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Laurent Midrier, Vice President of Strategy & Innovation at Bureau Veritas, became the first rotating chairman of EUROGIA2020


BE- Brussels - July 1, 2016 - EUROGIA2020, the EUREKA Cluster for low carbon energy technologies, implements one-year rotation rule for the chairmanship of its Board and Laurent Midrier from Bureau Veritas was assigned as the first rotating chairman of EUROGIA2020 as of July 1, 2016.

Laurent is Vice-President in charge of Strategy and Innovation for the entire Bureau Veritas, which is a world leader in laboratory testing, inspection and certification services. Created in 1828, BV has 66,000 employees in 1,400 offices and laboratories around the globe.

Laurent joined Bureau Veritas in 2008 and served in many roles in nuclear industry services and he was responsible for the strategy and performance of the industry business lines. He is currently in charge of Bureau Veritas mid term plan as well as building strategic partnerships and leads innovative projects in-house using artificial intelligence and digital technologies. Prior to his experience at Bureau Veritas, Laurent was a senior civil servant in charge of innovation & competitiveness policies (2005-2008) at the General Directorate of Enterprise, French Industry Ministry . He started his career in Toulouse’s region where he was in charge of the industry and environment inspection for the French Ministry of Environment (2001-2005).

As the first rotating chairman of EUROGIA2020, Laurent Midrier stated: “I am very pleased to lead EUROGIA2020 and my objective will be to turn the cluster into a leading platform for the development of low carbon energy technologies along with the support of other Board Members.

EUROGIA2020 Rotating Chairmanship:

Rotating chairmanship aims to give more visibility and duties to each member with the aim creating strong bonds among the Board. The responsibilities of rotating chairperson will be shared with a vice-chair in order to sustain balanced work load and the vice- chair will succeed the rotating chairperson following the end of his/her annual term.

More about EUROGIA2020:

EUROGIA2020, the EUREKA Cluster for low carbon energy technologies, is a bottom-up, industry driven, market oriented programme which addresses all areas of the energy mix, from renewable energy to efficiency, and reduction of carbon footprint of fossil fuels.

For more information, please contact:

Ms Nil Atmaca
Head of Secretariat and the EU Affairs
+32 2 502 18 14


EUROGIA2020 Istanbul Information Day and Brokerage Event


Brussels, December 14, 2015 - While approaching the end of the year, EUROGIA2020 gathered together Turkish Industry Representatives and academics in Istanbul on December 11, 2015.

Istanbul information day, which was organized with the support of EUROGIA2020 Board Member Company, Cardtek Group and TUBITAK, brought together more than 80 participants who are eager to work in the fields of low carbon energy technologies and aim to generate transnational collaborations.

After a general presentation on EUROGIA2020 Programme, Mrs Sinem Altuncu, CFO of Cardtek Group, took the floor to give an industry insight into EUROGIA2020 and other EUREKA Clusters.`EUREKA helps propsers extend their network and access new markets` said Mrs Altuncu.

Cagri Yildirim, Energy NCP of TUBITAK presented national funding schemes for Turkish EUROGIA2020 applicants and gave a thorough review about EUREKA, EUREKA Clusters and EUROSTARS programmes. TUBITAK representative, Mr Yildirim shared detailed information about TEYDEB 1509 national funding programme to which EUREKA and EUROGIA2020 applicants in Turkey are entitled to apply upon receipt of EUREKA label. The brokerage session witnessed innovative energy technology ideas searching for transnational project partners.

More about EUROGIA2020: EUROGIA2020, the EUREKA Cluster for energy, supports and promotes international partnerships developing low carbon energy technologies. EUROGIA2020 has a continuous project submission scheme with 4 cut-off dates per year and actively supported by 19 EUREKA Member and Associated Countries. Since 2008, EUROGIA labelled 36 projects worth 200 M Euros.

More about TUBITAK : TUBITAK (Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey) is a national agency of Turkey, which has the objective of developing science, technology and innovation policies, support and conduct research and development.

