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Press Release: Accelerating innovative e-storage solutions with the STEPS Business Support Programme

Press Release for immediate release: 05/01/2021

Accelerating innovative e-storage solutions with the STEPS Business Support Programme

Kilkenny, IE (5th January 2021) A new business support programme for energy storage companies within North-West Europe launches this month. The Storage of Energy and Power Systems (STEPS) Business Support Programme will support small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in bringing their energy storage solutions to the market. As part of the Interreg North-West Europe (NWE) programme, the STEPS project aims to strengthen the collaboration and competitiveness of businesses in the region and lead NWE to the forefront of energy storage innovation.

 

Applications for SMEs to receive knowledge and business support will open on 11th January 2021. Further details here.

 

The STEPS programme will support 40 businesses through a competitive voucher programme that offers €12,5k worth of assistance from leading universities to each business free of charge. Additionally, 20 of these companies will receive expert support worth €50k each, to demonstrate their technology at regional end-users (testbeds) throughout North-West Europe.

 

The programme combines business support and knowledge partners from Ireland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, and the United Kingdom to strengthen the competitiveness of innovative energy storage solution providers in North-West Europe (NWE).

 

STEPS offers SMEs a user-centric, demand-driven approach to bring their products closer to the market through tailored testing. Specifically, knowledge and business partners will advise e-storage SMEs on entering new markets in North-West Europe, engage with potential end-users, and increase the awareness of solution providers. STEPS will also connect end-users with providers of new e-storage solutions via a business support programme to increase their technological readiness level (TRL) through real-life testing.

 

The opportunity for SMEs to demonstrate their solutions at a real end-user, allows businesses to showcase and develop their e-storage solution, empowering them to scale up and grow their innovation. Additional expert advice on legal, market, and business models will help SMEs reach new customers and successfully grow their business. Through the STEPS programme, energy storage innovators in North-West Europe will solve local challenges and boost their competitiveness in the global market.

 

 “Energy storage innovators in Ireland face significant challenges in getting their solutions to the market, particularly when looking for opportunities to test their technology with real end-users. As experienced facilitators, 3cea is working with other Irish partners to accelerate innovation in our region, to get value from science and technology. We are excited to be part of the sustainable energy transition and we look forward to watching these businesses grow,” Michael Doran, EU Projects Manager 3cea.

 

3 Counties Energy Agency (3cea) is a non-profit, independent energy agency working primarily in Carlow, Kilkenny and Wexford. 3cea is a leader in sustainable efficient use of locally produced clean energy delivering low carbon homes, jobs and enterprise. 3cea will play a strategic role regionally, partnering with its members and supporting all stakeholders on their energy transition journey to 2030 and beyond. 3cea will continue to play a leading role in the region by initiating exemplar local actions, working in collaboration with our member groups.

 

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More information

 

Business support programme website: https://www.stepsnwe-application.com/

STEPS website: https://www.nweurope.eu/projects/project-search/steps-storage-of-energy-power-systems-in-nwe/

STEPS Twitter: https://twitter.com/stepsnwe

STEPS LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/stepsnwe/

 

Contact

 

Michael Doran

EU Projects Manager

3cea

mdoran@3cea.ie

 

Patrick Cantwell

Marketing & Communications Officer

3cea

pcantwell@3cea.ie

 

For more information on the STEPS project, visit our dedicated webpage.

Press Release pdf available here.

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Affordable Housing Survey – Have Your Say!

Housing 4.0 Energy Affordable Housing Survey

The Irish H4.0E pilot, overseen by 3 Counties Energy Agency (3CEA), will be located in South East of Ireland (Carlow, Kilkenny and Wexford), with each region committing to the delivery of four zero energy homes (ZEHs) each — 12 in total. This pilot project will utilise digitisation and 4.0 technology and integrate renewable energies. The main construction principles will be prefabricated Timber Frame and Insulating Concrete Formwork (ICF) with the aim to use renewable building materials and innovative technologies. Local Authority Social Housing tenants are the intended end users, with the aim of addressing fuel poverty.

The private housing sector in Ireland accounts for nearly one third of all CO2 emissions. The aim of this pilot project is to offer access to new and affordable energy efficient homes and develop a market for small, affordable and sustainable homes by adapting and applying sustainable and innovative technologies.

We have prepared an online survey to understand the current housing market and to help identify the ‘Needs and Expectations’ of potential future residents for these innovative low carbon homes. Any help in sharing the survey would be greatly appreciated and will contribute to this vital piece of study which feeds into a larger programme.

Note* This survey is anonymous but there is an option to be in with a chance to win a €100 One4All voucher. If you wish to enter the competition, leave your contact email at the end of the questionnaire.

Thank you for your support.

