On 2 October 2015, ESEIA organised an Innovation Training Workshop on Energy and Innovation in Yerevan, Armenia. The ener2i events were embedded in the Sixth International Renewable and Clean Energy Conference and Exhibition (2-3 October 2015), which gathered around 150 participants from Armenia, EU Member States, Eastern Partnership (EaP) and Central Asian countries, and countries associated to Horizon 2020.
The main aim of the workshop was to provide state of the art information on energy and innovation issues as well as facilitating the knowledge transfer from academia to business, raising awareness of commercialisation instruments for research organisations, start-ups and SMEs, and innovation agencies. The following topics were covered: innovation in renewable energy and the situation in Germany, innovation policy, energy efficiency in housing, and bioresource utilisation for energy.
The ener2i events were also linked to the UN Sixth International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development, held on 29 September – 2 October 2015 also in Yerevan. The ener2i project was presented at the UN conference. Some lecturers from Europe have been integrated as part of the plenary session such as:
- Policies, drivers and barriers for innovation in renewable energies – Yoram Krozer, University Twente
- Renewable Energy in Germany: Current Situation with the “Energiewende” – Florian MOERGER, Energy Engineers
The afternoon session were split between a technical session on solar energy, PV, clean technologies as well as a training session on innovation and energy efficiency:
- Presentation of the ener2i project – Manfred Spiesberger, Centre for Social Innovation (ZSI)
- :metabolon – from a landfill to a competence center for sustainable resource management – Andreas CRONRATH, BAV and University of Cologne
- Sustainable Materials – a Complementary Concept in the Transition Towards Nearly Zero Energy Buildings – Anca DUTA, Transylvania University of Brasov. Watch the video on the ESEIA Best Lecture Library.