H2020 – the synergy perspective

By Ciprian Comsulea, CREESC 9. June 2020

Creating synergies and complementarities between Horizon 2020 projects is a current priority for European authorities and communities.

In this context, Smart Innovation Norway was a key player in organizing a workshop regarding business development based on the Horizon 2020 INVADE project with a focus on takeaways and how they can be exploited and used to create a future for businesses, citizens and other stakeholders. The workshop was in Barcelona within the Smart City Expo World Congress 2019.

CREESC – The Centre for Resources in Energy Efficiency and Climate Change in Romania – was invited to be part of the panel section together with a group of European experts, in order to present the Romanian expertise and trends regarding two major topics; “The Clean Energy Package for All Europeans” and “What is the European citizen really doing”.

The major focus was on the two H2020 ongoing projects:

  • E-LAND aiming to provide a synergistic solution between technological, societal and business challenges that the energy sector faces by developing a dedicated toolbox – a modular set of methodologies and ICT tools to optimize and control multi-energy islands and isolated communities focusing on multi-vectors energy production, storage, and use.
  • INVADE – aiming to design a flexibility management system using batteries that supports the distribution grid and electricity market while coping with grid limitations, uncertainty, and variability with high penetration of renewable energy, electric vehicles, and an increased number of diverse smart grid actors.

We have talked about opportunities and business models through which the solutions developed by the two mentioned projects could be implemented, following the already ongoing investment plans in Cluj-Napoca City and Cluj Metropolitan Region.

The Metropolitan Ring, a 42 km new express road around the city, in synergy with The new metropolitan train/metro network, are two major urban mobility projects in which innovative clean energy management solutions will be implemented:

  • Integrated renewable energy production and storage capacities connected with EVs smart charging network located in park & ride areas and intermodal terminals.efficient street lighting along the roads, parking areas, and train stations.

SMART Mobility Cluj (Photo: smartmobilitycluj.ro)

The New 250 Neighbourhood is a new major urban development, 250-hectares district from scratch, and adjacent to the city of Cluj-Napoca, where the INVADE solution would fit very well. While developing new buildings, districts or cities, innovative energy management solutions should be considered starting at the design phase, by testing and piloting integrated smart city solutions.

Industrial Parks & Student Campus clean energy concept – using a mix of flexibility energy sources and storage modules, managed in an intelligent way to support the grid and increase renewable energy absorption in industrial parks and in student campus areas around the city.

CO2 free Cluj-Napoca City Centre – the concept will redevelop the relationship between the city and the automobiles. The aim is to increase traffic fluidity and provide pedestrians more space for safe mobility especially in Intra Muros area while by implementing a mix of clean mobility solutions:

  • walk-able city – larger pedestrian areas & increased green spaces
  • park & ride in relationship with electric buses fleet & sharing micro-mobility
  • dedicated lanes for public transport & micro-mobility

The synergies between H2020 projects by implementing specific sectorial innovative solutions through integrated investment projects will consolidate the capabilities of the cities to become more sustainable, responsive, and resilient in future challenging situations.


Who is CREESC?

CREESC is a platform for capacity building and clean technology acceleration. The Centre for Resources in Energy Efficiency and Climate Change – CREESC – is a non-profit association founded in 2014 in Cluj-Napoca, Transylvania, Romania. CREESC is a response to the need of integrating technical and economic solutions dedicated to energy consumption reduction and climate change adaptation. CREESC’s members are specialised companies that, together with their experts, offer integrated solutions for analysis, design, implementation, financing and maintenance, focusing on the energy efficiency and renewable energy sector, on local and international level.

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