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 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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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 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
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