Roberto Grilo, President of Development and Coordination Commission of Alentejo (CCDRA)
José Calixto, President of the Regional Development Agency of Alentejo
ADRAL advances with Digital Innovation Hub 4.0 in an investment of about one million euros. Today the Managing Authority of the ALENTEJO 2020 Regional Operational Programme approved the Community co-financing of 85% of the investment of one million euros programmed by ADRAL - Alentejo Regional Development Agency, for the construction and equipping of the new building of the Alentejo Business Accelerator. The Regional Agency intends with this new digital innovation center - Accelerator in Critical Technologies - unifying your support services in a digital innovation centre technical and entrepreneurial spaces of the Agency. It is also intended to promote a permanent integration with key partners at the level of higher education institutions of the municipalities and public administration services, but also from anchor companies, leaders in their areas, which can contribute with challenges and projects for the acceleration and achievement of projects that generate value for the entire Alentejo region.
This project is the result of the long-term strategy outlined by ADRAL's shareholders with a view to contribution to the establishment of a robust regional innovation ecosystem capable of generate relevant increases in competitiveness in the business fabric that integrates it. Based on the experience developed along the activities of management of dynamic spaces of entrepreneurship and innovation, at regional, national and international level, ADRAL has acquired a extensive and solid knowledge on the implementation and development of entrepreneurship and acceleration of companies and ideas. Allied to this experience, the present investment will make it possible to address the main shortcomings identified, in the process of diagnosis, in the access of entrepreneurial initiatives or business development of product, in particular at the level of innovation policies, innovation activities applied to product development and the prototyping of new products and continuous improvement processes of quality.
The AQUA-COMBINE project aims to demonstrate combined aquaculture and halophyte farming using the principles of circular economy, where waste and residues are utilised with-in the system to create both internal value and new products. Excess nutrients from the fish production will be used as fertiliser for halophyte plants and filtered through a microbial water treatment system to enable recirculation of the water back into the aquaculture tanks (Recirculating aquaculture system). This aquaponics system is very flexible and can be adapted to a wide variety of locations including rural and remote areas and outermost regions of the EU.
CircPro (Smart Circular Procurement) aims at promoting the transition to a more circular economy related national and regional decision-making by increasing the implementation of the circular procurement.
CircPro’s main objective is to increase the implementation of circular procurement under the targeted policy instruments so that the circular economy principles and criteria are incorporated or taken into account as a horizontal principle. CircPro targets the circular procurement from different approaches that have different complexity: all of which facilitate closed loops, but where the focus shifts from better quality products to new and innovative products and new business concepts.
The TWIST project aims to create an open model of wastewater innovation, promoting a circular economy and compliance with the Water Framework Directive. One of the results will be the creation of alive Laboratories’, where open innovation processes will be developed.
TWIST aims to promote competitiveness and efficient use of resources through the implementation of a market that allows interaction between water sector agents and training and capacity building actions.
The objectives are to create new transnational and transregional partnerships, capable of mobilizing current resources and developing new research, development and innovation processes.
S-PARCS aims to reduce costs and energy consumption in industrial parks and increase the production of renewable energy on site.
The objective of this project is to design and implement energy cooperation solutions in various industrial parks and replicate the developed solutions.
S-PARCS will systematically analyse technical, economic, organizational, environmental and social barriers at all levels and provide innovative and market-ready solutions to overcome them.
The specific objectives address the key components to implement these new and innovative concepts, raise awareness and promote rapid replication.
Urbansol is an INTERREG funded project aiming at promoting sustainable development according to the methodology defined throughout the project. Urbansol promotes the development of Sustainable and Intelligent Development Action Plans (PADISI) with the objective to improve efficiency on the use of resources by implementing a low carbon economy and energy resilience both in Portugal and Spain.
The LIFE ADAPTATE project aims to develop local mitigation and adaptation plans with a focus on adapting to climate change.
The proposed solution involves contributing to the promotion of policies and legislation, both at local and European level, with the aim of reducing greenhouse gases, increasing energy efficiency and energy production from renewable sources.
