Increased cooperation in the Mediterranean area:

Capenergies and the CEA’s Regional Operational Representation sign letters of intent for partnerships

On 15 July 2019, Capenergies, the competitiveness cluster for the low-carbon energy mix, and the CEA’s Regional Operational Representation for the countries of the Southern Mediterranean, the Middle East and Africa signed and exchanged letters of intent to strengthen their cooperation in the field of energy transition. This exchange of letters was formalised during the visit to Tunisia by a delegation from the SUD Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region led by its president, Renaud Muselier.

The two entities affirmed their shared commitment to work together, including in this endeavour the partners from the southern shore of the Mediterranean, the Middle East and Africa, the public partners and companies from the SUD Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region and also teams from the CEA. The aim of this partnership is to organise collaborative projects, training, targeted themed events, business meetings and other activities for sharing knowledge, fostering innovation and bringing products and services to market to speed up energy transition in the Mediterranean and African context.

The CEA’s Regional Operational Representation was established in Tunis during the visit of President Emmanuel Macron in February 2018. Its aim is to help the development of scientific and industrial partnerships and strengthen cooperation on strategic projects, such as energy and digital transition based on innovation and technology for industrial companies, and also in the field of health and its applications.

The signature of this exchange of letters took place in Tunis in the presence of the president Renaud Muselier, the French Ambassador in Tunis, Mr Olivier Poivre d’Arvor, the president of the University of Aix-Marseille, Mr Yvon Berland, the president of the Euro-Méditerranée Commission, Mrs Agnès Rampal, Mrs Sylvie Daviet, Vice-president responsible for international relations at the University of Aix-Marseille, the presidents of the University of Tunis, Mr Habib Sidhom and the University of Tunis-El Manar, Mr Fethi Sellaouti, and also the president of the University of Carthage, Mrs Olfa Ben Ouda, and Mrs Sylvie Sevestre-Ghalila, Program Officer and Mr Hatem Atallah, Advisor to the CEA’s Regional Operational Representation for the countries of the Southern Mediterranean, the Middle East and Africa.

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Publication of the IEA’s Hydrogen report, presented at the June 2019 G20 summit in Japan

Capenergies outlines the Hydrogen report produced by the International Energy Agency at the request of Japan in the context of the June 2019 G20 summit. Paul Lucchese, Deputy Director of Capenergies, helped to write this report for the IEA: “In this report, the IEA, the world’s leading expert on energy for governments, clearly recognises, for the first time, the role of hydrogen as one of the cornerstones of global energy transition, in particular for decarbonising the most difficult sectors such as industry and transport.” The report envisages a 30% decrease in the cost of producing hydrogen by 2030.


The International Forum Energy for Smart Mobility confirms its success in 2019

On March 14th and 15th at the Palais du Pharo in Marseille, decision-makers – large groups, SMEs, startups and institutions – met around one of tomorrow’s major challenges: finding solutions to provide competitive, carbon-free energy that enable the large-scale advent of clean mobility. The Forum is organized by two major players in the sector: the cluster Capenergies and GreenUnivers, media specialized in the markets of the energy transition.


The winners of the E4SM Awards 2019 pitchs contest


  • Vehicle-based and embedded solution winner:
    easyLI Batteries, which offers tailor-made solutions for lithium-ion energy storage.


  • Solutions infrastructure and energy management winner:
    Gulplug, a charging company for all automatic and intelligent vehicles.


  • Solutions Hydrogen winner:
    HySiLabs, hydrogen transport solutions.


  • A “Coup de coeur” prize was awarded to GreenFlux, a Dutch company providing smart charging solutions.


“As an exhibiting startup, we are fully satisfied with our participation in the Forum. We have established many relevant professional contacts, some of which could play a key role in our development. We had the pleasure of being a laureate of the startup challenge, which allowed us to win accompaniments and business meetings that have a real added value for a startup.Antoine GRATIAN, International Business Developer, Gulplug.


5 key ideas to remember from the Forum

  • Decompartmentalize: energy companies, operators of charging stations and vehicle fleets, territories… all actors must work together to facilitate innovation and the rapid deployment of innovative solutions.
  • Think of mobility “as a service” for users by exploiting the fundamental contribution of digital technology and by promoting the complementarity of mobility solutions to adapt to the specificities of territories.
  • Find new business models for innovative devices, such as Vehicle-to-Grid, that provide added value for all involved, including users.
  • Allow the arrival of a favorable regulatory framework to attract investment.
  • Maximize the complementarity of hydrogen and electric mobility
    Hydrogen has two advantages: fast charging and adaptation to mixed needs (short and long journeys) and heavy mobility (buses, trains). Hydrogen also serves as an integrator between the different energy sources and the different energy networks and increases the penetration of renewables in different sectors.


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Water-Energy: Visit of the Tunisian SONEDE delegation and the CEA to Capenergies

On 6 March 2019, Capenergies welcomed a Tunisian delegation led by Mr Mosbah Helali, CEO of SONEDE (the Tunisian national water distribution utility), and several officials from the CEA’s Regional Representation, led by Dr Nidhal OUERFELLI, Advisor to the Chairman of the CEA and High Representative for the countries of the Southern Mediterranean, the Middle East and Africa.