More about Cardtek Group: Cardtek is founded in 2001 to meet the growing demand in chip and payment technologies mandated by EMV standards. Cardtek together with its international affiliates is directly operating from 5 different countries; USA, Canada, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and Azerbaijan. 



EUROGIA2020 joins the EU PVSEC 2015 with a special workshop


Brussels, April 20, 2015 - EUROGIA2020, the EUREKA Cluster for low carbon energy technologies, will organize a special workshop on September 16, 2015 within the next EU PVSEC at CCH in Hamburg, Germany. The next European PV Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition (EU PVSEC) will include plenary, oral and visual presentations and cover the entire range of PV research, technologies and applications. In addition to the EU PVSEC conference and the exhibition, parallel events and workshops will provide a deeper insight into the specific topics.

EUROGIA2020 will organize a special workshop with a focus on how to access national funds in EUREKA Countries through EUROGIA2020 programme.  During the workshop, public authorities from EUREKA Member Countries will be present to answer the questions about national funding schemes on the spot, as well as the industry representatives to showcase EUROGIA success stories and the added value that EUROGIA programme brought.

Solar Energy Projects amount to 25 per cent of labelled EUROGIA projects since 2008, most of which are in the fields of Solar PV. Further details about the EUROGIA2020 workshop and its programme will be communicated in the upcoming days.

More about EUROGIA2020: EUROGIA2020 supports and promotes international partnerships developing low carbon energy technologies. EUROGIA2020 has a continuous project submission scheme with 4 cut-off dates per year and actively supported by 19 EUREKA Member and Associate Countries. EUROGIA labelled 33 projects worth 200 M Euros since 2008.

More about EU PVSEC:  EU PVSEC is one of the leading PV conferences in the world organized annually. The next conference and workshops will take place from 14 to 18 September, 2015 in Hamburg, Germany.  EU PVSEC attracts around 3000 participants each year.

For registration, please send an e-mail to the following address  



EUROGIA2020 Information Day in Madrid


Brussels - BE- February 19, 2015 - EUROGIA 2020 organized an information day under the auspices of CDTI ( Center for the Development of Industrial Technology) on February 18, 2015 in Madrid.  This event aimed to increase the visibility of EUROGIA2020 Programme in Spain with the strong support of our Board Member Companies : Acciona Energia and Leading Enterprises .

Spain ranks the 3rd most active country in EUROGIA2020 programme after France and Germany in terms of participation  in accordance with the attractive funding schemes of CDTI. To learn more, please visit EUROGIA -Spain Country page

Presentations from the information day can be downloaded through the following links : 

EUROGIA2020: Get your best ideas funded
ACCIONA Energia : Madrid Info Day 
Introduccion Clusters CDTI 
Financiacion de Proyectos CDTI

Energy Transition in France



Energy Transition in France and in Europe: EUROGIA2020, a tool to achieve
low carbon energy goals.

EUROGIA2020 organized a successful event on Energy Transition in France 

Brussels – December 12, 2014 - EUROGIA2020 in coordination with CNRS organized an information day and brokerage event on December 10, 2014 in Paris at IPGP. The event, tackling the ambitious French Energy Transition Bill, started with the welcome speech of EUROGIA2020 General Manager,Mr Gabriel Marquette, who is also the industry relations manager at CNRS INSU.

GDF SUEZ: First to pioneer new energy technologies
Mr Raphael Schoentgen GDF SUEZ, Director of Research & Technologies introduced the long lasting relationship between EUROGIA2020 and GDF SUEZ. Numerous Projects carried out by GDF SUEZ such as GRYHD, ENE. Field and VALENTHIN usher in the support of industry towards the transition to new energy system in France.

