SME funding for infrared camera to detect fugitive emissions

The GaSeS project from Sensia Solutions has won EUR 50 000 in Phase 1 funding from the SME instrument. GaSeS is intended to develop “a low cost handheld infrared camera for fugitive emissions, early detection and location, increasing energy efficiency in industrial plants, infrastructures and utilities".

Juncker Plan EFSI first sustainable energy projects for funding

Sustainable energy is already benefitting from the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI, also known as the Juncker Plan).

Case Studies

  • Indus

    PINE: Promoting industrial energy efficiency in SMEs

    PINE is a 3 year Intelligent Energy Europe funded project that started in March 2012. It provides funded professional energy audits to industrial manufacturing SMEs with the aim of implementing energy efficiency measures. 

  • Dude

    Green Business Growth in Danish Municipalities

    Green Business Growth (“Grøn Erhvervsvækst”) is an innovative private-public partnership that aims to enable the creation of 300 new jobs in the construction industry by promoting energy-efficient construction and renovation of public and private buildings. The initiative has been half funded by the EU and the Southern Denmark Growth Forum and half by the partners. The partners include municipalities, business centres, private companies, a training institution, advisory companies, a financing institution and local craftsmen.

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    Window replacement programme, Basque Country, Spain

    The object of the project promoted by the Basque Government is to replace old and inefficient windows in residential buildings through grant programs, covering a maximum of 22% of the replacement cost. In any case, the maximum subsidy for each house is 1,200 Euro. The replacement program has been implemented in 6,765 households during 2010-2011.

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    District Heating with Biomass in Orozko, Basque Country, Spain

    This project promoted by the Orozko municipality aims to meet the thermal demand (heating and warm sanitary water) through a centralized system which has biomass as its main source of primary energy. The project is implemented in two phases: the first phase provides heating for the sports centre and the elementary education centre. The second phase is a district heating network for a new housing development.

  • Begiralea

    Begiralea: Energy Consumption Monitoring Project, Basque Country, Spain

    The Begiralea project aims to raise awareness about the importance of saving energy and also aims to involve directly workers of municipal buildings to reduce energy consumption. For this purpose, municipal workers will have information available about the real consumption of the building with tools for its analysis and advices that will help them achieve important levels of energy saving. All this is possible thanks to the building monitoring system for the energy consumption that the Association of Basque Municipalities-EUDEL has developed with the advice of the Basque Energy Agency-EVE making possible to know how much and how is consumed energy in each building. Thus, good practices and new habits developed by workers will have their reflection in the energy consumption and it may be checked in the comparatives with previous months.

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    Geothermal Exchange System, Basque Country, Spain

    The object of the project is to use low-enthalpy geothermal exchange system for heating and cooling one building in the University of Deusto, Bilbao. The plant provides heating and cooling for a built surface of 10,000 m2. Project based on an agreement between the University of Deusto and the regional energy agency-EVE. 

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    Electric Car in Cruces Hospital, Basque Country, Spain

    The Cruces University Hospital has replaced a part of its fleet of petrol and diesel cars with a new one composed by 6 electric vehicles that offer the same service with a substantial energy and environmental improvement. These e-vehicles are used in the health care service and home delivery of medicines.

  • Ecodriving

    Eco-driving course, Basque Country, Spain

    Eco-Driving means smarter and more fuel-efficient driving and it represents a new driving culture that makes best use of advanced vehicle technologies, while improving road safety. Courses given by experienced professionals on efficient driving for cars and industrial vehicles for encouragement of energy efficiency in the transport sector. Basic courses last for 3 hours and consist in a practical class on a car followed by a theoretical one on good practices for efficient. Finally, the car is taken again to put into practice what have been learned and to make measurements of consumption, speeds, and other indicators. Furthermore, it is intended that the course attendees understand the technical basis which justify the efficient driving.

