Capenergies joins the Energy NCP Consortium – Overview of Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2018-2020

Enrico Mazzon, Europe and International Project Manager at the Capenergies cluster, has joined the consortium of energy NCPs for France, alongside representatives from the Ministry for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition, the Economy Ministry, the CNRS and the ADEME. He is particularly keen to ensure that the views and interests of companies are heard in the H2020 calls for projects for the new FP9 work programme, in particular on grids, storage, hydrogen and solar energy solutions.

The French Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation provides considerable support for developers of French Horizon 2020 projects, through a new network of Horizon 2020 National Contact Points (NCPs). The Capenergies cluster has been an energy NCP since September 2017..


The role of NCPs is to promote French involvement in the European programme. Their tasks are to:

  • Inform those involved, in particular companies, on the funding opportunities in the Horizon 2020 project
  • Assist, advise and provide training on how the programme works
  • Provide guidance on sources of funding (European and national) most likely to meet companies’ requirements and on the support services for this funding
  • Assist and advise on training the project consortia (finding European partners)v
  • Read through proposals prior to submission, and provide advice to make them more competitive

NCPs are also your first point of contact for any questions on the wording of calls for proposals and your administrative/legal questions connected with the H2020 programme.


On 27 October 2017, the European Commission published the latest Horizon 2020 work programme for the period 2018-2020.
A total amount of almost 30 billion euros is to be provided for collaborative research and innovation projects. You can find this and all the reference documents online.

The Programme funds scientific excellence, encourages industrial leadership, and aims to address major societal challenges, including secure, clean and efficient energy.

The key areas of the work programme for the period 2018-2020 are:

  • Market-creating innovation: €2.7 billion
    Through a European Innovation Council (EIC) pilot, open to innovations in all technologies or sectors. This will help innovative companies and entrepreneurs to quickly scale up their businesses to a European and global level, and will help Europe better understand innovative ideas that are likely to create new markets and strengthen the industrial base. With a budget of 2.7 billion euros, it brings together existing instruments including the SME instrument and Fast Track to Innovation.
  • Political priorities and targeted actions: €7.1 billion, €1.8 billion of which is allocated to the energy challenge
    There are four political priorities, which each address the societal energy challenge either directly or across different fields: a low-carbon future and resilience in the face of climate change; the circular economy; digitising and transforming European industry and services; security.
  • Strengthening international research and innovation cooperation: €1 billion
    The work programme includes around thirty flagship initiatives on topics devoted to international cooperation in areas of mutual interest, with a total budget of over one billion euros. Collaborations with China, India, the Gulf States, the United States and sub-Saharan Africa are specifically planned for the energy challenge.

There have already been several national and regional information events on the 2018-2020 calls for the specific Energy programme. These include a day on calls for Horizon 2020 programme transport and energy projects, organised on 11 October in Aix-en-Provence by Capenergies, in close cooperation with the Mediterranean and SAFE competitive clusters, the network of National Contact Points (NCP) and the PACA region representative office in Brussels.

Available to download:

Other presentations of calls for proposals are also available online:

The European Commission also organised three information and networking days, held at the end of October, on these Energy programme calls for proposals. The presentations are availableonline.

Contact :
Europe and International Project Manager and Energy NCP
+33 6 49 21 52 16 – +33 4 84 30 05 76

Hydrogen technology in Corsica: the Myrte and Paglia Orba platforms welcome a delegation from Toyota Japan, led by Capenergies

On 16 June 2017 Capenergies, represented by its Deputy Director, Paul Lucchese, took a delegation from Toyota, Japan, to visit the Myrte and Paglia Orba platforms at Vignola.

Christian Cristofari, director of the technology institute at the University of Corsica and manager of the platform, gave a presentation to the visitors on Corsica’s hydrogen projects and strategy.

The potential for cooperation between the University of Corsica and the University of Kyushu was discussed. Possible cooperation on mobility projects in Corsica, associated with the ‘Power to Hydrogen’ programme and as part of the Hy-Pa Corsica plan, were considered, in particular in the context of the introduction of the Mirai hydrogen fuel cell vehicle associated with a future 700 bar fuelling station.

A future meeting between Toyota France and Europe is also planned at the Castellet race track concerning potential cooperation on the Hynovar project (VIP hydrogen vehicle fleets) and using the Paul Ricard circuit to test the technologies.

Mr Hirose, professor at the University of Kyushu, was extremely interested, saying that « hydrogen is a key factor for the sustainable local development of hydrogen-based smart energy systems (“HyGrid”) and a way for people to reclaim the added value of the energy chain locally ».

