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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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  • DGCIS - Dominique Paul Warnier (224.11 KB) Download
  • DECC - Greg Gebrail (544.87 KB) Download
  • DG R&I - Agustin Escardino Malva (649.89 KB) Download
  • EUROGIA2020 - Christian Besson (1.52 MB) Download
  • University of Lleida - Luisa Cabeza (510.93 KB) Download
  • Michael Mugerwa - TECHNIP (1.21 MB) Download
  • RHC Platform Javier F. Urchueguia (819.75 KB) Download
  • Daniel Mugnier TECSOL (2.26 MB) Download
  • COFELY -Anne Provent (768.45 KB) Download
  • AFPG - Christian Boissavy (1.45 MB) Download
  • GdFSuez - Marc Florette (783.25 KB) Download

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.

EUROGIA+ CALL 10 Press Release


   Get your best ideas funded

Brussels, BE – January 4th, 2013– EUROGIA+, the EUREKA low-carbon energy technology cluster, announced its latest call (CALL 10) for the submission of transnational low-carbon energy related research and development projects.

EUROGIA+ 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.

All innovative project ideas that will reduce the carbon footprint of energy production and use potentially qualify for EUROGIA+ label. This quality label facilitates the access of project ideas to the national and regional funding, and also to the interested customers. Although the label is very selective, the goal of EUROGIA+ is to help important collaborative project ideas to become reality. Since the start of EUROGIA+ in 2008, 28 transnational projects were labeled representing close to 120 M€ of project costs.

Successful national funding is helped by the fact that the public authorities from EUREKA countries liaise closely with EUROGIA+ throughout the project evaluation process.

The process is one of continuous submission with 4 cut-off dates per year. The next cut-off date is February 15, 2013 by close of business.  And the projects submitted in the preliminary project outline format will be reviewed by the EUROGIA+ technical committee on March 14, 2013 in Munich and necessary feedback will be provided to move to the full proposal stage. 

Applicable conditions and details of the submission process can be found on or by contacting the EUROGIA+ Secretariat,, + 32 2 502 18 14.

EUREKA unites 40 member countries and also counts the European Union as its 41st member. Together, they promote international, market-oriented research and innovation through the support they offer to small and medium-sized enterprises, large industry, universities and research institutes. Through EUREKA, these organizations are introducing new products, processes and services to market, helping make Europe economically strong and socially sound.

About EUREKA Clusters:
EUREKA Clusters are long-term, strategically significant industrial initiatives. They usually have a large number of participants, and aim to develop generic technologies of key importance for European competitiveness mainly in ICT, energy and more recently in the biotechnology sector.

For More Information , please contact :

Ms Nil Atmaca

Head of Secretariat,

107 Rue Neerveld
1200 Bruxelles
Tel: +32 2 502 1814

Get your best ideas funded (355.41KB)


EUROGIA+ INFO Day in Prague


EUROGIA+ joined Technology Center ASCR and CZELO to generate project ideas

Brussels, BE – November 15, 2012,- EUROGIA+ Prague information day was held on November 7, 2012 at the premises of the Technology Center ASCR.  This event was organized by Technology Center ASCR with the collaboration of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports and with the strong support of the Czech Liaison office for Research and Development (CZELO)

Benefiting from detailed information provided by Veronika Korittova, Energy NCP at Technology Center ASCR, Michaela Vlkova, Deputy Head at CZELO and Nil Atmaca, EUROGIA+ Head of Secretariat, the participants enjoyed an interactive information day session, especially with the participation of Czech EUROSTARS project proposers. In her presentation titled ‘activities of the energy cluster: EUROGIA+’ Nil Atmaca explained how to submit transnational energy projects and called attention to the necessity of strong collaboration between EUREKA States to provide world clean, safe, available and affordable energy. 

The explicit presentation on EUROGIA+ was followed by the presentations on EUREKA in Czech Republic and low carbon energy sector. Veronika Korittova explained the conditions of participation for EUREKA calls and the specificities for the Czech Republic by using the information material provided by Josef Martinec from the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports.  ‘For the budgetary period 2011 -2014,   only SMEs are eligible for funding according to the new Czech EUREKA rules. And 60% of Czech EUREKA participants from 1985 to 2011 were SMEs,’ added Ms Korittova.

