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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Friday, 30 March, 2007
Number of staff in the management team of the cluster organisation : 
11-20
Regions: 
Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
Cluster Management Team: 
NameSurnamePositionTelephoneEmail
Enrico
Mazzon
Internationalisation Responsible
+33 (0)4 84 30 05 76
enrico.mazzon@capenergies.fr
Languages spoken: 
English
French
Italian
Spanish
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Business Services
Electric Power Generation and Transmission
Technology fields: 
Energy management
Smart grids
S3 EU priority areas: 
Cleaner environment & efficient energy networks (e.g. smart grids)
Power generation / renewable sources
Emerging industries: 
Blue Growth Industries
Environmental Industries
Areas of specialisation of the cluster not covered above: 
Capenergies is specialized in the following energy value chains: smart grids, solar (PV and CSP), storage, hydrogen (production, storage and use in mobile and stationary applications), energy-isolated systems and e-mobility (vehicle to grid).
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
514
Number of SME members: 
242
Number of start-ups among SME members: 
52
Number of larger company members: 
28
Number of research organisations/universities/technology centres: 
122
Number of other ecosystem actors : 
83
Entrepreneurship and scale-up support facilities in the cluster's ecosystem (see "Organisation type"): 
Name and link of major players: 
NameWebsiteType
EDF
Larger Company
CEA Cadarache
Technology Center
ADEC - Corsican Economic Development Agency
Cluster Strategy
Mission/Objectives: 

Capenergies: The energy transition cluster

Capenergies’ goal is to promote sustainable business growth and job creation in the energy transition sector by supporting its members to deliver new ideas, products and services to market. Through its network of companies, research laboratories, universities, training centers and investors, Capenergies fosters the development and commercialisation of solutions in 3 strategic areas:

- Sustainable low carbon energy production;

- Smart energy management;

- Energy efficiency. 

The cluster covers the following territories: Southern-Eastern France (Provence-Alpes-Côte-D’Azur), Corsica, Principality of Monaco, Guadeloupe and Réunion Island. 

The cluster’s activities encompass targeted support for the emergence of collaborative R&D projects with the capacity to shape emerging energy technology markets and the definition of business growth strategy.

Key figures:

•      3 founding members : CEA, EDF and the Corsican Economic Development Agency (ADEC);

•      More than 500 members;

•      1460 specialist energy partners;

•      More than 600 quality-certified projects;

•      335 funded projects and 545 M€ subsidies for funded projects.

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)
Access to public support (regional/national programmes, innovation vouchers, etc.)
Facilitation of collaboration between members
Innovation Management / Support of innovation processes (internal, external)
Details of support services: 
  • Providing a targeted and continuos support to innovative close-to-market ideas, from their emergence to the market;
  • Animating the cluster’s network to facilitate cooperation, information sharing and the provision of channeling of specialised and customised business support services ;
  • Facilitating SMEs access to national and international markets (even through EU collaborative projects);
  • Organising training programmes, workshops, infodays and conferences for preparing cluster’s members to go to market and take benefit of transnational cooperation and funding opportunities at both EU and international level ;
  • Providing public local authorities with the expertise needed to develop their territorial energy strategies and prepare their calls for projects ;
  • Contributing to the valorisation of the cluster innovation ecosystem at European and international level via inter-clustering cooperation.
Cooperation Activities
International Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
Canada
Israel
Morocco
Tunisia
United States
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: 
Germany
Greece
Italy
Netherlands
Spain
Our cluster organisation undertook the following trans-national activities to support our members: 
Support to collaborative activities/etc.
Which clusters do you collaborate with?: 
Morocco Solar Cluster
Basque Energy Cluster - Cluster de Energia (Spain)
Cluster Nergica - Québéc (Canada)
Clean Tech San Diego - California (USA)
Cluster Andalucia Smart City (Spain)
Support Programmes
Participation in Funded Support Programmes: 
European ProgrammesProject Name
FP7
H2020
CIP/COSME
INTERREG
Other

Capenergies has been involved in European collaborative projects for 3 years. The cooperation developed by Capenergies with foreign clusters/organisations is particularly important for boosting its role in the internationalisation process of SMEs (exports, foreign partnerships and investments) which then leads to new job creation, growth and long-term sustainability.

