A successful start for the 1st edition of the Energy For Smart Mobility Forum

Capenergies cluster for competitiveness and GreenUnivers, leading media company on energy transition markets, organised on February 15 and 16, 2018 the first European Energy for Smart Mobility Forum. Dedicated to innovative energy solutions for electric mobility, this first edition was a great success:


  • More than 300 participants from the energy and electric mobility sectors; all key stakeholders were represented: public authorities, companies, investors …
  • 60 international speakers
  • 100 Business meetings organised
  • 4 conferences and 12 workshops
  • 9 countries represented, including 3 guests of honor: the Netherlands, Denmark and Germany
  • 16 startups from 3 different countries participated in a pitch competition, 5 of them were awarded
  • 2 site visits in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region: Interflex showroom in Nice and the electric charging infrastructure for Arenc buses in Marseille


Given the event’s success, Jean-Claude Gaudin, Mayor of Marseille and President of the Metropolis Aix-Marseille Provence, closed the forum on February 16, 2018 by announcing the organisation of the second edition in 2019, where main topics will be energy solutions for the sustainable mobility, from electricity to hydrogen.

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The Energy for Smart Mobility Forum was launched by GreenUnivers and Capenergies, as the electric mobility market has significantly increased in recent months: the threshold of 500,000 vehicles in circulation in Europe was surpassed for the first time in 2017 ; regulations in favor of electric vehicles are reinforced all over the world, not only in Europe but also in China and India ; the major car manufacturers keep announcing new electric models ; public and private tenders are multiplying with the goal to provide territories with charging infrastructures and other “energy highways”.

In this framework, both the energy supply for vehicles and the energy feed from vehicles back to the grid are major challenges. Mobility and energy sectors will therefore have to work together to find technological solutions and offer new services. Promising paths are already emerging, especially towards the vehicle-to-grid, which is enabling vehicles to become an asset for optimizing the electricity network’s management.

With the aim of bringing together players from both mobility and energy, promoting exchanges and knowledge sharing between them, Capenergies and GreenUnivers have launched the Energy for Smart Mobility Forum. Finally, this event strongly relies on the vision of PACA Region, which is a pioneer territory in the field of smart grids and open to Europe and the world thanks to the partnership, for this first edition, with Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands.

4 main topics have been highlighted in this first edition :

  • Renewable energy feeding, charge optimisation and storage
  • Digital solutions for energy management and blockchain
  • Business models and operators governance
  • Vehicle-to-grid
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Stay informed about recent market news and the E4SM’s next edition at www. energy4smartmobility.eu

Twitter : @E4SMForum

The Capenergies cluster strengthens its Project Innovation and Europe/International teams

25 September 2017 – Capenergies welcomed two new staff members to the cluster in September 2017. Lucie Chappaz, Project Engineer, and Enrico Mazzon, Europe & International Project Manager, will help further consolidate the cluster’s strategy in these two major growth areas.


Lucie Chappaz, Project Engineer, Capenergies

Lucie Chappaz graduated in Engineering from the Ecole Centrale Marseille in 2008. She began her career as an R&D project leader with BASF before moving into project management in 2010. On assignments with GRTgaz, then Rolex and Réseau Ferré de France, she was involved in setting up and monitoring a wide variety of projects.

Then, keen to enhance her skills in the energy field, she joined Alstom Hydro, where she developed her expertise in planning hydroelectric installations, from the preliminary design phase right through to commissioning. She was also involved in managing several international projects, mainly in Turkey, China and Portugal.

In 2013, she joined the ENGIE group to work on the ITER international R&D project on nuclear fusion. She was recruited right from the outset, when the consortium was set up, to be responsible for designing and installing mechanical, ventilation and electrical equipment in the nuclear buildings. Here she was involved in the definition and initiation of the design programme, the implementation of the reporting tools and coordinating the various partners. She was also involved in the technical activities of the project within the engineering department.

Then, with nine years’ experience of managing industrial projects in large groups, in particular in the energy sector, Lucie Chappaz joined the Capenergies team as project engineer.


Enrico Mazzon, Europe and International Project Manager, Capenergies

Having gained a Master’s degree in European political and administrative studies from the Collège d’Europe (Bruges), Enrico Mazzon’s first position was with the Renewable Energy Sources unit at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Research and Innovation. In 2012, he joined the Swedish group Vattenfall as European Affairs Advisor, then moved to the Italian Agency for the Promotion of European Research (APRE) in Brussels in 2013.

