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Solartys Spanish Solar Energy & Energy Efficiency Cluster

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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Monday, 12 January, 2009
Number of staff in the management team of the cluster organisation : 
6-10
Regions: 
Cataluña
Cluster Excellence Label: 
Bronze Label
Other Label: 
AEI (Ministry of Industria, Energy and Tourism). Catalonia Clusters. Collaborative entity by the Ministry of Economy of Spain. XEEC (Network of Energetic Entities of Catalonia) and in the ECREE (Catalan Strategy for Energetic Renewal of Buildings).
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
Cluster Management Team: 
NameSurnamePositionTelephoneEmail
Alba
Álvarez
Cluster Manager
931828813
aalvarez@solartys.org
Languages spoken: 
English
French
Spanish
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Business Services
Education and Knowledge Creation
Technology fields: 
Smart grids
Photovoltaics
S3 EU priority areas: 
Cleaner environment & efficient energy networks (e.g. smart grids)
Power generation / renewable sources
Emerging industries: 
Environmental Industries
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
139
Number of SME members: 
92
Number of larger company members: 
25
Number of research organisations/universities/technology centres: 
16
Number of other ecosystem actors : 
6
Entrepreneurship and scale-up support facilities in the cluster's ecosystem (see "Organisation type"): 
Name and link of major players: 
Website
Cluster Strategy
Mission/Objectives: 

Our goal is to work for improving competitiveness through four basic lines of action : internationalization, promotion of R + D + i , training of workers and seeking funding for any project to carry out their associated .

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
Periodic Information dissemination
Promotion of activities (marketing/ visibility)
Cooperation Activities
International Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
India
Jordan
Lebanon
Morocco
Taiwan
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: 
Denmark
France
Greece
Italy
Slovenia
Our cluster organisation undertook the following trans-national activities to support our members: 
Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs
Which clusters do you collaborate with?: 
European clusters such as CET, Secpho, SCS, Pole de Competitivité Derbi
Support Programmes
Participation in Funded Support Programmes: 
European ProgrammesProject NameLinkName & Description (Regional/National)Link (Regional/National)
FP7
H2020
CIP/COSME
INTERREG
Other

MED-SOLAR project

The Med-Solar project has allowed the cluster to establish a new alliance with countries of MENA region: Lebanon, Jordan and Palestine. Solartys has managed to position itself and by extension its members as leader in technological transfer and open these markets for its members. Furthermore, it has served to achieve one of the main strategic objectives of Solartys: spread the use of renewable technologies worldwide. Finally, the project has signified an important contribution for the financial security of the cluster during the 3 years of duration of the project.

The program to support Innovative Business Groups (AEI ) provides support with public funds innovation strategies and business competitiveness developed by the Innovative Business Groups (AEI ) that are recognized as such because of their registration in the Special Register of AEI Ministry

Promotion
Success Story / Achievements: 

Kits against Poverty Energy

 

Solartys is distributing free of cost self-generation power kits to families that have been cut out their power supply. The aim of this initiative is to raise awareness about the legality of the self-generation technologies, mitigate the reluctance of invest in this solutions and increase the impact on the society about the cluster activities, thanks to the support of the media and partners. The complexity of the campaign lies in getting together all the links in the value chain and deal with the legal issues existing in this sector. Moreover, with this activity Solartys seeks to boost the demand of PV technologies and reach the end-users in a segment largely untapped. To finish, Solartys will gain the loyalty of its members by helping them to increase their sales.

 

Sensitizing campaign about solar energy benefits

 

Solartys has started a sensitizing campaign addressed to three different targets: industry, end-users and students. The project consists in the elaboration of infographics, video production and providing courses. The challenge of these actions is to reach a public with limited knowledge in the technology and very heterogeneous. The expected results are raise awareness and encourage the penetration in the market of PV technology. Furthermore, this kind of initiative has never carried out before in Solartys and constitutes a new expertise of the cluster and a new tool at the disposal of its members.

 

Workshop with the Spanish Ministry of Defense

 

Last November 26th of 2014 Solartys organized a meeting between the members of the cluster and the Ministry of Defense. The aim of the event was to promote the collaboration between Solartys companies and such an important institution.

The complexity on this activity was to catch the attention of the Ministry and to engage it to expose its energy needs, so Solartys’ members could propose their solutions. The impact reached was the demand side understanding and creation of business opportunities. Besides, the cluster members ended up reinforced in networking and business opportunities. Otherwise, Solartys itself offered its members an interesting and innovative tool with a very important potential impact in their businesses and possible only by being part of Solartys.

ELSI Project

The ELSi project consists on the creation of a pv modules recycling plant that will recover more than 95% of the value of the modules. Besides, there will be demonstration visits and participation in workshops, congresses and events.The technology, developed by Fraunhofer, Variata, Geltz and Revatech, will be licensed to other companies interested in the process.

 

CLUSGRID project

The CLUSGRID project consists on the determination of a new value chain for the Smart Grids sector and the improvement of the services provided by the participant clusters to their members. For these purposes, several workshops will be held and many training activities will take place during the implementation of the project.

 

Why should partners choose you for cooperation?: 

Solartys has a wide experience in European Projects, especially in dissemination and capitalization tasks, as work package leader. Besides, the international presence of the cluster is very high, thanks to the establishment of relationships with international partners, the previous projects or the 50 delegations over the world. Finally, Solartys also has the recognition as Bronze Label from ESCA, AEI from the Spanish Ministry of Industry and Collaborative Entity from the Ministry of Economy.