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The BioEnergyTrain Video Debuts in 15 New Languages


written by Daria Delnevo

Bulgarian, Chinese, Dutch, French, Gaelic, German, Hungarian, Italian, Kyrgyz, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, and Slovak the new languages used by eseia to promote the education in bioresources worldwide.

Information on education in bioresources has never been more accessible. The promotional video on the two new master program curricula on bioresources developed by the BioEnergyTrain (BET) consortium, is now available in 15 new languages: Bulgarian, Chinese, Dutch, French, Gaelic, German, Hungarian, Italian, Kyrgyz, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian and Slovak.

The translations, created by the European Sustainable Energy Innovation Alliance (eseia) with the support of its members and partners, will give new visibility to the BET project, and will contribute to widen the audience for the upcoming regional outreach activities. The events will take place in the coming months to raise awareness on the use of bioresources and the use of local languages, instead of the international English, will contribute to attract more attention of the businesses, higher education institutions and research organisations of the hosting countries.

The video aims at promoting the two masters on Biorefinery Engineering and Bioresource Value Chain Management that are set to start respectively at the Graz University of Technology, in Austria, and at the University of Twente, in the Netherlands, in October this year. The original English video was published at the beginning of April 2017 on the eseia´s YouTube channel

*Edited on 22/09/2017




eseia International Summer School 2017, Balancing of Bioresources and Energy Production


written by Linette Viertelhauzen, eseia Project Manager

From 26 June to 1 July, fourteen master and PhD students from eight countries participated in the eseia International Summer School hosted by the University of Zagreb in Dubrovnik, Croatia. The programme was a well-balanced mixture of interactive lectures, workshops with group assignments and technical site visits.

Lectures were given by experts coming from university, research organizations and business and addressed the topic of bioenergy from different perspectives. Students gained knowledge on the bioresource value chain, the biorefinery concept and its processes, smart systems and smart energy planning, and the biobased economy. They gained practical skills on Life Cycle Assessment and the InnoEnergy’s Innovation Readiness Level tool. The interactive lectures were completed with a group assignment working with the EnergyPlan computer model to simulate the energy system of Croatia and the impact of renewable energy sources on energy planning.

Participants of the eseia International Summer School 2017

At the end of the week, students had the opportunity to visit two power plants, namely the Dubrovnik Hydroelectric Power Plant, one of the largest hydropower plant of Croatia with a total capacity of 216 MW, and the Wind Power Plant in Rudine at the Adriatic coast. They discovered the functioning of these two power plants with guidance from academic experts.

The participants valued not only the practical learning exposure but also the attention that was being given to personal career development. They were able to present their own work and projects and received guidance from the lecturers on their projects. Richard Wheeler from eseia gave a presentation on opportunities for young researchers under the EU Horizon2020 funding programme and a small workshop on career development.  

The eseia International Summer School was organized in the framework of the Phoenix and BioEnergyTrain project. eseia would like to give special thanks to Bozidar Santek from the University of Zagreb for hosting the eseia International Summer School 2017.


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From the Netherlands to Austria, Story of a PHOENIX secondee to Energie Agentur Steiermark


written by Melanie ten Asbroek, University of Twente

Melanie.jpgFor two months Melanie ten Asbroek, EU Grants Specialist at the University of Twente, moved to Graz, Austria, to work for the Energie Agentur Steiermark (EAS) as secondee of the People for tHe eurOpean bioENergy Mix (PHOENIX) Project. The exchange offered both parties the opportunity to collect input for the Innovation Training Plan in the project and strengthen the cooperation between the University of Twente, Energie Agentur Steiermark, the European Sustainable Energy Innovation Alliance (eseia), and the Graz University of Technology. Furthermore, she was involved in the preparation of the working visit from the rectors of the clusters of technical universities in the Netherlands to the Graz University of Technology.

My Phoenix secondment to the Energie Agentur Steiermark (EAS) in Graz has been a great experience so far. I worked in another country, in a different sector, and with completely different people and it truly widened my perspective on my own job and skills. Back home at the University of Twente, I work as a Grants Advisor, supporting researchers to apply for European funding. Researchers often have difficulties integrating all relevant stakeholders in their project consortium. However, this is not the case at EAS because of their unique position between government and business, but also because of the efforts they put into networking activities. For two months, from May to June, I have supported researchers in their applications for funding at EAS and learned that the attitude of partners in a proposal differs quite significantly from that of advisors: in this position one tends to be rather critical, and such attitude can hinder the teambuilding efforts required in a consortium.

