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GREEN ENERGY Romanian Innovative Biomass Cluster

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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Monday, 14 February, 2011
Number of staff in the management team of the cluster organisation : 
6-10
Regions: 
Centru
Cluster Excellence Label: 
Silver Label
Membership to European Strategic Cluster Partnerships (ESCP-4i or ESCP-S3): 
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
NameWebsite
Clustero
Transylvania Consortium of Clusters
Cluster PoliSEE
eseia
Cosmenerg 4i - Global Clusters for Renewable Energy and Environmental Technologies
Cluster Management Team: 
NameSurnamePositionTelephoneEmail
Lajos
Vajda
Cluster Manager
info@greencluster.ro
Tihamer-Tibor
Sebestyen
Project Manager
sebestyen@greencluster.ro
Boglarka
Vajda
ECCP Responsible Person
+40749096726
vajda@greencluster.ro
Maria
Gaspar
Project Manager
gaspar@asimcov.ro
Sandor
Bartha
Other
bartha@greencluster.ro
Eniko
Matyus
Other
matyus@greencluster.ro
Luminita-Ioana
Vlaicu
Other
vlaicu@greencluster.ro
Orsolya
Bojte
Other
bojte@greencluster.ro
Languages spoken: 
English
French
Hungarian
Romanian
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Agricultural Inputs and Services
Education and Knowledge Creation
Technology fields: 
Furnace and boiler technologies
Solid biomass
S3 EU priority areas: 
Sustainable energy & renewables
Emerging industries: 
Environmental Industries
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
70
Number of SME members: 
31
Number of larger company members: 
3
Number of research organisations/universities/technology centres: 
8
Entrepreneurship and scale-up support facilities in the cluster's ecosystem (see "Organisation type"): 
Name and link of major players: 
Cluster Strategy
Mission/Objectives: 

Green Energy Innovative Biomass Cluster has been founded in 2011 with the aim to raise the interest towards the production and utilization of the solid biomass, the most important renewable energy source in Romania. The cluster ensures the frame to develop innovative solutions in the field of the solid biomass by putting emphasis on the environmental, social and economic benefits.

The mission of the cluster is to link businesses, research organizations, universities and public administration in order to enhance cooperation, stimulate innovation, spread knowledge in the field of the solid biomass, the most important renewable energy source in Romania. It is important to define innovative solutions and synchronize the production and utilization of the solid biomass by developing the biomass value-chain and enhancing cooperation among cluster participants.

Objectives of the cluster • To develop the value chain in the field of energy willow crops, green waste management and industrial wood-waste management • To develop the market for the sustainable use of the biomass for energy purposes (providing heat energy) • To ensure human resource development in the sector by providing professional training • To identify themes for research and innovation projects • To ensure professional management of the cluster • To participate in international projects and cooperation

Do you have a formalised strategy?: 
Yes
Do you have a specific strategy focus that addresses internationalisation ?: 
Yes
Services
Support services provided: 
Facilitation of collaboration between members
Trend-scouting (Ideas for innovative projects)
Periodic Information dissemination
Promotion of activities (marketing/ visibility)
Details of support services: 

SERVICES OF THE CLUSTER

  • Fostering exchange between cluster members
  • Identifying and integrating cluster members
  • Strategy development and monitoring
  • Organizing events
  • Networking & lobbying
  • Creating awareness of promoting cluster policy in the region
  • Initiation, development and supervision of co-operating projects between companies and R&D facilities
  • Stimulating innovation in the cluster
  • Organizing/securing financing and funding
  • Carrying out public relation and marketing activities
  • Initiation, development and supervision of B2B co-operation projects
  • Development and implementation of PR concept of the cluster
  • Development and implementation of internationalization strategy of the cluster
  • Initiation, development and supervision of international co-operation projects of cluster members