Its objectives are to develop sustainable energy and climate action plans, actions related to mitigation and adaptation to climate change, and promote the use of resources and specific guidelines to allow for transfer and replication.
The project MIREU aims to establish a network of mining and metallurgy regions across Europe with a view to ensure the sustained and sustainable supply of mineral raw materials to the EU. The network will help the regions to share knowledge and experiences when facing the challenge to establish and maintain an extractive industry. The project will develop a shared knowledge base, considering the region-specific geographic and economic features, cultural, societal and language diversity, and their historical developments. The main objectives of the MIREU project are: frame working practices, policies, identify favorable conditions for raw material development, engage with stakeholders and wider society to raise public awareness about the need for minerals and the importance of responsible practices and a sustained supply within Europe, develop EU Social License to Operate (SLO) guidelines. Bringing people into the decision-finding procedure in order to achieve a ‘social license to operate’ will be a key aspect of the project.
ITERAMS is a Horizon 2020 initiative for developing methods of efficient water and waste management in operational mining. At the core of the raw material value chain in Europe is the sustainability of mineral supplies through innovative and cooperative efforts of water recycling, valorization of tailing, minimization of environmental footprints and economical consciousness. The new methods are performed on validated mine sites in Finland and Portugal, and additionally outside of the EU. The solutions are processed on selected raw materials in an environmentally friendly and sustainable environment.
Smart Exploration is a multidisciplinary consortium of research institutes, academics, SMEs, civil society organizations, and partners from the mining industry, aimed at generating new technological and methodological markets for the EU through geophysical exploration. The efforts are focused on developing cost-effective and environmentally friendly solutions for the sustainable production of raw materials. Through a novel and integrated approach to research, technological development and innovation of European mineral resources, the results are aimed at improving exploration strategies in the EU and beyond. The 27 partner organizations that constitute the project are located in 11 countries, six of which are exploration testing sites in Europe.
Smart Exploration consists of a research and application team supported by a group of technologically advanced SMEs and the mining industry. The consortium will firstly focus on developing cost-effective, environmentally-friendly tools and methods for geophysical exploration in highly challenging brownfield areas where exploration expenditure is greater and the return time (from exploration to production) shorter. A second focus point will be long-term greenfield exploration with the aim of reducing exploration costs, implying significant improvement in development rates and a sustainable supply of raw materials. We anticipate that these developments will not only generate new technological and methodological markets for the EU, but will also result in improved exploration strategies in the EU and beyond.
The Municipality of Grândola is a member of the international consortium of STORM. STORM provides critical decision making tools to all European Cultural Heritage stakeholders charged to face climate change and natural hazards. The initiative will be led by three technicians from the Municipality of Grândola in the protection plans and preservation of cultural heritage sites in the case of emergency situations. STORM proposes a set of novel predictive models and improved non-invasive and non-destructive methods of survey and diagnosis, for effective prediction of environmental changes and for revealing threats and conditions that could damage cultural heritage sites. An important result of STORM will be a cooperation platform for collaboratively collecting and enhancing knowledge, processes and methodologies on sustainable and effective safeguarding and management of European Cultural Heritage. The system will be capable of performing risk assessment on natural hazards considering environmental and anthropogenic risks.
The Prominent MED project focuses on the use of public procurement for the acquisition of Innovation to stimulate the adoption of innovative products and services that contribute to the improvement of the quality of public services.
Public procurement for the acquisition of innovative solutions is related to innovative materials and processes in energy efficiency in public buildings. The objective is to contribute to the improvement of the quality of public services by activating a market demand, leading the industry to increase its production chain in order to put products in the market with a good price / quality ratio and in a short period of time.
