The aim of the project was the promotion of the uptake of intelligent energy technologies already available but whose potentials remain unexploited because of lacking technical knowledge of secondary users (installation companies, planners etc.) and therefore limited demand. Whereas the partner regions had a considerable amount of small companies active in the field of intelligent energies (foremost RES H/C, industrial appliances, domestic and small-scale applications), engineering offices, craftsmen or architects required empowering to give intelligent energies more attention and to propose them to their customers. At the same time, their demand needs to be increased. EmPower activities therefore aimed to increase the application of intelligent energy solutions that have been developed or which are distributed by local SME, to promote networking, and to stimulate customer’s demand. Furthermore, the transfer of technologies between partner regions was spurred and new innovations by local businesses promoted.
In this page:
- EmPower Data Warehouse: The goal of the Data Warehouse is to support the local SME in the intelligent energy technologies and tools resulting in a Data Warehouse in form of an online database which can be easily accessed and updated. The data warehouse is available online at: http://empower-eu.net and has been linked with the EmPower website since December 2011. It has currently reached 234 users and the number is constantly increasing.
- Series of Networking and Technology Presentation Events were successfully carried out in the four partner regions. These events covered diverse topics such as energetic added value in communes, solar thermal/solar cooling, technology transfer in the energy sector, and energy efficient building techniques, some of them have attracted more than 100 participants. The final events took place in spring 2013 and were attended by approximately 960 participants in total.
- Application Courses were successfully run within the project, and a complex Course Manual was created. It brings together a wide range of technical fields and is divided into four didactic units, such as thermal generation, electric generation, energy efficiency in buildings and business aspects. Each unit was written by each of the partner regions. The complete Course Manual is available on the EmPower website.
- The EmPower Intelligent Energy Innovation Prize aimed to encourage SMEs to move forward their innovation technologies and to result in partnerships with other entities for development activities. Four best small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) were awarded with the EmPower Prize for their innovative ideas due to realization of the business partnerships. These four initiatives were chosen out of 60 proposals coming from four partner regions that were selected by an EmPower expert panel.
- One important lesson from the experiences of the project is that the EmPower approach, i.e. focusing on the target groups of SMEs in the energy sector, as well as secondary users like architects and installers, is quite promising, and the project activities have been very successful in meeting the specific needs of that target groups. The courses and events offered have drawn a great number of participants who gave positive feedback to the project partners.
- The project implementation has shown that the interest in the themes addressed by the project varies between urban and rural areas. While certain rural regions have great potential as possible producers of renewable energy sources (in particular solar power and biomass), the stakeholders that have expressed interest in the project so far mostly were from urban areas. This implies that intensified PR activities in rural regions could be beneficial to raise interest in the project activities.
- Another lesson is that in the activities that involve small enterprises, it is especially important to have high standards of data protection. Due to strong competition, SMEs are very careful about what information about themselves and their activities they want to disclose in public and how openly they interact with one another. SMEs interested in establishing a B2B cooperation with the help of the project must find a balance between sharing of information and protecting sensitive data.
Partners and coordinatorList Map
ZTS-Zentrum für Technologiestrukturenentwicklung Region Riesa-Großenhain GmbH
Ms. Jana Barth
+49 035265 51102
Duration:01/07/2010 to 30/06/2013