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Indicative ongoing and recently completed projects of EPU-NTUA in the area "Energy and Environment" include the following:

SET-Nav  

SET-Nav: “Navigating the Roadmap for Clean, Secure and Efficient Energy Innovation”,  
Ongoing, 
European Commission, Η2020

Partners: TU Wien, Fraunhofer, DIW Berlin, NTNU, Sintef, Seureco, Comillas, NTUA, REKK, CEPS, UEA, ETH, Axpo, GE, IIASA

Start date: 1/4/2016, Duration: 36 months

Visit the project site: set-nav.eu

SET-Nav will support strategic decision making in Europe’s energy sector, enhancing innovation towards a clean, secure and efficient energy system. Our research will enable the EC, national governments and regulators to facilitate the development of optimal technology portfolios by market actors. We will comprehensively address critical uncertainties and derive appropriate policy and market responses. Our findings will support the further development of the SET-Plan and its implementation by continuous stakeholder involvement.  

These contributions of the SET-Nav project rest on three pillars:

The wide range of objectives and analytical challenges set out by the call for proposals can only be met by developing a broad and technically-advanced modelling portfolio. Advancing this portfolio and enabling knowledge exchange via a modelling forum is our first pillar.

The EU’s energy, innovation and climate challenges define the direction of a future EU energy system, but the specific technology pathways are policy sensitive and need careful comparative evaluation. This is our second pillar. Using our strengthened modelling capabilities in an integrated modelling hierarchy, we will analyse multiple dimensions of impact of future pathways: sustainability, reliability and supply security, global competitiveness and efficiency. This analysis will combine bottom-up ‘case studies’ linked to the full range of SET-Plan themes with holistic ‘transformation pathways’.

Stakeholder dialogue and dissemination is the third pillar of SET-Nav. We have prepared for a lively stakeholder dialogue through a series of events on critical SET-Plan themes. The active involvement of stakeholders in a two-way feedback process will provide a reality check on our modelling assumptions and approaches, and ensure high policy relevance. Our aim is to ensure policy and market actors alike can navigate effectively through the diverse options available on energy innovation and system transformation.

TRANSRISK  

TRANSrisk: “Transitions pathways and risk analysis for climate change mitigation and adaption strategies”,  
Ongoing, 
European Commission, Η2020

Partners: UOS (Coordinator), BC3, CE, ECN, IBS, ETH Zurich, JIN, SEI, UNI GRAZ, UPRC, CLAPESUC

Start date: 1/9/2015, Duration: 36 months

Visit the project site: transrisk-project.eu

Both the models concerning the future climate evolution and its impacts, as well as the models assessing the costs and benefits associated with different mitigation pathways face a high degree of uncertainty. There is an urgent need to not only understand the costs and risks associated with climate change but also the risks, uncertainties and co-effects related to different mitigation pathways as well as public acceptance (or lack thereof) of low-carbon (technology) options.

The main aims of TRANSrisk are: (a) To create a novel assessment framework for analysing costs and benefits of transition pathways; and (b) to design decision support tools to help policymakers better understand uncertainties and risks and enable them to include risk assessments into more robust policy design. Uncertainties are pervasive in climate change, and this includes the under-researched area of climate change policy. 

In order to help policy-makers manage irreducible uncertainties, TRANSrisk not only employs a range of different models to explore scenarios and pathways, but also engages a wide range of stakeholders to help develop plausible pathways in the light of potential difficulties in public acceptance, and the risk of policy failures. 

This unique approach, integrating quantitative and qualitative analysis, offers policy-makers help in a situation where ‘optimal’ policies are rarely feasible, recognising the critical importance of innovation in achieving climate change targets. In addition TRANSrisk provides country case study of ways that the framework and tools developed in the project can produce useful empirical results for policy-makers. Climate change and policy are of global concern, so while several of these case studies focus on EU countries, we provide examples from climate-critical countries such as India and China.

Towards2030-dialogue  

Towards2030-dialogue: “Dialogue on a RES policy framework for 2030”,  
Ongoing, 
European Commission, Intelligent Energy - Europe II

Partners: TU Wien, Fraunhofer ISI, ECN, CEPS, CSIC, Ecofys, REKK ET, EUI

Start date: 1/4/2015, Duration: 24 months

Visit the project site: towards2030.eu

The aim of this proposed action to facilitate and guide the RES policy dialogue for the period towards 2030. This strategic initiative aims for an intense stakeholder dialogue that establishes a European vision of a joint future RES policy framework. 

