Energy Valley – The Netherlands
The Energy Valley Foundation is a regional development organisation focusing on the development of the energy sector and especially the transition to a sustainable energy economy. The foundation is funded both from the private and public sector and works through strategic partnerships with research institutions in the region.
The Energy Valley (EV) region includes the provinces of Drenthe, Friesland, Groningen and the Northern part of Noord-Holland. Six city councils in the region are also contributing financially and many more are actively involved in EV projects.
Energy Valley has the following departments: Bio based Energy & (Green) Gas roundabout, Power production & balancing, Smart Grids, Research, Education & Internationalization.
In addition, the formalized strategic partnerships between Energy Valley and knowledge institutions within the region will enable different partner organizations to deliver their expertise input as relevant to the core competences of their organization. To secure inclusion of the regional knowledge institution in future formalization of the ENSEA networks, individuals representing different expertise will deliver expert input to this project as so called “in-house consultant”.
The Rogaland Consortium consists of 3 partners from Academia, industry and public authorities.
The regional coordinator for the project is University of Stavanger and the work will be carried out by Centre for sustainable energy solutions (cenSE). cenSE’s R&D activities cover a combination of renewable energy and clean fossil-based energy, providing sustainable energy solutions with a focus on knowledge transfer from a strong petroleum sector in the region to new energy alternatives. cenSE welcomes collaborative initiatives from local and regional actors, as well as national and international authorities and organisation’. cenSE’s energy research group are involved in several domestic and international projects dealing with system integration and intelligent power plant monitoring.
Lyse and Rogaland County Council also contributes to the centre, and are important players in the local energy cluster.
Through the ENSEA project we aim to develop and strengthen the collaboration among the regional partners, and by including SMEs also strengthen the energy cluster in our region.
Wachstumregion Ems-Achse, Germany
The Wachstumsregion Ems-Achse stands for a joint economic region to advance economic growth and increase employment. This is achieved through development and implementation of different projects and the advancement of communication between the companies to gain and amplify knowledge. The economic region Ems-Achse profits from the close and faithful collaboration between companies, local authorities and academic institutions. The cluster consists of about 350 business companies, 59 local authorities, 25 educational and research institutions, 8 trade associations and chambers of commerce but the number of members is still increasing. Six working groups, chaired by the administrative districts, have been formed, addressing and advancing the main topics of the regional economy. Many renowned projects have been realized which are strengthening the transnational collaboration and the different industries. With the Energy Research Center Lower Saxony (EFZN) a strong collaboration was formed which opens new doors to cooperations in the energy sector. The scientific expertise of EFZN, which was founded by the Technische Universität Clausthal together with the Universities of Braunschweig, Göttingen, Hannover and Oldenburg and the economy of the Ems-Achse region are the basis for a successful approach to systemintegration in the energy sector.
Scotland – United Kingdom
The Scottish consortium comprises three organisations representing the public, private and academic sectors.
Public: Scottish Enterprise is Scotland’s main economic development agency seeking to attract investors to Scotland and supporting Scottish companies to be more globally competitive.
Private: Scottish Renewables is the representative body of the renewable energy industry in Scotland with more than 330 member organisations, over a third of which are small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Its members have interests spanning all renewable technologies being utilised in Scotland, including hydropower, onshore and offshore wind, wave, tidal stream, bioenergy, solar and heat pumps.
Academic: The Energy Technology Partnership is an alliance of 12 independent Scottish universities engaged in world class energy research, development and demonstration.
Key priorities for Scotland include sharing knowledge and learning on solutions for integrating a greater level of renewable generation onto the grid, e.g. through interconnection, network sharing, active demand management and storage technologies.
Northern Jutland – Denmark
The Danish consortium comprises three organisations. The region is considered to be a gateway between Scandinavia and the rest of Europe and actively supports knowledge sharing and cooperation with other projects and regions.
The North Denmark Region focusses on the transition to a more energy-efficient society, which is perceived a key growth-sector and which will become a prominent part of the North Denmark Region’s smart specialisation strategy. Cluster development, renewable energy and new energy resources are high priorities in the North Denmark Regional Business Development Strategy and these issues will receive increasing priority and attention in the future.
EnergyVision is a triple helix cluster initiative among the energy stakeholders of the North Denmark Region. They facilitate knowledge sharing and innovation activities as well as the branding of North Denmark energy related best practices and is a unifying organisation in North Denmark with involvement from Aalborg University, the North Denmark Region, the municipalities of North Denmark and a large number of local companies engaged in energy.
Offshore Center Danmark is the national competence and innovation center for the Danish offshore industry. On behalf of its 260+ member companies and institutions Offshore Center Danmark push development with the aim of growth within the Danish offshore industry. Focus areas are oil & gas, offshore wind, the offshore maritime area and wave energy.
The purpose of EnergyVision is to build on existing energy initiatives, create synergies across sectors and create a joint foundation for developing the business area and thus, in the long term, form the basis of a North Denmark energy cluster through knowledge-sharing, innovation and branding.
Aalborg University offers education and research within the fields of natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, technical and health sciences. Aalborg University currently consolidates and further develops its profile as a dynamic and innovative research and educational institution oriented towards the surrounding world. It is characterised by combining a keen engagement in local, regional, and national issues with an active commitment to international collaboration. The faculty holds expertise in renewable energy and energy efficiency and has a strong focus on developing practical and demand driven solutions to (future) energy problems.