WORKING GROUPS

Research-Development-Innovation WG

  • facilitate cooperation between businesses and RDI (universities and other RDI suppliers) for innovation project ideas
  • initiation and acquisition of third party funding for R&D projects
  • Initiation of collaborative innovation projects between cluster participants for technology development, technology transfer
  • Cooperation with innovation support and innovation service providers, business and innovation promoters

Business Development WG

  • Give support in exploring business opportunities
  • Consulting and coaching
  • Strengthen cooperation and commercial relations among businesses
  • Attracting new (missing) businesses in the cluster or
  • generating new start-ups to fulfil new demands of the market

Education and Human Resource Development WG

  • Specific training related to cluster development for the cluster participants (focusing on clustering / benefits of the cluster)
  • Establishment of vocational training courses, study-courses, curricula

Marketing, Communication WG

  • Developing and implementing a common marketing policy, developing a brand
  • Enhanced external communication
  • Lobby to represent the interests of the cluster participants and contribute to relevant policies

Internationalisation WG

  • Intensify international contacts and cooperation with foreign partners or clusters
  • Initiate and establish partnership in international projects (knowledge transfer, best practice exchange)
  • Networking and representation of the cluster abroad
Cooperation Activities
International Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
Indonesia
Israel
Jordan
United Arab Emirates
Viet Nam
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
Germany
Hungary
Moldova, Republic of
Norway
Our cluster organisation undertook the following trans-national activities to support our members: 
Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs
Please explain: 

World Sustainable Energy Days, Austria EU Cluster Matchmaking Event, Mission for Growth to Spain Smart Energy Expo, Verona Study-tour to Norway (OREEC Cluster) Mission to Hungary (C2C) Key Energy Rimini EU Gateway to China program EU-US Days cluster matchmaking event Cooperation on cluster development  with ZELB Moldova National Environment Centre Chisinau

Which clusters do you collaborate with?: 
Archenerg Cluster Hungary
Innoskart Cluster, Hungary
members of Transylvania Consortium of Clusters
Support Programmes
Participation in Funded Support Programmes: 
European ProgrammesProject Name
H2020
Other
  1. Biomass – the green business: Create a community scale model for biomass utilization for sustainable local economic development and encourage development of local eco-businesses along biomass value chain. Norway Grants, Green Industry Innovation Programme (www.biomass4energy.ro)
  2. BioEnergyTrain: Create new post-graduate level curricula in key bioenergy disciplines, and a network of tertiary education institutions, research centres, professional associations, and industry stakeholders encompassing the whole value chain of bioenergy from field/forest to integration into the sustainable energy systems of buildings, settlements and regions. 15 partners from 6 countries. Financed from H2020.
  3. Phoenix: Enhance collective research excellence and create new, post-graduate-level training in key disciplines supporting the provision of bio-energy. 16 partners from 11 countries. Financed from H2020.
  4. BioVill : To develop regional bioenergy concepts up to the investment stage in order to become “bioenergy villages”. 9 partners from 7 countries. Financed from H2020.
Promotion
Success Story / Achievements: 

The  Cluster has been mentioned as best practice model in the EU-financed projects Promobio (Promotion of regional bioenergy initiatives), ADC (mobilising public support for entrepreneurial cooperation in the strategic productive sectors of South East Europe), Ecrein+ (exchange experiences with the aim to develop tools and actions to implement innovative regional policies supporting eco-innovation and eco-businesses), Confindustria: Proactive Change and TREC-Danube (a transnational network of regional clusters in the field of renewable energy, energy systems and bioeconomy).

The Cluster has also been taking significant steps towards moving to an international level, and currently, the cluster has strengthened relations with international actors, and since 2016 is member of the eseia organisation.

Why should partners choose you for cooperation?: 

The cluster's main vision is to contribute to the shaping of a sustainable economy and a society that lives in harmony with nature, uses clean energy and upholds sustainable management of forests and agriculture.

The cluster is open to any initiative that is in line with sustainable development, green economy, energy efficiency and with projects that will enable communities to reach their energy independence.