During his time here, he held the positions of Europe representative, Horizon 2020 Energy National Contact Point (NCP), coordinator of the international network of NCPs and expert within the Italian delegation to the European Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET Plan) steering committee. In Brussels, he coordinated a network of 70 Italian members on the topic of R&I, acting as an intermediary with the institutions of the European Union.

Enrico Mazzon is the co-author of three guides for energy innovation stakeholders and various articles on European funding for R&I. These publications cover low-carbon energy technologies, financial engineering for innovative SMEs, synergies between the framework programme and the structural funds, funding for networks of clusters, and business plans in the context of Horizon 2020.

All these positions have enabled him to build strong relationships with European Commission officials and the main national agencies supporting innovation in the European energy sector, a network which he will put to good use in his new role in the Capenergies cluster.

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First Capenergies business summit in Corsica proves successful

On Monday 23 October 2017, the first-ever Capenergies energy and industry business summit in Corsica, “I primi scontri di l’energia è di l’industria”, was held at the Ajaccio Convention Centre. It was organised by Capenergies in partnership with the Corsican Economic Development Agency (ADEC) – a founding member of the competitive cluster – and was backed by both the Ecole d’Ingénieurs Paolitech and the Corsican Regional Directorate for Enterprises, Competition Policy, Consumer Affairs, Labour and Employment (DIRECCTE). During this event, a total of 70 business meetings took place between leading Corsican energy and industry stakeholders.

The purpose of this day was to give Corsican businesses the opportunity to promote their products, services and solutions to major decision-makers, investors, technological platforms, training organisations and research units in order to identify:

  • New partners for their innovative collaborative projects,
  • Solutions for financing their development.

The chairman of ADEC and vice-chairman of the competitive cluster, Jean-Christophe Angelini (see photo above), hailed the quality of the organisation and thanked all the participants; he praised Corsica’s ability to bring operators and territories together under the same roof since some companies had travelled from the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region. As Jean Christophe Angelini mentioned in his opening remarks, he intends to make this event a permanent feature of the landscape, with a summit being held every year.

In the afternoon, companies were given the opportunity to hold frank discussions and targeted meetings with around twenty stakeholders from the energy community and industry. Participants were also able to meet with the Capenergies team and benefit from an analysis and qualification of their needs. This gave them the opportunity to see whether the cluster offered the support services corresponding to their needs.

In light of the success of this inaugural summit, other events are already being planned. This will give it the permanence needed to make it a key annual professional event not to be missed by entire energy sector, while encouraging the attendance of other industrial sectors to diversify and create synergy between the different sectors.

Stakeholders in attendance:

  • EDF – Island Energy Systems /li>
  • EDF – Island Power Generation
  • Corsican Office of Hydraulic Equipment
  • AKUO Energy
  • Banque Publique d’Investissement
  • Banque Populaire Provençale et Corse
  • University of Corsica Pasquale Paoli
  • École d’Ingénieurs Paolitech
  • CEA Tech
  • CAPEB (French workers’ and small businesses’ organisation)
  • ADEC (Corsican Economic Development Agency)
  • Corse Active pour l’Initiative (regional financial tool)
  • Agence d’Urbanisme et d’Environnement (Agency for Town Planning and the Environment)
  • INIZIA incubator
  • Caisse de développement Economique de la Corse (Corsican Economic Development Fund)

Energy For Smart Mobility European Forum, February 15 & 16th 2018, Marseille

Registration is officially open for the

1st edition of the European Forum
Energy For Smart Mobility

To be held On February 15th & 16th 2018, in Marseille




Benefit from an early bird rate before December 30th! Special rates available for subscribers of GreenUnivers, members of Capenergies and more than 2 participants from one entity.


Join the major event on energy and e-mobility


300 experts will gather in Marseille, addressing the challenges and develop opportunities: CEO’s from global companies, start-ups, mid-caps, European stakeholders, regional and local authorities.

3 leading European countries : Germany, Denmark and the Netherlands are partners of the Forum.

2 days of keynote global speeches, specialised workshops, start-ups pitches awards, BtoB business meetings – and many more – will offer a unique opportunity to share views and develop business.

1 main purpose: to support next generation smart energy based solutions for tomorrow’s mobility.