STEPS e-storage solutions

STEPS Business Support Programme will launch in January 2021

The STEPS Business Support Programme will kick start the new EU project in the New Year.

STEPS (Storage of Energy & Power Systems) is a new European project bringing the innovative industry of energy storage to Irish SMEs. Project partners from Ireland, the Netherlands, Belgium, France and the UK will increase the energy storage industry in North West Europe (NWE). Each nation will encourage innovative energy storage providers to develop their energy storage solution to become market ready.

Overall, the STEPS project hopes to advise more than 200 energy storage local SMEs on entering new markets in NWE. STEPS wishes to create market pull effects in NWE for new energy storage solutions by engaging with potential end-users needs and increase awareness of solution providers.

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Housing 4.0 Energy Updates

News from the three Irish pilots

The Irish H4.0E pilot, overseen by 3 Counties Energy Agency (3CEA), will be located in South East of Ireland (Carlow, Kilkenny and Wexford), with each region committing to the delivery of four zero energy homes (ZEHs) each — twelve in total. This pilot will utilise digitisation and 4.0 technology and integrate renewable energies. The main construction principles will be prefabricated Timber Frame and Insulating Concrete Formwork (ICF) with the aim to use renewable building materials. Innovative technologies for sourcing renewable energy will be Air to Water Heat Pumps, Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery (MVHR), PV and Thermal Solar Panels. Local Authority Social Housing tenants are the intended end users, with the aim of addressing fuel poverty.

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Save Energy at Home & in your Community Online Event – Thu 10th Dec at 6.30pm – Hosted by Codema

Codema will host an online event on Thursday 10th December at 6:30pm which will focus on Saving Energy at Home & In Your Community.

This event is for people to learn about energy saving in the home and in their community.

To give an idea of the evening, Gavin Harte will be introducing the SEC programme and introduce the Home Energy Saving Kit scheme. We’re also delighted to have two Sustainable Energy Communities on board to contribute to the evening; Laragh/Glendalough SEC (Finian McEvoy) and Ringsend/Irishtown Energy Cooperative (Megan Kuster).  Read more

Join the Cycle E-Sufficiency webinar #2: mobility and public space

Date: 9 December from 10:30 to 12:00 CET

Overconsumption – of energy and materials – have devastating effects on climate and the environment.  It is urgent to start consuming less and better, in line with the concept of energy sufficiency.

Enshrined in the French Energy Transition Bill of 2015, the concept of energy sufficiency is still largely unknown and misunderstood at the European level. According to Environmental Change Institute, “Energy sufficiency is a state in which people’s basic needs for energy services are met equitably and ecological limits are respected.” (Darby and Fawcett, 2018). Energy sufficiency goes beyond energy efficiency: it’s about having enough but not using too much. It’s about doing things differently; about living well, within the limits (energysufficiency.org).

As part of its energy transition Vice-Presidency, AREC IDF is organising with FEDARENE a series of webinars on energy sufficiency in Europe: Read more

Better Energy Communities Grant 2021- Online Information Event

3 Counties Energy Agency (3cea) will host a free online event to introduce the Better Energy Communities Grant which is currently open for applications for the 2021 programme.

Date & Time: Tuesday 24th November at 11am-12pm

Register for the event here.

The free online energy information event encourages businesses and community groups to hear from our experts in 3cea to discuss the benefits of the Better Energy Communities Grant.

Businesses, community groups, GAA clubs, crèche owners, schools and many more interested parties are invited to attend as each are eligible to receive up to 30-50% grant aid for their energy projects.

Our energy expert, Fintan O’Hora will host the event on Tuesday November 24th at 11am. Interested groups will gain the required information and support they need to get their Better Energy Communities Grant Programme (BEC) application over the line ahead of the December deadline. Read more

Budget 2021

The government announced Budget 2021 on Tuesday 13th October with many energy related updates.

The budget announced on Tuesday brings hope for a green recovery in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic. We have broken down some key takeaways from Budget 2021 with particular focus on the area of energy.

Carbon Tax

Carbon tax has increased by 7.50 per tonne, with auto fuel immediately coming into effect from Tuesday night (13th October 2020). All other fuels will be in place from May 2021. This carbon tax will increase every year up to 2029.

Energy Efficiency

In terms of energy efficiency and renewable energy, €38 million has been allocated to support projects in the commercial and public sector.

This funding has doubled from 2020 which reflects the government’s commitment in achieving the 2050 goal of becoming a net-zero emission Country.

This year’s Renewable Electricity Support Scheme (RESS) auction brought success to community-led projects and the government have allocated €3 million in capital funding to locally-owned community energy projects.

An Accelerated Capital Allowance scheme for energy efficiency electrical equipment has been extended by 3 years.