STORM provides critical decision making tools to all European Cultural Heritage stakeholders charged to face climate change and natural hazards. STORM proposes a set of novel predictive models and improved non-invasive and non-destructive methods of survey and diagnosis, for effective prediction of environmental changes and for revealing threats and conditions that could damage cultural heritage sites. An important result of STORM will be a cooperation platform for collaboratively collecting and enhancing knowledge, processes and methodologies on sustainable and effective safeguarding and management of European Cultural Heritage. The system will be capable of performing risk assessment on natural hazards considering environmental and anthropogenic risks.
TROIARESORT- Troia Properties Real Estate welcomes affluent residence to make a home on the Peninsula of Troia, less than a one-hour drive from Lisbon. The landscape is preserved by STORM with the intention for strict environmental protection by utilizing the 1,100 hectares of natural landscape for construction of apartments, townhouses and villas. Capitalizing on the scarce oasis will inspire the privileged owners to embrace their modern exclusiveness in an ambience of nature’s privacy, all for their own elegance of living. The pleasant climate that is evidently being protected will offer a different way of living- an space, an experience, something special in life. The concept of TROIARESORT is to focus on what is essential in life, giving the modern resort feeling- private parking on the protected environment, private beach access and a state of the art golf course. TROIARESORT has the owner and the environment in mind.
The WADI proposal addresses the challenge of building a water (and energy) efficient and climate change resilient society by integrating the concept of ecosystem services through the recovery of up to 50% of the water lost at a cost which is lower than the cost of terrestrial techniques. The overall objective of WADI project is to contribute to the reduction of losses in water transmission systems and decrease the related energy consumption required for the process. WADI aims to develop an airborne water leak detection surveillance service to provide water utilities with adequate information on leaks in water infrastructure outside urban areas. WADI water leak detection surveillance service will take advantage of an innovative optical remote sensing on manned and unmanned aerial platforms. WADI’s service feasibility will be tested in an operational environment in two pilot sites: Provence region, France and Alqueva, Portugal.
The overall objective of WADI project is to contribute to the reduction of losses in water transmission systems and decrease the related energy consumption required for the process. WADI aims to develop an airborne water leak detection surveillance service to provide water utilities with adequate information on leaks in water infrastructure outside urban areas, thus enabling the utility to promptly repair them. The WADI proposal addresses the challenge of building a water (and energy) efficient and climate change resilient society by integrating the concept of ecosystem services through the recovery of up to 50% of the water lost at a cost which is lower by an order of magnitude than the cost of terrestrial techniques.
The European Commission is well aware of the heavy dependence of the European industry on metal imports and is promoting, via the European Innovation Partnership on Raw Materials, innovation in technologies which allow the domestic mining industry in Europe to re-flourish. INTMET’s approach represents a unique technological breakthrough to overcome the limitations related to difficult low grade and complex ores to achieve high efficient recovery of valuable metals (Cu, Zn, Pb, Ag) and CRM (Co, In, Sb). The main objective of INTMET is applying on-site mine-to-metal hydro processing of the produced concentrates enhancing substantially raw materials efficiency thanks to increase Cu+Zn+Pb recovery over 60% vs. existing selective flotation. The INTMET project is working to achieve two major innovations: a new and efficient technology to deal with low-grade, complex ores which will change the current and future operations of mineral deposits (including recycling of metals in tailings and metallurgical wastes) in Europe and elsewhere; a new mining (mine-to-metal) business model based on the technology breakthroughs.
The future of irrigation requires forward thinking systems for the conservation of water and reduction of lost energy. MASLOWATEN has combined the variability of solar energy, and innovative water solutions for the technical and economic viability of efficient and intermittency-free large scale PV pumping systems. This revolutionary form of irrigation allows for 100% renewable energy consumption. Concentrated on the southern periphery of Europe, demo sites have been generated on five real scale first market systems (in Spain, Italy, Portugal and Morocco). MASLOWATEN facilitates the development of innovative systems for zero energy irrigation today.