Since my task in the Phoenix project is about defining future collaboration opportunities for the consortium partners, I have started this job by analysing the connections between my university and its partners in Graz, namely the European Sustainable Energy Innovation Alliance (eseia), EAS and the Graz University of Technology (TU Graz). For instance, in the coming years UTwente and eseia could further their cooperation in the fields of digital society and smart materials.  I have also prepared and accompanied a working visit from my rector to the rector of TU Graz and joined a meeting of all rectors from technical universities in The Netherlands and Austria. This provided me with perspectives of cooperation at a strategic level, a good starting point for the Phoenix Training & Innovation plan.

My colleagues at EAS and I found out that the profiles of our organizations are quite complementary for applying for Horizon 2020 proposals together and that the research and education offered at the UT in the energy transition management field would be very useful for EAS employees. So we identified topics for future joint proposals and re-arranged our secondments in a way that the staff exchanges will target more people from both sides.


Above (f.l.t.r): IJsbrand Haagsma (Secretary General at 4TU.Federation), Harald Kainz (Rector of TU Graz), Frank Baaijens (Rector Magnificus of the Eindhoven University of Technology), Arthur Mol (Rector Magnificus of the Wageningen University), Thom Palstra (Rector Magnificus of the University of Twente). Below (f.l.t.r): Wilfried Eichlseder (Professor at Montanuniversität Leoben), Elke Standeker (Secretary General of the Austrian Universities of Technology), Sabine Seidler (Rector of the Vienna University of Technology), Karel Luyben (Rector Magnificus of the Delft University of Technology), Melanie ten Asbroek (EU Grants Specialist at the University of Twente).

About the PHOENIX project

The PHOENIX project targets staff exchanges and promotes joint innovation activities by bringing together Europe´s key players from academia, business, and the public sector. Together, they will develop and improve innovative solutions for a bio-economy based on non-conventional bio-resources.

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Project Contact Information

Aigul Murat
eseia Project Assistant

Stimulating innovation in energy efficiency and renewable energies, the successful cooperation between European and Eastern Partnership countries - copy


written by Daria Delnevo, eseia Communication Managerener2i_small.jpg

Between 2013-2016 eseia joined the EU-funded project ener2i to stimulate knowledge-transfer and networking between experts in energy efficiency and renewable energy, thus accelerating the innovation and transition of processes and products from the labs into the market.

Energy is part of our daily life. We use it for instance to move around, to run businesses, and stay in touch with family and friends. When new discoveries in resource efficiency, renewable and sustainable energies fail to reach the market, the industry and society at large are missing out on opportunities in terms of competitiveness and innovation. Repercussions manifest themselves in several forms, such as weak job growth, high energy costs, and exposure to climate change.

The ener2i project, running from 2013 until 2016, bridged the gap between energy research and business, and facilitated the transfer of lab results to the market, to create innovative processes and products.

Over the course of 3 years, eseia took part to ener2i and cooperated with partners from 6 EU countries, namely Austria, Germany, Hungary, Lithuania, the Netherlands and Romania, and four EU Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries: Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova. The € 1 Mio. funding were used by both sides to innovate in energy efficiency (EE) and renewable energies (RES), and to establish cooperation among research and business representatives from the EU and EaP countries.

About 300 professionals from business and research attended 8 workshops and 8 brokerage events in EU and EaP countries, refining their skills in EE and RES, and building up their professional network for on-going and future joint projects. ener2i mobilised 47 experts for knowledge transfer and network building in EE/RES thanks to study visits and staff exchanges. 30 innovation vouchers of € 4,000, for a total investment of € 120,000, have been awarded to businesses in EaP countries to support their projects in EE/RES. The competition and voucher projects were financed by the EU Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7), and the Austrian Development Cooperation in the Central European Initiative CEI-KEP Austria programme. The direct funding supported small and medium sized enterprises, including Start-Ups and spin-offs, in moving their projects beyond the initial stage of development. It helped in improving energy efficiency of SMEs, in developing renewables and in bringing products and services to the market. As a result, cooperation between EaP and EU business, research organisations and universities, evolved beyond the ener2i project to new proposals and joint projects in Horizon2020 (H2020) and in the European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST).

