CSSC Lab: A new INTERREG initiative demonstrating the importance of Sector Coupling and Energy Storage
City Storage and Sector Coupling Lab
The latest call for Interreg Danube projects was highly contested – 270 project proposals submitted. UBBSLA is a national partner in one of the 25 approved projects and the cluster member company “3K Ltd.” is an associated project partner. The project CSSC Lab – City Storage and Sector Coupling Lab, launched in July 2020, will end in December 2022. The consortium consists of 17 partners from almost all Danube countries.
The European Union has ambitious plans to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. This begs for the testing and adoption of innovative solutions for energy production, consumption, management and storage. CSSC Lab – a new INTERREG project, will support the testing of Sector Coupling and Energy Storage approaches in Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia and Slovenia.
The main hurdle currently being faced in increasing the usage of renewable energy sources is better connecting energy consumption and storage. Renewable energy sources are key to achieving the EU’s climate goals but pose a substantial challenge since they are variable. This means that the provision of solar and wind energy heavily depends on the time of day, the season and the weather. New, innovative storage solutions are needed to make sure that the energy produced by renewables can be stored and utilized when needed.
Sector coupling approaches serve to build a bridge between energy consumption on one hand and energy storage on the other. Their potential is also recognized at EU level, with a clear strategy being formulated by the European Commission (EU Strategy for Energy System Integration, EC, July 2020) on this topic. Nevertheless, there continues to be a lack of awareness on the importance of sector coupling at the municipal and city level, which are essential components in an integrated energy system.
In its 2019 study entitled “Potentials of sector coupling for decarbonization“, the European Commission recommends launching sector coupling pilot demonstration projects as a means of raising awareness at municipal and city level. CSSC Lab strives to follow this recommendation by launching different test sites. “Our project is exceptional in that we build specific technologies in four partner regions, Croatia, Austria, Slovenia and Bulgaria. These investments will then serve as a demonstration for representatives of municipalities, cities and potential investors and they feature various solutions for energy production, storage, utilization and management,” says the CSSC Lab project Deputy Lead Partner Hrvoje Maras.
Hrvoje Maras and his colleague Marko Čavar represent the North-West Croatia Regional Energy Agency (REGEA), which has succeeded in bringing together 17 partners from 11 countries and has successfully submitted an application to the Danube Transnational Programme, which will support this three-year operation financially.
“However, the CSSC Lab will not be limited to the presentation of technologies. We will prepare a model solution and assessment toolkit for typical urban use cases, develop/pilot a capacity building scheme for municipalities with local trainings, webinars and city coaching sessions, set up an online learning platform for sustainable knowledge transfer and replication of solutions for other cities,” adds Project Executor, Marko Čavar.
The project will run for a total of 30 months and will end in December 2022.
Attached photo credit: © Pichler & Traupmann Architekten | Rendering: Patricia Bagienski
About CSSC Lab
CSSC Lab is an initiative implemented by 17 partners in11 countries, aiming to accelerate the up-take of CSSC solutions in Danube region cities. At present, there are few sector coupling initiatives because public authorities possess little knowledge on the subject tend shy away from the associated investment risks. To overcome these barriers, the CSSC Lab project plans to conduct a capacity building programme for municipalities and to demonstrate the viability of CSSC solutions for medium-sized and smaller cities in the Danube region.
UPCOMING INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCES
27 – 29.03.2018
ENERGY EFFICIENCY & RENEWABLES
4th Exhibition & Conference for South-East Europe
Ecological and cost-effective solutions for every industry, municipality or home
First Panel – Cryogenic Energy Storage for Renewable Refrigeration and Power Supply
Session Chairs: Judith Evans (CryoHub Project Coordinator, London South Bank University, UK) and Kostadin Fikiin (CryoHub Team Leader, Technical University of Sofia, Bulgaria)
Second Panel – Workshop: “Facing the Challenges of the New Energy Technologies”
Workshop Chair: Irina Terziyska – European Labour Institute (ELI)
The workshop will present two innovative on-line training projects for the deployment of renewable energy sources in the building sector and for improving energy efficiency in the working spaces.