The world of irrigation requires innovative solutions, less water and energy dependent. The general objective of MASLOWATEN project is the first application and market replication of a new green product at TRL9 consisting of PV pumping systems for productive agriculture irrigation consuming zero conventional electricity and 30% less water. This objective can be split into three main objectives: to show the technical and economic viability of the solution (reducing from 50% to 75% the cost of electricity for irrigation), to reduce the water consumption, using automatisms, ICT and Precision Agriculture-based solutions, market uptake and market replication of the solution. The expected impact is, first, the market penetration of this innovative solution through five real scale first market systems (in Spain, Italy, Portugal and Morocco) and other technical, economical and dissemination actions for the market uptake. And second, the generation of a real market of 6GW of large- scale systems.
Intermunicipal Community of Lizíria do Tejo in Portugal is spearheading the BINGO initiative for improved water cycle together with risk management strategies for combating climate change. BINGO aims at ‘Bringing INnovation to onGOing water management – A better future under climate change’ to numerous sites in Northern and Southern Europe. Covering a wide range of climatic conditions as well as combinations of water systems and water pressures. The work of BINGO is showcased in a multitude of water cycles at the local and regional level in Europe, and across numerous timescales. The innovative water cycle is to protect in instances of flood and drought; water quality pressured by CSO, agriculture, irrigation and the growing demand for clean water.
AERIS project – Integration and improvement of the competitiveness of the aeronautic cluster in the Andalucía-Alentejo region is co-funded by POCTEP programme. With the implementation of AERIS project it is expected to increase the efficient use of infrastructures (technologic centers, entrepreneurial and technologic incubators, industrial parks, among others) and intangible (software and knowledge networks) in the cooperation territory and promote public-private cooperation in all aspects related to innovation in aeronautic sector, including the planning of new investments for the development between Andalucía and Alentejo regions by promoting a competitive aeronautic cluster in the international market.
The 3C4 Incubators project results from the merge of four previous projects, on the field of promoting the cultural and creative sector as a factor of territorial development and economic and social innovation.
The project gathered joint initiatives, in which cultural and creative companies had the opportunity to receive support and test tools. These initiatives included conferences, and specific SME support workshops.
The work focused on perfecting a Business Model adapted to cultural-based companies, developing a network of cultural and creative companies, and in the creation of institutional and territorial awareness actions.
The Citek project aims to create the transnational innovation system in the MED area, capitalizing on guidelines, strategies, work methodology and web tools through tools developed by other EU programs.
Citek aims to improve the governance system of smart specialization strategies to promote analysis and transfer of best practices. It also promotes the transfer and sharing of knowledge and innovation by helping to strengthen the international dimension of SMEs by improving their networking capacities.
The mapping and analysis of RIS3 was done for each region and the action plan elaborated.
DIFASS aims to unlock the potential for innovation, internationalization and sustainable growth of SMEs by improving access to finance.
The regions have come together to exchange experiences on good practices, develop and improve policies in this field.
The partnership is composed of regional authorities and development agencies that cooperate in the development of policies and the implementation of financial support instruments.
Participating regions have developed a Policy Implementation Plan based on the exchange of best practice experiences from other regions to improve their own policies on access to finance, innovation, internationalization and sustainable growth.
The A2 Transfer project promotes the transfer of new technologies for the improvement of processes in the agro-food industry, having a direct impact on the socio-economic development of the sector in the Andalusia-Alentejo region.
A technological platform was developed for the centres, SMEs, facilities and companies where the entrepreneurial capacity will be stimulated through the promotion of products and services of the food sector.
Diagnosis of the current situation of the agro-food sector, socio-economic studies of the application of technologies in the agro-food industry, creation of a website and workshops were carried out.
The InCompass project supports the self-sustainability of the creative incubator units, allowing the development and sharing of innovative methods to fill the dependency on public funding.
The aim is to identify evaluate and test the transferable nature of good innovative practices and to develop practical implementation plans for the transfer and application of good practices.
The project is geared towards micro, macro and medium-sized enterprises in order to improve and stimulate the effectiveness of local, regional, national and EU policies by increasing the capacity to create more spaces for innovation, entrepreneurship and creative industries, being an engine of sustainable growth and job creation.