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    Sale of a wastewater treatment plant to Karup Air Base: an export opportunity

    Envotherms wastewater treatment plant helps Karup Air Base save an annual cost of DKK 1.1 million and reduces the consumption of water, energy and transportation. Now, Envotherm is facing the possibility of exporting their wastewater solution to an English air base. Envotherm has developed a technology that purifies contaminated water through evaporation. The distilled water is subsequently so clean, it can be reused for industrial processes - or discharged as ordinary wastewater. By using Envotherm’s wastewater treatment plant, customers are able to comply with limit values for emissions and avoid disposing of the contaminated water as hazardous waste. The evaporation technology cleans the water for a third of the cost of other solutions.

    Envotherm is working hard to market their solution towards public customers, and selling of a plant to Karup Air Base marked the first sale to a public institution. It proved to be a good reference in the further efforts to ente...

  • Recool

    Turning expense into income: Hedensted municipality’s adoption of Cronborg’s Recool technology

    Procurement of a function rather than a product facilitates more innovative solutions than with traditional tenders. Previously, Hedensted Municipality cooled its servers using regular ventilation, but after purchasing Cronborgs RECOOL technology, the Municipality can reuse the heat generated by the servers. DKK 73,000 year in cooling and heating expenses, and the environment is annually relieved of 28 tonnes of CO2.

    Cronborg has developed a new product based on existing technologies. Their heat pump system, RECOOL, can collect excess heat from e.g. a server and reuse it for space heating and domestic hot water through the existing heating system of a building. The system is both environmentally friendly and economically viable.

    'The customer’s heating costs are reduced when the excess heat is recycled and less CO2 is emitted from the use of other sources of heat and refrigeration. Moreover, the heat pump solution is based on natural refrigerants that do not po...

  • Glove

    Office space and café in former factory, Yeovil, UK

    The Glove Factory in Yeovil is a new £7.4 million development consisting of 27 houses, 10 apartments and four shops in the vicinity of a disused factory. The factory building itself has been redeveloped as a café and office space. Initially planned by South Somerset District Council (SSDC) and the council’s regeneration group Yeovil Vision, permission was granted in 2009 for the development to ZeroC, based in Dorchester. The project makes full use of passive solar, water reduction and recycling, and insulating materials.

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    Geothermal district heating from a former coal mine, Heerlen, The Netherlands

    The Dutch city of Heerlen uses heat energy stored in old mineshafts for the heating and cooling of buildings. The last miner left the mines in Heerlen in 1976. Since then the former mineshafts have been filled with geothermally heated ground water, which has a different temperature at different depths and can therefore be used for both - heating and cooling. Part of the mine water project is the multifunctional complex Heerlerheide Centrum, where five shops, a conference room and a café are connected to a heating and cooling network. Heating and cooling is delivered by water running through an embedded hydraulic piping system under the floor. A supermarket delivers heat for the purpose of heat recovery.

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    Intelligent street lighting in Aalborg and Aarhus, Denmark

    Street lighting can account for high costs on municipal energy budgets. Sometimes this is the result of outdated streetlight systems. Intelligent lighting systems can drastically bring down energy costs and CO2 emissions. The Aarhus-based company Amplex, founded in 2001, delivers intelligent street lighting to Denmark’s major cities and is a direct partner of the Communities of Aarhus and  Aalborg.

  • Peckelsheim

    CHP in school and sports centre in Willebadessen, Germany

    The school center in Peckelsheim with primary and secondary school, junior high school, indoor swimming pool and three sports halls is by far the largest consumer of energy in the city Willebadessen.

    A biogas plant equipped with cogeneration, located one kilometer away from the school, delivers heat to a district heating system.

    In the project, the city of Willebadessen, the Energy agency of Nordrhein Westphalia collaborate with several SMEs including 2G Energietechnik GmbH and Bio Energie Peckelsheim GmbH & Co.

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    Solar installation on roof of gymnasium, Recklinghausen, Germany

    SWB GmbH is an SME with a team of 10-15 staff. Founded in 1980, the company has a rich experience in the installation of renewables in Germany.
    The company has installed a solar installation on the roof of the Theodor-Heuss-Gymnasium in Recklinghausen. The installation has a peak power of 18.3 kWp. The German State of North Rhine Westphalia has supported the installation as part of a campaign to support installation companies from the region.

  • Mhybus

    Hydrogen buses in Emilia-Romagna

    Transport has a strong impact on air quality as well as on the energy consumption. In Italy, this sector consumes the 23% of national energy demand.

    Reducing the environmental impact of transport decreases citizen’s exposure to pollutants and lowers the energy demand and CO2 emissions. One of the possible ways to reach these goals is the use of non-fossil alternative fuels. This is the path towards sustainability that Mhybus chose to follow.

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    Heat utilization in Dortmund

    The Ebel Elementary school has been the first project to utilise waste heat in Bottrop. The project is a collaboration between the municipality of Bottrop works together with the Dortmund-based company LaTherm. 

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    Energy savings in print company, Bristol, UK

    Latcham Direct is a cross media marketing and printing business employing 78 staff. Their site consists of a factory and offices. The project was carried out as part of Business West’s campaign Go Green, supported by Bristol City Council and European Regional Development Fund Programme 2007 – 2013. The company installed and upgraded its lighting systems and installed new controls and sensors. In 2012 the company set itself the target of reducing its energy use by 40 per cent.

  • Norpac

    NORPAC, Nord-Pas-de-Calais

    NORPAC is a construction and consultancy enterprise committed to the incorporation of sustainable energy and energy conservation. Based in Nord-Pas-de-Calais, they employ 750 people. The majority of the work they advise on and implement is in the housing sector but a fast-expanding minority is taken up with environmental industry and commercial space.

  • Efiginie


    Effigénie is a two-year-old start-up headed by young entrepreneurs Camille Thiriez, Cyril Dubus andClement Raffin . They provide a multidisciplinary team of engineers involved in the fields of energy, automation and information systems. The team develop and install computer programmes designed to help their clients to cut down energy wastage. They typically cater for industrial buildings and local authorities.

  • Syrinx

    Syrinix's electronic sensor, East of England

    Water losses from underground pipelines cost millions in wasted water. The UK company Syrinix ltd has developed a smart water pipeline monitoring system to detect leaks and alert the repair teams.

  • Lec

    Energy efficient lighting systems from Andalucía

    Barbate, located in Cadiz in southern Andalucía, is one of the municipalities most severely affected by unemployment in Spain. With an economy based on fisheries and tourism, barbate is going through one of the most difficult periods it has ever experienced.

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    Bohinj Park Hotel

    Bohinj Park Hotel has chosen to become Europe’s most advanced hotel in energy efficiency and renewable energy. The hotel is equipped with a range of energy saving measures including cogeneration, a geothermal well, LED lighting and a IT solutions.

  • Metgenoy

    MetGen Oy

    Finnish start-up MetGen is recognised by 'Global Cleantech 100' as one of the top Cleantechs in the world. By genetically modifying enzymesto, the company has produced a solution for biofuel production, waste reduction and water purification, all in one.

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    Finnish SME, Netcycler, has rapidly gone global, fulfilling Prime Minister Katainen's aim to make the country an international reference for successful Cleantech Industry.

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    Bundles: Pay-as-you go for responsible consumerism

    New appliance-leasing system, Bundles, offers consumers access to high-quality white goods and increased energy awareness, helping them to use less energy, create less CO2, and contribute to a circular economy.
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    CareToSave: Preparing kids for the energy transition

    The product package is quite a simple one: a friendly-looking polar bear glows 18 shades ranging from white, through blue, to red, to indicate whether the family is consuming a lot of energy (red), and thereby upsetting the polar bear, or is being impressively energy efficient (white).

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    Sharing by dividing – a revolutionary approach to energy creation

    Business founders Sven Pluut and Matthijs Olieman are giving energy-aware citizens across the Netherlands the chance to generate solar energy for their homes, for their pockets, and for an energy-efficient Europe. By connecting large solar energy projects in need of funding with individuals interested in solar power, the team hope to revolutionise solar energy creation and ultimately harness the energy of the crowd to create the world’s largest virtual power plant.
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    QWIKSENSE: Towards a healthy workforce and a healthy climate

    Three young entrepreneurs have teamed forces to create a solution that could transform the performance of buildings, not only in terms of energy efficiency, but the efficiency of occupants as well.