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EUROGIA+ 2011 Summary


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


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


EUROGIA+ Marine Renewables Information Day




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


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.



EUROGIA Sol-Ion Project won 2011 Innovation Prize


Voltwerk wins 2011 innovation prize at Bad Staffelstein


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.