 customers in 25 countries.

As a leader company in online and chip payment systems, CARDTEK has been involved in EUREKA Clusters since its launch in 2011 and currently one of the the most active companies in EUROGIA2020 programme in terms of project generation. "Covering the entire energy mix except nuclear, EUROGIA stands as a unique tool in European Research Area (ERA) which mostly embraces programmes for specific energy technologies", says Sinem Altuncu. Under Sinem`s leadership, EUROGIA2020 aims to increase the number of projects and to incorporate new energy technology companies and RTOs in its Board. 

InnoGlobal 2017 Call


CDTI (The Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology ) has officially launched InnoGlobal 2017 on April 3, 2017.The Deadline of the Call is next 5th of June. All labelled EUREKA and EUREKA Cluster Projects proposals between 2016, July 2nd till 2017, October 2nd are eligible for this Call.