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AIT - Austrian Institute for Technology

Research and Technology Organisation

The AIT is Austria’s largest Research and Technology Organisation (RTO) and an international point of reference in many research areas. AIT is a strategic key player in the Austrian and European innovation system, as it...

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AIT - Austrian Institute for Technology

Research and Technology Organisation

The AIT is Austria’s largest Research and Technology Organisation (RTO) and an international point of reference in many research areas. AIT is a strategic key player in the Austrian and European innovation system, as it enables and carries out applied research for the market exploitation of innovative infrastructure-related solutions. The functionality of “bridging the gap" between research and technology commercialisation is a key aspect of developing new technologies and enabling an economic boom, and AIT’s focus. The organisation also fits perfectly into Austria’s innovation landscape thanks to its new orientation, which includes providing a research environment to help key industries facing mid- to long-term challenges.  

Relation to DECIDE

AIT plays a central role in technological research on energy systems and sustainability.

Responsible Contact(s)

office(at)ait.ac.at

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Bath &West Community Energy

Cooperative

Bath &West Community Energy has installed 12.35MW of renewable energy, enough to power nearly 4,000 homes and reducing carbon emissions equivalent to the carbon footprint of nearly 1,000 B&NES residents. This includes...

Bath &West Community Energy

Cooperative

Bath &West Community Energy has installed 12.35MW of renewable energy, enough to power nearly 4,000 homes and reducing carbon emissions equivalent to the carbon footprint of nearly 1,000 B&NES residents. This includes solar PVs on the roofs of eleven schools and four community buildings, five ground-mounted solar arrays and a modern waterwheel. In addition to the installation of renewable energy, they have carried out projects around energy efficiency and energy demand management.

Responsible Contact(s)

https://www.bwce.coop/contact_bath_west/ 

nick.bird@bwce.coop 

BECoop

Knowledge Hub

Becoop is a Horizon 2020-funded project that aims to put communities in charge of their energy generation, in order to create a fair and people-powered energy system. Bioenergy is a big component of the project, as it is...

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BECoop

Knowledge Hub

Becoop is a Horizon 2020-funded project that aims to put communities in charge of their energy generation, in order to create a fair and people-powered energy system. Bioenergy is a big component of the project, as it is an innovative and not yet exploited to its full potential energy source. The project wants to fight climate change, create jobs, mitigate energy poverty, lower supply tariffs, reduce energy consumption and GHG emissions, ensure energy supply security and flexible energy systems.

Relation to DECIDE

The project sees energy communities and cooperatives (RESCoops) as the ideal framework; "they can empower a more effective, fair, and democratised clean-energy transition, leading to an increased social and consumer acceptance of RE developments".

Responsible Contact(s)

contact@becoop-project.eu

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BECoop e-market environment

Networking platform

This tool, produced by the H2020-funded project BECoop, supports stakeholders when developing a community bioenergy project and defining the required services and activities for supporting their own cases. They will be...

BECoop e-market environment

Networking platform

This tool, produced by the H2020-funded project BECoop, supports stakeholders when developing a community bioenergy project and defining the required services and activities for supporting their own cases. They will be able to identify other stakeholders to contact to carry out their project, see the experience of others and similar initiatives, etc. The e-market environment connects supply chain stakeholders to support the creation and operation of new and existing energy communities.

Responsible Contact(s)

IEECP / BECoop: contact@becoop-project.eu

BECoop Knowledge Exchange Platform

Knowledge Exchange Platform

The Knowledge Exchange Platform, a one-stop shop, lifts collaboration barriers across regions and sectors and hosts a set of resources in the field of community bioenergy heating, freely accessible:

- A network of...

BECoop Knowledge Exchange Platform

Knowledge Exchange Platform

The Knowledge Exchange Platform, a one-stop shop, lifts collaboration barriers across regions and sectors and hosts a set of resources in the field of community bioenergy heating, freely accessible:

- A network of interest for stakeholders and experts to share knowledge and expertise with BECoop in key deployment stages, including validation, networking and knowledge exchange, comprising a forum,
- Bioenergy community cases with an observatory/atlas of RESCoops active in the field of bioenergy,
- A knowledge repository: an online source of information, tools and services in the field of community bioenergy heating,
- Access to all BECoop tools.