The dialogue process will be coupled with in-depth and continuous analysis of relevant topics that include RES in all energy sectors but with more detailed analyses for renewable electricity. The work will be based on results from the IEE project beyond2020, where policy pathways with different degrees of harmonisation have been analysed for the post 2020 period. Towards2030-dialogue will directly build on these outcomes: complement, adapt and extend the assessment to the evolving policy process in Europe. The added value of Towards2030-dialogue includes the analysis of alternative policy pathways for 2030, such as the (partial) opening of national support schemes, the clustering of regional support schemes as well as options to coordinate and align national schemes. Additionally, this project offers also an impact assessment of different target setting options for 2030, discussing advanced concepts for related effort sharing.

ESCOCITY  

ESCOCITY: “ESCO Smart City Energy Plan”,  
Ongoing, 
Hellenic Republic - Ministry of Culture, Education and Religious Affairs - General Secretariat for Research and Technology - Special Service for Management and Action Implementation on the fields of Research , Technological Development and Innovation

Partners: JEPA LTD (Coordinator), STIRIXIS, ASG, MILTEL

Start date: 24/6/2014, Duration: 15 months

Visit the project site: escocity.eu

ESCO Smart City Energy Plan (ESCOCITY)” aims at the design, development and implementation of an integrated Web Portal, addressed to city authorities. ESCOCITY Web Portal integrates advanced ICT technologies in a single electronic web-based platform to provide energy management services for public building, facilities, venues, etc, based on respective state-of-the art methodologies and techniques. It will enable the city administration to collect data for energy management, real-time monitoring and billing purposes from city’s infrastructure, sensors, meters and other energy sources and react to critical incidents or systems failure in an urban (city) environment. The data collection will be realized for the following energy consuming categories: Buildings, Pillars, Poles and Electric Vehicles’ Stations.

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SISSAF  

SISSAF: “Technical Assistance of the Support Programme for Infrastructure Sector Strategies and Alternative Financing”,  
Ongoing, 
European Union

Partners: Hulla & Co Human Dynamics KG

Start date: 26/9/2013, Duration: 36 months

Visit the project site: sissaf-lebanon.eu

The purpose of the contract is to provide support to the Lebanese authorities in their sector policy management in the water, energy and transport sectors. The technical assistance mainly aims at improving the coherence of project approaches, by supporting the development and implementation of a programme-based approach (PBA) in these 3 main infrastructure sectors.

The contract aims at achieving the project purpose through 33 months' technical assistance and training, mainly directed at the following target groups: 2 line ministries (Ministry of Energy and Water, Ministry of Public Works and Transport) and other central and local institutions involved in the management of infrastructure projects of the energy, water and land transport sectors.

• A baseline of the current situation of the sector in the process towards a Programme Based Approach is established

• Comprehensive sector policy and strategy documents are drafted

• A sector budget and its medium term expenditure framework are established

• A (sector and donors) coordination framework is in place and operational

• A sector performance monitoring system is set up and operational

• A list of priority projects is established and presented to the project’s Steering Committee

• For priority projects approved by the project’s Steering Committee, all necessary contractual documents are being prepared and approved by the SC

• A study tour for a team of five civil servants is implemented, in order to enhance a transfer of know-how and capacity building

• A final monitoring survey is achieved on the progress of Lebanon in implementing the Programme Based Approach for each sector

EU GCC Relations  

EU GCC Relations: “Promoting Deeper EU-GCC Relations,  
Ongoing, 
European Commission

Partners: Gulf Research Center (GRC) - the Coordinator, (2) Fundacion par alas Relaciones Internacionales y el Dialogo Exterior (FRIDE), (3) Institute for European Studies (IES), Virje University, Brussels

Start date: 31/12/2013, Duration: 24 months

Promoting Deeper EU-GCC Relations” is an action funded by the European Commission, Service for Foreign Policy Instruments, suggesting specific steps to reinforce cooperation between EU and GCC in a number of key strategic areas of mutual interest. More specifically, the action’s objectives comprise the: 

• Building and widening of existing networks of persons dedicated to the promotion of EU-GCC relations; 

• Provision of concrete policy recommendations on ways towards expansion and improvement on current areas of cooperation; 

• Public engagement into discussions regarding the status of relations through its various dissemination activities ; 

• Contribution to research regarding the ways that current cooperation levels can be enhanced and obstacles can be overcome.The main results which are expected to arise from the implementation of the action include:

• Building and widening of existing networks of persons dedicated to the promotion of EU-GCC relations; 

• Provision of concrete policy recommendations on how to expand and improve on current areas of cooperation between the EU and the GCC; 

• Engagement of wide areas of the public into discussions about the status of relations through the various dissemination activities; 

• Contribution to a more substantive research that can suggest ways by which current levels of cooperation can be enhanced or how present obstacles can be overcome.