HORIZON 2020:

 

Flexigrid – Interoperable solutions for implementing holistic FLEXIbility services in the distribution GRID – Partner

The project (duration: 2019-2023, budget: 8,1M€) aims at improving the functioning of the distribution power network making it more flexible, reliable and cost-efficient, through the development of 4 hardware and 4 software solutions. This in view of making power grid more reliable, stable, secure and ready to integrate an increasing share of renewable energy sources.

Furthermore, a single open source platform will integrate the different solutions making them interoperable with the IT systems used by the energy stakeholders, increasing its replication potential.

Capenergies leads the WP on business cases development & exploitation strategy.

 

INTERREG MED 2014-2020:

 

ESMARTCITY (Enabling Smarter City in the MED Area through Networking) – Partner

This single module project (duration: 2018-2020, budget: 2,5M€) aims at improving the innovation capacities of cities in the MED area, through the establishment of innovation ecosystems comprising citizens, businesses, research and academia, and public authorities, enforcing the Smart City concept. Throughout the project, Capenergies is in charge of fostering the European innovation ecosystem of the Smart City concept and is particularly involved in the activities of enhancing capacities of public authorities in conjunction with the relevant actors of the Smart City concept.

 

EnerNETMob (Mediterranean Interregional Electromobility Networks for intermodal and inter-urban low carbon transport systems) – Partner

This integrated project (duration: 2018-2022, budget: 5,7M€) aims at creating an “Interregional Electro-mobility Network” for medium/long range Battery Electric Vehicles’ displacements at transnational level and impacting national and regional mobility policies for interurban low carbon transport in the Mediterranean and European areas. Capenergies is involved in the communication/dissemination activities, the collection of data about local sustainable urban mobility plan, the development of an ICT Electromibility platform, the assessment of pilot actions’ results, as well as the knowledge transfer towards 4helix players.

 

ENI CBC MED 2014-2020:

 

GreenInMed  (Speeding up the MED SMEs’ uptaking of eco-innovative solutions in energy and water management) – Partner

 

The project (duration: 2019-2022, budget: 1,4M€) has a twofold objective:

  1. Supporting hotel managers in the Mediterranean area to adopt innovative solutions proposed by SMEs and available on the market to reduce their consumptions of water and power;
  2. Speeding up the market uptake of new solutions which are being developed by start-ups for increasing energy and water efficiency of Mediterranean hotels.

Capenergies leads the WP linked to financial support for eco-innovation in SMEs by managing the call for awarding innovation-focused grants (budget: 100k€ in cascade funding).

 

 

FP7:

  • MARE - Mediterranean Activities for Research and Innovation in the Energy sector (2013-2016). This INCO project generated new joint RDT projects in the MED area. On the basis of exchanges of good practices on technology transfer on RES micro-grids, RES desalination and energy efficiency in buildings. (www.mare-euromed.eu);
  • TOWERPOWER (2014-2017) is a research project targeting SMEs. The projet developed and tested a prototype for monitoring defects in offshore wind turbines. (www.towerpower.eu)
Promotion
Success Story / Achievements: 
Why should partners choose you for cooperation?: 

Capenergies is the largest French Cluster for Competitiveness in the field of sustainable energy. At national level, the Cluster is renowned for its specific expertise in insular energy systems and leading position in the large scale deployment of smart grid solutions thanks to its participation in the driving seat of the Flexgrid Programme and the partnership on smart grids of the S3P Energy.

Besides, Capenergies has a solid experience in coordination of pilot actions (demo projects), exploitation of project results, communication, dissemination, stakeholder involvement and capacity building activities.