Corina-Moldova.png“The ener2i training workshops I attended in Minsk, Belarus, had a positive impact on both my work and studies. I gathered new insights from world-renowned experts on energy efficiency and renewable energy and how they work in other countries. Participating to the project gave me the opportunity to strengthen my personal network of international professionals. The insight offered by the ener2i project contributed to my professional success in subsequent working opportunities.”
Corina Guţu-Chetruşca, Expert, MoSEFF, Chisinau, Moldova

Nicolae-Moldova.png“The ener2i innovation voucher was very useful, especially for young entrepreneurs like us, as it had a big impact on the growth of our company. Thanks to the project we created an energy-independent greenhouse. When the products reach optimal conditions they are tested in the labs to be certified. If the products are recognized as organic, our partners will buy them on industrial scale and the products will reach the market. Thanks to this prototype we have been able to build additional industrial greenhouses, with a total surface of 1000 m2, employing 7-8 different technologies.”
Nicolae Cojocaru, Project Manager at 'Flow of Life', Naiman-Com Srl, Chisinau, Moldova

Ina-germany.png“The ENER2i project gave me the possibility to present part of my work to scientists and practitioners in Chisinau/Moldavia and in Tbilisi/Georgia. Citizens from Western and Eastern Europe had the chance to meet, exchange thoughts, and discuss different framework conditions in their countries. Experts from many former Soviet Union Republics were sitting at one table. I had the impression that the ENER2i participants recognized they could all be partners to promote a sustainable future in spite of political and cultural differences.”
Ina Körner, Professor, Hamburg University of Technology, Hamburg, Germany

Kakha-Georgia.png“The ener2i project was a great experience as I developed new insights about modern trends in energy efficiency and biomass-based renewable fuels in the EU. Thanks to the professional network developed during the project, I was able to launch the first biodiesel production lab and the first biodiesel vehicles in Georgia. The participation to ener2i helped me to get involved in other projects on renewable energies, which led to the instalment of a 35 kW solar photovoltaic system at ISU. The system now supplies clean solar energy for university buildings".
Kakha Karchkhadze, Chair, Dep. of Innovations and Commercialization at Ilia State University, Tbilisi, Georgia.


“The ener2i project gave us with an innovation voucher the possibility to check an idea about protection of cover glass of solar modules with extremely wear-resistant, transparent coating. Here in Belarus we proved that the proposed approach can increase both the efficiency and the durability of solar cells and modules. Broad commercial potential of the proposed technology may give the industry a direct tool for efficient, ecology friendly and high-quality fabrication of protective coatings for photonic applications, including transparent electrodes on different kinds of rigid and flexible solar cells and modules, for Low E glass, etc."
Genady Zhavnerko,
Chief of Surface Chemistry & Nanotechnology Department,
Technologies Ltd, Minsk, Belarus.

ener2i Coordinator:
Centre for Social Innovation (ZSI)

ZSI.gifFor more information about the project, please contact the ener2i coordinators:
Manfred Spiesberger, Project Coordinator:
Gorazd Weiss, Administrative and Financial Coordinator,


The BioEnergyTrain project launched two new EU master programmes on bio-economy


2_BET.pngApplications are now open for the master on Bio-resource Value Chain Management (BVM) at the University of Twente and the master Biorefinery Engineering (BRE) at the Graz University of Technology.

In autumn 2017 two master programmes on Bio-resource Value Chain Management (BVM) at the University of Twente (the Netherlands) and Biorefinery Engineering (BRE) at the Graz University of Technology will be implemented. Both universities are already accepting applications from local and international students interested in specialising as bio-resource value chain managers or biorefinery engineers.

As national and European policies are shifting away from fossil resources towards more sustainable alternatives offered by bio-resources, Europe needs more professionals who are able to understand and innovate bio-based economies. This gap between current and future workforce in the bio-energy sector has been identified by the European SET-Plan Education Roadmap. The BioEnergyTrain project (BET), which has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, stepped in and created the two-year master's degree programmes BVM and BRE.

BioEnergyTrain_Masters_Brochure_Page_1.jpgWhat makes BVM and BRE unique compared to other master programmes is the involvement of the industry in developing both curricula. The modules and the courses of Bio-resource Value Chain Management and BioRefinery Engineering have been built by 15 partners coordinated by eseia. The network of tertiary education institutions, research centres, professional associations, and industry stakeholders from 6 EU countries identified the needs and knowledge gaps encompassing the whole value chain of bioenergy and biobased products. The result is the launch of two master programmes that ensure the competitiveness of students on the labour market. Both programmes have an extensive exposure to industry through interdisciplinary student camps, technical site visits, Summer Schools, joint master theses and projects. Therefore, interactions between industry and students will allow graduates an easy transition from university to a stable professional career in the European biobased industry.

The multidisciplinary approach of BRE allows students to develop skills from biology, chemical and process engineering, mechanical and electrical engineering, business and economics. After two years they will know to identify and develop new bioenergy and biobased materials technologies. In the multidisciplinary BVM programme bioresources, conversion technologies, economics and business development are considered as interrelated topics of bio-resource value chain development and optimisation. At the end of their studies, graduates from BVM will be able to analyse, develop, manage and innovate existing and new bio-resource value chains in the European regional context.