High Increase in Energy Consumption for mining and mineral processing
21 per cent of the global energy consumed by the industry in 2011 was used for the production of steel and cement.`This figure extracted from World Energy Outlook 2013 displays the increasing role of mining and mineral processing in energy consumption. Present 5 per cent annual growth rate for concrete, steel, aluminium and copper, used in the production of renewable and fossil fuel technologies will not be sustainable in 40 years.` said Mr Olivier Vidal, Research Director of ISTerre (Institute of Earth Sciences). Sustainable solutions are required to respond to demand and to decrease the share of mineral processing in energy consumptions.

West  Normandy:  A regional hydrogen economy demonstrator
Mr Laurent Jammes, Scientific and Technical Director, EHD2020 featured the energy potential of West Normandy and how it can contribute to energy transition in France. `About 10 GW of decarbonised electricity could be produced in West Normandy with the Hydrogen Energy Roadmap, equivalent to 10 per cent of installed capacity in France.`

BPI France: Closer to Entrepreneurs
International programmes director of Bpifrance, Mr Patrick Cornet featured a presentation of support schemes that EUROGIA2020 project proposers can benefit in France. Bpifrance provides financing to French SMEs to foster their innovation plans.  Innovation programme includes soft loans and subsidies amount to 659 M Euros. 

France : EUROGIA2020 Founding Country

Mr Dominique-Paul Warnier, High level representative of EUREKA to France, briefed the audience about the constant support of France for EUROGIA and its achievements towards the energy transition in France and in Europe. 

Presentations featured during the conference: 


EUROGIA2020 elected its new chairman


EUROGIA2020 Board elected its new chairman during the last board meeting held in Brussels on October 10, 2014. EUROGIA2020 Board has named Dr. Carlos Haertel from General Electric as Chairman, giving a new boost to EUROGIA2020, the EUREKA Cluster for low carbon energy technologies before the year-end. 

Dr. Haertal is currently the director of GE Global Research Europe and will assist EUROGIA2020 in its wide range activities. He took over the role from Mr Pierre Besse, Vice President of Innovation and Strategic Alliances at Bureau Veritas,who served as interim chairman since February 2014. 


EUROGIA2020 at K4I Forum High-Level Round Table


Europe’s Energy Future:

Efficiency and competitiveness through innovation and smart integration

Brussels, BE - March 19, 2014 - EUROGIA2020 General Manager, Mr Gabriel Marquette and Mr Klaus Willnow, the Director of Innovation Cooperation in Siemens Energy, participated in a high-level round table about Europe’s Energy Future. This event was organized by Knowledge for Innovation (K4I) and hosted by Jerzy Buzek, MEP in the European Parliament.

In the framework of the climate and energy goals for 2030 set by the European Commission, high level representatives from EU institutions and business confronted each other in fruitful discussions about how to achieve an integrated strategy for innovation in the energy system. 

EUROGIA2020 & RHC Platform Joint Event


Tapping the potential of renewable heating and cooling

Brussels – BE- 17 September 2013 - EUROGIA2020 and the RHC-Platform organized a joint information and brokerage event at the premises of GdFSuez on16 September. Over 70 participants from industry, research organizations and academia attended the EUROGIA2020 & RHC Joint Event, as well as public authorities from France, UK and the European Commission to present the funding schemes for R&D&D projects in the field of renewable heating & cooling. 

Marc Florette, Research and Innovation Director of GdFSuez welcomed the participants . During his presentation, he expressed that knowledge and experience sharing are key to success. To this aim EUROGIA2020 plays an important role in fostering international partnership in low carbon energy solutions.

 ‘Heat represented 47% of the final energy consumption in Europe in 2010 and 4 billion euro of investment is required to make heating and cooling technologies more competitive in the market’ said Javier Urchueguia, RHC platform Vice-President during his challenging address. Taking up this theme, Simone Landolina featured the RHC-Platform Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda 2013, which provides “a comprehensive view on how to increase the use of RES in H&C.

Welcome speech and keynote address were followed by projects presentations with the participation of distinguished speakers: Daniel Mugnier, TECSOL SA; Anne –Sonia Provent, GdFSuez; Christian Boissavy, AFPG; Michel Mugerwa, TECHNIP and Luisa F. Cabeza, University of Lleida. Through the impressive presentations, they showcased the importance of tapping the potential of renewable heating and cooling. 

