Sustainable Energy in the Adriatic Regions: Knowledge to Invest Project.

Priority and Measure
Measure 2.3 – Energy Saving and Renewable Energy Resources
Priority 2 - Natural and cultural resources and risk prevention
EUSAIR Pillars
Environmental quality, blue growth
Type of Project
Annarita Santilli
Interviewee role
Energy Manager
Energy and Environment Service
+39 0721 387575
Project website
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Budget in euros


Role Name City Country Contact Person Email / website
Lead Partner Municipality of Pesaro Pesaro Italy Annarita Santilli /
Partner 1 Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Tirana (CCIT) Tirana Albania Fatos Dega Klotilda Binjaku
Partner 2 Centuria RIT Romagna Innovation Tecnology Cesena Italy Alessandra Folli
Partner 3 Province of Ferrara Ferrara Italy Stefano Lovo
Partner 4 Regional development Centre Koper Koper Slovenia Tadej Zilic Giuliano Nemarnik
Partner 5 IRENA-Istrian Regional Energy Agency Labin Croatia Valter Poropat
Partner 6 LIR Local Development Initiative Banja Luka Bosnia and Herzegovina Slavisa Jelisic

Project Description


Project description

SEA-R identified three main “sources” from which sustainable energies for Adriatic can derive. SUN. SEA. KNOWLEDGE. Sun and Sea are distinguishing characteristics of the region, which can be effectively and better exploited for friendly energies. Knowledge is a strategic “fuel” for their diffusion, as it provides operators and users with BAT (Best Available Technologies) options to foster investments. The general objective of the project was the promotion of investment-oriented knowledge on sustainable and competitive energy patterns (in terms both of energy saving and renewable sources) in the Adriatic regions. In that perspective, the project was composed of three main sub-projects, concerning the three identified energy sources.


What has been done during the project in order to achieve its main goal(s)?

1. SUN ENERGY: to foster the diffusion of solar energy (thermal and photovoltaic), a series of actions have been carried out:
– Creation of a web-based database as a tool for energy mapping of buildings;

– Realization of 5 Local Energy Maps with technical characteristics and results of energy efficiency audits of 50 premises of private or public property;

– Installation of 4 demonstrative photovoltaic plants, connected to a smart “leaf meter” measuring sustainability.

2. SEA ENERGY: focus on the economical valorisation of seaweeds proliferation in an environmental perspective so as to produce bio-gas: – Benchmarking activities.

– Tests & analysis to estimate the potential to produce bio-gas from seaweed have been carried out.

– Realization of a pre-pilot plant in Goro.

3. KNOWLEDGE ENERGY: development of informative tools supporting knowledge and the capacity to invest in sustainable energy:

– Report on Best Practices on Energy Demonstrative Information Points (EDIP) was realized.

– 5 EDIP centres were opened, through which offer information, consultancy, organize RES and EE seminars and workshops.

– Energy Info Point Development Plans & Financial Guidelines for the setup of EDIP centres.

– 3-days ROAD SHOWS dedicated to RES and EE: 19 Workshops, 18 visits to relevant sites and 4634 participants.


Which are the project main results/impacts?

Result/Impact 1

The implementation of 4 photovoltaic plants in 3 different Adriatic regions (Italy / Pesaro, Croatia / Labin, Bosnia-Herzegovina / Banja Luka). Through the exchange of experiences the partners involved in this activity had the possibility to compare the bureaucratic procedures and technical characteristics in order to simplify the installment of the PV plants in the single territories and thus designing guidelines which are available for whatever subjects intends to replicate this activity in its country (Italy, Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia – Herzegovina).

Result/Impact 2

The opening of 5 Energy Demo Info Points (Italy / Pesaro & Cesena, Croatia / Labin, Slovenia / Koper, Bosnia-Herzegovina / Banja Luka). The first experience of the Lead Partner Municipality of Pesaro has permitted a follow-the-leader process for the implementation of the other EDIPs together with the benchmarking and analysis of other best practice experiences in Europe. The results are grouped in the financial and operational guidelines to set-up an EDIP which are a useful tool for whatever Administration intends to proceed with the creation of this info tool.

Result/Impact 3

The prototyping of a plant for the production of biogas from algae (Sacca di Goro – Ferrara). In this case the cooperation with the Albanian partner CCI Tirana did not function well and thus the possible replicability of the model for biogas production had no follower region to test the findings of the experiments in Goro (IT). Secondly, the local social and political conditions have not permitted to a group of private entrepreneurs to obtain the permissions to construct and develop a plant for the production of biogas in Goro.

Result/Impact 4

Three different financial guidelines have been realised: 1) for the realisation of an Energy Demo Info Point (operational and financial sustainability plan); 3) to illustrate the procedures and costs for the realization of Photovoltaic plants in partner’ countries; 3) for the use of seaweeds in biogas production.