The city of Sant Cugat del Vallès is located in Catalonia, Spain, with 87,000 inhabitants, about 20 km from Barcelona. 

The city council defined a vision responsible for today’s city model, made up mainly by low family housing, urban parks, biking paths, new fitness and sports facilities and related environmentally sustainable projects and services. Thus, the city developed many iniciatives, linked with citizens’ satisfaction, transparent and accountable governance, urban and energy planning at different scales among other things.

Sant Cugat participates in a FP7 Project, Optimus (platform forecasting  energy demand and consumption), as well as in an Horizon 2020 Project, R4E (new type of energy strategy through visions and roadmaps).

Barcelona Ecologia is the Urban Ecology Agency of Barcelona, aiming at rethinking the metropole from a sustainable point of view. The Agency provides solutions in the fields of mobility, energy, waste management, water management, urban planning, biodiversity and social cohesion for both public and private entities, in Spain as internationally. Barcelona Ecologia is composed of a trans-diciplinary team, able to identify problems and their cause, make proposals, analyse the technical feasibility, quantify the results and provide administrative support during projects’ implementation.

Edenway group is a Paris and Barcelona consulting firm that has been created on sustainable development, social innovation and economic pragmatism beliefs.

The company works on two areas of expertise: business development and implementation of innovation projects for urban transformation. Its approach is to develop sustainable business cases and has done so for a wide range of projects and organisations both public and private.

On the one hand, Edenway offers public authorities (cities and regions) and private companies to set up and lead concrete solutions for their transformation. On the other hand, Edenway helps small and medium‐sized businesses to grow locally and internationally. Edenway is therefore a go‐between within the global sustainable development ecosystem, connecting SMEs, public authorities and large companies.

Electric Corby is a Community Interest Company located in Corby, Northamptonshire. The company was formed in 2012, to meet three clear objectives for Corby.

1. Establish Corby as a leading edge location for business.

2. Become the UK’s leading practical, community scale test centre for energy efficient living and low carbon transportation.

3. To redistribute the benefits of its labours to the Corby community.

As a result of the objectives, Electric Corby have been involved in a number of projects such as building Zero Energy Bill homes, developing an electric car charging infrastructure, creating a Community Energy deal to rival more established providers and establishing a CleanTech Hub to promote and share new technology and ways of working for businesses interested in clean technology. Electric Corby were also working as a demonstrator location for two other EU FP7 projects (CloudOpting and District of the Future). Additionally, they also manage the Corby Business Growth Programme (ERDF funded), which offers business support to SME’s and start‐up businesses in and around Corby.

Eurogrant is a spin‐off from the European Project Center (EPC) of the Technical University of Dresden. The company is specialized in administrative management of research projects and networks. Its founder Frank Bösenberg has worked in international project and research management for more than 10 years and has managed more than 50 large international projects.

Eurogrant offers comprehensive and professional support for the planning and implementation of international EU‐funded R&D projects, especially by taking care for all administrative issues. Additionally, Eurogrant collaborates closely with the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) and provides a modularised set of lectures and seminars in particular for young scientists to master the challenges of working in international EU projects.

Lavola is a consulting firm dedicated to economic, social and environmental sustainability for more than 30 years. Its services include consultancy in the field of energy efficiency and renewable energies, a communication agency specialized development, as well as education for sustainable development. The company, located in Manlleu, has strong experience in energy efficiency as it leaded audits, monitoring services, and technical studies various part of the world.


Ulster is a university committed to the economic, social and cultural development of Northern Ireland. Its core business activities are teaching and learning, widening access to education, research and innovation and technology and knowledge transfer. Within the University, The Centre for Sustainable Technologies (CST) is an energy research and its facilities include dedicated heat pump and energy storage laboratories, climate chambers for evaluating the performance of energy systems and “Terrace Street” – an instrumented and occupied series of test houses providing real‐life responses to new heat pump and thermal storage technologies.

Veolia is an Energy and Environmental Service Company, mainly dedicated to the maintenance, preservation and improvement of buildings, facilities and complexes of different nature, in order to improve comfort, performance and security at lower cost. With its core business of "smart power management" Veolia has gained a leading position in the areas of energy management and energy savings and CO2 emission control.

Veolia provides innovative solutions for sustainable development of cities and companies, through the control and maintenance of district heating and cooling networks, industrial utilities and energy services in buildings and facilities.

Wansdronk Architektuur was established in 1983 and started the development of a zero energy, zero emission and material saving building concept in 1996 : Emporium.

In a nutshell, this system is composed of a warm water storage container providing the space heating and hot water supply, and a cold water storage container delivering the space cooling and cooling source for the refrigerator. The water circulates using thermosiphon, and then no requires high‐grade energy such as electricity or fuel. A lightweight construction supports the water storage containers. This mass of water also replaces the hot and cold accumulating capacity of the building mass. The building concept is suitable for free‐ standing, connected, or high‐rise home and utility buildings in all climate zones. Its technical feasibility has been proved and confirmed, its economic feasibility is characterized by zero‐emission, biodiversity, safety, health, comfort and lifelong durability.


Watts INNOVA SL gathers two companies involved in the energy efficiency sector:

  • IGETECH INNOVA SL, a company specialized in home and building automation, and

  • ANALITZADORS ASSESSORIA ENERGÈTICA SL, a company specialized in pricing power and industrial process control.

Thanks to their experience in the residential, industrial and tertiary, and the use of advanced monitoring tools developed with their own technology, they are able to offer a comprehensive service to improve energy efficiency in all kinds of facilities.

Wattia‐Innova headquarters are located in EspaiZero, the first Spanish center achieving energy self‐sufficiency.

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