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Basque Energy Cluster (Cluster de Energía)

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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Thursday, 21 November, 1996
Number of staff in the management team of the cluster organisation : 
6-10
Regions: 
País Vasco
Cluster Excellence Label: 
Gold Label
Membership to European Strategic Cluster Partnerships (ESCP-4i or ESCP-S3): 
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
NameWebsite
The European Wind Energy Association (Wind Europe)
Cluster Management Team: 
NameSurnamePositionTelephoneEmail
Jose I.
Hormaeche
Cluster Manager
+34 944240211
jihormaeche@clusterenergia.com
Ander
González
ECCP Responsible Person
+34 944240211
agonzalez@clusterenergia.com
Marcos
Suárez
Project Manager
+34 944240211
msuarez@clusterenergia.com
Languages spoken: 
Basque
English
French
Spanish
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Electric Power Generation and Transmission
Lighting and Electrical Equipment
Technology fields: 
Smart grids
Transmission of electricity
S3 EU priority areas: 
Blue renewable energy
Energy distribution
Emerging industries: 
Blue Growth Industries
Environmental Industries
Areas of specialisation of the cluster not covered above: 
Concentrated Solar Power. Electric Vehicle recharge. Oil&Gas
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
165
Number of SME members: 
90
Number of larger company members: 
57
Number of research organisations/universities/technology centres: 
15
Number of other ecosystem actors : 
3
Entrepreneurship and scale-up support facilities in the cluster's ecosystem (see "Organisation type"): 
Name and link of major players: 
NameWebsiteType
TECNALIA Research and Innovation
Technology Center
GAMESA CORPORACION TECNOLOGICA S.A.
Larger Company
IBERDROLA S.A.
Larger Company
SENER INGENIERIA Y SISTEMAS, S.A.
Larger Company
IBIL - Gestor de carga de vehículo eléctrico, S.A.
SME
ORONA S. COOP.
Larger Company
E. P. DE MONDRAGON UNIBERTSITATEA
University
EVE
Technology Center
INGETEAM
Larger Company
EDP
Larger Company
Cluster Strategy
Mission/Objectives: 

The Basque Energy Cluster is a non-profit organization which was set up in 1996 with the mission of improving global competitiveness of the Basque energy sector companies by facilitating an industry-driven collaboration along the value chains and seeking public-private partnerships. Our vision is to contribute to the positioning the Basque Country as one of the European references in the energy industry sector in specific energy fields.

The Basque Energy Cluster is made up of more than 100 members, including leading companies in the energy sector located in the Basque Country (energy operators, component and equipment manufacturers), agents of the Basque Science, Technology and Innovation Network and public administration bodies involved in the energy field.

Do you have a formalised strategy?: 
Yes
Do you have a specific strategy focus that addresses internationalisation ?: 
Yes
Services
Support services provided: 
Access to the European Internal market
Internationalisation support (= Access to third countries markets)
Facilitation of collaboration between members
Promotion of activities (marketing/ visibility)
Provision and facilitation of access to training for members
Details of support services: 

The Basque Energy Cluster has a sound activity in the organization and coordination of all kind of meetings and joint activities between its members and external stakeholders. Periodical meetings and debate platforms are organized in order to identify requirements, opportunities and points of common interest, as well as to coordinate and follow-up the collaboration projects and activities launched by the Working Groups. These thematic meetings are coordinated by dynamic organizations which guide the activities of the group thanks to their knowledge and greater general perspective of each area. Moreover, the Basque Energy Cluster aims to identify high-added value training necessities and facilitates the interconnection with specialised training centres. It also helps its members to identify emerging technologies and business opportunities by analysing and reporting the market opportunities of the energy sector. Finally, the Basque Energy Cluster explores marketing activities in both consolidated and emerging areas of the energy sector.

