BioDieNet project is a project by the Intelligent Energy for Europe Programme to facilitate the uptake of used cooking oil to produce biodiesel.

The objective of BioDieNet is the promotion of localised biodiesel production for transportation purposes, by means of the active involvement of key local actors in more than 10 European countries. The project ended 31st December 2009.

The 16 BioDieNet partners represent 10 Members States and include:

  • Energy Solutions (North West London) – ESNWL (UK) – Coordinator;
  • Ecofys b.v. – ECOFYS (NL)
  • North East London Energy Efficiency Advice Centre – NELEEAC (UK)
  • Agência Municipal de Energia e Ambiente de Oeiras – OEINERGE (PT)
  • Agência Municipal de Energia de Sintra – AMES (PT)
  • Western Norway Research Institute – WNRI (NO)
  • Sofia Energy Centre – SEC (BG)
  • Innoterm Energetics—INNOTERM (HU)
  • Agència Energètica de la Ribera – AER (ES)
  • Province of Fryslân – FRYSLAN (NL)
  • Agency of Brasov for the Management of Energy & Environment – ABMEE (RO)
  • Brent Community Transport – BCT (UK)
  • Agenzia Veneziana per l‘Energia – AGIRE (IT)
  • Bundesverband freier Tankstellen e.V. – BFT (DE)
  • Federation of Scientific & Technical Associations –FAST (IT)
BioDieNet Project was co-funded by Intelligent Energy Europe Programme of EC
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Project TranSolar

TranSolar Project was co-funded by Intelligent Energy Europe Programme of EC
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TranSolar Project aims at exchange of experience in the development of solar thermal product throughout Europe. The main objectives of the action are to transfer experience from the most developed European countries in the field of solar thermal, to the least developed as well as to disseminate the latest information about European standards, Solar Keymark certification scheme and relevant promoting policies.


Centre for Renewable Energy Sources



Solar Thermal Applications in Eastern Europe with Guaranteed Solar Results, EAST-GSR project

EAST-GSR is supported through the Intelligent Energy Europe (IEE) program.
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It runs from 01.06.2006 until 31.12.2008.

Disseminating the GSR concept

Renewable energies development and, more particularly, solar thermal energy is a key issue to reduce the coming years energy consumption increase. Hot water production from solar energy is a well-known option to favour when taking into account Eastern European countries solar radiation.

Since the early 1990 s, professionals working in the solar thermal sector have developed collective solar systems for hot water supply using a quality approach adapted to present day needs. It is now possible to guarantee by contract the technical and economic performance of a solar thermal system using the Guaranteed Solar Results (GSR) procedure. This has been first developed in France and then disseminated throughout EU15 with the support of Thermie and ALTENER programmes.

To promote the competitive use of solar thermal energy and allow the emergence of national sustainable thermal solar markets, the project has 3 main objectives:

  • Adapt and transfer the GSR quality approach to the 5 Eastern European partners Countries
  • Implement pilot projects and feasibility studies to show the reliability of collective applications
  • Widely disseminate and promote the GSR approach to all the potential concerned stakeholders (solar energy professionals, financing institutions, public/private decision makers, end-users) to increase confidence and remove the remaining barriers for a massive use of this technology. Training and networking will be an integrated part of the dissemination action.

Expected Results:

  • Transfer the GSR charter, improve solar thermal equipment quality and installation
  • Train professionals to increase know-how as for design and operation of collective solar thermal systems
  • Encourage the integration of solar thermal systems in the building construction process
  • Implement one complete telemonitoring system per country on an existing collective solar thermal installation with theoretical GSR contract and assess performances to demonstrate reliability and increase professional confidence
  • Realise feasibility studies on Domestic Hot Water (DHW) solar systems (using GSR contract) on new potential sites and present results and potential projects to potential investors, financial institutions and promoters
  • Network and disseminate project results to encourage potential clients and investors to consider thermal solar technology as a mature and trustworthy one
  • Promote this quality approach at EU 25 level

The following organisations take part in the project:


Agence de l’Environnement et de la Maîtrise de l’énergie, France


Biomass Partner

Biomass Partnerships

The main aim of the project is to establish co-operation with market actors such as industry, bio fuel producers, wholesalers, distributors, sales agents, energy agencies, consultants and establish a platform for information dissemination and business possibilities

Оverall objectives:

  • Create 9 partnerships for delivery of heat from biomass, at least one partnership in each participating country;
  • Interact with national agencies to deliver policy objectives with respect to reductions in greenhouse gas emissions through the commercial utilisation of biomass fuel sources.

This will lead to:

  • Increased sales of biomass and related equipment and services for local and regional market actors in the participating regions;
  • Increased market share of biomass in all participating regions.

