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


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.


EUROGIA + Day: Decarbonizing Europe and Beyond


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.



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


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 [] to review the agenda, see the topics under discussion and to obtain registration details.


EUROGIA+ Call 07 Press Release


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.



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EUROGIA+ Info Day& Brokerage Event in Oslo


Together with the research company Teknova, located in Kristiansand Norway, EUROGIA+ is organising an info day/brokerage event on the 26th of May 2011 in Oslo, where it will be promoting its industry-driven, market-oriented program for research and demonstration projects.


EUROGIA+ Call 06 Press Release


Eurogia+ has issued a call for new, collaborative research projects to enhance the world’s supply of clean, safe and affordable energy.




Brussels, BE – October 19, 2010 – Eurogia+, the Eureka low-carbon energy technology cluster, and Tubitak, the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey, held an information day in Istanbul.