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Capenergies’ ambition is to become a leading energy efficiency and energy sustainability cluster in Europe and around the Mediterranean.
It is actively involved in a number of European projects, working alongside partners and innovation clusters. Capenergies acts as a showcase for its members’ products and expertise. It is building an international network with more than 60 partner organisations from 18 different nationalities, providing its members with a pool of potential technology partners and an important source of information about opportunities abroad.
As well as being a part of project-specific networks, Capenergies is also recognised by the Enterprise Europe Network.
Enhancing Mediterranean Initiatives Leading SMEs to Innovation in building Energy efficiency technologies
The aim of the EMILIE project is to encourage innovation in tertiary building energy efficiency technologies among SMEs.
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. The project has established six regional pilot sites in five European Union Member States around the Mediterranean.
Capenergies heads the experimental site in France and has deployed the SmartEE demonstrator with a view to cutting energy bills at Lycée Paul Héraud college in Gap (Hautes-Alpes) by 10%. The technology consists of a smart interface connected to measuring devices, which aims to encourage occupants (students and teachers) to act in a more environmentally friendly way. Two Capenergies member firms, WIT and Gridpocket, won the bid to install the equipment.
SmartEE’s impact in pictures :
Mediterranean Interregional Electromobility Networks for intermodal and interurban low carbon transport systems
The EnerNETMob project promotes sharing mobility and land-sea intermodality using electric transport systems, by implementing 11 interregional pilot networks of Electric Vehicles Supply Equipment (EVSE) co-powered by Renewable Energy Sources. The objective is to draft and test a transnational “Sustainable Electromobility Plan” between local networks interconnected through common ICT protocols and tools.
After a preliminary study phase, 11 partner countries, including France represented by Capenergies , will implement a demonstration site starting in May 2019 on 3 thematic areas:
- Intermodal sea-road electromobility connections between urban seaports;
- Public services/measures for sharing electromobility affecting intermodal and/or interurban connections;
- Electric freight transport solutions for local city logistic services.
The overall objective of the project is to create an “Interregional Electromobility Network” for medium/long range Battery Electric Vehicles’ displacements at transnational level and to impact national and regional mobility policies for interurban low carbon transport in the Mediterranean and European areas.
Enabling Smarter City in the MED Area through Networking
The ESMARTCITY project aims to improve the innovation capacity of MED urban areas by enhancing ecosystems involving actors of the Smart City Concept. To achieve this goal, 6 pilot sites on 2 selected application areas, intelligent districts/energy efficiency of buildings and smarter lighting, will be deployed from September 2018 using digital and energy saving technologies. Residential areas, campus for students and public buildings will be of particular interest for the experimentation in order to allow better services for European citizens with less impact on the environment and policy change recommendations to Public Authorities in the MED area.
Throughout the project, Capenergies will be in charge of fostering the European innovation ecosystem of the Smart City concept and will be particularly involved in the activities of enhancing capacities of public authorities in conjunction with the relevant actors of the Smart City concept.
Interoperable solutions for implementing holistic FLEXIbility services in the distribution GRID
The FLEXIGRID project aims at ensuring a secure and stable operation of electricity distribution grids hosting a significant share of variable renewable energy sources. To achieve this goal, innovative hardware and software solutions will be developed and implemented, aiming for interoperability and compatibility with the different platforms used by European network operators.
Demonstrations will be organized in four sites:
- in Spain, in a rural and peri-urban network with 39% of renewable energy;
- in Greece, in a resort on the island of Thasos that can integrate 10% of renewable energy;
- in Croatia, in Zagreb, in a grid with congested areas;
- and in Italy, in an isolated valley of the South-Tyrol region with more than 50% of hydroelectric energy.
They will be articulated around eight use cases that reflect common challenges faced by distribution networks in the European Union.
Capenergies is leading the activities on the business models and the exploitation strategy of the project results, which aim at preparing their deployment on the market. The public deliverables realized within the framework of FLEXIGRID will be available on the project’s website.
Funded by the European programme ENI CBC MED, the GREENinMED project aims at supporting hospitality industry in the MED region to adopt innovative solutions for a more efficient management of its water and energy consumption.. Capenergies also wants to contribute to giving a new impetus to the tourism sector in the Region South of France and Corsica after the health crisis.
To achieve its objectives, GREENinMED sets up various support mechanisms for tourist accommodations (hotels, campings, resorts, etc.) and SMEs proposing innovative solutions for energy and water management:
- Creating a cross-border eco-innovation window, based on a network of experts from the 3 partner countries that identifies and analyses the most relevant existing solutions for energy and water savings and adapts them to the specific needs of this type of facilities. Find out the benchmark of solutions for the tourism industry, including several innovations developed by Capenergies members;
- Providing advice to tourist accommodations through 30 innovation vouchers,in order to encourage them to adopt innovative energy solutions in tourist premises based in one of the eligible territories (Andalusia, Murcia, Valencian Community, Catalonia, Balearic Islands for Spain, Region South of France and Corsica for France, Israel);
- Financially supporting the market uptake or deployment of new solutions through 8 sub-grants of up to 50k€.. The objective is to finance validation, development tests or the implementation of the system on a previously identified touristic site;
- Training in pitching and fundraising for start-ups in the field of eco-innovation in water and energy management.
The GREENinMED project plans to support globally about 150 Mediterranean SMEs.méditerranéennes.
The aim of the MARE project is to foster technology transfer from laboratories to businesses across seven partner countries in the Mediterranean. It covers three themes:
- Building energy efficiency
- Energy sustainability applied to water desalination
- Energy sustainability applied to micro grids.
As a consortium member, Capenergies is responsible for setting up and securing the long-term viability of the EUROMED energy network, which will help to foster new transnational projects. The network currently has 120 members from across the European and Mediterranean energy sector (industrial firms, researchers, financial backers, etc.).
Continuous monitoring of the structural condition of the tower and supporting structure of floating and static offshore wind turbines
Capenergies is coordinating the joint European TowerPower project, 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. Once finished, Capenergies will jointly own the project outcomes and will commence technology transfer to companies that are members of the cluster.