Retrofitting

The government have pledged that over €221 million in funding will be allocated to retrofit schemes, covering both residential and community projects. €100 million of the allocation will be funded through the carbon tax revenue.

The overall figure stands at €286.5 million, which has been committed to retrofit activity, with the inclusion of social housing projects.

The Warmer Homes Scheme will provide retrofitting grants and the National Home Retrofit Scheme will also provide homeowners the opportunity to upgrade their home’s energy efficiency rating to a B2 standard.

The carbon tax is expected to finance over half of the funding needed for such energy efficiency measures.

Additional funding will be available for 1,500 new places in retrofitting courses.

Vehicle Registration Tax (VRT) & Motor Tax

VRT and motor tax will increase in this Budget in relation to the emissions values from your vehicle. Lower-emitting cars will therefore receive lower VRT rates, with higher tax rates applied to the higher-emitting vehicles. As a result, electric cars will become more competitive as they will have lower motor tax costs.

The VRT reliefs that are in place for electric and hybrid cars will expire as these cars will be receiving the lower rates due to emitting less. NOx surcharge will increase for NOx emitting vehicles.

A 3rd motor tax table will be introduced in 2021 to reflect the new emissions test standards for cars registered from the new year.

Transport

Public transport is one area which is set to be allocated an increase. A €1 billion increase in public transport is planned for 2021.

The increased funding will be developing projects such as BusConnects, MetroLink, and the Dart expansion.

Sustainable mobility is a key area in decarbonising the transport sector and up to €1.8 billion will be allocated to improve public transport; carbon reduction programmes; active travel; and greenways.

2030 Regional Energy Transition Strategy

In January 2020, we launched our 10 year Regional Energy Transition Strategy. 3cea welcome the announcement of this Budget as it highlights the important low carbon choices that we will have to make to reach our goal of transitioning to a low carbon region by 2030.

To achieve the 2030 targets, we all must work together to deliver energy efficiency, clean energy, behaviour change and ultimately greater sustainability – this is what the Regional Energy Transition Strategy to 2030 seeks to address.

Read our 2030 Regional Energy Transition Strategy in full here.

3cea participate in virtual Toys 4 Engineers event

3cea recently took part in the Toys 4 Engineers event last week as the event went fully digital.

The Toys4Engineers is a national event with huge importance as it showcases the innovative talent in the engineering, pharma and tech industries.

The event has been running for the past four years and has become a firm calendar fixture as it caters for all, from start-ups to multinationals, who attend each year to network, engage in knowledge sharing, and to understand new innovations in the tech world.

The Toys4Engineers event which is organised by Waterford Chamber, in association with Waterford Institute of Technology, is usually run in the WIT Arena in Waterford. However, this year the event was fully digital due to Covid restrictions. Each company participating at the event was asked to develop a short video showcasing their business, products and services. The video would then appear during the Live Stream of the event over the three days, running from the 6th to the 8th of October.

Visit the Toys4Engineers website to see the 3cea videos promoting all aspects of our role within the region.

 

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3cea CEO to speak at EU Regions Week 2020

3 Counties Energy Agency CEO Paddy Phelan will be speaking at the EU Regions Week on Thursday 15th October.

The European Week of Regions and Cities is currently underway. This annual four-day event showcases cities and regions in Europe by highlighting their capacity to create jobs, implement European policy, and show how local and regional level actions are beneficial to European governance.

In the second week of this year’s #EURegionsWeek, our CEO Paddy Phelan will be on hand to deliver a talk on the RegEnergy project. The theme for the second week of the event is Cohesion and Cooperation. Paddy will be a guest speaker in the Partnerships for Renewable Energy Regions Workshop on Thursday the 15th October.

Date: 15th October 2020
Time: 10.30 AM– 12.00 PM (Irish Time)

Agenda:
10.30 – 10.35 Welcome by Svenja Enke | Climate Alliance

10.35 – 11:00 THE FRAMEWORK
Overcoming legislative hurdles in different EU countries

Paddy Phelan | 3CEA, Ireland
Frederik Loeckx | Flux50, Belgium

11:00 – 11:10 Exchange with experts and peer learning

11:10 – 11:15 COFFEE BREAK

11:15 – 11:45 EXAMPLES OF RENEWABLE ENERGY PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENTS

Innovative institutional, financial, supply-based and other support agreements

Sylvie Mingant | Brest metropole, France
Els van Praet | Ecopower – Citizen energy community, Belgium
Evelina Stoykova | Sofia Energy Centre, Bulgaria

11:45 – 11:55 Exchange with experts and peer learning

11:55 – 12:00 Closing by Svenja Enke | Climate Alliance

Moderator: Svenja Enke | Climate Alliance

For more information on the EU Regions Week, visit their website here.

To learn about the RegEnergy project, watch our Project Partner video: