SYNERGY PLUS is a Economic and Technological Intelligence Action for SMEs that want to enter the dynamics of Distributed Energy Resources (DER) markets, through RTD projects to be supported by FP7. Distributed Energy Resources means the local combined production and use of electricity and heat (for instance using Renewable Energy Sources), with the re injection of electrical energy into the distribution grid. A first set of economic and technological intelligence actions in that sector (ETI SYNERGY contract ETIS-CT-2004-508508) has already led to several lessons. First, SMEs are not lacking data. They lack knowledge which can be used to define development plans within market boundaries that are both regional and European. The "knowledge pill" concept delivered by www.synergy-project.org will be extended to describe the Research results coming from national and EU funded programs used by SMEs. Next, SMEs are puzzled by the apparent complexity of future DER markets. With the support of SME clusters and Energy Agencies, a two-days training workshop (coming from the FP6 integrated project EU-DEEP on DER) will be delivered to 720 SMEs in 6 Member States (Finland, France, Austria, Germany, Poland, Spain), describing the opportunities offered by DER. This will allow the selection of a short list of 200 development projects, based on a technology and business analysis performed by Research Centers (VTT, Labein, Arsenal Research, Lodz University, ISET). Thanks to a direct connection with the future Electricity Technology Platform, 150 SMEs will be introduced into the first calls for proposal of FP7, meaning in average 30 proposals which will be screened and improved by an Advisory Board of Utilities (led by GAZ de FRANCE), by investors (CAPITALIA and MERMAID) and by the Energy Agencies of the 6 Member States. A series of dissemination actions will be coordinated by the French Energy Agency ADEME to open the SYNERGY PLUS market place to SMEs of other member states.
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