Third Panel – Workshop of Euroheat & Power – the international network for district energy, promoting sustainable heating and cooling in Europe and beyond. District Heating and Cooling in the Energy Transition – Lessons learnt from European Projects
More information: https://viaexpo.com/en/pages/program-2018
28 February – 2 March 2018:
WORLD SUSTAINABLE ENERGY DAYS
The World Sustainable Energy Days (WSED) are one of Europe’s largest annual conferences in this field. The 2018 conference will take place from 28 February – 2 March 2018 in Wels/Austria.
Energy efficiency and renewable energy are key to boost the economic competitiveness of the EU, its member states, regions and individual businesses. Resulting economic growth provides jobs and the ability to invest in the further progress of the clean energy transition to the benefit of all citizens. Clean energy for economic competitiveness and how to make the clean energy transition work for business, planet and people will therefore be core themes of the World Sustainable Energy Days 2018.
The event will feature policies, technology innovation and market development. It offers a unique combination of conferences and interactive events.
The annual conference brings together more than 700 delegates from over 50 countries from business, public sector and the research community.
Clean energy for all Europeans!
More information: http://www.wsed.at/en/world-sustainable-energy-days.html
21–22 February 2018:
2018 EU COVENANT OF MAYORS CEREMONY
“From Paris to Katowice: Speeding up the transition towards decarbonised and resilient cities”
2018 will mark the 10th anniversary of the Covenant of Mayors initiative launched by the European Commission. All committed cities and members of the Covenant Community are invited to get together for the Covenant of Mayors Investment Forum & Ceremony on 21-22 February 2018 to take stock of the results achieved, discuss joint challenges such as investment, multi-level collaboration and mobility, meet the newly set-up EU Covenant Political Board, and pull-up strengths for the next steps.
Register through the online form: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/2018-eu-covenant-of-mayors-ceremony-registration-41139742076
Highlights of the Clusters in Europe IV Conference in Budapest, 30.11-01.12.2017
More than 150 participants from 17 countries, representing the European Commission, national and regional authorities, policy makers and cluster practitioners attended the ‘Clusters in Europe IV – How can we draw from the lessons of past to secure future success?’ international cluster conference between 30th November to 1st December in Budapest, organized by the Hungarian Ministry for National Economy for the fourth time.
The goal the conference was to give an overall picture about the European cluster scheme from the beginning to the present, focusing on the triggers and driving forces in different countries, regions that initiated a new network based approach in Europe. On the other hand, the event aimed at identifying the “future treasures of networks” based on previous experience and to find the role of the human factor behind successful networks. The conference was opened by the welcoming words of Mr Balázs Rákossy, State Secretary of the Hungarian Ministry for National Economy of, Ms Eszter Vitályos, State Secretary of the Prime Minister’s Office of Hungary and Mr Thomas Bender, Head of Unit, European Commission, DG REGIO. They highlighted the importance of cooperation and the role of clusters in the economic system and in different strategies; summarized the last 20 years’ history and the present state of clusters and main goals and the factors of success for the future both in national and European level.
The first day of the conference was divided into 4 blocks. In the first two blocks the participants gave an overview on the evolution of the first national and European cluster policies from the very first steps in the early 1990s to 2017.
One of the keynote speakers, Mr Christian Ketels, President of TCI Network gave an overview on the evolution of European clusters. Following him, Mr Reinhard Büscher, former Head of Unit, European Commission, DG GROW gave a comprehensive and informative presentation of current European regulation. In the second block different countries from Spain, France, Denmark and Austria, as pioneers in cluster policies, presented the last decades of growing cluster networks and the main tasks of developing the policies to make the leading clusters more and more better and to develop the political and legal background for starting new ones.
In the afternoon blocks the treasures of future networks revealed. More presenters highlighted on the importance of multi sectoral complex clusters which are based on the regional diversity and specializations but thanks to the connections the members get an access to non-local resources and a very wide range of capabilities as well. In the last block the speakers highlighted the importance of human factor as one of the most important elements to bring a cluster to success. As the conclusion of the first day after a deep knowledge on the beginning there were inspiring presentations and discussions on developing the cluster policies.
In the second day of the conference the audience parted into four parallel panel discussion.
At the Cluster and SME perspective after 2020 especially in V4 countries panel, the panelists discussed the main tasks for the following programming period and framed the needs in support from the European Commission.
