- Related to the development of sustainable energy communities
The overall objective of BioVill is to develop regional bioenergy concepts in Slovenia, Serbia, Croatia, Macedonia and Romania up to the investment stage in order to become “bioenergy villages”. This will increase the market uptake of bioenergy on the basis of cooperation with partners from countries with established bioenergy markets (Austria, Germany). The following specific objectives and activities will contribute to the overall objective: (1) 5 villages have developed the institutional set-up and energy management concept for becoming a bioenergy village up to investment stage for physical infrastructure with at least one bioenergy village in Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, Romania and Macedonia. The local market uptake of bioenergy value chains are to be proven by signing of letters of commitment. (2) Mobilization of 62 GWh/y heat and power based on solid biomass in at least 5 target villages. The individual biomass value chains will include the production and distribution of heat and electricity. The concepts include technical and non-technical aspects for each target village. (3) Increase public acceptance of sustainable bioenergy and raise public awareness on commercial opportunities for farmers, foresters and the bioenergy value chain as a whole by means of public participation. This will be realized by ensuring the public participation of the inhabitants (10,000 households) in the target regions for setting up at least 5 villages across the 5 implementing countries. (4) Capacity Building of users and key actors in business and legislation to manage the bioenergy villages in a sustainable way and be able to either enact the EU based national legislation or make full use of the opportunities that these new markets create for them. In the set-up of bioenergy villages along the bioenergy value chains it will involve at least 500 participants in order to have a critical mass of key actors. (This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement N 691661).
The project aims to produce a mass deployment of improved and market ready agrobiomass heating solutions in Europe. Agrobiomass is a large, underexploited and indigenous resource, which can support the achievement of the European Energy and Climate targets, while promoting rural development and circular economy. Actions will be mainly located in 6 European countries (EL, ES, FR, RO, HR and UA; 5 EU-28+Ukraine) where an extensive national movement is intended to be created by the engagement, alignment of interests and creation of policy, financial and social conditions favouring the expansion of agrobiomass heating; at the EU level, specific policy recommendations regarding the efficiency and emissions of agrobiomass heating solutions will be passed on to relevant bodies for the development of new regulations.
(This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement N 818369).
Biomass-the green business
The project was implemented by the Green Energy Association in partnership with Oxford Research AS from Norway and it has been supported by a grant from Norway through the Norway Grants 2009-2014, in the frame of Green Industry Innovation Programme Romania.
The purpose of the project was to create a community scale model for biomass utilization for sustainable local economic development and encourage development of local eco-businesses along biomass value chain.
Trainings have been provided with the main topic: Business opportunities in the biomass field
· Energy willow plantations (from planting to harvesting)
· Green wood waste, woodchips, biomass heating systems, automated boiler manufacturing
· Green enterprises, the biomass value chain
· Business plan development, business ideas
· Clustering in the biomass industry
In the frame of the project a Cluster-management training has been also organized to strengthen the knowledge capacity of the cluster.
Exchange of experience in the field of energy efficiency in rural areas (05.2017 – 10.2017),
A project financed by the EEA Financial Mechanism 2009-2014, project partner from Norway.
- Related to education, research and awareness raising
Bioenergy Train project
The Cluster is partner in a consortia of 15 partners from six EU countries in the project BioenergyTrain, that aims to create new post-graduate level curricula in key bioenergy disciplines, and a network of tertiary education institutions, research centres, professional associations, and industry stakeholders encompassing the whole value chain of bioenergy from field/forest to integration into the sustainable energy systems of buildings, settlements and regions.
The project will foster European cooperation to provide a highly skilled and innovative workforce across the whole bioenergy value chain, closely following the recommendations of the SET-Plan Education Roadmap (This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement N 656760).
The Cluster is partner in an international, interdisciplinary, cross-sectorial project, bringing together a total of 16 partners: 14 from the EU (5 companies and 9 academic organisations) and two Third-Country academic partners to enhance its collective research excellence and create new, post-graduate-level research training in key disciplines that support the provision of bio-energy. (This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement N 690925).
Promotion in Romania of energetic willow cultivation technology (Salix Viminalis) as an alternative source of clean energy
Supporting and developing technical equipment necessary for the establishment of a culture of energetic willow and harvesting and shredding the strains of energetic willow (project funded by the Executive Unit for Financing of Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation, Romania, 2012 – 2015).
The novelty of the project was to achieve for the first time in the country of a technology on the establishment and harvesting of energetic willow for their use in an integrated ecological system, including technical equipment necessary for the establishment of a culture of energetic willow and harvesting and shredding the strains of energetic willow.
”Respect of the environment”
project funded by the Environment Fund Administration Romania (2011 – 2012), awareness raising activities on renewable energies, biomass, energy willow crops, sustainable rural development.
- Related to cluster development
Clusters Excellence project in Central and Eastern European network of cluster organisations in the field of energy,
renewable energy and environmental technology
The five cluster organizations involved are as follows: Archenerg Cluster (Hungary), Green Energy Biomass Cluster (Romania), Netzwerk Energie und Umwelt e.V (Neu e.V) – Network for Energy and Environmental Technology (Germany), Baltic Eco-energy Cluster (Poland), Ecopanonia - Eco-energy and eco-culture cluster (Serbia).
The project aims to generate added-value services for the involved cluster organisation’s SME members and support their growth and competitiveness through identifying the type of services generating the greatest added-value and delivering these services in the most effective manner.
- Related to internationalisation of the cluster
Cosmenerg 4i project:
COSMENERG-4i 'Global Clusters for Renewable Energy and Environmental Technologies' is the biggest partnership in the field of renewable energy and environmental technologies originating in Central and Eastern Europe. It comprises around 450 members including large companies and SMEs, research institutions, universities, local authorities and related stakeholders. COSMENERG-4i was founded in 2018 and is headquartered in Budapest, Hungary.
COSMENERG-4i 'Global Clusters for Renewable Energy and Environmental Technologies' has been granted the European Strategic Cluster Partnership Going International (ESCP-4i) Label by the European Commission in February 2018.
COSMENERG-4i 'Global Clusters for Renewable Energy and Environmental Technologies' is committed to foster international networking and collaboration and to actively engage in globally competitive value chain development in the emerging industries of eco-, bio-energy, renewable energy and environmental technologies to enhance the technological transfer from environmentally destructive business processes to a green economy at European level and beyond, with a view to support growth, jobs and investment in Europe and worldwide.
Exchange of experience C2C (12.2017-06.2018)
An EaP Plus Cluster programme, exchange of experience and inter-cluster cooperation between Green Energy Cluster and Biomass Energy Cluster from the Republic of Moldova. Transferring the know-how in cluster management and
to enhance the EU-EaP research and innovation partnership.
Technical assistance provided to the Cluster from Republic of Moldova
International Training and Technical Assistance Programme (TTAP) for Moldovan Biomass Private Sector.