Main topics on Energy and E-mobility:


  • Renewable energy feeding, charge optimisation and storage
  • Digital solutions for energy management and Blockchain
  • Business Models and Operators governance (Interoperability)
  • Vehicle-to-grid



Registration and more information :


For further information :  moc.m1532276747urof-1532276747ms4e@1532276747tcatn1532276747oc1532276747

Capenergies 2017 business summit a success: 500 BtoB meetings organised

The meeting place of energy transition players

The Capenergies cluster invited its members and partners on 31 May of last year to the Palais du Pharo in Marseille, where it was also holding its general assembly, for its 2017 business summit, with the financial support of Crédit Agricole Capital & Innovation and Dalkia.

More than 1,000 meetings requested
More than 500 meetings organised in 12 time slots
More than 218
participants from 135 groups and companies


During this yearly meeting, which capped off the activities of the Capenergies network, the SME members of Capenergies had the opportunity to meet major decision-makers, public and private investors, technological platform representatives, and Capenergies cluster partners. This enabled them to promote their products, services, and solutions, to identify new partners for projects on the horizon, and to consider financing options for future growth.

Paul Lucchese appointed new Deputy Director of the Capenergies competitiveness cluster

27 March 2017 – The Capenergies competitiveness cluster announces the appointment of Paul Lucchese as Deputy Director with effect from 3 April 2017. He will lead the cluster’s international strategy together with its innovation, emerging R&D projects and fundraising initiatives and will sit on the Capenergies Accreditation Committee.

After graduating in 1983 from the Ecole Centrale de Paris, Paul Lucchese started his career with Framatome before moving on to the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) in 1990 where he spent 8 years managing an applied research laboratory specialising in materials for the Military Applications Division. His interest in strengthening links between the worlds of industry and research drove him to develop a marketing initiative for the same division to transfer technologies to SMEs and industrial groups. In 2001 he joined the CEA’s Technological Research Division where he was heavily involved in developing New Energy Technology Programmes (for PV, hydrogen storage, biofuels and energy efficiency), firstly as a project manager and then as CEA programme director until 2010. On the subject of hydrogen and fuel cells specifically, he plays an active role in French, European and international associations and organisations. An energy expert of national and international renown, he has been consulted on OPECST[1] matters and was a member of the panel of experts sitting on the national committee presiding over the national energy transition debate in 2013/2014 chaired by Alain Grandjean. Between 2013 and 2016, he led the FutuRIS team at the ANRT[2] chaired by Thierry Breton, working in collaboration with Olivier Appert, Chairman of the French Energy Council and Chief Executive of the National Academy of Technologies, on research into energy in France from a business perspective. This work was submitted to the OPECST in February 2017 in connection with the SNRE[3] 2017.

Paul Lucchese succeeds Bernard Besnainou to the role of Deputy Director of Capenergies. He will be responsible for leading initiatives to promote innovation and support project sponsors, new projects and fundraising activities and will also sit on the cluster’s Accreditation Committee chaired by Olivier Appert. He will draw on his experience at the highest level to drive the cluster’s international strategy forward and will assume a strategic advisory role at senior management level within the CEA, as well as being the French representative on the executive committee for the International Energy Agency’s Hydrogen Implementing Agreement (IEA HIA).

About the CAPENERGIES Competitiveness Cluster
A network of energy transition stakeholders working towards sustainable territories

The Capenergies competitiveness cluster has a network of 520 members and nearly 1500 specialist energy partners, including major industrial groups, companies, research and educational organisations and financial backers. The Capenergies network is a robust ecosystem, driving economic growth and boosting the competitiveness of low-carbon energy solutions in Southern-Eastern France (Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur), Corsica, Guadeloupe, Reunion and the Principality of Monaco. It focuses its activities on three key areas: Energy efficiency, Energy management and Low-carbon energy production, concentrating on three categories of area: urban and metropolitan, rural and mountainous, and islands and remote areas. Since its creation, Capenergies has accredited 630 innovative projects and funded 359 projects, representing a total of 475 million euros.

For more information, visit www.capenergies.fr

[1] OPECST: French Parliamentary Office For Scientific and Technological Assessment

[2] ANRT: French National Research and Technology Association

[3] SNRE: French National Energy Research Strategy

HUGo – Launch event for the first class (2017-2019) of disabled students at Polytech Marseille (entry by invitation only)

Thursday 9 February 2017, 4 pm
Polytech Marseille, Luminy campus

The first class of the HUGo (Handi U Go!) engineering programme will be joined by the course patron, French political scientist and disability activist Jean-Christophe Parisot de Bayard, at a launch party to be held at the Marseille Polytechnic on 9 February 2017.

