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EU Interreg North Sea Programme putting EUR 5.3 million towards project - aims to set up platform for SMEs

The EU Interreg North Sea Programme is putting EUR 5.3 million towards the EU’s Northern Connections project, according to a press release on December 15. The project aims to create framework conditions and examples of sustainable energy project throughout the EU’s North Sea region. To this end, the Renewable Energies Cluster Hamburg (EEHH) and 20 partners in countries bordering the North Sea including Britain, Germany and Norway will develop a platform to promote innovative partnerships for sustainable energy systems among northern Europeans. The municipality of Aalborg in Denmark will manage the project.

Internationalising business activities

Frank Horch, Senator for Economics, said: “The Northern Connections project is a win for the Renewable Energies Cluster Hamburg and the location. The cross-border exchange of knowledge on the SME level will increase innovation and the competiveness of mid-sized firms in north Germany and north Europe. The theme of the project picks up strategically important issues such as sector linking and mobility. At the same time, it promotes the cluster initiative’s concrete support of SMEs in internationalising their business activities. The city of Hamburg will provide technical expertise and support the project over the next years.

Innovative opportunities for companies

Christina Folmand Knudsen, co-ordinator of the project in Aalborg, said: “There is great competition between cities, region and private figures for EU funding for projects. Only the best projects with very good partnerships and excellent ideas are approved. So it is a great honour for Aalborg to manage the merger of important cites, regions and clusters in the North Sea region. We are delighted to further develop the links here and to create innovative opportunities for companies in the energy sector.”

Workshops and feasibility studies

Jointly developed technical and structural solutions should held the cites and regions involved to achieve sustainable energy supply and transport. This applies especially to the connectivity of energy supply, households and traffic. The package of measures includes workshops, feasibility studies and providing support with bid preparations. Eight clusters including EEHH will organise the processes of innovation and involve the members of the network in their region as well as the cities and communes.

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