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In February 2010 the Committee of the Hellenic Development Fund committed 400,000 Euros to promote regional cooperation in the field of Renewable Energy Sources and Energy Efficiency. A Call for Proposals was launched and twenty applications were submitted requesting in total 1,450,000 Euros and reflecting an overall project value of 2,376,000 Euros. In June 2011, the best six projects were chosen by the HDF Committee to benefit from the available budget of 400,000 Euros.

The approved projects in Renewable Energy are listed below according to their ranking:

1.                  Application: “Greening Public Buildings in Azerbaijan: Promotion of Energy Efficiency Materials and Technologies" submitted by the Center for Renewable Energy Sources & Savings (CRES - Lead partner, Hellenic Republic) and the State Agency for Alternative and Renewable Energy Sources of the Republic of Azerbaijan (Republic of Azerbaijan). Grant approved up to 85,000 Euros.
Project Summary: “The aim of the project is to promote the concept of energy efficient public buildings in Azerbaijan through:
The implementation of a pilot project in two public schools. The basic idea is to apply renewable energy sources (RES) and energy efficiency (EE) technologies and materials in order to decrease the building’s energy consumption and demonstrate to its users and visitors that such measures not only drastically reduces its expenses for energy but also improves the quality of its indoor living conditions.
Capacity building and educational activities on RES and EE. Those activities will include a) training for teaching staff (“Train the Trainer”), training and seminars for persons involved in the building sector such as employees and officers of the   public administration (ministries of housing, local authorities), private construction companies, engineers, universities, etc b) provision of educational material for school classes. CRES, in cooperation with the State Agency of RES in Azerbaijan plans to realize this project, taking the opportunity which is given by Hellenic Development Fund, supporting the exchange of know-how and technical expertise in the fields of RES and EE”.
2.                  Application: “Green Cluster of Knowledge Institutions of Black Sea: A Roadmap on Renewable Energy Sources and Energy Efficiency for Research and Academicsubmitted by the International Center for Black Sea Studies (ICBSS, Lead partner), the Marmara Research Center of the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK MAM, Republic of Turkey) and the University – Higher School of Economics (Russian Federation). Grant approved up to 51,000 Euros.
 The Green Cluster aims at supporting a regional partnership of academic and research institutions of the Black Sea countries, able to address the key energy challenges, disseminate the project’s outcomes and promote the use of renewable energy sources and energy efficiency practices in the Black Sea area.
If your institution is interested in becoming a member of the Green Cluster, please sign the Joint Statement and send it to us at:
3.                  Application: “CHILDREN: A new hope for Renewable Energy and a Better Place to Live” submitted by DQS Hellas Ltd (Hellenic Republic), the Municipality of Apsropyrgos (Hellenic Republic), the Municipality of Livadhja (Republic of Albania) and Ecotecnica Constructions & Development Co. (Hellenic Republic). Grant approved up to 86,000 Euros.

CHILDREN” is an awareness raising project, aiming at the CHILDREN of the Municipalities of Livadhja and Aspropyrgos, considering that they are the future and the best hope, to change our attitude towards the environment and energy consumption, implying that those two parameters are essential to achieve sustainable development. Hence, through the implementation of the Project Activities, the CHILDREN of the two Municipalities are going to learn the great positive consequences of using Renewable Energy Sources (RES) in order to mitigate the effects of Climate Change.

Within this framework, the Project consists of two demonstration Projects, where a Solar Photovoltaic System of a total capacity of 8 KW is going to be placed at a selected school of each of the two participating Municipalities (Albania, Greece). The Photovoltaic systems are going to be accompanied with a tracking panel, where the total amount of energy saved is going to be calculated and visualized, so that it can be used for Educative and Awareness raising reasons.

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4.                  Application: “EESS-ENERGY EFFICIENCY FOR A SMART SCHOOL” submitted by Beyaz Gemi Egitim Danismanlik Yayincilik, Organizasyon, Bilgisayar, Pazarlama, Ticaret Ltd.St. (Lead partner, Republic of Turkey), the Istanbul Governorship, Istanbul Project Coordination Unit (IPKB, Republic of Turkey ), the Environmental & Energy Engineering Consultancy (kartECO, Hellenic Republic), and the Center for Energy Efficiency (EnEffect, Republic of Bulgaria). Grant approved up to 77,500 Euros.
We labeled the school which produces and saves energy as energy smart school and we named it as The Smartest School (Energy Efficient School). The Smartest School Project has been designed as an example for energy efficient structures in our country. We aim at pointing out how a regular school could contribute energy efficiency with its correct structure and planning.
A Workshop took place at the Smart School on 13 February 2013 BSEC Press Release  
5.                  Application: “Green Business Network in the BSEC regionsubmitted by the BSEC Business Council and the Organization of Small and Medium Sized Enterprises and Handicraft (EOMMEX SA, Hellenic Republic). Grant approved up to 51,000 Euros.
Project Summary: “Aware of the increasing importance of the green energy applications, in particular of the renewable energy sources (RES) and of the energy efficiency in the world, while an emerging and promising sector with social and economic impact in the wider Black Sea area, BSEC BC and EOMMEX launch the concept of the development of the “Green Business Network.
The cooperation of the two partners under the project proposal originated in their longtime working relation within the BSEC Organization. Due to the lack of a similar regional networking activity so far, the “Green Business Network in the BSEC region” aspires to become the first, largest, and most diverse network, with a multi stakeholder focus on enterprises, state organizations, institutions and universities activating in the green energy sector. The network will have an inclusive character since it will extend to all BSEC Member States, while its operation will foster the BSEC and BSEC-HDF objectives The partners consider that, through the development of the “green business network”, new green entrepreneurship initiatives and investments, in particular in doing business in clean energy will be promoted, while the public opinion’s sensitivity towards the sustainable economy will be increased.
6.                  Application: “Technological Systems based on the utilization of water kinetical energy for rural consumers (TESUWKERC)” submitted by the Technical University of Moldova (TUM-Lead partner, Republic of Moldova) and the “Stefan cel Mare” University of Suceava (Romania). Grant approved up to 50,000 Euros.
Project Summary: “The main expected results: determination of the specific energy needs in the eligible regions; prospecting of micro hydraulic energy potential in some zones nearby Nistru, Prut and Raut rivers, evaluation of energy potential of assessed waters and information, in cooperation with local councils, about end-users of the micro-hydro-stations; design, production and testing of the technological systems integrated with micro hydro power station for dripping irrigation system, external lighting system and heating systems for buildings (houses, small production, or public buildings); application of joint strategies and methods concerning promotion and development of irrigation, heating and lighting systems which can be distributed in regions with hydraulic potential: organization of workshops for potential private consumers, decision makers of local authorities from the rural areas, for training specialists and discussing the achieved results in the project, the directions of renewable clean energy sources development etc.; organization of one Short-Term Scientific Mission for exchange of students, between the participating research groups; development, editing and distribution of information materials related to the technological systems integrated with hydraulic energy conversion systems, participation on a large scale at national and international fairs, radio and TV presentations advertising achieved result”.

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Istanbul - Energy Efficiency Smart School Kazim Karabekir - Showing installed solar panels and solar tree 




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