“The aim of the CEA’s regional representation is to develop scientific and technological cooperation between the CEA, its partners in France and stakeholders from the southern shore of the Mediterranean, the Middle East and Africa. Together with the Capenergies cluster it forms a platform for cooperation in the Mediterranean region.” explains Dr Nidhal OUERFELLI.

The discussions during this trans-Mediterranean day centred around the energy strategy of SONEDE and its projects for energy efficiency and the integration of renewable energies, as well as possible synergies with the members of the cluster.

SONEDE is one of the largest public water utilities in the Middle East and North Africa region, with more than 7,000 employees, 2.46 million individual connections and a water distribution system measuring close to 48,456 km. It is also the most energy-intensive company in Tunisia.

SONEDE operates and maintains a “complex, diversified hydraulic infrastructure covering the whole country, which requires a great deal of energy for its operation, and for the production, transfer and distribution of water”.

Faced with increasing requirements for water and diminishing available resources, SONEDE is working to find the right balance. To do this, it must make use of more energy-efficient technological solutions, such as optimisation of the systems for transferring water from the north to the south, and desalination of brackish water and seawater. SONEDE is therefore looking for innovative energy management solutions that will reduce its production costs and provide people with good quality water at the best price.

Discussions continued at the Société du Canal de Provence with two stakeholders, who are committed to taking action to achieve optimised management of this precious resource, water, sharing their experience. At the invitation of the Capenergies cluster, and because the Water-Energy area requires collective action, the management of the EA Eco Entreprises cluster detailed the projects that have been implemented in the SUD region, developed within the framework of the Water-Energy OIR (Operation of Interest to the Region), in partnership with Capenergies. The SCS cluster also contributed to the discussions about the IoT, one of the future areas of development for SONEDE.


International power-to-gas workshop: hydrogen is ready for the next step

Capenergies, the International Energy Agency Hydrogen (IEA Hydrogen) and GRT Gaz jointly organised a workshop on 20 November 2018 devoted to demonstrator projects investigating hydrogen production and applications. Hosted by the Ecole des Arts & Métiers engineering school in Aix-en-Provence, the event attracted about a hundred project holders, industry players and academic members from across the globe to discuss and debate the analysis of these demonstrators provided by Capenergies for IEA Hydrogen.READ MORE

The “Smart-Grid-Ready” local authorities now has its own guide

Co-drafted by the Smart Energy French Clusters 1 and the Think Smartgrids, association, with financial support from ADEME,

the “Recommendations for Smart-Grid-Ready local authorities” guide offers a collection of best practices intended for towns, to accelerate the deployment of smart grid solutions on a large-scale. Beyond strong involvement from regions, this entails having better knowledge of the solutions and their implementation on an organisational, legal, technical and economic level.


The FLEXGRID ecosystem ready to build the smart city of the future

Once again this year, players from the smart grid sector, the FLEXGRID ecosystem and the Capenergies cluster joined forces to present the progress of the programme and their novel solutions at the Innovative City Convention (ICC), backed by the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region. With more than 3248 participants and 139 exhibitors from 77 different countries, the 7th Innovative City Convention confirmed its status as a major international event for the smart grid industry. It attracted a broad professional public: representatives from cities and urban communities, developers, companies and foreign delegations.READ MORE

Capenergies signs a cooperation agreement with the Basque Energy cluster

In line with its internationalisation strategy, the Capenergies cluster signed a cooperation agreement with the Basque Energy cluster, a leading European player in smart power grids. Already partners under the European programme called Smart Specialisation Strategy (S3) for smart grid development (energy thematic platform), clusters working on similar themes are currently strengthening their ties to expand their portfolio of services and to generate new technical and business opportunities for their members.READ MORE

Capenergies signs a cooperation agreement with the Moroccan Solar cluster

As part of its internationalisation strategy, Capenergies announced that it was signing a cooperation agreement with the Moroccan Solar cluster, a key player in the development of a green economy in Morocco. This partnership focuses on technologies for renewable energy production, such as solar power, solar power applications and the integration of renewable energies into the grid. Through this agreement, Capenergies intends to strengthen its presence in the Mediterranean Basin, to confirm the international potential of its ecosystem, and to provide its members with new technical and business opportunities.READ MORE

E4SM 2018 pitch competition – Awarded startups

Among the highlights of this first edition : a startup contest

Capenergies cluster for competitiveness and GreenUnivers, leading media company in the 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 featured several highlights including a startup contest. Sixteen companies from three different countries (the United States, France and the Netherlands) pitched in front of a jury of independent experts, chaired by Bernard Tardieu, chairman of the Energy and Climate Change Committee of the French Academy of Technologies, and sponsored by the HSBC group.READ MORE

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.READ MORE

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. READ MORE

The Capenergies Accreditation Committee broadens its scope of expertise with three new members

