About the CC-SURE
Between 2010 to 2014, the competence centers represented a goal-oriented and content-oriented innovation measure of the Slovenian government to strengthen the competitiveness of Slovenia's economic and research potential on the priority areas of technological development. Development priorities of the centers were based on the proven needs of companies. In this manner, globally-oriented Slovenian companies have directed the development of new products and services in close cooperation with other companies and research organizations.
CC-SURE brought together 16 successful Slovenian companies and research organizations, where TECES acted as the holder and coordinator of the development program. Globally oriented companies such as Bartec Varnost d.o.o., BSH Home Appliances d.o.o., ELES d.o.o., Domel d.o.o., Gorenje d.d., Hidria Rotomatika d.o.o., INEA d.o.o., Kolektor Group d.o.o., Metrel d.d., Petrol d.d., SmartCom d.o.o., Sipronika d.o.o. and public research institutions such as the Faculty of Electrical Engineering of the University of Ljubljana, the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of the University of Ljubljana, the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Computer Science and Informatics of the University of Maribor participated.
The CC-SURE was focused on the development of competencies, technologies and new concepts of products and services in accordance with the expected development of the smart communities and the smart electricity networks and the preparation of "The Smart Grid Development Program in Slovenia" for SODO - Electricity Distribution Network Operator.
The emphasis was placed on the development of active power grid components and advanced energy-efficient electrical devices and drives, power electronics systems, home appliances, energy management components and solutions.
The CC-SURE research and development program was based on four pillars:
- The Active Power Network Solutions pillar pursued goals; to build active network concepts based on new technologies and tested in parts of the Slovenian electricity network. Accurate evaluation of new concepts in real conditions enabled industrial partners to test and finalize the developed solutions of active network components.
- The Power Network Components pillar carried out several demonstration projects of active distribution network solutions, such as system efficient energy use, virtual power plant, upgrade of the existing distribution network management system and automatic management of household customers' consumption. These solutions have been designed to enable the uninterrupted integration of dispersed sources and the systemically efficient use of electricity while considering generation, transmission and end-users.
- The Smart, Energy Efficient Domestic Appliances and Systems pillar tested possible concepts and algorithms for efficient energy use, based on automatic consumption management measures in the context of connecting the concepts of active networks and smart home. This included research, demonstration, and implementation of the most technologically appropriate energy-efficient consumer loads in terms of household appliances (cooking, refrigeration-freezing, and washing machines) and air-to-water heat pumps connected to the electricity distributor via an intelligent network.
- The Energy Efficient Electric Drives pillar gained knowledge in the field of advanced energy-efficient drive converters, which enabled energy-efficient, material-optimized, and environmentally friendly production of electricity converters. The program itself included the development of new propulsion systems for small household appliances, hand tools, industrial technology in the field of ventilation technology, compressors, and pumps, and against explosive environments of the chemical industry, mining and petrochemistry. Advanced solutions have enabled efficient use of energy from electricity distribution networks and, in the case of more powerful industrial plants, efficient energy management through smart networks.
The key results of CC-SURE's operation were 25 new high-tech market-oriented products and solutions for the global market, 15 patents (9 Slovenian and 6 international), 23 innovations and 1 new business model.
The CC-SURE in the total value of 10 million € was implemented from 2010 to 2014 with the financial support of the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
TECES’ role in the project CC-SURE
TECES has successfully justified its role of initiator, holder, and coordinator of a complex research and development program on a key and strategic area in the implementation of CC-SURE.
With our experience, we proactively participated in the preparation of the conceptual design, the partnership assembly, and successfully coordinated the preparation of the project proposal for the public tender. After the approval of the project co-financing, we efficiently continued as the main partner of the project and offered administrative and content coordination of the project partners in the implementation of development activities, monitoring the project progress to achieve the set goals.