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EUROGIA+ CALL 10 Press Release

11/01/2013

   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 www.eurogia.com or by contacting the EUROGIA+ Secretariat, contact@eurogia.com, + 32 2 502 18 14.

About EUREKA:
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,

EUROGIA+
107 Rue Neerveld
1200 Bruxelles
Tel: +32 2 502 1814
www.eurogia.com

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EUROGIA+ INFO Day in Prague

15/11/2012

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. 

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. 

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

12/10/2012

                    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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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. 

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

About TUBITAK
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: http://www.eurogia.com  

Nil Atmaca   
Head of Secretariat
Tel: +32 (0) 2 502 1814
Email: nilatmaca@eurogia.com 

EUROGIA+ 2011 Summary

09/05/2012

2011 marked a very successful year for EUROGIA+, the EUREKA cluster for low carbon energy technologies. As the number of labeled projects, supporting countries and board members increased, EUROGIA+ came out much stronger in 2011.

EUROGIA+ had a good start by organizing information days and brokerage events in Stavanger and Tallinn in January 2011. Following the information day organized in Tallinn, Estonia became the 17th EUROGIA+ supporting country. 

In February EUREKA clusters organized for the first time an inter cluster information day in Eilat under the auspices of Eureka Israeli Chairmanship.  Successive EUROGIA+ information days took place in Oslo, Paris, Madrid and in Reykjavik.

Raul Manzanas from Acciona Energia was elected as the chairman of EUROGIA+ Board of Directors. Therefore, the chairmanship passed from the most active EUROGIA+ supporting country France to Spain, whose activities in the cluster are significantly increasing. 

In June 2011, EUROGIA+ Brussels office moved to the EUREKA’s secretariat with the great support of EUREKA team. 

In November 2011 the third anniversary of EUROGIA+ was celebrated with a big event in Brussels. This meeting entitled Decarbonizing Europe and beyond attracted a big audience from Energy industry and academia. 

Two calls were open and 15 new project proposals were received and evaluated. 7 projects received EUROGIA+ label. In 2011, EUROGIA+ projects Sol-Ion and WindFarmVessel were successfully completed. ‘EUROGIA+ label enabled project partners to have an easy access to national funding’, said Christophe Jehoulet, project coordinator of Sol-Ion. 

Four new companies from four different EUREKA Member States joined EUROGIA+ Board of Directors. Volta, Turk Telekom, EADS and Tenesol bring their expertise to EUROGIA+ Board and Technical Committee. 

 

Bringing Korean & European Innovation Together

02/04/2012

Korea Institute for Advancement of Technology (KIAT) and the EUREKA Hungarian Chairmanship organized a Korea EUREKA Day on March 21.  This one day event aimed at bringing together both Korean and European technology experts to share project concepts that could be the basis of new collaborations.  
 
Morning session began with the welcome speech of KIAT’s president Yong – Geun Kim.  ‘Having  joined EUREKA as an Associate country in 2005, Korea could successfully participate in more than 30 projects and collaborated with 400 different organizations coming from various EUREKA countries,’ said Mr Kim. Hungarian Minister of State for National Economy, Zoltan Csefelvay  and Korean Deputy Minister of Knowledge Economy Jae –Hong Kim emphasized the importance of EUREKA – KOREA collaboration.
‘EUREKA is a successful instrument to bolster collaboration between Korean and European private sector’, said  Mr Jae Hong Kim.
 
Match making seminars took place in the afternoon. Roundtables were organized on four different categories: Green Technologies, IT &Electronics Technologies, Telecommunications Technologies and AgriFood and Bio Technologies. Over 100 companies and research institutes attend the sessions moderated by the directors of EUREKA clusters and President of Korea Food Research Institute.
 
The Green Technologies session was chaired by Gabriele Peri, EUROGIA+ General Secretary and EMEA Government Relations and Policy Director of GE Oil &Gas. Various energy and energy technology areas ranging from tidal power to membrane filtration were presented throughout this session.
 
For more information, please contact:
EUROGIA+ Head of Secretariat
Ms Nil Atmaca
nilatmaca@eurogia.com
 
 
 

 

EUROGIA+ Marine Renewables Information Day

16/03/2012

 

 

Giving boost to Marine Renewables

Brussels, 13 March 2012 – The EUREKA cluster EUROGIA+ organized marine renewable information day at GdFSuez Premises in Paris on March 5, 2012.

Over 100 people attended the event and four interesting project ideas were showcased throughout the brokerage session. The information day began with an opening speech by Marc Florette, Director  of GdF Suez research & innovation. He highlighted the importance of international collaboration in marine renewables sector.