26 July 2017 – The innovation-led Capenergies Accreditation Committee welcomes aboard three new members – Frank Carré, Scientific Director of the CEA’s Nuclear Energy Division, Isabelle Moretti, Head of Technology at ENGIE, and Hubert Tardieu, Advisor to the CEO of ATOS – all of whom are energy specialists in their fields in the world of industry and research. READ MORE

Capenergies tasked by the Principality of Monaco to identify high-potential energy innovations

4 September 2017 – The Capenergies competitive cluster, partnered by Accenture consultants and the Azzura Lights start-up, has won a call for tender launched by the Principality of Monaco to help monitor technological developments (technology watch) in the field of energy efficiency and renewable energies. Capenergies – with its “Cap sur l’innov’action énergétique” programme – is the first competitive cluster to be tasked by the Principality’s government to drive their pro-energy transition actions.READ MORE

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.READ MORE

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.READ MORE

Issue of La Revue Ponts et Chaussées (PCM) journal focusing on smart grids, coordinated by Capenergies

Bernard Mahiou, Managing Director of the Capenergies cluster, was approached by the editorial team of La Revue PCM* for his expertise in the field of smart grids, in particular through the cluster’s involvement in the Flexigrid large-scale deployment programme, steered by the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region.

He has used this expertise to edit a special issue entitled “Smart grids, key factors for the energy revolution”, bringing together 18 related articles on the topic.READ MORE

FLEXGRID CEI: 33 new projects chosen

Call for Expressions of Interest in the FLEXGRID program

Final results of the FLEXGRID CEI:

133 companies proposing technology and service offers
106 of which are interested in involvement in the Flexgrid projects
60 new projects
or project components
75% from entities in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur regionREAD MORE

European Disability Employment Week: Recruiting and training new employees as a socially responsible investment

To meet the challenges of engineer recruitment and of attracting disabled workers, several large companies have decided to use work placement training as a recruitment driver aligned with their disability policies. This is the key objective of the HUGo project, aimed at training, qualifying, and facilitating the recruitment of workers with disabilities. HUGo’s successes were presented during the European Disability Employment Week at the event organised in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region by Agefiph.READ MORE

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.READ MORE

HUGo project: Future trainees reach an important goal

A milestone for HUGo which is dedicated to level 1 work placement training programmes in IT for disabled people: 13 preselected candidates met an important goal and will join the first HUGo class. On 8 September of last year, they passed technical tests administered by the teaching staff at Polytech, the project’s academic partner. The company partners of the HUGo programme interviewed the future trainees to finalise the recruitment process.

Capenergies plays a leading role in the new #CleanTech #Mobility thematic network in the PACA region

The Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (PACA) Region is confirming its position as a leading Smart Region, with Aix-Marseille French Tech and French Tech Côte d’Azur selected for the #CleanTech #Mobility network. This move will forge closer ties between the two French Tech initiatives in southern France, through the CleanTech Mobility network, facilitated by Capenergies.READ MORE

PPE 2016-2023: The energy transition is underway in Corsica

Gilles Simeoni, President of Corsica’s Executive Council, convened a meeting on 4 February to discuss joint initiatives under the multi-year energy programme (PPE), Corsica’s new future energy roadmap. The meeting was attended by Bernard Mahiou, Managing Director of the Capenergies cluster, Jean-Christophe Angelini, Executive Council member, President of the Corsican economic development agency and Vice-President of Capenergies, Fabienne Giovannini, Executive Council member and President of the Corsican sustainable development, planning and urban development agency, and Josépha Giacometti, Executive Council member with responsibility for culture, higher education and research. Jean-Christophe Angelini, recently appointed as Vice-President of Capenergies, used this day-long event dedicated to the energy transition in Corsica to remind colleagues that Corsica and the Capenergies cluster have a shared vision of this roadmap, with similar views on operational scale-up, synergy and pooled initiatives. The PPE roadmap was adopted in late 2015, with an investment budget of €3.112 billion and plans to create 5,000 new jobs between 2016 and 2023.READ MORE

New agreement with INPI – protect your innovation!

The Capenergies cluster has signed a new three-year agreement that strengthens its partnership with France’s National Industrial Property Institute (INPI). The aim of this agreement is to encourage cluster members to make better use of their intellectual property (IP) and to harness it to make them more competitive. The actions will focus on raising awareness about IP among business leaders and project initiators and providing them with low-cost access to INPI’s business services.READ MORE

The Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region – a hotbed of positive-energy areas for green growth

In total, 528 applications were received for the positive-energy areas for green growth (TEPCV) call for projects, reflecting widespread local mobilisation on energy transition matters. In February 2015, French Minister Ségolène Royal announced the 212 winners of the TEPCV label, each of which will receive €500,000 of financial assistance to implement projects in six key areas: energy efficiency, electric mobility, circular economy, biodiversity, citizenship, and local promotion. The Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (PACA) region is home to eight of the selected territories, as well as 20 areas selected under the “future positive-energy territories” scheme.READ MORE

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.READ MORE

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.