SKYE: Reaching beyond

REC project support for KIC InnoEnergy helped promote the take-up of sustainable energy technologies

September 10, 2017

Supporting KIC InnoEnergy (SKYE) was a REC-implemented project that ran from September 2013 to August 2015. The aim of the project was to support KIC InnoEnergy in its outreach and take-up activities by recruiting game changers and innovators in new EU member states and beyond, including candidate and acceding countries, as well as neighbourhood countries Belarus and Turkey. A more specific aim of the SKYE project was to promote KIC InnoEnergy’s seven master’s degree programmes in sustainable energy technologies.

KIC InnoEnergy, one of the ‘knowledge and innovation communities’ (KICs) fostered by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), is a company dedicated to promoting innovation, entrepreneurship and education in the sustainable energy field by bringing together academics, businesses and research institutes.

The REC, through the SKYE project, advanced the aims of KIC InnoEnergy by leading four main tasks: student outreach and recruitment; outreach to potential KIC partners, laying the ground for industrial take-up, and hosting of the KIC InnoEnergy secretariat.

“The project was ground-breaking for the REC because it saw us engage with university students, as well as entrepreneurs and start-ups — two communities with which we’d had little experience,” says Jerome Simpson, REC Senior Expert on Smart Cities and Mobility. “We engaged these stakeholders in 20 countries in Central and Eastern Europe, from Estonia to Turkey, and including Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine. That right there illustrates what the REC is about and where it’s at its best. It was a real pleasure to have all our beneficiary countries sitting together at one table and collaborating.”

SKYE project highlights

The SKYE project’s several highlights and achievements include:

  • 200 personal visits to technical and business universities and schools;
  • 40 outreach events and university and job recruitment fairs;
  • 50 undergraduates and postgraduates joining KIC educational programmes;
  • 5 prestigious positioning events (national and sub-regional);
  • 5 piggy-back or side events; and
  • 10 demand-driven bilateral meetings with industrial users and pilot sites.

Project website:

Key publications:

Tomorrow’s Technology Today: a catalogue of approximately 40 KIC InnoEnergy-funded technology innovations

Energy Technology Investors’ Directory: a directory and online database of 100 energy technology investors targeting the new EU member states

TAGS: Sustainable development | Energy efficiency | Sustainabile mobility