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EUROGIA2020 will be the third mandate of the EUROGIA cluster, a clean energy tech specialised platform part of the EUREKA European initiative. The cluster's mandate has been renewed for seven years, on June 19, 2013 by the representatives of 18 European governments.
EUROGIA's goal is to support and promote international partnerships devising original projects in low-carbon energy technologies. The cluster was originally created to promote transnational energy related projects, in key sectors such as biomass, wind, hydro, solar, waves, geothermal, and green solutions for fossil fuels. The transformation, transport, distribution and efficient end use of energy are also central topics tackled in EUROGIA's research projects, as well as enabling technologies: carbon capture and storage, processes and new materials. The latest mandate of EUROGIA, under the name EUROGIA+, started in 2008 and has successfully promoted 120 million euros worth of research projects in European countries part of the EUREKA network.
'WE WANT EUROGIA2020 TO BE A FULL ENERGY MIX PROGRAM, WITHOUT ANY RESTRICTION'
Between September 2008 and December 2012, 86 project outlines and 37 full project proposals were submitted with the active participation of SMEs, which represent 43 % of EUROGIA's project partners. During its latest mandate EUROGIA was supported by 17 EUREKA member countries and, as of December 2012, has labeled 28 projects, covering a broad cross-section of innovative technologies, from offshore wind to carbon capture, smart grids and new materials used by the clean energy tech sector.
‘We want EUROGIA2020 to be a full energy mix program, without any restriction, but with the fundamental principle to produce and consume energy in a way that is respectful of the environment. During the new mandate, additional focus areas including ubiquitous storage, minerals availability , CO2 valorization, H2 production and waste management will be tackled,’ said Gabriel Marquette, the General Manager of the cluster.