Project budget3 908 751 €
ERDF amount2 345 251 €
The scale of a business cluster like business parks fits spatially and energetically very well with mid-size sustainable energy like heat exchange, wind energy, biomass, combined heat & power, smart grids or large scale solar. Clusters offer great potential for greenhouse gas reduction. But, businesses do not adopt sustainable energy because too complex.
The challenge is to enhance market uptake by clusters of businesses and create synergies within business clusters. Existing barriers to implement available solutions (technical, but also financial and organizational) need to be eliminated.
Increase the adoption of mid-scale sustainable energy technologies (heat exchange, wind energy, combined heat & power, smart grids or large scale solar) in business clusters resulting in less carbon emissions and a greener and competitive 2Seas region. Remove interacting barriers, local and international, to enhance the creation of energetic synergies between businesses.
Reorganize the supply side on a business cluster level: integration and tuning of available low carbon technologies and surrounding services (financial, organizational, legal…) into integrated sustainable energy packages.
Businesses in the 5 living labs will benefit from the development of 10 business cases to prepare investments in sustainable energy. They will be guided in the implementation process of the 10 business cases to realize investments.
The sustainable energy sector benefits from increased demand. Their solutions are integrated into a BISEPS-model to determin the optimal low carbon technology solutions for business clusters.
All business cluster stakeholders in the 2-Seas Region can benefit use of the tested BISEPS-model and a tested guidance program to roll out the BISEPS model.
Cross border approach
In the 4 countries, partners will run through similar processes in 5 living labs (WP2), and cooperate in the development of one BISEPS-model (WP1) through sharing experiences.
Mutual coaching & learning of partners in 5 living labs.
Bringing together available knowledge on demand & supply side about barriers, drivers and solutions (technical/energetic, financial & organizational). Creation of cross-border task-force by the partnership & stakeholders.
The development, testing and roll-out of a cross-border transferable BISEPS-model to ensure transferability beyond project & partnership.
The BISEPS-project empower businesses to invest in sustainable energy, and to create synergies in clusters of businesses like business parks. A BISEPS-model tool is developed. In living labs in the 4 2-Seas countries, methods are developed and tested to involve, empower and unburden businesses from concept to implementation of sustainable energy projects. These trajectories are very promising.
The test version of the BISEPS-model tool is alsmost ready. It will enable business park managers or other intermediary persons to identify the opportunities to create energetic synergies between businesses in a certain business cluster. The tool contains 17 "modules" focussing on photovoltaics (PV), heat exchange (including combined heat and power) and wind energy. Modules were developed and tested, now they are integrated. The tool will have an interface to be easy to use. It will be applicable in all 4 2 Seas countries.
In the 5 living labs, partners have identified almost €60 million of potential investments in sustainable energy with businesses. This is way beyond the expectation of €15 million. If all could be realised (which will not be the case, as there is a funnel of from concept to implementation), this would result in a carbon reduction of 63,600 tons CO2. Today, 240 companies are directly involved, another 500 indirect.
These figures make clear that there is a huge potential for change "on the field", but effective strategies to implement business cases are crucial. This is exactly what will be tested in the living labs in 2019: how to convince businesses and stakeholders to make it happen? Gaining trust and proving added value via development of business cases and unburdening trajectories are the answers.
However, already today it is clear that some barrier will be very difficult to tackle. Today, governments want enterprises to take initiative and invest in sustainable energy to reach national targets. But enterprises have very high expectations on return on investment (common from business point of view, unrealistic from societal point of view), as energy is not-core business. This is a structural mismatch. Secondly, electricity sharing between businesses is very complex today, blocking investments. The BISEPS partnership has high expectations from the implementation of the "Local Energy Communities" concept of the EU Winter Package 2016, and wants to lobby in 2019 for performant implementation in the national legislation in the 4 countries.