DIA-CORE  

DIA-CORE - Policy Dialogue on the assessment and convergence of RES policy in EU Member States,  
Ongoing,
European Commission Intelligent Energy – Europe II

Visit the project site: www.diacore.eu

With Directive 2009/28/EC the European Parliament and Council have laid the grounds for the policy framework for renewable energy sources (RES) until 2020. The aim of the “Policy Dialogue on the assessment and convergence of RES policy in EU Member States – DIA-CORE” project is to ensure a continuous assessment of the existing policy mechanisms and to establish a fruitful stakeholder dialogue on future policy needs for renewable electricity (RES-E), heating & cooling (RES-H), and transport (RES-T). Thus, DIA-CORE shall facilitate convergence in RES support across the EU and enhance investments, cooperation and coordination. This project shall complement the Commission’s monitoring activities of Member States (MSs) success in meeting 2020 RES targets and builds on the approaches developed and successfully applied in the previous IEE projects OPTRES, FUTURES-E and RE-Shaping.

To facilitate decision-making DIA-CORE offers detailed cross-country policy evaluations, presented in an interactive web-based RES policy assessment database. This policy assessment database will be linked to (and build on the information provided by) the RES-Legal database currently developed for DG ENER. Indicators on effectiveness and efficiency of existing policies for RES in all sectors will be extended and updated, complemented by an analysis of costs and benefits of RES on MS level. Future consequences of policy choices will be analysed in detail using the Green-X model, highlighting possible additional policy needs for 2020 target achievement and contributing to upcoming 2030-related discussions. In general, the optimisation of the design of the individual RES policies, namely feed-in tariffs, premiums, investment incentives etc in line with future policy needs is a key focus of the project. 

In the course of DIA-CORE, an intense and continuous stakeholder dialogue will be established based on a series of workshops and continuous involvement of national and European key decision makers. To ensure the use of the project findings and recommendations in future policy making, intensified experience exchange forms an overarching component of this project. Complementary to the comprehensive interactive web-based RES policy database, this exchange will be organised by way of workshops/conferences, online meetings, presentations at external events and through the use of social media.

POLIMP  

POLIMP - Mobilizing and transferring knowledge on post-2012 climate policy implications,  
Ongoing, 
European Commission Programme: Theme: Environment – FP7 – Collaborative and support action.

Visit the project site: www.polimp.eu

POLIMP will facilitate a process to identify, for different policy and decision making levels, knowledge gaps about implications of possible directions of international climate policies. Subsequently, it will cover these gaps with knowledge packages derived from a broad range of existing reports, research and climate policy decisions at, e.g., EU and UNFCCC levels. With these information packages, climate policy associated stakeholders will be better able to extract key policy conclusions. Through series of workshops these packages will be communicated with stakeholders. In addition, POLIMP will provide an overall, on-line platform for information exchange of a wider list of contemporary and future climate policy initiatives.

Knowledge gaps will be identified for a range of priority issues related to climate policy making in consultation with stakeholders, but as a starting point for discussion the following three (categories of) issues are suggested by the POLIMP partners:

  • What would different possible international climate policy scenarios entail for EU society, business, Member States and EU as a whole, in terms of economic, social, and environmental impacts looking especially at likely reactions and resulting political acceptability for different groups such as those impacted by job losses and reductions in welfare as well as potential gains?
  • How can EU stakeholders deliberate in an evidence based manner about the pros and cons of these different scenarios?
  • How can EU and EU stakeholders learn from design and implementation of climate policies worldwide as well as share the experience the EU has gained in designing and implementing climate friendly actions?
 
Μed cleaner cities  

Μed cleaner cities - Cleaner energy Saving Mediterranean Cities,  
Ongoing,
European Commission, DG DEVCO/F4.

The overall objective of the Cleaner Energy Saving Mediterranean Cities project is to support the local authorities in the ENPI South Mediterranean Partner Countries to respond more actively to sustainable policy challenges.
The Specific objectives include:
• The development of the local authorities capacities in the region in order to formulate and implement more sustainable energy policies, such as those implied by joining the Covenant of Mayors (CoM), and the development of the related Sustainable Energy Action Plans (SEAPs).
Contribute to making national authorities more aware of and responsive to the need for and advantages of a strong involvement of cities in policy issues which has a direct impact on them – such as local waste and water management, urban mobility and transport, local energy use, etc.The anticipated results can be summarized below:
• Improved knowledge of the ENPI South national authorities of their role in sustainable policy.
• Increased capacity of these authorities with regards to develop and implement sustainable energy policies, including CO2 reductions.
• Improved awareness and involvement of the local population in sustainable local policies, especially concerning energy.
• Improved implementation of the Covenant of Mayors in the region.
Two regional focal points are established, with the prospect of becoming Covenant Coordinators/ Supporters, and Covenant of Mayors offices at a later stage.