The Cross Clustering–From Cluster to Cluster through Business to Business / from Human to Human to Money to Money panel tricks were shared to keep the productivity of the cluster members alive and some success and failure stories to learn from.
The clusters can help to support supply of the professional employee for SMEs which is a crucial problem in the Eastern and Central European counties and more urgent in the present environment, determined at the Industry 4.0 and Smart Specialization Strategies panel.
At the fourth panel, the diversity based on the special characteristics of the regions revealed as the main area for more effective improvement of clusters. And of course as the title promised the co-speakers mentioned as an advantage to have the „SHE” factor in a cluster management, because diversification can be interpret under the male-female scope as well.
A wide range of hot topics have been discussed at the conclusion of the conference and plenty of interesting forward-looking questions raised up for the cluster conference in 2018 and for the upcoming years. All the presentations and pictures are available on the event’s website.
Source: European Cluster Collaboration Platform
Black Sea Energy Cluster starts implementation of a project funded by the OP “Human Resources Development” 2014-2020
Black Sea Energy Cluster starts implementation of a project funded by the OP “Human Resources Development” 2014-2020
At the beginning of October 2017, the Chairman of BSEC – eng. Todor Tonev signed a Contract № BG05M9OP001-4.001-0046-C01 for Grant under the Operational Program “Human Resources Development” 2014-2020, Component 1 of the procedure “Transnational and Danube partnerships for Employment and Growth”.
16 months project „Cluster approach for improving the use of human resources in the field of energy efficiency of buildings and facilities“ is implemented in partnership with the Construction Cluster of Slovenia (CCS) and the Foundation „Olandia“ from Poland.
Project activities are geared towards the exchange of experiences and best practices with project partners from Slovenia and Poland for the use of “cluster approach” as an effective way of managing the human resources.
The aim of the project proposal is to promote transnational cooperation between the Black Sea Energy Cluster (BSEC) and the project partners from EU countries through exchange of experience, transfer and implementation of innovative practices in human resource development and improving the organization and working conditions.
To achieve the objectives of the project it is used an integrated approach that includes a set of heterogeneous type and mode of action activities: Based on the experience of other EU clusters will be analyzed how the clusters are a suitable union of companies in favor of effective management of their human resources. Following the exchange experience with project partners will be studied and adapted two practices in human resources development, one of them will be piloted in three member companies of BSEC.
With the implementation of project activities will be introduced an innovative tool for development of human resources based on the cluster approach. This will improve the competitiveness of cluster members and their ability to adapt to continuous legislative, economic and social changes in the market.
More information for the project goals and foreseen activities: http://www.bsecluster.org/en/project-cluster-approach-for-improving-the-use-of-human-resources-in-the-field-of-energy-efficiency-of-buildings-and-facilities/?preview_id=876&preview_nonce=48fdfc3bf4&_thumbnail_id=-1&preview=true
BSEC is a part of the European Cluster Collaboration Platform (ECCP)
ECCP is a European hub for clusters to cooperate with counterparts in Europe and beyond. A web based platform, the ECCP provides high visibility to clusters and their members at the international level and already more than 600 cluster organisations have created their profile. The registered clusters benefit from a range of services such as a partner search tool, calls for international cluster matchmaking events, weekly information digest on cluster events in Europe and from around the world and much more. www.cluster-collaboration.eu
Businesses from seven countries gathered in Oslo
Black Sea Energy Cluster participated in the Norway Grants conference and the accompanying events in Norway
Experts from the Black Sea Energy Cluster participated in the “World Sustainable Energy Days’ 2013”
The World Sustainable Energy Days (WSED), one of the largest annual conferences in this field in Europe, offered a unique combination of events on sustainable energy. The 2013 event, which was held from 27 February to 1 March in Wels/Austria, attracted more than 800 participants from 61countries. For more than 20 years, experts and decision makers from all over the world flock to Upper Austria to attend the events – in the last years, the conference attracted more than 10,000 participants from over 100 countries!
The conference programme 2013 covered two main topics: biomass and energy efficiency.
In the biomass field,the following conferences and events were offered:
• European Pellet Conference includingthe Pellet Networking Platform
• WSED next
∙ Biomass(a conference for young researchers)
• Site-visit: Pellets & Wood Chips The topic of energy efficiency was covered in the following conferences and events:
• Energy Efficiency Watch Conference
• Nearly Zero Energy Buildings Conference
• WSEDnext Energy Efficiency (a conference for young researchers) including the R&D Networking Platform
• Site-visit: Nearly Zero Energy Buildings
With the greatest interest Our experts visited “European Pellet Conference”
Pellets are a clean, CO2 neutral and convenient fuel with growing market shares worldwide. The European Pellet Conference 2013 in Wels/Austria was once again the meeting place for the global pellet community, presenting the latest technology trends, updates on policy, legislation and standardisation, news from research and innovation as well as an outlook on the developments on European and global markets. It offered inspirational case studies and examples as well as an exchange of experience among experts and new business opportunities. With more than 600 participants every year, the European Pellet Conferences held in Wels have become largest annual pellet event in the world.
The European Pellet Conference 2013 offered a range of interesting sessions and events and started with a plenary session on recent developments in field of EU policy for bioenergy, the new IEA Technology Roadmap and cost developments of fossil fuels. In the following session, market trends for pellets and main opportunities and challenges for the wood pellet sector were presented.
Upcoming event World Sustainable Energy Days, 5-7 March 2014, Wels/Austria – Planned WESD 2014 conference topics will include wood pellets and “Nearly Zero Energy Buildings” as well as an event for young researchers in sustainable energy. Expect more information on the BSEC web site (www.bsecluster.org)
Promenade of Balchik lit with LED lamps
The reconstruction of the street lighting on the promenade “Dambata” in Balchik is done in the framework of the project “Pilot Model for Construction and Funding of Solar Street Lighting in the Black Sea Municipalities” performed by Black Sea Energy Cluster in partnership with the municipality of Balchik and Union of Bulgarian Black Sea Local Authorities
The focus of the pilot project was the construction of a completely new concept of street lighting which uses the latest technology in lighting and power supply from a local energy source – street lighting with LED lamps ( LED lamps etc. ) and powered by solar panels.
The system is unique for Bulgaria that for the first time the main power source is generated by fotoltaichnite panels electricity, and as a backup source in emergencies provided to use electricity from the grid.
Before the implementation of energy efficiency measures and renewable energy sources, lighting the driveway is carried out by 51 the number of lighting type «Gamma tohrn”, 12 pieces lights “Noemi” and 10 spherical lights. All lamps are sodium high pressure lamps with a total capacity 5,75 kW. Street lighting works 3650 hours per year at an average annual consumption 21 MWh.
Luminaires Alley ” Dambata ” before and after reconstruction :
New street lighting system includes PV-LED 68 street light poles with LED lamps. Each lamp has a power of 20 W, the total installed power is 1360 W. Photovoltaic charging station consists of 18 pieces polycrystalline photovoltaic panels with a power of 240 Wp. The total installed capacity is 4,32 kWp. The warranty period of photovoltaic panels is 25 years of LED lamps – 35,000 hours.
Economic and environmental impact of new street lighting will result in annual savings of 23 MWh of electricity and 47,3 t emissions CO2.
Black Sea Energy Cluster presented a pilot model for the construction of solar street lighting
On July 10, 2012 in the Conference Hall of the Municipality of Balchik was held a press conference on the project ” Pilot Model for Construction and Funding of Solar Street Lighting in the Black Sea Municipalities”, implemented by the “Black Sea Energy Cluster” in partnership with the municipality of Balchik and Union of Bulgarian Black Sea Local Authorities. The project is implemented with financial support of the Small Grants Programme of the Global Environment Fund
Video of organized “Days of Black Sea Energy Cluster” in Varna, Burgas and Dobrich
Days of Black Sea Energy Cluster
During the period from September to October 2012 will be held “Days of Black Sea Energy Cluster” in the Black Sea municipalities – Varna, Dobrich, Burgas. The events are organized within the project BG161PO003-2.4.01- 0012 – SO001 “BSEC – an effective business model for sustainable development”. The aim of the project is to ensure sustainable development of the newly created cluster and competitiveness of its members by use of the opportunities that provides cluster approach.
Events will be presented the objectives, priorities and services to the newly created cluster, as well as future large-scale projects of the cluster , namely the construction of ” green data center ” networking ” green tourist site ” and networking “Energy sustainable communities.”
During the events, local businesses, municipal officials, energy agencies, media and other stakeholders will be invited to participate.