Published: 12 December 2016 at 12:01
Energy in Water has been named European 2016 Cluster Partnership of the Year
Energy in Water (EnW), a multinational project led by Anglia Ruskin University to help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) develop internationally, has been named the 2016 Cluster Partnership of the Year.
Energy in Water is a European Strategic Cluster Partnership (ESCP), comprising seven research-driven clusters spread across the UK, Denmark, Netherlands, Spain and France, which aims to nurture and harness the growth and innovation potential of European SMEs.
Dr Michael Green of Anglia Ruskin University’s Global Sustainability Institute is the Principal Investigator of Energy in Water, which has over 180 active members, mostly SMEs, across Europe.
The 2016 Cluster Partnership of the Year award was presented by the European Cluster Collaboration Platform (ECCP) at the European Cluster Conference 2016 in Brussels.
The EU Cluster Partnership award provides an opportunity for ESCP projects to showcase their excellence in promoting their partnership activities through various channels, including the ECCP. All European clusters partnerships which received the ESCP label were invited to participate.
A total of 25 EU funded cluster projects were eligible for the award, all covering different sectors but with the shared purpose of connecting SMEs with complementary bodies, including universities, R&D centres and local authorities, and developing working relationships outside of the EU.
Energy in Water, which is focusing on areas such as water efficiency, smart monitoring and energy recovery from waste water, has already established links with the USA, South America and Morocco.
Dr Green said:
Marc Lemaître, Director-General of the European Commission’s Department for Regional and Urban Policy, said:
In the Eastern region, Energy in Water already has links with Opportunity Peterborough, Cambridge Cleantech, Allia and the Water Innovation Network, based in Peterborough.