SMEmPower Efficiency

The objective of the project is to empower Small and Medium Enterprises  (SMEs) to undergo energy audits and implement energy savings measures for increasing their energy efficiency.

SMEmPower Efficiency will achieve this by connecting professionals, promoting intelligent energy tools, promoting traditional and innovative technologies, as well as providing decision support for various stakeholders.

SMEmPower Efficiency targets will be accomplished by:

  • a novel Education & Training (E&T) programme for energy related SME staff (level 6 of the EQF)
  • the development of long-lasting training tools to be used by all professionals
  • practical action in pilot SME installations
  • in-situ training of top-level management/decision makers and rest staff
  • targeted workshops with stakeholders and financing institutions/entities
  • performing energy surveys by multidisciplinary teams of trainees

Main target groups

  • Energy related SME staff: SMEmPower Efficiency will increase their skills and capacities through the integrated E&T programme
  • Decision makers/top management of SMEs: SMEmPower Efficiency will provide short in-situ trainings and real case studies in pilots.
  • Financing entities that can potentially fund energy saving measures in SMEs. SMEmPower Efficiency will reach them through targeted workshops. It aims to promote the interaction between financing entities and decision makers and trainees, presenting complete projects of energy saving interventions ready to receive financing

Additional target groups

  • Education & Training providers
  • Industry/commerce associations
  • Research institutions
  • Energy professional associations
  • Decision/policy makers, such as local, regional or national governments
  • Energy related consultant companies, ESCOs
  • Entities that can potentially provide financing to energy efficiency projects (banking institutions, managing authorities of funds, etc)

Project methodology

A holistic methodology has been chosen to address different barriers based on three dimensions, i.e. Individual, Organizational and Institutional.

  1. Individual: Staff training of SMEs.
    • Novel E&T programme with a common curriculum
    • Certified by the participating Universities with ECTS (EQF level 6)
  2. Organizational: targets mainly the decision makers in SMEs
  3. Institutional: targeted workshops with stakeholders
    • energy auditors
    • financial institutions
    • managing authorities of supporting schemes
    • local and regional governments and the key staff from SMEs (energy experts and decision makers)

Project partners, funding and time horizon

Power Systems Laboratory of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki is the coordinator of SMEmPower Efficiency.

SMEmPower Efficiency lists 10 partners at 8 EU countries: Cyprus, Germany, Greece, Italy , Romania, Slovenia, Spain, UK.

It is funded by the EU Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Grant Agreement No 847132.

Starting Day: 01/09/2019
Duration in months: 36

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