The final part of information day was enlivened with the comprehensive addresses of public authorities. EUROGIA2020 programme and the project submission process was presented by Christian Besson. Following his speech, High Level Representative of France to EUREKA, Mr Dominique Paul Warnier took the floor to present the potential financing schemes for EUROGIA2020 projects in France. ‘The world’s first long term financial support programme for renewable heat was launched by UK in 2011’said Greg Gabriel from DECC. 

Several project ideas were presented throughout the brokerage session. The meeting concluded with a discussion group chaired by Augustin Escardino Malva, DG R&I on the Horizon2020 Programme. This event will lead to new collaborative RD&D project proposals that will accelerate the transition of European consumers and industry to renewable sources of heating and cooling.


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EUROGIA2020 : The EUROGIA+ Programme continues its growth


Ankara, TR – June 19th, 2013 – EUROGIA+, the EUREKA cluster for low carbon energy technologies, is delighted to announce that its mandate as a EUREKA Cluster has been renewed today by the EUREKA member countries.

The mandate renewal application was approved today in Ankara at a meeting organized by the EUREKA Turkish chair. EUROGIA+ will continue its activities under the name of EUROGIA2020 for the next 7 years. Following the presentation of EUROGIA+ General Manager Gabriel Marquette, 18  EUREKA Countries  declared their full support  for the continuation of EUROGIA.

'We want EUROGIA2020 to be the real full energy mix program, without any restriction, but with the fundamental principle to produce and consume energy respectfully of the environment .During the new mandate, additional focus areas including ubiquitous storage,  minerals availability , CO2 valorization, H2 production and also waste management will be tackled’ said Gabriel Marquette.

EUROGIA2020 intends to lead the revolution of the energy transition.

More about EUROGIA+ :
EUROGIA+, the EUREKA Cluster for low carbon energy technologies, supports the development of innovative low carbon energy technologies, covering the full energy mix. 

For further information, please visit EUROGIA+ website    



EUROGIA& UK Joint Funding Mechanism


The UK Department of Energy and Climate Change,  in collaboration with Eurogia+ and Technology Strategy Board , is launching a new funding mechanism, Eurogia-UK, to encourage UK companies to participate in transnational collaborations to develop innovative industrial RD&D projects for low carbon energy technologies. DECC will consider funding applications from collaborative projects receiving the Eurogia+ quality label as of September 2013; consortium partners from other Eureka countries will be eligible for funding in their own countries within the usual Eureka/Eurogia+ framework.

Applicants will be eligible to receive up to £1m to fund UK activity within a project. The maximum percentage of public funding that can be provided is 40% for large enterprises, 50% for medium enterprises and 60% for small enterprises.

A program launch and brokerage event will take place on July 10th in London. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about the Eurogia+ funding process, the applicable rules for UK funding and to discuss project ideas with interested companies. Brokering sessions will focus on four technology areas of key interest to the UK: offshore wind, wave and tidal, carbon capture and storage, and energy storage. 

Applications for funding will be considered for all technologies covered by the European Strategic Energy Technologies (SET) Plan, in the context of their potential contribution to the relevant EII Implementation Plan. 

UK Participants Eligibility Criteria : UK Industrial partners [Large companies and SMEs] are eligible for funding via an application to Eurogia-UK, a mechanism jointly administered by Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and the Technology Strategy Board (TSB). Academics are welcome to participate in projects but they have to self fund or secure funding from other sources prior to application.

  • All UK participants must be seperate legal entities.
  • Companies must have been trading for at least 12 months and VAT registered
  • Maximum total grant limit is £1,000,000 for UK partner

EUROGIA+ Eligibility Criteria :

  • 2 or more companies from 2 different EUREKA member countries.
  • Demonstrate technical innovation 
  • Have strong commitments to commercial exploitations
  • The contribution from any given country and/or any given organization must not exceed 66% of the total budget.