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eseia Online Conference for Sustainable Energy, 22 – 24 October 2020 was held succesfully


eseia Conference for Sustainable Energy on 22-24 October were fruitful three days of great discussion and sharing good thoughts as well as practises with the main theme on Solar Energy Conversion in Communities. The conference was hosted by CSE UTBV.


Thursday, 22 October 2020 Plenary Session

The opening to the plenary was done by Professor Ion Visa. eseia would like to thank him for organising the event!



eseia Director Brigitte Hasewend gave a plenary presentation with the focus on European Green Deal and how it could promote sustainable energy research and innovation partnerships. The audience was reminded that EU would like to become the first climate neutral continent by 2050 in which, the transition to clean energy is a key. In the current context of COVID-19 pandemic,  EU needs to focus on the green economy and renewable energy policy in its recovery strategies. Next Generation EU is divided into three pillars to fight against the climate crisis and the economic downturn. These create a need for the research and innovation initiatives in the renewable energy production.

To conclude, the eseia Director pointed out that in addition to industrial initiatives supported by R&I, skills development of people and capacity‐building are the key to making the Green Deal a success.

The presentation by eseia Director can be found here

Contact persons:

eseia Team,


Saturday, 24 October 2020, eseia Panel on Climate Education: Lively 90 Minute Saturday Morning Discussion

On 24 October, in the framework of the 6th Conference for Sustainable Energy 2020, the eseia Director hosted the eseia Panel on Climate Education.The invitation to eseia Panel on Climate Education can be found here

First speaker,  Prof. Dr Anca Duta, UTBv, RO, UTBv, focused on the educational training for sustainability in UTBv, Romania. Prof. Dr. Anca Duta highlighted that spreading the sustainable midset thinking has to be done, in addition amongst young high school graduates, also for learners in lifelong learning courses. To reach different audiences, in UTBv many training sessions were developed with companies and co-operation with pre-university structures is also valued, both with students and teachers.


Second presentation was by Prof. Dr. Gabriela Martínez Sainz from the School of Education, University College, Ireland. She presented the conclusions of ALLEA report on climate change education initiatives in Europe. Based on the results of the report, a total of 8 recommendations were formed. One of the recommendations was that the CCE (climate change education) initiatives need to focus more on mitigation and adaptation and consult the IPCC report for recent developments. Another recommedation pointed out by Dr. Sainz was the need for initiatives that focus on solutions and collective actions to decrease the eco-anxiety and foster a sense of agency.

The third speaker was Michael Krobath, CEO of Environmental Education Centre Graz, Austria whose presentation was on the challenges of climate change education. Mr Krobath’s team has 10 years of experience with organising climate workshops, projects from primary school to high school. Mr Krobath gave an overview of different activites they organize such as basic experiments, project teaching, games and creativity incorporated in the primary school level. Mr Krobath presented the competences needed in the climate change education which are taught in a climat simulation game. In Austria, there is a basic decree on envrionmental education for sustainable development which was used as inspiration for the game.

The presentations led to a lively discussions amongst the 16 participants from youth climate change organisations and eseia member organisations. It was discussed that speaking about the climate change is important, but mitigation of knowledge on climate change to different groups and acquiring the compentencies in everyday life is significant as well. A topic which sparked discussion was how to make sure that sciences reaches the people. One option to do so would be to develop a LLL platform in a consortia with fixed formulated targets and implementing them. As there are different attitudes amongst different groups of people, some, such as parents of children, are more difficult to reach. This would require a good LLL strategy. In conclusion, the audience pointed out that as as a global community, it is our responsibility to respond to the climate change, but at the same time provide hope for students and solutions in the everyday life.


Contact persons:

eseia Team,

eseia Education and Training Programme (ETP) website updated


We are happy to announce that eseia Education and Training website has been updated. Please check our ETP  website for the newest information about our offered educational services, including the eseia online ISS 2020, projects, projects outputs, and achievements.