The Myrte platform operated by the University of Corsica and accredited by Capenergies, comprises systems of electrolysers, hydrogen storage tanks (capacity: 1.75 MWh) and 200 kW fuel cells. It is connected to a 560 kW PV array. This set-up is used to test solutions for feeding intermittent solar energy into the grid by producing hydrogen, storing it during periods of surplus solar energy, then feeding the electric power back into the grid during periods when there is no sunlight. The CEA and Areva are also involved in the current project.

The following people were involved in this visit: Mr Katsuhiko Hirose, former director of the R&D and engineering division and advisor to the management of Toyota Japan, Mrs Tamaki Ozawa and Mr Rody El Chammas from Toyota Europe, and Mr Hirose, professor at the University of Kyushu. Eric Lemaître and Pierre Serre Combe from the CEA were also present, as well as Leo Pouzoulet, Project Manager at the Paul Ricard circuit.


Waste-to-energy business opportunities in Bavaria

The relationships forged over the past few years between CAFAP (the Provence arm of the Franco-German Business Club), the German state of Bavaria and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IHK) for Munich and Upper Bavaria were made possible through the partnership framework agreement between the Provence Alpes Côtes d’Azur region of France and the Bavarian state of Germany. This agreement paved the way for a two-day meeting in Munich last May offering the opportunity for a French delegation – including representatives from Capenergies and two of its member companies – to meet German counterparts and build business contacts.

The meeting had a central « Waste to Energy » , theme and provided a platform for fruitful discussions on both technical and business matters. Among those present were Jean-Claude Brunet, Consul General of France in Munich; Martin Grossmann, ministerial advisor for the Bavarian State Ministry of Economic Affairs; Alexander Lau, Head of European and EEN affairs at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry for Munich and Upper Bavaria; Laura Jantz from the Bavarian Environment Cluster; and two representatives from the Fraunhofer Project Group Materials Recycling and Resource Strategies IWKS from the prestigious German Fraunhofer research institute.

The first day provided an opportunity for representatives from the clusters, research stakeholders and companies present to gain a comparative overview of the current situation in waste treatment and recovery in Germany and France, with a particular focus on the regions of Bavaria and Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur. The second day involved a visit to a municipal services site in the town of Rosenheim, about an hour away from Munich, to see first-hand their innovative approach to local energy management. Focusing on the main objectives of energy efficiency and flexibility, the site comprises several production facilities: a waste-to-energy plant with flue gas cleaning system; a gas and diesel combined heat and power (CHP) plant; a local thermal energy production plant with urban heating system; a hydro power plant; and a biomass gasification demonstrator.

At the end of the two days, Christine Jobert, CAFAP Director, underlined the importance of ensuring “that Europe’s economic recovery and its future ecosystem relies not only on a strong circular economy, which will help to protect the environment and create jobs, but also on concrete decentralised actions such as those undertaken through regional Franco-German partnerships to create synergies between public and private stakeholders in these regions and take account of local socio-economic factors“.

The Capenergies cluster has been implementing joint actions with CAFAP since 2011 to enable its members to benefit from this important source of information about the German market. Their aim is to identify future opportunities and partnerships in this dynamic marketplace where there is a clear emphasis on the energy transition and developing renewable energies.

TowerPower states its ambition – to develop an offshore wind turbine surveillance and maintenance system

TowerPower is moving into uncharted waters. There are already a number of monitoring solutions for onshore wind turbines. But this project, launched in 2014 with financial support from the European Commission, aims to develop a surveillance system for offshore turbines. It is a direct response to strong demand from offshore wind farm operators, who want to cut maintenance costs by scheduling and increasing the time between site operations.

The TowerPower consortium is led by the Capenergies competitiveness cluster and includes:

  • Five pilot SMEs: Kingston Computer Consulting – KCC (United Kingdom), Moniteye (United Kingdom), Teknisk Data AS (Norway), WLB (Cyprus) and Tecopy SA (Spain).
  • Associations operating in the wind power sector, responsible for disseminating and operating the innovative technology: Capenergies (France), Cylsolar (Spain) and Associazione Italiana Prouver non Distruttive – AIPnD (Italy).
  • Three research centres responsible for developing the solution: CETIM (France), Innora (Greece) and TWI (United Kingdom).


“TowerPower is one of the first projects to focus on offshore wind turbine maintenance,” said Céline Auger, project engineer at Capenergies, which is responsible for coordinating the European partnership. “There are already plenty of surveillance solutions for the onshore wind power sector, but these technologies cannot be replicated for offshore facilities in their current form. In practice, this involves monitoring a transition piece attached to the wind turbine battery, to support the nacelle and the mast – a set of thick metal parts (40 mm) supported by 50 mm of special concrete.”