The HUGo programme is a voluntary initiative set up by a group of companies and supported by Polytech Marseille with the aim of delivering IT training to people with disabilities. The main course objectives are to develop employability and facilitate integration in the workplace. Open to university graduates, this is a two year combined work and training programme designed for 11 students which delivers an engineering qualification recognised by the French Engineering Commission (CTI).

In addition to the host partner companies, the University of Aix-Marseille and Polytech Marseille have confirmed their commitment and support for this specially designed programme for students with disabilities. It aligns perfectly with the university’s proactive Disability Master Plan which applies to staff and students alike.

This initiative has also been made possible through funding from the French agency for promoting workers with disabilities (AGEFIPH), administrative support from the Capenergies competitiveness cluster and assistance from the consultancy firm FPM Conseil.


Polytech Marseille is the Engineering school at the University of Aix-Marseille and a member of the Polytech Group which comprises 13 engineering schools nationwide.

The engineering degree course is approved by the French Engineering Commission (CTI). Course participants are selected by means of selective entry exams.

Jean-Christophe Parisot de Bayard – patron of this first cohort of students – campaigns tirelessly for social inclusion and harmony on behalf of people with disabilities. In addition to his political and social activities, he champions the “Différents comme tout le monde” association (Different like everyone else). He has also written several publications, including a book advocating social and moral development entitled “Plus que la fraternité – Plaidoyer pour une croissance sociale et morale”.

The programme involves the following partner companies:

Atos, Cap Gemini-Sogeti, CGI, DCNS, ENEDIS, FDJ, Gemalto, SAP Labs France, SII, SCP, Somei, STMicroelectronics and CEA Cadarache.

The following guests have been invited to the launch event: Mr Stéphane Bouillon, Prefect of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region; Mr Yves Rousset, Regional Delegate for Equal Opportunities; Mr Bernard Beignier, Rector of the Aix-Marseille Academy; Mr Christian Estrosi, President of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region; Mrs Anne Malluret, Technical Adviser to the rectors of the Aix-Marseille and Nice academies on matters relating to the special needs of students with disabilities; Mr Philippe Dumas, President of Polytech Marseille; Mr Johan Bencivenga, President of the business organisation UPE 13; Mrs Géraldine Gueug, Head of HR at UPE 13; the participating students; and the partner companies.

Representatives from the following organisations have also been invited: the Epure Adult Education Centre – the professional support partner working in collaboration with training funding bodies such as OPCALIA, AGEFOS, FAFIEC and ADEFIM; employment agencies including Pôle Emploi, Cap Emploi, APEC, Handipass and FEDEEH; and local recruitment partners, such as the AMF agency which utilises THEMIS to promote career opportunities.

Christian Estrosi puts the region’s competitiveness clusters in pole position


On Wednesday 14 September 2016, presidents and directors of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (PACA) region’s 10 competitiveness clusters descended on the Arbois-Mediterranean Environment Technology Park for a round-table discussion about cluster performance and outlook with Christian Estrosi, President of the Regional Council.

Regional cluster representatives stated their support for a regional economic growth policy, OIRs[1] and regional plans and held constructive talks on a series of practical proposals and areas requiring attention. The representatives thanked Christian Estrosi for his active support for clusters and his important insights into a rage of issues. Among other subjects, he talked about how cluster policies need to align with a single, national strategy, about joint government and regional authority funding via the single interministerial fund (FUI), about economic development support via European funds and the ERDF in particular, about the importance of the competitiveness clusters label, and about the work of the Regional Agency for Innovation and Internationalisation of Companies.

The PACA region clusters were delighted to hear Mr. Estrosi’s glowing report on their activities, working in tandem with the region’s departments:

“Over the last 10 years, you have helped strengthen our region’s economy, made our businesses more competitive, spurred local innovation and helped structure our sectors of excellence. I want to thank you for this incredible local success story. Innovation is key to growth and competitiveness. Clusters are all about throwing our weight behind innovation.”

At the event, the clusters re-asserted their commitment to making PACA Europe’s leading Smart Region, supporting regional policy through their work on business competitiveness and research excellence in the interest of growth and jobs.

[1] OIRs: regional interest operations