Simona Tirlikaite, Communication Assistant,

eseia Student Camp at UTwente: 18 Participants Solving Real-life Challenges


From 24 till 28 February 2020, the University of Twente hosted the eseia International Student Camp focusing on the theme of designing a regional biobased economy in The Netherlands.

Under the supervision Prof. Maarten Arentsen from UTwente, NL, and of Prof. Wolfgang Bauer from TU Graz, AT, 18 students from Germany, Austria, Romania, Turkey, Indonesia and Ireland worked in teams on three different real-life challenges faced by local organisations in the region of Twente in The Netherlands.

The first challenge was brought by BEON, the association of regional bioenergy industries, focusing on biobased innovations in the region. The second challenge was carried out by the local energy cooperative Lochem Energy on the technical and economic feasibility of residential heat production in asphalt. The third challenge was offered by the local primary league soccer club FC Twente on sustainable soccer. Students made recommendations on sustaining energy consumption in the stadium, transportation to and from the stadium and waste management during and after soccer games.

The venue of the eseia Student Camp was the Designlab at the UTwente campus, a vibrant location for creativity and innovative ideas. The program included two excursions, one to the local soccer stadium and another to Twence Company, and also a dinner with the participants. Last day, students presented their findings, which were received with great enthusiasm by the three organisations involved in the challenges.

The eseia Student Camp is one of the innovative educational formats developed under the H2020 BioEnergyTrain BET. The four-year EC project was completed in April 2019. However, the two academic partners UTwente and TU Graz have continued the co-operative educational format due to its success. The student camps follow the student-centered or challenge-based learning format and continued to be organised by eseia and hosted by her member organisations.


Contact Persons:

eseia Team,

Prof. Maarten Arentsen, University of Twente -


MSCA-RISE Phoenix Project Meeting in Zagreb, Croatia, 3 July 2019


On the 3 July 2019, the Phoenix Consortium presented the project achievements during a meeting at the University of Zagreb, Croatia. To date, Phoenix has successfully completed 150 PM and 46 secondees have participated in the project, 16 of them completed or will complete in 2019.

The secondees involved in the H2020 project since its start in 2016 represent a diverse group including 26 Experience Researchers (ER), 18 Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) and two Managerial Staff (MNG). A 50 percent of them ranging from 25 to 35 years old. Gender equality is another important aspect of the Phoenix project: females represented 44 percent of the participants.

A total of seven scientific publications are available in open access, including in The Springer Proceedings in Energy, The Resilient Society Book, Book of Abstracts of the 16th International Workshop for Young Scientists, Food Technology & Biotechnology, The Holistic Approach to Environment, and ChemBioEng Reviews. This publications tackled aspects such as modelling of solar-biomass based heating systems for low-energy buildings or the recent trends in biodiesel and biogas production.

The Final Phoenix Project Meeting will take place the 19 November 2019 in Brussels, Belgium, back to back with the eseia Ten Years’ Anniversary.


Phoenix Project Meeting participants at the University of Zagreb, Croatia, on the 3rd July 2019/ Image: eseia

More Information:

ETP Website

Contact person:

Anna Gabbert, BET Project Manager, e-mail:

eseia International Summer School 2019 at the University of Zagreb


The University of Zagreb (UNIZAG-FSB), Croatia, hosted the eseia International Summer School 2019 at their university campus from 1 to 12 July. The summer school welcomed 15 students from five different countries: Croatia, France, North Macedonia, Romania and Serbia. The eseia ISS 2019 put to work together energy experts with students to find a novel approach to smart energy systems integration and to non-conventional biomass utilisation.

Prof. Goran Krajačić, Head of the Department of Energy, Power Engineering and Environment from UNIZAG-FSB and organiser of the Summer School, gave lectures on smart energy systems, smart cities and the water-energy nexus. Prof. Neven Duić did an introduction to energy planning and Prof. Bosidar Šantek held a lecture on advanced biofuel production and biorefineries. Prof. Lothar Fickert from the TU Graz, AT, presented the fundaments of electrical power systems for biorefineries. Additionally, the EU eseia project expert Richard Wheeler trained participants on career planning and how to write a successful EU proposal.

