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eseia ISS 2019: Transform innovative ideas into smart solutions for Energy Transition


Join the eseia ISS 2019 from 1 to 12 July at University of Zagreb, Croatia, and transform creative ideas into smart and innovative solutions in the energy sector. The scope is to find a novel approach to smart energy system integration and utilisation of non-conventional biomass through topics such as:

  • The integration of products and processes based on non-conventional bio-resources into buildings and smart cities,
  • The identification of optimal bio-fuel integration into sustainable mobility systems,
  • Policy and economic instruments for mobilising non-conventional bio-resources.

Additional focus will be given to the implementation of the research knowledge, including the creation of a successful EU funding proposal, project management best practices, and the development of International Strategic Partnerships.

The ISS 2019 in Zagreb, Croatia, will combine lectures with workshops, group tasks and supervised group work with consultations, presentation of ideas with feedback given from the lecturers, final presentations, site visits, and networking events. Groups will be expected among other tasks to design a project plan for developing a sustainable system for a smart city taking into account expansion and/or refurbishment of existing DH plant, utilisation of non-conventional biomass in heating and/or transport sector, etc. They will also prepare a sound Horizon 2020 project proposal on smart energy systems or similar.

Practical information

Ph.D., master student or young professionals from the field of energy, process, electrical, environmental engineering or related studies are welcome to register for the event.

Applicants are requiered to send a short motivation letter and their CV in euro pass format to or by 15 June 2019.

The ISS 2019 fee is 200 + VAT (25%) covering the course materials, lunches, site visits and excursion. Other costs are in the responsibility of the participants. Important: Accomodation can be provided for the whole period (31st June – 13th July) under request at the student dormitories for 195 EUR + VAT (25%) and will be directly paid by participants at dormitory’s reception. To book accommodation, please, provide the following information to the organiser Prof. Goran Krajačić from UNIZAG: Surname, Name, Date of Birth, Gender, Country of Birth, Citizenship, Type of Passport (Passport or Identity Card), Passport Number, Date of arrival and departure. Other bookings of accommodation are available through or

For more information on the ISS 2019, please, check the online brochure or contact the organiser.

Contact persons

Goran Krajačić, UNIZAG -

Anna Gabbert, eseia -

More information

eseia website



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 person:

Anna Gabbert, BET Project Manager, e-mail:

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 -