This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement N° 892429
fRamework for Actual Cooperation on Energy on Sites and Parks
R-Aces means a step-change in the contribution of European Industry to the climate targets of the EU. The sector after all represents 25% of all energy demand – and 50% of all cooling and heating - on the continent; yet only 16% comes from renewables. By focusing on collective measures and clustering, the efficiency of industry can be drastically increased.
The focus of R-Aces therefore is to turn high-potential, high-impact industrial clusters into EcoRegions that achieve at least a 10% reduction in emissions. An Eco-region is an area where energy, material and information exchanges occur between various companies and actors to reduce waste and energy/material consumption. Each region is centered on an (eco-)industrial park or (eco-)business park, linked to its surroundings by a 4th/5th generation district heating/cooling network.
The consortium sees this project as a capping stone, condensing the knowledge and experience gathered throughout H2020 into a set of three focused tools embedded in selected support actions. The tools consist of an assessment tool; legal decision support for joint contracts; and a smart energy management platform for clusters. The support actions are built around peer-to-peer learning, more formal coursework and serious games.
Together they enable a cluster to really become an EcoRegion and set up meaningful energy collaboration. The entire package of tools and support is aimed at the high-potential clusters identified in the European Thermal Roadmap. It will be validated in three of them (all are part of the consortium); actively deployed in another seven; and disseminated to ninety of them. In addition, the tools and support methodology will be made available to third parties in a sustainable way after the end of this two-year project.
The project consortium consists of the entire value chain needed for energy collaboration – suppliers, ESCO, cluster managers, support – and represents many years of proven experience in this field.
R-ACES develops three practical tools to support the entire process of organising an ecoregion and the collaboration inside of it.
- Self Assessment Tool
- Legal Decision Support Tool
- Energy Management Platform
R-ACES creates an online education environment with links to available training materials to support capacity building of stakeholders.
- Training Materials: Compilation of various online course materials for energy cooperation consisting of online seminars, presentations, reports and case studies.
- Serious Board Game: Learning-through-experience presenting participants with a case study, in which they play pre-assigned roles to reach pre-defined objectives. Interactive & competitive gaming element increasing attractiveness & learning outcome of the case study.
- STICHTING S-ISPT
- DOWEL MANAGEMENT
- SPINERGY SRL
- LOMBARDY ENERGY CLEANTECH CLUSTER
- PROVINCIALE ONTWIKKELINGSMAATSCHAPPIJ ANTWERPEN
- EUROPEAN SCIENCE COMMUNICATION INSTITUTE (ESCI) GGMBH
Start date: 1 June 2020 - End date: 30 November 2022