RAYCAP  

Protection of Internal Electrical Installations from Overvoltages: Economic and Social Benefits,  
Completed,
RAYCAP S.A.

The project’s objective is the development of a Study Report for the analysis and evaluation of economic and social benefits from the surge protection of internal electrical installations. The project’s aim is the identification, record and detailed analysis of the technical and social parameters – impacts due to malfunctions of the residential and commercial consumers’ electronic and electrical equipment. This activity will contribute to the determination of impacts’ potential, relevant socio - economic costs’ estimation, as well as drafting proposals, guidelines and procedures for the surge protection system.The expected results of the project are:
• Detailed mapping of the current status (legislation and standards, trends in the European Union, technological advance);
• Identification and evaluation of the parameters – impacts (technical and social);
• Estimation of the relevant socio – economic costs;
Decision Matrix creation, including the impacts’ potential and relevant socio – economic costs, as well as guidelines – procedures for the surge protection system.

BETTER  

BETTER - Bringing Europe and Third countries closer together through renewable Energies,  
Ongoing,
European Commission  Intelligent Energy - Europe II.

Visit the project site: www.better-project.net  

The BETTER (Bringing Europe and Third countries closer together through renewable Energies) intends to address RES cooperation between the EU and third countries in several dimensions. The starting point is given through the cooperation mechanisms provided by the RES Directive, allowing Member States to achieve their 2020 RES targets in a more cost efficient way, and thereby including the possibility to cooperate with third countries. Thus, the core objective of BETTER is to assess, through case studies, stakeholders involvement and integrated analysis, to what extent cooperation with third countries can help Europe achieve its RES targets in 2020 and beyond, trigger the deployment of RES electricity projects in third countries and create synergies and win-win circumstances for all involved parties.The case studies focusing on North Africa, the Western Balkans and Turkey will investigate in detail the technical, socio-economic and environmental aspects of RES cooperation. Complementary to these bottom-up analyses, an integrated assessment will be undertaken from the “EU plus third countries” perspective, including a detailed quantitative cost-benefit evaluation of feasible policy approaches, as well as strategic power system analyses. Moreover, co-effects such as impacts on the achievement of EU climate targets, energy security and macro-economic aspects will be analysed. The final outcome will be a fine-tailored policy package, offering a concise representation of key outcomes, guidelines for practical implementation of RES cooperation and actions plans reflecting regional specifics.

BUILD UP Skills  

BUILD UP Skills - Greek platform and Roadmap for the building workforce qualification on energy efficiency and renewable energy,  
Completed,
European Commission  Intelligent Energy - Europe II.

Visit the project site: www.buildupskills.eu/national-project/greece  

The“BUILD UP Skills - Greek platform and Roadmap for the building workforce qualification on energy efficiency and renewable energy (BUS-GR)” project, within the European Intelligent Energy for Europe program, should trigger processes to gather all relevant stakeholders in Greece and should result in a strategy and roadmap on quantified needs, measures, priorities and accreditation for building professionals (craftsmen and other on-site workers), with a duration of 18 months. The specific objectives of this project are concisely described as follows:
• National Dialogue with the involvement of all relevant actors;
• Identification and quantification of the ‘blue collars’ workers training needs for 2020.
• Elaboration and endorsement of a National Roadmap for 2020, based on the identified needs and priorities.

APRAISE  

APRAISE - Assessment of Policy Impacts on Sustainability in Europe,  
Ongoing,
European Commission  Programme: Theme: environment - FP7 – Collaborative project.

Visit the project site: www.apraise.org  

The overall motivation of the APRAISE (Assessment of Policy Interrelationships and Impact on Sustainability in Europe) project is to improve the decision basis for EU and national policy makers for selecting an efficient environmental policy mix leading to the transition towards a sustainable European society, including appropriate support for environmental investments. The Project’s specific objectives include the following: A better understanding of the efficiency, efficacy and effectiveness of different sustainability-related policy tools. Inclusion of policy interrelationships (synergies and trade-offs) into efficiency assessment and policy design.Development of an improved methodological framework for the ex-post and ex-ante assessment of environmental policies and policy mixes based on a review and expansion of existing approaches.

Modeling and Development of an OIIS for the Public Gas Corporation  

Modeling and Development of an Optimization Integrated Information System (OIIS) for the Public Gas Corporation (PGC),  
Ongoing,
Public Gas Corporation S.A.

