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Setting course for Europe

Cap sur l'EuropeCapenergies' ambition is to become a benchmark cluster in Europe and around the Mediterranean in the fields of energy efficiency and renewable energies. It plays an active role in steering a number of European projectsalongside partners and innovation clusters. As a showcase for the products and expertise of its members, Capenergies is developing the following activities, an international networkwhich provides its members with a pool of potential technology partners and a key source of information for theidentifying opportunities abroad. In addition to the networks specific to each project it has integrated, Capenergies is identified by the following network Enterprise Europe Network.

Discover below the European projects to which Capenergies has contributed:



emilie-logo-color_cutEnhancing Mediterranean Initiatives Leading SMEs to Innovation in building Energy efficiency technologies

The EMILIE project aims to encourage SMEs to innovate in the field of energy efficiency technologies for tertiary buildings.

The aim is to encourage the emergence of innovative solutions to reduce energy consumption that generates greenhouse gases, and to make an active contribution to growth, competitiveness and employment. To achieve this, six regional pilot sites have been selected in five European Union member states around the Mediterranean.

Capenergies, in charge of the French experiment, has implemented the SmartEE demonstrator, with the aim of reducing the energy bill of the Lycée Paul Héraud in Gap (Hautes Alpes) by 10%. The innovation consists of an intelligent interface, connected to measuring equipment, to encourage the occupants (students and teachers) to take eco-actions. Two Capenergies member companies, WIT and Gridpocket, won the tender to install the equipment.

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Mediterranean Interregional Electromobility Networks for intermodal and interurban low carbon transport systems

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The EnerNETMob project aims to encourage electric mobility, shared mobility and intermodal solutions. To achieve this, 11 inter-regional pilots of charging infrastructures for electric vehicles co-powered by renewable energy sources will be networked, based on a joint plan for sustainable electric mobility and a common IT platform.

The 11 partner countries, including France represented by Capenergies
will each implement a demonstrator from May 2019, following a preliminary study phase on the following themes:

  • Intermodal travel (land-sea) between ports, islands and coasts,
  • Shared electric mobility services in urban environments (e-car pooling/sharing, e-bike),
  • Electromobility for urban logistics (particularly last-mile management).

The ultimate aim of the project is to create, on a transnational scale, a European "Interregional Electromobility Network" for medium/long-range electric vehicle travel and thus to have an impact on regional and national mobility and transport policies in the MED and Europe.


Enabling Smarter City in the MED Area through Networking

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The ESMARTCITY project aims to improve the innovation capacity of those involved in sustainable and intelligent green growth in urban areas, particularly in Mediterranean cities. To achieve this, 6 demonstrators focusing on energy efficiency in buildings and optimised management of public lighting will be deployed from September 2018, drawing on ecosystems and innovative digital and energy technologies.. Residential areas, student campuses and public buildings will be targeted in particular by the experiment, with the aim of proposing more environmentally-friendly citizen services and policy recommendations to the public authorities.

Capenergies is one of the key partners in driving the European innovation ecosystem and developing the skills of public players in conjunction with leading smart city companies.


Interoperable solutions for implementing holistic FLEXIbility services in the distribution GRID

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The aim of the FLEXIGRID project is to ensure the safe and stable operation of electricity distribution networks hosting a large proportion of variable renewable energies. To achieve this, it plans to develop and implement a range of innovative hardware and software solutions, which must be interoperable and compatible with the various platforms used by European network operators.

Demonstrations will be held at 4 sites:

  • In Spain, in a rural and peri-urban network with 39% of renewable energies;
  • In Greece, in a hotel on the island of Thasos that can integrate 10% of renewable energy;
  • In Croatia, in Zagreb, in a network with areas of congestion ;
  • And in Italy, in an isolated valley in the South Tyrol region, with more than 50% of hydroelectric power.

They will be structured around 8 use cases that reflect the challenges commonly encountered by distribution networks in the European Union.

Capenergies is leading the actions relating to the economic models and the strategy for exploiting the results of the project, which aim to prepare their deployment on the market. The public deliverables produced as part of FLEXIGRID will be available on the project website.


Promoting sustainable innovation in tourist accommodation in the Mediterranean

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Funded by the European ENI CBC MED programme, the GREENinMED project aims to support tourist accommodation in the MED area by managing their water and energy consumption more efficiently.. Through this initiative, Capenergies also hopes to contribute to the new impetus given to the tourism sector in the South and Corsica regions following the health crisis.

To achieve its objectives, GREENinMED is setting up various support mechanisms for tourist accommodation (hotels, campsites, resorts, etc.) and SMEs offering innovative solutions:

  • Create a cross-border eco-innovation desk based on a network of experts from the 3 partner countries which identifies and analyses the most relevant existing solutions for saving energy and water, and adapts them to the specific needs of this type of establishment. Discover benchmarking solutions for the tourism industryThese include several innovations developed by Capenergies members;
  • Offer advice to tourist accommodation through 30 innovation vouchersto encourage them to adopt innovative energy solutions in a tourist structure based in one of the eligible areas. (Andalusia, Murcia, Valencian Community, Catalonia, Balearic Islands for Spain, Southern Region and Corsica for France, Israel) ;
  • Provide financial support for the rapid introduction or deployment of new solutions through 8 grants of up to €50k.. The aim is to finance validation and development tests or the actual application of the system on a pre-identified site;
  • Provide pitching and fundraising training for start-ups and expanding companies in the field of eco-innovation in water and energy management.

The GREENinMED project plans to support around 150 Mediterranean SMEs.



MARE_LogoMediterranean Activities for research and innovation in the Energy Sector

The MARE project aims to generate technology transfers from laboratories to companies in the 7 partner countries around the Mediterranean, on three themes:

  • Energy efficiency in buildings,
  • Renewable energies applied to water desalination,
  • Renewable energies applied to electrical microgrids.

Within the consortium, Capenergies' mission is to create and perpetuate the EUROMED energy network, which will contribute to the genesis of new transnational projects. This network currently has 120 members, all of whom are energy players (industrialists, researchers, financiers, etc.) from Europe and the Mediterranean region.



TowerPowerLogoContinuous monitoring of the structural condition of the tower and supporting structure of floating and static offshore wind turbines

Capenergies is the coordinator of the TowerPower European collaborative project, which aims to develop a real-time remote monitoring system for the ageing of offshore wind turbine structures. This development meets a real demand from wind farm operators looking to reduce maintenance costs by spacing out on-site interventions. At the end of the project, Capenergies will co-own the results with a view to transferring the technology to the cluster's member companies.