Cooperation Activities
International Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
Brazil
Chile
Colombia
Mexico
Morocco
Our cluster organisation undertook the following international activities to support our members: 
Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs
Trans-national Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
Austria
Denmark
Finland
France
Sweden
Our cluster organisation undertook the following trans-national activities to support our members: 
Support to collaborative activities/etc.
Which clusters do you collaborate with?: 
Merinova Finland
CTC Upper Austria
EnergyIn Portugal
Paper Province
Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group
Offshore Energy Denmark
Offshore Väst
Flanders Maritime Cluster
Support Programmes
Participation in Funded Support Programmes: 
European ProgrammesProject NameLinkName & Description (Regional/National)Link (Regional/National)
H2020
CIP/COSME
INTERREG
Other

Ongoing European projects:

ELBE - Europe Leading Blue Energy (COSME - Cluster GO International): it aims to contribute positioning Europe as the world technological and industrial leader in Blue Energy. Following this rationale, the consortium will start with a selected group of key regions (Strand 1) that will constitute the embryo of the development a true pan-European Blue Energy cluster platform with a clear internationalisation focus (future Strand 2).

Past European projects:

REINAPLUS - Renewables Energy InterNAtionalisation ESCP project for European SMEs (COSME - Cluster GO International): It started on 1 January 2016 and builds upon the REINA pilot project in 2012-2013, which brought about the setting up of a European Strategic Cluster Partnership (ESCP). REINA PLUS will take the cooperation within the already set up ESCP to the next level supporting and reinforcing the internationalization of associated companies (especially SMEs) in the strategic markets of Mexico, Brazil, Chile, North America and North Africa, by fostering the collaboration and integration of their capacities.

TCE - Towards Cluster Excellency (Cluster Excellence Programme): It seeks to improve and strengthen the cluster management practices of the participating clusters towards cluster excellency. Moreover, it  will enable the participating clusters to provide more professional top quality business services to the SMEs involved in their clusters.

REINA (CIP Pilot programme) supports European SME’s internationalisation through the design and implementation of joint cluster specific internationalisation strategies in renewable energy growing markets.

The ‘Eco-Innovative Cluster Partnership for Internationalization and Growth (EcoCLUP)’ was established in 2010 focussing on eco innovative industries encompassing waste, water, pollution control, environmental services, energy, sustainable transport and construction. Strategies of internationalisation were discussed in these areas. The partnership cluster organisations participating were from Austria, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, the Netherlands, Sweden, Spain and UK. The project was coordinated by the EnviroCluster Peterborough from UK.

The Atlantic Power Cluster, funded under the Interreg Atlantic programme was coordinated by the region of Cantabria in Spain and aimed at creating an adequate political and social environment for the emerging sectors of offshore wind, wave and tidal as well as enhancing the competitiveness and innovation capacities of the industrial community in the Atlantic regions. 17 partners from Atlantic counties like Spain, France, Ireland, UK and Portugal participated.

Regional/National projects:

RECODE (Oceaneranet) will develop, demonstrate and validate standardised components that will contribute to lower ocean energy technology deployment costs and achieve long term costs reduction of ocean energy arrays components.

MARINEL (Basque Country, Etorgai Industrial Research Project) seeks to develop optimised solutions for a self-installing large offshore substation.

BIDELEK SAREAK (Basque Country) a joint initiative coordinated by IBERDROLA Distribución Eléctrica and the Basque Government and involving 13 electric companies and equipment manufacturers aiming at deploying smart grids to urban areas so as to increase the efficiency and security of the electric energy supply.

AZKARGA (Basque Country, Etorgai Industrial Research Project) formed by a group of 6 cutting-edge Basque companies in power electronics technologies, control electronics and vehicle charge management and supported by a technical advisory committee comprising representatives of the leading EV manufacturers, with the aim of developing an innovative EV charging solution by the end of 2016 that allows for full charging in a public environment in under 20 minutes.

WINDBOX advanced test & validation center for wind power, in which 12 organisations from the Basque Energy Cluster integrate and validate together wind power subsystems by means of advanced tests.