The Hanze University of Applied Sciences received a 3.7 million grant from INTERREG Europe, an initiative that supports interregional cooperation throughout Europe. The grant is aimed at two large multiannual projects in the field of energy transition and development of innovation.
SHREC (SHifting towards Renewable Energy for Transition to Low Carbon Energy)
Europe wants to deminish the emission of greenhouse gasses. This ambition calls for speeding up and intensifying strategies that contribute to the enhancement of sustainability of the current energy systems. A large challenge for the European regions: the energy transition takes shape via technological renewal and social innovations. Popular initiatives such as energy cooperations will play a bigger part in this. SHREC examines how the role of communities, cooperations and other initiatives of civilians and SME's can be enlarged and enhanced besides the social acceptation of new technologies in the energy transition. The Hanze University collaborates with institutions from Sweden, Lithuania, Romania, Italy, Slovakia, Spain and France.
InnoHEIs (from Fragmented to Integrated and Sustainable Cooperation)
This project aims to enlarge the role of institutions in higher education in the field of regional development of innovation. Stimulating entrepreneurship and creativity produces many advantages for the regions. Participants from different fields such as policy, companies and the academic community discover potential new activities and chances to solve regional societal challenges. The Hanze University collaborates with SNN and partners from Spain, France, Finland, Sweden, Luthuania and Poland in this multi-annual project.
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