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Transylvania Energy Cluster

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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Wednesday, 28 September, 2011
Number of staff in the management team of the cluster organisation : 
Cluster Excellence Label: 
Silver Label
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
Cluster Management Team: 
Cluster Manager
Internationalisation Responsible
Languages spoken: 
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Electric Power Generation and Transmission
Environmental Services
Technology fields: 
Low, zero and plus energy rating
Smart grids
S3 EU priority areas: 
Power generation / renewable sources
New or improved service processes
Emerging industries: 
Digital Industries
Environmental Industries
Areas of specialisation of the cluster not covered above: 
smart cities, waste to energy
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
Number of SME members: 
Number of larger company members: 
Number of research organisations/universities/technology centres: 
Number of other ecosystem actors : 
Entrepreneurship and scale-up support facilities in the cluster's ecosystem (see "Organisation type"): 
Name and link of major players: 
Research Organisation
Larger Company
Cluster Strategy

We are linking networks, business partners and R&D organisations from Danube region and central European region.

TREC is a platform for R&D driven innovations in energy and environmental technology markets.

We aim at building up strong consortia for EU-Horizon 2020 calls basing on interlinking and focusing our profound competencies from the regions.

TREC is brief for Transylvania Energy Cluster. TREC Danube is funded by German Federal Ministry for Education and Research.

Do you have a formalised strategy?: 
Do you have a specific strategy focus that addresses internationalisation ?: 
Support services provided: 
Internationalisation support (= Access to third countries markets)
Access to technology services
Facilitation of cross-sectorial cooperation
Periodic Information dissemination
Innovation Management / Support of innovation processes (internal, external)
Details of support services: 

We provide to our members acces to internationalization and cooperation by presenting their offer to meetings in the area.

Also we try to help them imrove their bussines and innovate.

Cooperation Activities
International Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea)
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: 
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Our cluster organisation undertook the following trans-national activities to support our members: 
Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs
Please explain: 

We participate during last year in Gyor, Wien, Leipzig at meetings with other entities in order to establish cooperatiion on European programmes.

Which clusters do you collaborate with?: 
IT Cluster - Bulgaria
Cluster for Applied Sciences- Hungary
Support Programmes
Participation in Funded Support Programmes: 
European ProgrammesProject NameName & Description (Regional/National)

Enhanced trust in alternative Energy by builduing a demonstrative mix energy platform in EU Countries; Acronym: TRACE (trust alternative combined energy) Activity: H2020-EE-2015-CSA  

Energy City based on Smart Buildings-ECOS-B

PA3. Better connected and energy responsible Danube region

Operational Competitivity Programme- Structural Founds 

Horizon 2020

Danube Interreg

Success Story / Achievements: 

Enhancing Cluster Capacity to research and innovate in the alternative energy domain   

The new cluster management team succed to applied for a project with structural founds in order to increase the research capacity of the clusters members to develop and innovate in the alternative energy domain. The results of the project were positive and TREC cluster will receive the amount of money necessar to implement an mixt alternative experimental park (solar and wind).

In this project will be implies members of the clusters such as research institutes, sme’s and also the municipality.

The impact of the project will be very important from our point of view because will increase the possibility to have results directly from the sites. We want to have real results concerning production and consumption of energy provided by alternative resources.

This park is the first one in Transylvania and also in  Romania and we think that will increase the trust of stakeholders in renewable resources. In the future if the results are pleaseable we want to replicate this form where we have possibilities and where is needed.

Our idea was to produce energy from alternative sources in the place where is consumed to decrease the costs with storage and transport.

Also the cofinancibility of this project is coming from a cluster member, Cluj Innovation Park which will be the direct beneficiary of the energy produced there.

In the future we intend to try to create an sustainable community energetically independent and to create a small community which will be integrated in smart city concept in that area.

Also in this project we will have an special amount of money for cluster animation activities.

This will include a new website for promoting clusters activities, publicity, we will organize trainings for cluster’s members in the energy area.

Also we wiil try to attract research personnel in the energy domain through courses with young reseachers and masteral students.

Also we will mantain the internationalization activities of the cluster trying to

continuously expanded its EU networking and cooperation, through the participation and representation of its member companies in events related with there interests. 

Enhancing Clusters Capacity of the North –West area to innovate and cooperate

With the other clusters located in North-West region of Romania we formed a consortium named “ Transylvania Clusters Consortium” in order to improve collaboration between our members and to improve the impact of the clusters in the area. We initiate a trans-sectorial cooperation in order to increase competitiviness and to increase added value for our members.

We signed an agreement between:

Cluster Mobilier Transilvan / www.mobiliertransilvan.ro, AgroTransilvania Cluster / www.agrocluster.ro, iTechTransilvania Cluster / http://itech.aries-transilvania.ro/, CLUSTER TREC - Transylvania Energy Cluster / www.trec-cluster.ro, Cluster Gusturi Transilvane / www.gusturi-transilvane.ro and Transilvania LifeStyle Cluster / www.transilvanialifestyle.ro.

The members of the consortium clusters represent 258 entities, in the economic, research and innovation and the institutional fields. Companies represented by these clusters have more than 18,000 employees and a cumulative turnover 1.3 billion euros.

We try to increase the impact of the clusters in the area, by a trans-sectorial cooperation in order to increase the living level of our comunity.

We intend to imply also the public authorities to help clusters to respond to the memeber’s needs and also to create (where is possible) facilities for the clusters members.

We think that together we have a different succes and we want to work better and to increase the internalisation of our memebers by representing them in different events.

Cluster’s consoritum will try to organize an  international conference in Transylvania in order  to give the possibility to its members to present their work , also with visits at there activity sites and also to increase the cooperation between members in the area or from abroad. 


Why should partners choose you for cooperation?: 

We are determined to promote our members and internationalize them.

We looking for partners in Horizon 2020 calls and interreg danube. Also we looking for cluster with excllence in order to learn from them good practices to improve our cluster competitiviness.