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What’s going on in our world:

  • Post COP21-reactions/activities
  •  Member news
  • Collaboration among clusters
  • News from ICN

Post-COP21 reactions/activities

  • ICN Chairman of the Board and CEO of Ecotech Quebec Denis Leclerc presents his reflections here (interview in French).
  • Fred Beuningen from CTD offers his interesting views on the outcome of COP21 here.
  • Following the optimistic result from COP21, ORECCs CEO, Jan Carsten Gjerløw, predicts a golden age for cleantech companies in providing those solutions that are necessary to combat climate change (interview in Norwegian).
  • Project Manager Daniel Bügel from ORECC is equally optimistic and predicts that in order to live up to those goals, more fossil free transportation is needed (interview in Norwegian).
  • The C40 project, City Solutions Platform, was announced at COP21 in Paris and is a cooperation between C40 and ICN members. Find the press release here on the ICN homepage.

News from ICN members world

    • CLEAN has appointed a new CEO, Carsten Gaarn-Larsen. For more information on Carsten and the change of management in CLEAN, please see here.
    • CLEAN participated at the Smart city expo in Barcelona on November 15th -17th  with the objective present the Danish Smart City companies and solutions to interested partners.
  • Cleantech Delta
    • The RINEW (Rotterdam Innovative Nutrients Energy and Water) project, initiated by CTD, has been opened by the Rotterdam major on 11 December 2015. The project focuses on water innovation in the Rotterdam City Dockland development project. See here for more info.
  • Ecotech Quebec
    • One of the SME members of Ecotech Quebec, Polystyvert, has developed a technology that recycles polystyrene. This technology is currently being applied in a pilot project in of the major supermarket chains in Quebec, Sobeys Quebec. For more information about this project, see here.
  • Eco World Styria
    • EWS published their annual report on 17 December 2015 describing the highlights of the year. This includes being awarded with the gold label from Cluster Management Excellence and maintaining a first place world rankings of cleantech clusters. The report also hails the cooperation with ICN and provide an outlook on the many projects that will take place in 2016. For the full report, see here (in German).
  • Green Cape
    • Green Cape focuses on organizing the ICN Annual Meeting in Cape Town in conjunction with the African Utility Week (AUW).
    • Besides the annual ICN meeting, there will be plenty of B2B-opportunities, interesting sessions at the AUW conference, as well as meetings with local authorities, including the Mayor of Cape Town.
  • Lombardy Energy Cleantech Cluster
    • LECC promotes the benefits of being a member of ICN in their news section directed towards their members. This fine overview of the advantages of ICN-members can be seen here.
    • ORECC is right now in the process of applying for EU Horizon 2020 funds for organic waste from urban areas. See more here. (in Norwegian).
  • Renewable Energy Hamburg
    • REH hosted the German Renewables Awards 2015, awarding prizes to (among others)
      • a project from Siemens AG describing how excess renewable electricity can be converted into hydrogen
      • a project on smart storage
      • for more info on the awards ceremony see here.
  • Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster
    • RTCC is looking ahead for the DistribuTech event in early February 2016 and actively participated in the Regional Transportation Alliance focusing on mobility and transportation in the Triangle region.
  • SSCA 2.0
    • SSCA 2.0 was present at the Barcelona Smart City Expo in November 2015 and provided a speaker for the session regarding “Strategies for reducing energy demand and to improve energy efficiency”.
  • Tenerrdis
    • Hyway project: After the deployment of the biggest hydrogen fleet in Europe in June last year, a  Hydrogen recharge station was inaugurated on Friday 22 January 2016 in Grenoble, France. The HyWay program is coordinated by the Tenerrdis energy cluster, supported by the French government and focuses on promoting and developing electric-hydrogen vehicles.

Collaboration among clusters

  • Renewable Energy Hamburg, ORECC and CLEAN among other clusters continues to collaborate closely on a number of projects such as Northern Connections  regarding regional innovation and NICE (North European Infrastructure of Clean).
  • ORECC, CLEAN and Eco World Styria are working on a project called CoolBioWaste, including a united cluster application for the EU Horizon 2020 program.

Events/opportunites for members

  • Hyvolution on 4/5 February in Paris, France. Please contact Ingrid Milcent from Tenerrdis  for further info on possibilities for reductions as ICN member, programme etc.
  • DistribuTECH in Orlando, Florida 9th-11th February. Please contact Jennifer Bosser, RTCC for further info here
  • Urban Future Generation (

International Cleantech Network:

  • As of 1 January 2016, Frederik Thure is the new ICN Head of Secretariat. Frederik has a background in the transmission system operator sector for gas and has a broad international professional and educational experience from both Denmark, France and Belgium. He will work to promote the interests of ICN and serve the members’ needs with a special focus on this year’s annual meeting, attracting new members to ICN and seeking funds in order to further strengthen ICN.
  • ICN will be present at the “Hyvolution” event focusing on Hydrogen techonologies, that takes place in Paris early February.