Project Partners:

  • Swedish Energy Agency (STEM), Sweden- Coordinator
  • Ö. Energiesparverband (ESV), Austria
  • Motiva Oy, Finland
  • Agentur für Zukunftsenergiesysteme GmbH, AZES, Germany
  • Rhonalpenergie Environment (RAEE), France
  • Sofia Energy Centre (SEC), Bulgaria
  • Severn Wye Energy Agency (SWEA), UK
  • National Industrial Fuel Efficiency Service Limited, Scotland, UK
  • Vito, Belgium
Тhe project received funding from Intelligent Energy Europe Programme with Contract No: EIE/04/095/S07.38583
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Strategy for the deployment of biofuels for transport in the Еastern European market

Objectives of the project:

  • To assess available published work on biofuel technologies in terms of sustainability
  • To provide the participating countries with the optimum options and strategies of integrating biofuels into the energy mix
  • To examine the appropriate combination of fiscal and market measures for the support of biofuels in the national markets
  • To assess the biofuel potential capacity for the four countries
  • To support the participating countries in increasing the share of biofuels as an energy supply option
  • To promote energy cooperation and trade of biofuels in eastern European market

Project partners:

  • EXERGIA Energy and Environment Consultants, Greece
  • BioAlcohol Fuel BAFF Service AB, Sweden
  • ELINOIL Hellenic Petroleum Company, Greece
  • SEC Sofia Energy Centre, Bulgaria
  • ENERO Centre for the Promotion of Clean and Efficient Energy, Romania
  • ICEET State Enterprise International Centre for Energy Efficient Technologies, Ukraine
Тhe project received funding from Altener programme with Contract No: ALTENER-2002-014
Pellets for Europe

Pellets for Europe has the overall aim to support development of the European pellet market.

Objectives of the project:

  • To stimulate the production of pellets – based on wood and agricultural residues
  • To stimulate the use of pellets for heating and CHP-production
  • To support production and use of clean and high quality pellets

Activities of the project:

  • Establish local networks to stimulate new markets
  • Establish European network of market actors for data collection and dissemination
  • Identify potentials and barriers for further European pellet market development and provide strategies to overcome barriers
  • Provide detailed and updated market information for market actors and facilitate increased integration of markets
  • Assess the status of European R&D on pellets and facilitate increased dialog between R&D and market actors in Europe
  • Develop a Best Practise Guide with criteria for best practise on production and use of pellets

Project Partners:

  • KanEnergi Sweden AB
  • ETA – Energia Trasporti Agricoltura
  • Institute for Energy and Environment
  • Swedish Bioenergy Association Service AB
  • Baltycka Agencja Poszanowania Energii S.A.
  • Technical Research Centre of Finland, VTT Processes
  • Ö. Energiesparverband
  • Zentrum für rationelle Energieanwendung und Umwelt GmbH
  • Renewable Heat & Power Ltd
  • Sofia Energy Centre
  • Energidalen i Sollefteå AB
  • WIP-KG
  • European Biomass Industry Association
  • Centre for Renewable Energy Sources
The project received funding from Altener programme with Contract No 2002-012-137-160

Strategy to Promote Mountain Huts Renewable Energy Sources and their Rational Use Passing World Wide from Alps to Alps, SHERPA project

SHERPA project is supported through the ALTENER programme of EC.

It runs from 2003 until 2005.


  • Summarise, the European Strategy for Sustainable Energy Production and Use in Mountain Huts, including financial schemes and dissemination strategies;
  • Awareness on RES and RUE building on different levels of society, including political decision makers, end-users, tourists etc.;
  • Dissemination of the European Strategy towards the Eastern European Countries and world-wide to export European knowledge and expertise;
  • Our target is to start a wave in West France, Italy, Germany and coming to the East, then going to the Himalayas, surrounding the globe with this “wave of renewable energy communities” climbing the Rocky Mountains and the Andes and ending with Pyreneans, bringing the “wave” back to Europe.

Expected results:

  • Evaluation measures for sustainable mountain energy systems will be worked out from social, technical, economic and organisational side;
  • European standardisation effort (integrated in the world wide actions);
  • Web-sites and a brochure on the European Strategy on Sustainable Mountain Energy Uses;
  • Joint future actions will be worked out in the workshops, presented to the European Commission and local governments.

The following organisations take part in the project:




  • ISET, Germany
  • SASSO,Italy
  • Sofia Energy Centre (SEC), Bulgaria
  • Slovenská Energetická Agentúra, Словакия


Widening the Use of European Solar Thermal Technologies in Mediterranean Countries Following the Successful Model of Greece - PART B Italy, France, Bulgaria, Romania, Turkey

The objectives of the action are to:

  1. Setup an information exchange mechanism in order to:
    • Facilitate the flow of information between the market, technology producers, decision makers as well as all actors involved in the research, development and production of solar water heating for buildings from Greece and Cyprus to other countries
    • Give the opportunity for the creation of synergies from the EU research work that is being carried out across the EU by all EU member states
  2. Elaborate of working papers addressing the introduction of preferred technologies and relevant legislative and economic issues
  3. Conclude on strategy recommendations to real market actors for the support of solar water heating and its penetration in buildings, and to
  4. Effectively promote the use solar heating to targeted end users.
The project received funding from 5th Framework Programme, European Commission, Directorate General for Energy and Transport, Contract No. NNE5/2002/86