Students participated in consultations with the lectures and visited the Control Center for Waste, Water and Traffic Management in the Krk Island. There participants learnt about new waste management system as well as water losses monitoring and control.

The summer school also organised supervised working groups and involved participants in different tasks: at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering FSB students focused on energy planning development, while at the Faculty of Food Technology and Biotechnology PBF they worked on the laboratory.


eseia ISS 2019 at University of Zagreb participants /Image: University of Zagreb

More information:

eseia ISS 2019 programme

University of Zagreb

Contact person:

Marina Lopez, eseia Communication Assistant –

Goran Krajačić, ISS 2019 organiser and Head of the Department of Energy, Power Engineering and Environment from UNIZAG-FSB -

Phoenix: Horizon 2020 Success Story in Croatia


The great work undertaken by the Phoenix project during the last years has been recognised in a brochure on Croatian Success Stories in the framework of R&I funding opportunities under Horizon 2020 for the period 2014-2020 by the EC, the Ministry of Science and Education of Croatia, and the Agency for Mobility and EU Programmes.

In line with the EU objectives to adopt renewable and sustainable forms of energy, Phoenix tackles the main gaps in the bioenergy sector since its start in 2015. The project supports the development of qualified people in this sector by promoting early-stage researchers (ESR) and experienced researchers (ER) careers. The exchanges organised between industry and academic partners seek to find solutions for current energy challenges, such as the development of non-conventional resources that can be applied at many different levels.

Among its 14 European partners and one Third-Country partner, the EC project counts with two Croatian organisations contributing and benefiting from ESRs and ERs exchanges on bioresources and bioenergy, the Faculty of Food Technology and Biotechnology and the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture of the University of Zagreb.

Contact address:

eseia Office -

More information:

Horizon 2020 Success Stories in Croatia

eseia Website

SuPREME: Final Conference in Jablonna, Poland


Twinning project SuPREME, led by the IMP PAN, reached its Final Conference in Jablonna, PO, with rewarding outputs. In total, eseia has organised three Summer Schools during the lifetime of the project, which aligned with larger EU strategies in Energy Transition to introduce sustainable systems based on RES in Poland. SuPREME has successfully involved several external partners.

Twinning for a Sustainable, Proactive Research Partnership in Distributed Energy Systems project, SuPREME, held its Final Conference from 9 to 10 October at the KEZO Centre in Jablonna, PO. After three years intense collaboration between four European organisations from four different countries, the Consortium composed by eseia, Alborg University and University of Twente, and led by the Institute of Fluid Mechanics of the Polish Academy of Sciences (IMP-PAN), has successfully contributed to enhancing Poland’s Renewable Energy Systems field.

Knowledge transfer to local Polish stakeholders has played a key role in the project, strengthening networks across the EU and beyond: 4 cooperation agreements signed, 10 new project proposals submitted, and 21 international conference papers achieved. Moreover, besides staff-exchanges, the three Summer Schools organised by eseia in Alborg (DK), Enschede (NL) and Jablonna (PO) have been fundamental activities for a smooth and valuable collaboration among institutions. 

After the finalisation of the twinning project that has boosted IMP-PAN research capacity and staff competence, consortium members have highlighted the importance of EU funding programmes such as SuPREME to help organisations like IMP PAN increasing their expertise in various fields. The project has put to use the new IMP PAN facility, the KEZO research installation in the areas of E-mobility and transportation, energy storage and standardisation, education, promotion, and national cooperation in smart energy systems.

SuPREME has addressed during this time both micro and macro scale energy systems to advance from “simple” Building Management Systems to Smart Energy Systems. For this, a better understanding of the specifics requirements of energy systems in Poland was required by the project partners, who brought their expertise from the Netherlands (University of Twente) and Denmark (University of Aalborg).

