In the past, TECES mainly covered areas of developing electrical devices and machines. Today, it focuses on green technologies and energy-efficient solutions, especially for civil use. In the last few years, we have strengthened our operations and services following the guidelines and concept of innovation clusters. We support our founders, members and partners in the green transition processes, mainly in the civil sphere. By establishing the SiEnE partnership in 2020, we also support the defence sector.
Despite its small size, Slovenia has great potential for integrating innovative solutions that address green transition and energy-environmental challenges. Well-educated experts and companies with a strategic vision often provide innovative and breakthrough green solutions (technology, product or service). These green solutions for civil use can be extremely useful (with minor modifications) for defence purposes.
For example; very similar solutions (with modifications) could be used for both, a smart energy-efficient neighbourhood and a smart energy-efficient camp (example camp), or solutions for a smart and sustainable building (example Home24h) as solutions for a smart modular building inside a residential camp or a camp in case of natural and other disasters.
The EU defence sector recognises the potential of civilian solutions
Similar to civil society, the defence sector is also facing the challenges of climate change and the consequences of using non-renewable energy sources. In this context, the defence sector is eager to find suitable solutions for energy-cost reduction by increasing energy- self-sufficiency and efficiency, emission reduction etc. Until recently, it has been believed that most of the advanced technologies or products, developed for defence purposes, were transferred to civilian purposes. But today, the defence sector is increasingly turning to green and energy-efficient solutions, developed and produced by companies for civilian use.
Supporting defence sector
To support the Slovenian defence sector (Si MoD, Slovenian Armed Forces and Administration of the Republic of Slovenia for Civil Protection and Disaster Relief) in the green transition by addressing the energy-environmental challenges in the defence sector, TECES and Si MoD have established the SiEnE partnership in 2020. The partnership supports the defence sector in the "greening defence" process. TECES enables the inclusion of civilian interests and Slovenian stakeholders in Si MoD, EDA and NATO programs and ensures appropriate representation of experts.
Together with its members and experts, TECES/SiEnE offer the Slovenian defence sector support in the green transition, especially regarding the energy efficiency of buildings and camps (e.g. renovation and management of buildings, construction, components, etc.) and the reduction of the impact on the environment.
The nearly 2-year-long partnership SiEnE is becoming more and more internationally recognised. By actively participating in various international defence programs, projects and supply chains, networking with key actors and preparing international project proposals, we also co-design the greening defence by proposing solutions for civil and defence purposes (dual-use).
For more information about your participation in the TECES activities, please contact us.