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3rd EUROPEAN FORUM ENERGY FOR SMART MOBILITY
Thanks to the Esmartcity project, 9 pilot sites have been deployed in order to test energy efficiency solutions in the Mediterranean area. Targeted initiatives are also led in order to bring smart energy companies together with local authorities in the Région SUD. Focus on this visionary project.
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.
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.
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
“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
More information in the website : www.energy4smartmobility.eu
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.
Approved by Capenergies in 2011, the Mediterranean training and hosting centre run by the Southern Corsican Chamber of Trades and Crafts and supported by the Corsican regional authorities, is currently open to all future professionals in the building, renewable energy and energy efficiency sectors.READ MORE
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 Capenergies cluster is a stakeholder in two new European projects financed by the Interreg MED programme, focusing on electric mobility and energy efficiency.
In addition to the partnership relationships that enrich the ecosystem of the cluster, these European projects form opportunities for Capenergies members to exchange and do business.
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.
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
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
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
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 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:READ MORE
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
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.READ MORE
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
Within the scope of the FUI’s1, 23rd call for projects, two projects supported by the Capenergies competitive cluster and accredited by its committee of experts have been selected for their innovative content and potential economic benefits.READ MORE
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
Paul Lucchese, Deputy Director of the Capenergies competitiveness cluster, was appointed chairman of the International Energy Agency’s Hydrogen Implementing Agreement** (HIA) on 16 June 2017 for a 3-year term. Prior to this, he was the CEA** representative at the Energy & Climate Change Department under the French Ministry of Environment.READ MORE
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
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
6 July 2017 – At the 2017 Innovative City Convention, Bernard Mahiou, Managing Director of the Capenergies competitiveness cluster, and Florence Rosa, President of the organisation EnvirobatBDM, today signed a partnership agreement to develop synergistic initiatives specifically for the strategic energy-efficient renovation segment.READ MORE
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.READ MORE
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
On 22 March 2017, developers of innovative projects that were awarded the Capenergies accreditation in 2016 had the added bonus of being able to attend an introductory familiarisation session on intellectual property, organised by Capenergies and the INPI (French Intellectual Property Institute).READ MORE
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.READ MORE
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
Call for Expressions of Interest in the FLEXGRID program
Final results of the FLEXGRID CEI:
133 companies proposing technology and service offers
dont 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
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.READ MORE
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 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
The Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (PACA) Region and the Capenergies and SCS competitiveness clusters have launched a call for expressions of interest under the FLEXGRID smart grids industrial deployment programme.READ MORE
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.
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
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.READ MORE
Capenergies and disabled employment agency Agefiph have signed a partnership agreement to develop practical solutions to help people living with disabilities secure employment with firms from within the cluster. The three-year agreement is the first of its type for a competitiveness cluster.READ MORE
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
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
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 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.
The MEDCOP21 conference – held prior to the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 21) – took place on 4-5 June 2015 at the Villa Méditerranée, organised by the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Region.
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
Olivier Freneaux, President of SATT Sud Est, and Christian Bonnet, President of Capenergies, have signed a partnership agreement covering technology transfer to businesses in the energy and innovation sector. The partners are aiming to foster the development of products and services that boost the local economy and create jobs.
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.READ MORE
TowerPowerimg00 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.
Workshop: European R&D and demonstrator projects
Tuesday 4 March at 11:45 a.m. at the Arbois-Mediterranean Environment Technology Park
Forum conference room (Petit Arbois)
Event organised in partnership with KIC InnoEnergy
to coincide with the “12-14 de l’Arbois”
The European Commission has selected the Capenergies competitive cluster and PRIDES1 to spearhead the European EMILIE (Enhancing Mediterranean Initiatives Leading SMEs to Innovation in building Energy efficiency technologies) project in France.READ MORE