Following the welcome speech, a presentation was featured by Marine Renewables Leader of Bureau Veritas, Maxime Pachot  about the European Maritime industry and its role in the development of the marine renewables.  ‘ Each country has different priorities, for instance tidal energy is growing rapidly in France, even twice more than the growth rate of offshore wind. Sharing knowledge and expertise is a lever for development of marine renewable sector,’ said Maxime Pachot.

Today the main challenges the ocean energy is facing are the lack of international guidelines and the standards and the R&D aiming at cost reduction. Jose Luis Villate, marine energy manager of Tecnalia, summarized the three criteria to be fulfilled for the consolidation of ocean energy sector : Proven technology to achieve efficient and reliable energy generation, funding mechanisms to attract long term private investment, technology cost reduction and risk limitation.

The offshore wind industry was presented by Anne Benedicte Genachte, Regulatory Affairs advisor at EWEA. ‘By 2020 offshore wind energy will meet 4.2% of the total EU electricity demand. The EU is a leader in the offshore wind energy market with 4,000 MW already installed capacity; however, it should prepare stable post -2020 legislative frameworks to let energy companies optimally allocate their investments’, said Anne Benedicte Genachte.

The presentations given by the representatives of international companies and organizations were followed by the speech of Yves Robin director of industry services at French Finance Ministry (DGCIS). Mr Robin explained the enthusiasm of French government to support the developments in the marine renewables sector.  Yann Herve de Roack, the project manager at France Energie Marine presented the marine renewables vision of France across the different coastal regions on mainland and in France’s overseas territories.

EUROGIA+ Office Director Christian Besson gave participants an insight of how EUROGIA+ mechanism works and explained what to do to get their best ideas funded.  EUROGIA+ Chairman and the director of wind &marine renewable at Acciona, Mr Manzanas explained the importance of using both international and national funding mechanisms to bolster marine renewable energies.

Throughout the brokerage session, participants looking for partners were given the chance to present their interesting ideas to the audience.

 

 

 

 

Get your best ideas funded: new EUROGIA+ call for proposals

16/01/2012

Get your best ideas funded: new EUROGIA+ call for proposals

EUROGIA+, the EUREKA low-carbon energy technology cluster, announced its latest call (CALL 08) for the submission of collaborative 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 energy technologies ideas that will reduce the carbon footprint of energy production and use potentially qualify for funding.

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EUROGIA + Day: Decarbonizing Europe and Beyond

25/11/2011

Brussels, 15 November 2011 – The EUREKA Cluster EUROGIA+ for low-carbon energy technologies organised a one-day Conference on “Decarbonising Europe” at the EUREKA Secretariat’s premises, Brussels. The event attracted participants from the energy policy, industry, academia and public authorities.

Head of the EUREKA Secretariat Luuk Borg welcomed attendees to this cross-sectorial meeting by highlighting the importance of exploring new technologies to reduce the CO2 footprint as a remedy to the current economic crisis and highlighted the Cluster’s contribution in EUREKA’s effort to address the Grand Challenges, laid out in the EU2020 Strategy.

‘Public – private partnership for the energy technology revolution’ was discussed  throughout the morning session and distinguished speakers from the International Energy Agency (IEA), European Commission’s Directorate General on Energy and General Electric highlighted the importance of  strong international partnerships to put Europe on a sustainable energy track.

“A low-carbon future is cost effective and therefore it is essential to expand public investment in international R&D efforts,” stressed Christian Besson, senior adviser at International Energy Agency (IEA). Mr Besson presented the key findings on the energy supply and demand according to the three policy scenarios as described in the study “World Energy Outlook 2011”, published by IEA.

Mr Samuele Furfari from European Commission’s Directorate-General Energy gave participants an overview of “Europe’s energy technology strategy” by presenting the priorities set by the EC’s EU 2020 Strategy. “We should develop cost-effective market industries. It is not sufficient to have developed technologies. There is a fundamental need to change our vision on R&D and better coordinate cooperation between the public and private sector to meet the 20-20-20 goals by 2020,” added Mr Furfari.

Director of General Electric Global Research Carlos Haertel added that renewable energies have to be increased; however technologies have to be developed and improved continuously. “Removing regulatory barriers are key to creating market opportunities to stimulate investors in energy technologies.”

EUROGIA+, a trans-national instrument to mitigate climate change

The morning session also featured presentations by EUROGIA+ chairman, Gabriel Marquette and the head of EUREKA secretariat, Luuk Borg about EUROGIA+ and EUREKA programmes. ‘Public funding has a key role in bolstering strong international partnerships and international projects across EUREKA countries.’ said Gabriel Marquette, EUROGIA+ Chairman.

