Brussels hosted Energy Week on 28th January and 1st February 2008. Plenty of institutions that are interested in energy sector participated in the European Union Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) in order to discuss the energy related topics, listen to distinguished speakers and seek for new opportunities in the sector. TAGES was in Brussels to participate in the energy week and progress meeting of FIRE project that aims to support SMEs in their participation in the EU funded projects and the Detect-it energy brokerage event for closely following the energy events
TAGES aims to increase the R&D activities of Turkish small and medium sized enterprises working in the energy sector and for this reason supports and guides Turkish SMEs in their participation in the EU funded R&D projects. TAGES is one of the European partners of the FIRE project that aims at ‘Facilitating Innovation in Renewable Energies’. TAGES has selected around 40 Turkish energy companies to give them one to one support. For this reason TAGES follows the energy activities and seeks for new collaboration opportunities for these companies.
After the progress meeting of the FIRE project in Brussels, TAGES participated in the Energy Brokerage event of the Detect-it project which was organized in partnership with FIRE project. The meeting was realized with the speeches of representatives from the Hungarian biomass cluster, Brussels Eco-build cluster and Policy Officer of Energy Research RTD Unit, Jacques Bonnin on the opportunities in the energy sector. During the meeting, European partners share their experiences on their EU funded projects.
EUSEW in Brussels touched upon the key energy issues in Europe. The agenda of the week includes continuous events held simultaneously in different rooms of the European Union institutions inBrussels, and in some other European cities. Key European energy experts and representatives from the European Commission gave speeches and participated in the panel discussions. The events attracted many participants from all over the world where they could find the opportunity to listen, discuss, share information and experience on energy policy development, energy education, technological opportunities and new trends in the market, sustainable energy and energy efficiency, eco-buildings, renewable solutions for heating and cooling and other energy related issues.
Besides the conferences and simultaneous panel discussions in different EU buildings and even in other cities across Europe, there were also plenty of attractions displayed in the stands in Charlemagne Building.
The exhibition of virtual ice block bet demonstrating the energy saving potential of insulation, the cool bar showing the energy efficiency in buildings through insulation, the helpdesk of ManageEnergy project with an opportunity to hang the project ideas have created a marvelous atmosphere for the participants so that they could be informed and guided about the new technologies in energy.
There were also stands of technology platforms and institutions of different renewable technologies such as solar energy, photovoltaic, geothermal energy, wind, hydro energy, carbon capture and storage.
The participants around Europe have different profiles representing universities, companies who are working or interested in energy issues, research centers, public organizations, NGOs and European associations. They showed a great interest both to the exhibitions and conferences. There were also some private and public Turkish institutions attended the Energy Week who were seeking for partnerships with European counterparts.
You can reach the programme, press releases and other details of the energy week from the following address: www.eusew.eu