The project "Modeling and Development of an Optimization Integrated Information System (OIIS) for the Public Gas Corporation (PGC)" has as general purpose the modeling, design and development of an OIIS which will support the executives of PGC in the decision making procedure on issues such as: Natural Gas (NG) and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) supply and demand meet in an organized and systematic manner. The OIIS to be developed under the project will create a competitive advantage for PGC as it will encompass all the parameters involved in the decision-making procedure of NG/LNG supply in the modern conditions of the liberalized market established and it will give the enterprise the possibility to make decisions that optimize as much as possible its financial results.The expected outcome of the project is an Optimization Integrated Information System (OIIS) in which the problem of decision-making on the supply of Natural Gas (NG) and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) will be modeled as a Mixed/Integer Linear Programming problem. The implementation of such a system will support the various actions that the enterprise’s executives carry out, concerning the decision making procedure on supplies, through the following specific features provided:Possibility to execute, process and store different supply scenarios, by altering various parameters of the problem; Gradual optimization of the accuracy of the proposed by the system decisions, through the continuously update and incorporation of history data; Production of reports on the data concerning the overall process of supplies.

Rural Web Energy Learning Network for Action (eReNet)  

       

Rural Web Energy Learning Network for Action (eReNet)

Completed, Intelligent Energy for Europe Programme 

 The Rural Web Energy Learning Network for Action – eReNet aims to add value to local actions in rural communities. eReNet will foster rural communities in the development, implementation and monitoring of their Sustainable Energy Action Plans (SEAPs) and capacity building of the related actors through knowledge transfer from experienced communities.

eReNet is an activity co-financed by the Intelligent Energy for Europe Programme and coordinated by NTUA/EPU. eReNet gathers organizations from 6 EU countries, namely 7 rural EU communities (Amyntaio, Judenburg, Asenovgrad, Sertã, Dugo Selo, Sveta Nedelja, Neumarkt) and their local liaisons (NTUA/EPU, EAO, REGEA, BSERC, IrRADIARE).

The services provided include customized methodologies, web tools and applications, publications and large communication/dissemination events and material in 6 EU languages (EN, GR, CR, PT, BU, DE). Concrete results comprise the identification of RES/RUE promising projects in the communities to be included under structural funds so as to stimulate local development and employment, as well as contribution to national and EU CO2 targets. eReNet engages the population in the learning rural municipalities all over EU, through workshops, information days, training seminars and wide dissemination activities.

 

EU GCC CLEAN ENERGY NETWORK  

EU GCC Clean Energy Network,  
Completed,
European Commission, Directorate Middle East, Southern Mediterranean.    

The specific objective of the project is to create and facilitate the operation of an EU-GCC Clean Energy Network.The EU-GCC Clean Energy Network aims to act as a catalyst and element of coordination for development of cooperation on clean energy, including the related policy and technology aspects among various stakeholders in the EU and GCC countries. The overall objective of this Network is to enhance EU-GCC energy relations by developing the appropriate structures and instruments for practical cooperation activities of mutual interest in the area of clean energy technologiesThe activities of the network in the area of clean energy will include, inter alia, the exchange of experience and know-how, the coordination and promotion of joint actions between the EU and GCC stakeholders, facilitating joint research, demonstration and development, including through joint projects, of clean energy technologies in the GCC countries and providing policy support to promote and accompany these actions.The stakeholders participating in the network will include, inter alia, energy-related research entities, universities, administrations, utilities and industry.

 

PENED – Energy  

Decision Support on the Promotion of Renewable Energy Sources and Rational Use of Energy in the Framework of the new Environment in the Greek Energy Market,  
Ongoing,
GSRT.    

The objective of the project is the development of coherent methodologies and appropriate decision support systems for the promotion of Renewable Energy Sources (RES) and Energy Efficiency (EΝEF). The implementation of this project is related to the study and analysis of the subjects of the three decision centres (state, energy companies, consumers) regarding RES and EΝEF, taking into consideration the impact of the energy market’s deregulation and the climate change. The analysis will result in the implementation of the two following PHDs: a) Decision support systems for the promotion of Renewable Energy Sources in the new framework of the Greek energy market, b) Decision support systems for the promotion of Energy Efficiency in the new framework of the Greek energy market. The project’s ultimate goal is the decision support of the three involved decision centres regarding RES and ENEF.

F4 cct ccs 1  

Cooperation on clean coal technology (CCT) and carbon capture and storage (CCS) with coal-dependent developing and emerging country partners – ‘inventory of methods’ & ‘capacity building activities’, a project within the EC Framework Contract EuropeAid/119860/C/SV/multi,  
Completed,
European Commission, EUROPEAID.    