Application to become part of this new generation of bio-economy entrepreneurs will close in the coming months on different dates for local and international students. Deadlines for the BVM programme at UTwente are set on May 1st for international students who require visa, while European students have until July 1st. Dutch students can postpone their decision until August 15th. Deadline for BRE applicants at Graz University of Technology is April 30th 2017.

More information on the BioEnergyTrain project and the Biorefinery Engineering (BRE) and Bio-resource Value Chain Management (BVM) master programmes can be found on the website or you can reach out to the following point of contacts:

Biorefinery Engineering:
Ass.Prof. Marlene Kienberger                                    Univ.Prof. Wolfgang Bauer
Tel.: +43 316 873 7484                                              Tel.: +43 316 873 30750
marlene.kienberger[@]                                 wolfgang.bauer[@] 

Bio-resource Value Chain Management:
Professor (associate) Dr. Maarten Arentsen 
Tel.: +31 6 456 960 84
E-Mail: m.j.arentsen[@]

BioEnergyTrain is coordinated by eseia, the European Sustainable Energy Innovation Alliance. For more information related to the article, please contact:
ESEIA_3_PRINT_COLOUR_DARK_web.jpgLinette Viertelhauzen
eseia Project Manager
Tel.: +43 316 873 5281
E-Mail: linette.viertelhauzen[@]


Read the eseia Annual Report 2015


picture_of_AR.pngeseia is very pleased to present to you the eseia Annual Report 2015.

2015 was a very fruitfull year fore eseia and this report is a good representation of the achievements and the development from the past year.

Download the Annual Report 2015 by clicking on the image.

The World Sustainable Energy Days 2016


The World Sustainable Energy Days, one of the largest annual conferences in this field in Europe, offer a unique combination of events on sustainable energy. Find out more here!

2nd eseia biannual Conference on Smart and Green Energy Transitions in Cities and Regions


picture_of_programme.pngThe  2nd bi-annual eseia conference, conveying top innovators from academia, business and public sector to discuss the transotion of the European energy and resource system, deals primarily with urban development and sustainable mobility technologies subject to limited resources. 

The conference will take place at the Graz University of Technology, Inffeldgasse 25D in Graz, Austria.

Click here for the full programme.

Registration and more information available here.

eseia International Summer School 2015 in Lisbon


13- 24 July 2015: eseia International Summer School on Integrating Bioresources and Waste in Urban and Rural Energy Systems
Location: Lisbon, Portugal

Graduate students and young professionals from five European countries, two ENP countries and Russia took part at the 2015 edition of the eseia International Summer School on Integrating Bioresources and Waste in Urban and Rural Energy Systems, held from 13 to the 24 July 2015, in Lisbon, Portugal.

The event was locally organised by the Laboratório Nacional de Energia e Geologia (LNEG) and the New University of Lisbon, and was hosted in the Faculty of Sciences and Technologies. The Summer School was aimed at offering participants a systems perspective on smart solutions and innovations to the bioenergy challenge for cities and communities.

The Summer School addressed the policy governance, socio-economic, design angles, as well as the technological angle of urban and rural bioenergy Systems.


Lectures focused on production processes and application to biorefineries, residues valorization, biomass waste treatment, Challenges of Smart Cities. A specific module on IPR and EU Project Management grouped lectures and interactive workshop activities coordinated by EU experts. Top scientists and practitioners guided participants on their work and helped them develop their career paths.



The students had the chance to visit and discover the functioning of the CMC Biomassa Lda. - a recycling company using green sawdust and other wood wastes, the LNEG’s zero net energy building Solar XXI and campus “Biomass infrastructure” as well as the company Algafuel, dedicated to the development and the delivering of bioengineering projects for the industrial production of microalgae.

eseiaISS-garden-talk.pngThe ISS 2015 class appreciated not only the professional visits, but also the strong mix of interactive lectures completed by workshops, discussions and project work. During a Garden talk they had the opportunity to discuss the needs and gaps of the bioenergy sector in terms of knowledge and skills with eseia experts. During the event Teresa Ponce de Leão, President of LNEG and Scientific coordinator of the eseia Summer School presented the H2020 BioEnergyTrain project that would create two new Masters Curricula – Biorefinery Engineer (BRE) and Bioresource Value Chain Manager (BVI). The two Masters will be open in 2018 in University of Twente (Netherlands) and Graz University of Technology (Austria).  Hedda Weber from the Austrian company Wood K Plus discussed with the participants the Bioresource careers in the pulp and paper industries and Michael Narodoslawsky from Graz University of Technology talked about the role of bio-energy as element of a future energy system.

What made this Summer School memorable in the eyes of the participants were the professional visits, the networking opportunities and the practical learning exposure.