CZELO office in Brussels provides free services to researchers from all fields and all research bodies in the Czech Republic. ‘Although the office´s main focuses are research and innovation framework programmes of the EU, it will provide more support related to the other funding mechanisms, including EUREKA, in the next programme period. Our strong relations with EUREKA and EUROGIA+ secretariats will enable us to be as efficient as possible in doing so, said Ms Vlkova. 

, the EUREKA Cluster for low carbon energy technologies, supports the development of innovative low carbon energy technologies, covering the full energy mix. 

Technology Center ASCR is a key national institution for the research and development infrastructure in Czech Republic, and it carries out oriented research in the area of science, technologies and innovations

CZELO in Brussels supports the successful integration of the Czech research into the European research cooperation

Press Release EUROGIA Prague Information Day -November 7 (281.31KB)

Turkey: Towards a sustainable energy future


                    Turkey: Towards a Sustainable Energy Future

 EUROGIA+, the EUREKA cluster of low carbon energy technologies organized an information day and brokerage event under the auspices of Turk Telekom in Istanbul on October 3, 2012. This event entitled “Turkey: Towards a Sustainable Energy Future” brought together Turkish ICT and Energy sector by embracing ‘coopetitive* innovation’ between sectors, which is one of the key priorities of Turkish Eureka Chairmanship.

The information day started with the welcome speech of Enis Erkel, EUROGIA+ Board Member and the R&D Director of Turk Telekom Group.  He gave participants an insight of recent R&D achievements of Turk Telekom Group.Following the welcome speech, EUROGIA+ Chairman and the director of Wind and Marine Renewable at Acciona Energia,  Raul Manzanas  featured a presentation on how to use national and transnational funds to boost technological advancements in wind energy sector.‘75% of eligible costs of Turkish EUREKA and EUROGIA+ project proposers are provided as a grant under TEYDEB programme ‘, said Burak Tiftik, TUBITAK (The Scientific and Technological research council of Turkey) EUREKA officer.

Telekom and Energy 

Keynote speeches and presentations are followed by the roundtable sessions. The theme of the first roundtable, moderated by Eurogia+ Technical Committee Member and R&D Manager of Turk Telekom, Duygu Oktem, was Telekom and Energy.  The session covered the overlap of electrical and intelligence infrastructure of Telekom and energy sector and the high growth of electricity used by ICT. ‘Today ICT is responsible for the 8% of electricity consumed in  European countries and in Turkey and this number will  increase up to 15% by 2020’, said Ms Oktem.  Prof. Dr. Taskin Kocak highlighted the importance of ICT sector in improving the efficiency of energy storage. 

 Renewable Energy Technologies

Renewable energy technologies session was chaired by Enis Erkel with the participation of distinguished speakers. Board Member of Vestel Group, Cengiz Ultav said that ‘incremental changes in both ICT and energy technologies should be embedded in real-world context and in strategies of companies.’University – Industry collaboration lied at the heart of second roundtable session. Prof. Dr. Baris Ozerdem and Prof. Dr. Barbaros Celikkol highlighted how this collaboration leads to success in developing new energy technologies. ‘Industry should not take academia’s investment in new areas for granted and bolster financial support,’ said Prof. Dr. Barbaros Celikkol. 

Brokerage event was held in the afternoon gave the floor to potential projects coming from both ICT and Energy sectors.   EUROGIA+ Office Director, Christian Besson gave explicit clues on successful project preparation. The meeting ended with the announcement of Mr Erkel, inviting Turkish Energy and ICT industry to benefit from generous grant programmes provided by TUBITAK. 

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

About Turk Telekom
Turk Telekom is the leading technology company in Turkey and provides national and international communications solutions customized for its users.

TUBITAK (The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey) is responsible for promoting, developing, organizing, conducting and coordinating research and development in line with national targets and priorities.

More information:  

Nil Atmaca   
Head of Secretariat
Tel: +32 (0) 2 502 1814