The partners have opted for two ultrasound technologies to detect defects in remote areas – acoustic emission and guided waves. Both systems work in parallel (40-50 sensors per mast). The data are aggregated and then transmitted from the nacelle to an onshore supervisor. Cetim is responsible for the “acoustic emission” part of the system.

The two technologies, along with the data processing system, were developed via a series of physical experiments on a mock-up, along with simulations. Between now and the end of the project in 2017, the partners are expected to assess the environmental conditions with “in-water” tests to ascertain the influence of wave propagation and the effectiveness of the processing unit. There will then be a full-system testing phase on an offshore structure.


The SmartEE gets off to a flying start

The EMILIE project, with a total budget of €2.2 million over three years, funded by the transnational European MED programme, aims to encourage innovation in tertiary building energy efficiency technologies among SMEs in the Mediterranean. It seeks to foster the emergence of innovative solutions to reduce the consumption of greenhouse gas-emitting energy, and to contribute to growth, competitiveness and jobs across the region. This is an ambition shared by the Capenergies competitiveness cluster, which is spearheading the initiative in France, alongside partners from Italy, Spain, Croatia and Slovenia.

MARE business meetings

The Mediterranean Activities for Research and Innovation in the Energy sector (MARE) project is holding a series of business meetings for attendees at the Mediterranean Climate Conference (MEDCOP21). The event will bring together energy-sector SMEs, researchers and projects from across Europe, with a particular emphasis on micro-grids, water desalination, renewables and building energy efficiency. The aim of the meetings is to generate new research, development, demonstration and innovation projects through the exchange of best practice and technology transfer between Mediterranean countries.

The MARE project is funded by the European Commission under the 7th Framework Programme (FP7-INCO-2013-9).

MARE Website

The SmartEE pilot scheme gets underway in Gap, under the European Emilie project

The Ocova Forum took place in Gap in 16-17 September 2014. The event, dedicated to business meetings and generating new energy transition projects, this year focused on “Smart buildings and smart grids”. This theme tied in with one of the key areas of focus of the Capenergies cluster – building energy efficiency.

To coincide with the event, around 30 representatives of major groups (IBM, Orange, etc.), institutions (CEA, Departmental Councils, local authorities and ADEME) and SMEs had a chance to attend the opening ceremony for the SmartEE regional pilot demonstrator, run under the European Enhancing Mediterranean Initiatives Leading SMEs to Innovation in building Energy efficiency technologies (Emilie) project. The aim of the project, jointly funded by the transnational “MED” cooperation programme and the PACA Region, is to encourage and test new energy efficiency technologies, products and solutions for tertiary buildings, through pilot schemes in five European partner countries – France, Italy, Spain, Slovenia and Croatia.

Capenergies is providing the PACA Region with project management assistance for the French pilot scheme. The purpose of SmartEE is to measure how awareness-raising among the occupants of a tertiary-sector building can deliver energy savings. The cluster was responsible for selecting the site, drafting the tender documentation and overseeing the installers.

Lycée Paul Héraud college in Gap (Hautes-Alpes) was selected to house the demonstrator and two local companies, WIT and Gridpocket, won the tender to install the equipment.

How the SmartEE pilot scheme works

The SmartEE demonstrator is a smart interface connected to measuring equipment (electricity, gas, water and heat meters, and temperature and contact sensors) that aims to raise awareness about environmentally friendly behaviour among building occupants. The online application will give college occupants away to analyse energy consumption in the classrooms and boarding house in real time. These visual, educational tools should enable occupants to adopt more eco-friendly behaviour. The scheme includes a points system (Ecotroks) and two competitions to encourage pupils to reduce energy consumption.

The ultimate aim of the awareness-raising experiment is to reduce the college’s annual energy bill (around €110,000) by 10% by mid-2015.

There will be a series of technical monitoring workshops and seminars between now and June 2015 to enable the European partners involved in the six pilot schemes to talk about the most effective energy efficiency technologies demonstrated within their respective schemes.

Pilote_SmartEE_03bwVisite du pilote SmartEE au lycée Paul Héraud à Gap par Vincent Morfouace,
Ingénieur projet Capenergies


Présentation par Céline Auger, Ingénieur projets Capenergies ,
responsable de l’action pilote SmartEE/ Emilie

Capenergies coordinates the European TowerPower project

TowerPowerimg00TowerPowerimg00 Capenergies is coordinating the joint European TowerPower project, launched in May 2014, which aims to develop a real-time remote monitoring system to oversee ageing offshore wind turbine structures. The new development is a direct response to demand from wind farm operators, who want to cut maintenance costs by increasing the time between site operations. The project, co-funded by the European Commission through the 7th Framework Programme (FP7), will take place over three years with a budget of around €2 million.