On one hand, WP1 focused on the analysis of energy systems at the macro scale and studied different scenarios of implementation of renewable energy systems in the Warsaw region through the development of energy clusters. On the other hand, WP2 looked into energy systems at the microscale, where the integration of devices into energy systems was mostly achieved via specific code wrote in Python. Appliances included electric vehicles with chargers and a heat pump.

Altogether, KEZO has successfully built external partnerships with international businesses such as the Polish Energy Group (PEG) – the largest energy producer and distributor in Poland, Toyota – currently working with KEZO in the development of a green hydrogen Polish system, or Solwena – involved in diverse national projects with the new IMP PAN facility, among others. Next steps look to expand the energy cluster.


Additional info:

SuPREME website



Third BioEnergyTrain Pilot Plant Course on Organic-Waste Exploitation


From 17th to 19th October 2018 international students with a background in engineering had the opportunity to work at the :metalobon pilot plant installation in Germany and gained valuable hands-on experience with key technologies at the research lab.

Pilot Plant course participants/ Bergischer Abfallwirtschaftsverband, BAV

Along three days training, four students from two different European universities took part in the third edition of the BET Pilot Plant Course on Organic-Waste Exploitation hosted by the company Bergischer Abfallwirtschaftsverband (BAV) at the Leppe Waste Disposal Centre in Lindlar-Remshagen, DE.

The event aimed at providing participants with broader skills and valuable real-world technical practice at the :metalobon. The Waste Disposal site focuses on sustainable resource efficiency, material conversion, and site-related environmental technologies and techniques.

Coming from the Cologne University of Applied Sciences (TH Köln, DE) and the Saxion University of Applied Sciences (NE), the participants had different educational backgrounds ranging from bachelor to masters students and researchers with an expertise on engineering.

The four participants were encouraged to carry out experiments while supervised by academic and business experts. The pilot-scale plants on site are the Industrial Biogas plant, the Process Water Pilot Plant as well as the Pellet and Wood Chip Furnace. The experiments at the installations were organised in small groups of 2 students under the supervision of both BAV staff and academic instructors from TH Köln.

At the Biogas pilot plant, the students took substrate samples from primary and secondary digesters and analysed those for different parameters. Based on the results of their measurements the students were able to assess the current state of the pilot-scale plant. After a short introduction in the Leachate Water Treatment plant, they were trained to deal with bigger plants and unknown situations.

Altogether, the participant’s feedback was mostly positive. The groups were divided by their academic background and specialization so the skill level could be successfully adapted while experimenting and the working atmosphere was challenging.


Additional info:

Pilot Plant Course Flyer and Programme

BET website



SuPREME International Summer School 2018 on Macro and Micro Scale ES


SuPREME ISS 2018 on Macro and Micro Scale Energy Systems was organised by eseia on August 2018 gathering participants from different countries. For more than a week, students were trained by experts on the Energy Conversion and Renewable Resources Research Centre KEZO in Poland, building international networks and acquiring professional experience in order to advance their career profiles.

On 19-26 August, the IMP PAN’s Energy Conversion and Renewable Resources Research Centre KEZO in Poland held the third SuPREME International Summer School. During more than a week, participants were encouraged to tackle macro and micro scale Energy Systems issues in order to advance their expertise.

Each day was introduced by wrap-up presentation for all participants that later were divided into two different groups according to their background and interest. On one side, the macro-scale group focused on EnergyPLAN. After a first day introduction to the topic and a number of practical exercises, the participants worked on real data for a given region. In the other side, the micro-scale group trained on new insights of optimisation techniques and control of micro-grids in a parallel workshop.

The event was organised to conduct different types of training. While specific workshops in energy systems were divided into specialised groups, a more generic training was also provided for all participants at a time. The non-technical workshops examined issues such us academic career profile of young people, preparation of articles and publishing, how to profile yourself on the web or entrepreneurship of researchers.

Altogether, participants to the SuPREME International Summer School 2018 gained additional practical skills to enhance their curricula, apart from specific knowledge on macro and micro scale energy systems to boost improve their expertise.  