The platform facilitates cross-regional network dialogue and knowledge exchange among community stakeholders.

No commercial interest.
Expected users are technical experts, RESCoops, policymakers, investors, industry and business stakeholders.

Responsible Contact(s)

contact@becoop-project.eu

BECoop self-assessment tool

Horizon 2020 Project

Designed for non-specialised, non-experienced users seeking to assess the current state of a cooperative/community bioenergy project, the tool supports various users (provider, facility operators, RESCoops,...

BECoop self-assessment tool

Horizon 2020 Project

Designed for non-specialised, non-experienced users seeking to assess the current state of a cooperative/community bioenergy project, the tool supports various users (provider, facility operators, RESCoops, local/regional authorities, and more) by providing an evaluation methodology, a set of indicators, metrics, definitions and technical as well as business recommendations, after they answer few questions on the resources available, the activity that best represent their initiative, and more. A spider web rating visualises the final results.


The BECoop self-assessment tool supports communities in getting ready to tap the full bioenergy market potential, making them aware of the potential held by their projects. Users can assess the current status and future potential of community bioenergy, revealing and better understanding the gaps, maturity levels for the adoption of bioenergy heating, their level of community engagement, as well as the complexity of the existing framework for procurement and policy design. Recommended actions appear after the user has answered some questions, guiding them to supporting resources and a score will be assigned depending on the option chosen, building in a graphical output (a spider-net) the project outcomes.

Relation to DECIDE

The tool supports energy communities future or ongoing work.

Responsible Contact(s)

IEECP / BECoop: contact@becoop-project.eu

Brixton Energy

Cooperative

Brixton Energy is part of Repowering London. They create cooperatively-owned renewable energy projects, which means that once completed, they become cooperatives themselves. These projects are managed democratically and...

Brixton Energy

Cooperative

Brixton Energy is part of Repowering London. They create cooperatively-owned renewable energy projects, which means that once completed, they become cooperatives themselves. These projects are managed democratically and benefit the local communities. Through their projects, Brixton Energy is able to generate energy, increase the community’s energy resilience and security and raise awareness about energy poverty and efficiency. Amongst their goals, they have lowering energy costs for local residents, reduction CO2 emissions and creating opportunities for local and responsible financial investment.

Relation to DECIDE

Brixton Energy is an Energy Community, and it counts three completed projects so far.

C4CE

Knowledge Hub

The C4CE Knowledge Hub is a community knowledge hub developed within Coalition for Community Energy, an Australian network of groups willing to transform their community to net-zero emissions. The hub is a place where...

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C4CE

Knowledge Hub

The C4CE Knowledge Hub is a community knowledge hub developed within Coalition for Community Energy, an Australian network of groups willing to transform their community to net-zero emissions. The hub is a place where users post their own resources and knowledge, anda place to search through resources, watch webinars, create one's own group profile and talk to people about community-lead energy transition.

Relation to DECIDE

The Coalition itself, and therefore the also the hub, has as a main objective spreading knowledge and resources in order to create energy communities.

Responsible Contact(s)

secretariat@C4CE.net.au

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CEESEN

Network

The Central and Eastern Europe Sustainable Energy Network (CEESEN) is an online platform created to facilitate communication and unite different energy actors in the regions.  With the support of the project partners and...

CEESEN

Network

The Central and Eastern Europe Sustainable Energy Network (CEESEN) is an online platform created to facilitate communication and unite different energy actors in the regions.  With the support of the project partners and the wider involvement of the CEESEN network, organisations and individuals can start to design a sustainable future for their communities. The platform is a result of the H2020 PANEL2050 project (CEESEN platform, Energy Roadmaps and Action Plans promoting and supporting the transition towards a low-carbon community, training material and trainings) and will be further developed in the H2020 CEESEU project (project started in November 2020, development will be done by WWF Hungary). The CEESEU project’s aim is to produce training material and conduct training that helps municipalities to compile and implement the Covenant of Mayors' Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plans (SECAPs). The CEESEN platform counts about 2500 members (organisations and private members).

Relation to DECIDE

The CEESEN platform focuses on sustainability and on energy transition in particular, and energy communities and collective actions, the two pillars of DECIDE, also play a big part in CEESEN’s activity.