This project is implemented in the framework of the contract-frame with the European Commission in the sector of energy (Framework Contract, Lot-4), that aims at the rapid benefit of technical aid in third countries in the above sectors.
The aim of particular work is the scientific support to the European Commission, for the design of the Global Action on “Cooperation on Clean coal technologies and carbon capture and storage with coal dependent developing and emerging country partners”. The project will also support engaged authorities on administrative and managerial issues.
Expected Results:

  • Inventory of existing methods and available CCT and CCS technologies.
  • Production/submission of overview of the current government and private sector positions on CCT/CCS in developing countries with high dependence on coal.
  • Cooperative activities between interested groups of such developing countries and of groups working on CCS plants in Europe.
ECS 1 study & workshop  

Preparation of a Study on the Implementation of the New Renewable Energy Directive in the Energy Community and a workshop,  
Completed,
Energy Community.    

The objective of the study is to analyse the conditions and modalities for the development of renewable energy resources in the context of the implementation of the new EU Renewable Energy Directive in the Contracting Parties of the Treaty establishing the Energy Community (ECT). The scope the study includes also Moldova, Ukraine and Turkey (as "candidate Contracting Parties"). EPU-ICCS participates in the study in a consortium led by IPA.
The work comprises four tasks:  Review of the current state of development of renewable energy in each of the Contracting Parties (CP) and candidate Contracting Parties (CCP). Includes an assessment for each CP and CCP of the 2020 forecast of total gross final energy consumption (Analysis must be consistent with that of the European Commission's as represented in the publication "European Energy and transport: trends to 2030") .  Analysis of the impact that the new requirements of the Renewable Energy Directive have on the Contracting Parties and Candidate Contracting Parties, considering the available renewable energy potential and the provisions for cooperation among EU Member States and Contracting Parties as foreseen in the New EU Renewable Energy Directiv.  Calculation of mandatory targets for the Contracting Parties, to be achieved by 2020, based on the methodology prepared by the EC.  Evaluation of the costs associated with the fulfilment of the mandatory targets, assessment of the investment opportunities, the associated employment possibilities, GHG savings and reduction in fossil fuel consumption.

F4 AFR 1  

Best Practise of Rural Electrification Funds in Africa, a project within the EC Framework Contract EuropeAid/119860/C/SV/multi,  
Completed,
European Commission, fwc benef lot no 4, EuropeAid.    

This project is implemented in the framework of the contract-frame with the European Commission in the sector of energy (Framework Contract, Lot-4), that aims at the rapid benefit of technical aid in third countries in the above sectors.The aim of particular work is the scientific support to the European Commission, to analyse the role played and methods applied by Rural Electrification Funds in the electrification of rural areas in Africa, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa. As part of the assignment, the Consultants are requested to provide a set of recommendations on best practice that may be applied by Rural Electrification Funds and/or other similar funding arrangements. The project will also support local authorities on administrative and managerial issues.

F4 ESIB 1  

Identification mission for the ‘Energy Saving Initiative in the Building Sector in Eastern Europe and Central Asia’, a project within the EC Framework Contract EuropeAid/119860/C/SV/multi,  
Completed,
European Commission, fwc benef lot no 4, EuropeAid.    

This project is implemented in the framework of the contract-frame with the European Commission in the sector of energy (Framework Contract, Lot-4), that aims at the rapid benefit of technical aid in third countries in the above sectors. The aim of particular work is the scientific support to the European Commission, to assist the INOGATE Partner Countries in ensuring improved control of their energy consumption in the building sector by promoting and developing EE, as well as the use of RE where applicable, in this particular area. The project will also support local authorities on administrative and managerial issues.

F4 MOL 3  

 Sector Policy Support Program (SPSP) identification and formulation study (Energy), a project within the EC Framework Contract EuropeAid/119860/C/SV/multi,  
Completed,
EU Representation in Moldova.   

This project is implemented in the framework of the contract-frame with the European Commission in the sector of energy (Framework Contract, Lot-4), that aims at the rapid benefit of technical aid in third countries in the above sectors. The aim of particular work is the scientific support to the European Commission, to assist the Republic of Moldova in the preparation of the Sector Budget Support Programme for energy under the National Action Programme 2009.The project will support local authorities on administrative and managerial issues. It will provide also support and technical assistance to produce an analysis of the situation in the energy sector at this point in time in the Republic of Moldova.Under the identification phase:

  • Preparation of an 'identification study' for the energy sector.
  • Provision of a detailed analysis of the institutional and financing arrangements through which different central and local authorities in the Republic of Moldova manage energetic resources in the Republic of Moldova as well as initiatives for reform.
  • Provision of a detailed overview of needs and proposed interventions in the towns and villages of Moldova in the energy sector and proposal of a number of recommendations on possible future technical assistance.


Under the implementation phase:

  • Preparation of a full SPSP study.
F4 GAZA EIB 1  

Technical Assistance for Electricity Network Upgrading Project, a project within the EC Framework Contract EuropeAid/119860/C/SV/multi,  
Completed,
EIB.    