EUROGIA+ Chairman Gabriel Marquette informed participants about the Cluster’s achievements and future perspectives. “As a bottom –up, industry driven, market oriented programme, EUROGIA+ provide public funding to energy industry and academia through EUROGIA+ quality label.  EUROGIA+ project proposals address all innovative energy technologies that will reduce the carbon foot print and develop new energy technologies,” explained Marquette.

Head of EUREKA Secretariat Luuk Borg gave participants an insight of EUREKA’s workings and latest achievements on public-private investment in EU R&D projects and namely on energy technologies.  He referred to EUREKA’s Clean-tech action, an initiative launched by the former Israeli EUREKA Chairmanship and continued under the current Hungarian Chair, aiming to address the Grand Challenges by generating projects in clean technology fields.  EUROGIA+ significantly contributed to this initiative which received over 100 proposals this year.

Ignácio Martín from the Spanish national agency for research and innovation (CDTI) explained the role of transnational projects in national technology policies and highlighted the added value of the EUREKA Cluster in bringing technology closer to the market.

The afternoon session entitled ‘sharing experiences’ were mainly targeting the audience willing to develop EUROGIA+ project proposals. First presentation was issued by Raul Manzanas , director of wind& marine renewable at Acciona and President of Eurogia+.  Having submitted successful many EUROGIA+ projects, Mr. Manzanas briefly explained how to use effectively national and trans-national instruments to achieve a technology revolution in offshore wind.

Mr. Manzanas’ presentation was followed by a panel session in which EUROGIA+ project coordinators of ENERSTA, HLC- AIMS, KnowRightNow , COMET and actively participated. Project Coordinators summarized their experience with the project submission and EUROGIA+ labeling process for the benefit of the attendees.

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EUROGIA+ shares information about innovative low carbon technologies in Paris & Oslo

17/08/2011

EUROGIA+, the EUREKA cluster for low carbon energy technologies, has recently shared details of its programme at events in Paris & Oslo.

The events, known as EUROGIA+ Information Days, were attended by delegates from across the French and Norwegian energy sector and key staff from each country’s leading academic institutions.

'The opportunity to showcase our work is an essential part of our remit,' said Gabriel Marquette, the Chairman of EUROGIA+. “At the Information Days in Oslo & Paris, we were able to present EUROGIA+ and we have been able to demonstrate how EUROGIA+ is benefiting EUREKA Member States.”

The Information Day in Oslo, organized with the support of TEKNOVA  and the Research Council of Norway, showcased fifteen new project ideas of Norwegian companies and research institutes like SINTEF, Clean Silicon AS, University of Bergen, EnSol etc.

The Paris Information Day, organized with the support of DGCIS, French Finance Ministry Department was attended by over 100 participants .DGCIS officials also ran through the practical steps needed to preparing and submitting a successful project and gave information about the French funding mechanisms. DGCIS official, Johann Faure emphasized the importance of complying with the eligibility requirements, which differ from one EUREKA Member State to another.

The next Information Day will be held in Madrid on September 30 – visit the EUROGIA+ website [www.eurogia.com] to review the agenda, see the topics under discussion and to obtain registration details.

 

EUROGIA+ Call 07 Press Release

01/06/2011

EUROGIA+ seeks research proposals

Brussels, BE – June 1st, 2011– EUROGIA+, the EUREKA low-carbon energy technology cluster has announced its latest call (CALL 07) on June 1st, for the submission of collaborative renewable energy research 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.

It adresses all innovative energy technologies that will:
•    reduce the carbon footprint of energy production and use
•    develop new technologies for energy such as solar, wind, biomass, geothermal, energy efficiency, etc

Projects submitted in the preliminary project outline format will be reviewed by the EUROGIA+ technical committee and proposers will be provided the feedback and assistance necessary to move to the full proposal stage.  The technical committee will also review full proposals which are ready to seek the EUREKA label. The technical committee consists of representatives of European national funding agencies, research universities and industrial organizations.

To be qualified for the EUROGIA+ label projects must meet the following criteria.
•        Comprise 2 or more companies from 2 different EUREKA member countries
•        Demonstrate Technical Innovation
•        Have strong commitment to commercial exploitation
•        The contribution from any given country and/or any given organization must not exceed 66%of the total budget.

Project outlines and full proposals are due to the EUROGIA+ office by close of business on September 14, 2011 and they will be reviewed that the organizations technical and board meetings on September  28-29, in Spain.