Genesis Morocco: Macro and Micro ecosystems


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Genesis Morocco

Project Genesis is a strategic sustainable development framework for Morocco to translate from being a net importer of energy and a country facing water shortage issues, into the number one producer both of clean renewable energy and water in the region.

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Macro and Micro ecosystems

£1 Million To Help North East England Businesses To Exploit Micro-renewable Technologies and Opportunities

The New and Renewable Energy Centre (Narec) at Blyth is launching its Business Support in Micro-renewables project for small and medium sized Enterprises (SMEs).

Micro-renewable technologies generate energy at a small scale, such as electricity capacity of up to 50kW or heat capacity up to 45kW. The project will cover a wide range of micro-generation such as solar thermal, photovoltaic, heat pumps, combined heat and power systems, wind turbines and biomass.

The project is being part financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) 2007-13, securing £495,000 ERDF investment through regional development agency One North East. The agency is matching this amount from its Single Programme.

SME support will focus on Innovation Advice and Guidance to develop new and emerging micro-renewable technologies as well as providing support to encourage micro-renewable uptake. Work will also be carried with Northumberland and Newcastle College, using Narec’s expertise to help ensure future skills demands are met.

“Our aim is to open up more specific support to SMEs with technical advice and guidance to stimulate development and increase uptake of new micro-renewable technologies,” explained Steve Caseley, Director of Distributed Energy at Narec.

“This funding will help to break down the barriers that exist when we try as a region to develop the micro-renewables market. The Government is introducing the Feed in Tariff for electricity generation in April 2010 and a heat incentive in April 2011.

“Similar measures have helped other European Countries, including Germany, to drive up a step change with their renewable energy production. We have a fantastic opportunity to replicate their success and we are passionate about making the North East region one of the UK’s leading low carbon technology developers.

“Narec will run sessions on low carbon solutions and promote installation of micro-renewables, providing baseline energy information to show businesses where carbon reductions and energy efficiency savings can be made.”

During the two year project, Narec will also identify and fast track at least three high profile projects involving the integration of micro-renewables. It will also support delivery of renewable energy courses at Northumberland College and Newcastle College and support the development of other regional provision where required.

Steven added: “Technical knowledge is a recognised barrier for the micro-renewable market and we have worked extremely hard to develop our capability to be able to provide guidance and assistance to organisations looking to instal these technologies.

“We provide the expertise to ensure that businesses match the most appropriate technology with each house or building type. Our technical specialists will also undertake micro-renewable training to ensure that the region has the most up to date knowledge and experience on the use and application of new technologies.”

The ERDF 2007-13 programme is bringing over £300m into North East England to support innovation, enterprise and business support. It will help create and safeguard 28,000 new jobs, start 3,000 new businesses and increase the region’s productivity by £1.1bn per annum.

One North East Head of European and skills strategy Lesley Calder added: “Narec will provide advice and guidance for SMEs which have the capabilities to diversify into the micro-renewable sector, ensuring the region’s business base takes full advantage of emerging opportunities in the growing energy market.

“The UK Renewable Energy Strategy details how 15% of energy will come from renewable sources by 2020. Micro-renewables and their application in homes, communities and businesses will play a critical role in meeting EU targets. This project will build capacity to encourage uptake of micro-renewables and promote the benefits for businesses.”

Narec is an identified innovation connector and a key investment priority in the ERDF Competitiveness programme 2007-13 and Regional Economic Strategy. Innovation connectors bring together joint business and industry research, education, skills development and access to employment based around leading edge facilities.

The project delivers Innovation Advice & Guidance and is funded as part of Solutions for Business, the Government’s package of publicly funded business support designed to help companies start and grow.

Source: One North East
Published Tuesday, 5 January, 2010 - 11:53

Personal notes : Its sexy, I like it. Basically Genesis covers the macro ensemble whereas a myriad of small producers constitute a micro ecosystem. Its a way for the state to consolidate and open perspectives for the private SMEs sector and focus on large scale exploitations. Synergy is twofold : job creation and a positively accelerated curve towards energy efficiency and independence