The closing of the Summer School gathered the presentations of both macro-scale and micro-scale groups on the work undertaken during the whole programme at the KEZO facilities.


For more information on the project:

SuPREME Website



Phoenix main features. Ensuring international research capacity


Phoenix partnership presented an overview of the project achievements during the last Progress Meeting in Brussels, BE. Since its start 24 experienced researchers, 16 early-stage researchers, and two managerial secondees have taken part on the Phoenix project.

Under the People for the European bio-energy mix Phoenix project, 42 secondees have participated in staff exchanges until the end of 2018. The group is represented by 24 experienced researchers, 16 early stage researchers, and two managerial representatives from six European academic partners, three European business and two Third-Country partners. The majority of the participants are young secondees aged between 25 and 35 years old.

Phoenix, that held its last Project Progress Meeting on 14 November in Brussels, BE, brings together 16 partners from 14 European countries and two Third-countries partners to enhance its collective expertise in bio-energy and provide training at a post-graduate level.

To date, both hosting and sending institutions have ensured an equal number of women and men participating in exchange and training activities. According to the completed exchanges, 16 female out of 42 staff members have been involved in the project. This represents 41% of the total staff.

Phoenix addresses the development of energy-related technologies to reduce Europe’s reliance on non-renewable fossil fuels. From renewable-energy infrastructure management to new energy materials and methods, Europe needs qualified people to lead the challenge.

To do so, Phoenix, project funded by H2020, continues promoting staff exchanges and training ensuring future research excellence and expertise in the development and adoption of renewable and sustainable forms of energy. The project is coordinated by eseia.

For more information:

Anna Gabbert, eseia Project Manager -

4th China Forum


From 23 to 24 of October the Confucius Institute, University of Graz and TU Graz held the fourth China Forum to celebrate the success of the EU-China cooperation. Aiming to make a reflection on the ways in which both countries can work together to enhance innovation and development, the European Sustainable Energy Innovation Alliance –eseia- presented its vision and main projects during a workshop on Sustainability.

The 4th China Forum under the title Europe-China: Cooperation and Innovation brought together experts from both world regions to discuss digitalization, sustainability and quality of life. The afternoon workshop on Sustainability was chaired by FH Joanneum Professor and Senior Researcher Dr Martijn Kiers. The topics covered current and future challenges of smart cities innovation concentrating on sustainable mobility, efficient buildings and urban policy.

Attended by students, professionals and experts from China and Europe participants were encouraged to reflect on the impact climate change has on citizens’ life and the importance to undertake serious action from every angle. As eseia Director Brigitte Hasewend claimed during the introduction of the workshop ‘we all need to contribute as individuals with the right and responsibility to participate and as institutions with the tools to make the change come true’.

To encourage innovation from a bottom-up process, the eseia Director presented the two European master programmes offered to students from all over the world on Biorefinery Engineering (TU graz) and Bio-resources Value Chain Management (Utwente). Furthermore, the eseia led proposal for an EIT WeMove2Zero KIC Urban Mobility was presented, which aims to radically re-build cities of the future through participative tools such as a European citizens Platform for Urban Mobility.

Workshop on Sustainability

Among the speakers, Xuesong Cai from Shanghai Industrial Technology Institute presented service technology for smart cities. Architect Erwin Kaltenegger presented approaches for more self-efficient buildings in urban areas, and Dr. Ting Zhao from East China University of Political Science and Law introduced the development of NPOs in China considering its governance, on a more general approach. 

After the coffee break, the workshop continued with a panel on smart urban mobility. Prof. Mario Hirz from TU Graz gave an introduction to autonomous driving concepts. Dr Karl-Heinz Posch CEO of FGM-AMOR presented future trend in urban electric mobility. Finally, Dr Robert Schmied, CEO of Energie Agentur Graz expanded on the case of the City of Graz presenting an overview of smart mobility infrastructures.