This project is implemented in the framework of the contract-frame with the European Commission in the sector of energy (Framework Contract, Lot-4), that aims at the rapid benefit of technical aid in third countries in the above sectors. The aim of particular work is the scientific support of the European Investment Bank (EIB), trying to assist the Palestinian Energy Authority (PAE) to develop and establish a structured electricity sector. The project will support Project Management Unit (PMU) on managerial and administrative issues. It will provide also support and technical assistance to the PMU during the process of successful beginning of the program.

Review of power system studies and design engineering of the 161 kV substations and supply options to these substations.

    Tender document clearance/acceptance notes.

 Draft terms of reference for a long-term follow-up consultancy (to be tendered).

FEED  

Federated e-Participation Systems for Cross-Societal Deliberation on Environmental and Energy Issues, "FEED", Proposal No: EP-07-01-032 
Completed,
European Commission, Programme: e-participation   

The main objective of FEED Pilot Project is to apply a new concept in e-Participation by allowing users to have seamless access to existing federated content that matches their needs for information on the several aspects of a debated issue as well as to informative material about the specificities of the deliberation procedure in the scope of which an issue is considered. This way the level of knowledge for FEED users is enhanced both around the essence of issue at hand as well as of the procedural aspects of the deliberation process. Through FEED, federated content is contextually annotated according to the debated issue and legislative process specifics allowing the platform users to perceive it as a coherent body of information to be used in the various stages of a deliberation procedure.

EAMGM - Syria  

Technical Assistance for the Implementation of Euro-Arab Mashreq Gas Market Project (EAMGM) – Damascus – Syrian Arab Republic,  
Completed,
European Commission, Delegation of the European Commission to the Syrian Arab Republic.    

The overall objective of the Euro-Arab Mashreq Gas Market project is to contribute to the integration of the gas markets of Egypt, Lebanon ad Syria in view of creating a regional internal gas market to be integrated with the EU internal Gas Market:
The general objectives include:
•   Contributing to the completion of key connecting infrastructures in the region (Arab Gas Pipeline, other interconnecting infrastructures, etc.);
•   Promoting the use of gas in industries, commercial buildings, and possibly other sectors;
•   Increasing technical knowledge of market operators, regulators and officials in view of the creation of an internal gas market and its compatibility with the EU gas market;
•   Acquainting stakeholders of the gas sectors in the beneficiary countries with EU technology, culture and EU industrial and international best practices;
•   Improving technical and managerial skills of the incumbents in the gas sectors of the beneficiary countries;
•   Improving market structures of the beneficiary with Technical Assistance to support restructuring reforms of the gas market and its incumbents;
•   Promoting the alignment of regulatory frameworks among the Mashreq participant countries and with the EU, putting special emphasis in the alignment of safety and security standards with those of the EU as well as internal market functioning principles;
•   Supporting the transfer of know-how to the Euro-Arab Mashreq Gas Cooperation Centre to be created in Damascus (Syria) as well as the organization of knowledge dissemination activities in it. This initiative will seek to develop the beneficiary countries’ self-sustained capabilities for providing further Technical Assistance to the Euro-Arab Mashreq gas market once the support from this project comes to an end;
•   Encouraging initiatives supporting the use of gas as an input for generating electricity in order to increase the power generation capacity of the countries in the region in this cleaner and highly efficient source of power;
•   Identifying barriers to trade and new projects conductive to facilitate internal trade;
•   Expanding business opportunities among those countries and with the EU.

REACCESS  

Risk of Energy Availability: Common Corridors for Europe Supply Security,  
Completed,
European Commission Research Directorate-General EC 7th Framework Programme.    

The objectives of the action are:
• Analysing present policies concerning EU MS and Community targets for energy import.
• Evaluating technical, economical and environmental characteristics of present and future energy corridors within Europe and among Europe and the supplying regions of the World, taking into account the different typology of infrastructures and technologies, the flows and the distances involved for oil, natural gas, coal, electricity, uranium, biomass and hydrogen. 
• Introducing suitable parameters and indicators (including technical and socio-economical reliability) and cost components (investment, O&M, externalities) incorporating the above mentioned information, which may help a global evaluation of supply options (energy vectors, infrastructures, origins of the sources) and their impacts on economy, society, energy and environment toward sustainability.
• Identifying main energy corridors to EU27+ for primary/secondary energy commodities and electricity.
• Incorporating these energy main corridors into an adapted version of the pan-EU TIMES model (PEM) built in the framework of the NEEDS IP and other modelling tools such as ETSAP-TIAM.
• Analysing scenarios, in which for the fulfilment of the EU27+ energy needs, the import strategies of primary (and secondary) energy carriers compete with the evolution of energy efficiency policies, the introduction of new energy schemes and the development of renewables, in the framework of the EU environmental targets for 2030-2050. Some hypotheses related to the energy supply and demand strategies of regions outside of Europe will be also assumed, given their potential impacts on the international energy prices (e.g. China, India, OPEC, Russia, etc.)
• Training target groups of EU DGs to familiarize with the modelling tool.
• Developing interactions with commercial and industrial entities through an ad hoc Αdv Board.
• Disseminating the project work and discussing the results of the analysed scenarios.

MOUNTAIN RES-RUE  

RES and RUE Stimulation in Mountainous - Agricultural Communities towards Sustainable Development, "MOUNTAIN RES-RUE", Completed
European Commission, EACI, intelligent  Energy Programme
http://sustainablemountains.epu.ntua.gr  

The mountainous – agricultural communities could benefit from Renewable Energy Sources (RES) and Rational Use of Energy (RUE) applications based on their high RES potential as well as the increased energy and electricity consumption, as an inevitable outcome of their economical development. Scope of this project is the RES and RUE stimulation of four local communities of the European Union (EU), in a way that will ensure both the integrated and balanced evolution in the economical – employment, environmental, social and technological dimension of the sustainable development. The project’s primary objectives set as the identification of specific RES and RUE needs and preparation of viable and socially matured development opportunities along with the formulation of the first European “sustainable energy network in mountainous - agricultural communities”.

SRS Net  

Scientific reference System on new energy technologies, energy end-use efficiency and energy RTD,  Completed
European Commission, FP6 

The current project will develop a Scientific Reference System that will be set up to enhance availability quality, completeness of information and data on new energy technologies and energy end-use efficiency options. This project will produce unbiased, validated, organised and scientifically agreed technical and economic information on renewable energy and end-use efficient energy technology. Moreover, comparisons with other clean energy technologies of comparable importance for sustainable development e.g., Fuel Cells, H2-vectors and Heat Pumps, will be done. In order to underpin sustainable energy R&TD-strategies, all energy‑technologies (incl. fossil, nuclear) will be covered in collecting all historical European energy R&TD expenditure data since the 1960s.

ENEF RUSSIA  

ENERGY EFFICIENCY AT REGIONAL LEVEL. ARKHANGELSK, ASTRAKHAN, KALININGRAD REGIONS. RUSSIAN FEDERATION, "ENEF Russia",  Completed, 
European Commission, ΕuropeAid Co-operation Office   

The general objective of the current project is to support the implementation of the energy strategy of the Russian Federation, through its Federal Energy Saving Programme and the newly adopted legislation on energy saving. In addition to this, the policy aim of this project is to reduce the barriers to the implementation of energy efficiency projects within the three regions of Arkhangelsk, Astrakhan and Kaliningrad and within the specific energy sectors activities within each of the respective regions.
SSA ENTRANS  

The potential of transferring and implementing sustainable energy technologies through the Clean Development Mechanism of the Kyoto Protocol, "SSA Entrans"»  Completed
European Commission, Specific Support Action, Research Directorate General   

This project will carry out the following activities:
1. Extensive overview of the state of play with the CDM, such as CDM funding programmes, policy initiatives undertaken by developing countries, GHG approved accounting methodologies approved by the CDM Executive Board, potential barriers and the appropriate financial mechanisms.
2. Analysis of the status of the three examined technology options, namely decentralised electricity production systems, efficiency improvement of fuel switch, and CO2 capture and storage in terms of research and development progress, market penetration within the EU and on a global scale as well as an assessment of barriers to technology implementation.
3. Definition of requirements for energy technology diffusion to developing countries and the extent to which the CDM could support this process.
4. Dissemination of the results from 1-3 to policy makers in the EU and in developing countries.

PROBASE  

Procedures for accounting and baselines for projects under joint implementation and the clean development mechanism, Completed
European Commission, DG Research, FP5 

The Kyoto Protocol sets legally binding emission targets for GHGs, which apply to industrialised countries. To reach the targets, countries may a.o. use JI and CDM to acquiring emission rights through investment in projects abroad. The political process of designing JI and CDM will require continuous input from science and practice. A crucial issue is the calculation of GHG abatement achieved via JI or CDM. For this a baseline has to be determined of what the GHG emissions would have amounted to if the project and not taken place. The proposed project will develop operational procedures for JI and CDM, which ensure environmental effectiveness and economic efficiency. These procedures provide an indispensable input for the EU negotiating position at the international climate negotiations, and contributes towards capacity building in EIT and developing countries

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School of Electrical and Computer Engineering,
Decision Support Systems Lab
9, Iroon Polytechniou str., 15780, Zografou, 
Athens GREECE

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