Eight SocialWatt utilities and energy suppliers gathered forces for alleviating energy poverty in their countries

Written by dragos on . Posted in News

The EU-funded SocialWatt project (www.socialwatt.eu) enables obligated parties under Article 7 of the Energy Efficiency Directive across Europe to develop, adopt, test and spread innovative schemes to alleviate energy poverty. The appropriate tools developed within the framework of SocialWatt aim to help utilities and energy suppliers effectively identify energy poor households, as well as develop and monitor schemes that focus on increasing the energy efficiency of these houses.

Significant project results are available after the project’s launch 1.5 years ago. Amongst others, a series of reports on the status quo of energy poverty and on identifying actions and schemes for tackling it are available.

For more information:

SocialWatt Press Release

Romanian partnership contact

Camelia Vasile

ISPE Proiectare și Consultanță


Alisa Vlasa

CEZ Vânzare


Nine coal regions in Europe stand together for a just transition, including Valea Jiului in Romania

Written by Dana Minca on . Posted in News

The EU-funded TRACER project (www.tracer-h2020.eu) supports nine coal-intensive regions to shape a broad vision and future-oriented priorities in order to facilitate transition towards sustainable energy systems. Other coal regions in transition can benefit significantly from the outcomes of this international action.

Significant project results are available after the project’s launch 1.5 years ago. Amongst others, a series of best practice examples of successful and ambitious transition processes in coal regions are available:

–                   Best practice report on labour markets, social issues and tourism identifies the best practices related to labour market, retraining, reskilling and social transformation processes. It proposes a guideline on how to reuse the facilities and infrastructures of the mining activities, especially in the mono-industrial coal regions in transition.

–                   Best practice report: Smart Specialisation Strategies and SET plan implementation actions focuses specifically on the experiences of coal intensive regions and examines the design, implementation and monitoring of Smart Specialisation strategies in more depth in three European regions which have a history in coal mining (South Limburg, Netherlands; Asturias, Spain and North-Rhine Westphalia, Germany).

–                   Best practice report on environmental protection and post-mining land reclamation shows state-of-the-art procedures in post mining landscape restoration and environmental protection as well as recommendations.

–                   Best practice on financing the transition from coal in European coal regions provides interesting insights on financing the transition from coal in European coal regions.

In terms of sustainable energy technologies, in total 12 factsheets provide an inspiration for other coal regions.

In addition, technical concepts for the transition of the energy systems into a smart, sustainable and renewable energy systems in nine TRACER regions were prepared by the consortium partners.

The TRACER project also analyses the social dimension of the energy transition. The report on Social challenges and re-skilling needs of the workforce solutions investigates the current demographic and workforce structures, together with relevant social challenges and re-skilling needs in nine TRACER coal regions with the background of an ongoing or future transition process from coal to smart, sustainable and green energy systems, while safeguarding the social cohesion for communities involved.


TRACER Press Release


Valea Jiului target region contact

Gloria Popescu, ISPE-Design & Consulting; dr. Sabina Irimie, AISVJ – Valea Jiului Social Institute Association

Ph: +40 (0)722 319581; +40 (0)723 718829

E-mail: gloria.popescu@ispe.ro, sabina.irimie@gmail.com

ISPE DESIGN and CONSULTING involved, at European level, in promoting innovating schemes for alleviating energy poverty

Written by dragos on . Posted in News

The SocialWatt project “Connecting obligated parties to adopt innovative schemes towards energy poverty alleviation” (www.socialwatt.eu) was launched on 26-27 September 2019 in Athens, Greece, where the kick-off meeting took place. SocialWatt aims to enable obligated parties under Article 7 of the Energy Efficiency Directive across Europe to develop, adopt, test and spread innovative schemes to alleviate energy poverty. The appropriate tools developed within the framework of SocialWatt aim to help utilities and energy suppliers effectively identify energy poor households, as well as develop and monitor schemes that focus on increasing the energy efficiency of these houses.

The  SocialWatt  project  is  coordinated  by  Institute of Communication and Computer Systems (ICCS) – Greece  and  consists  of  14  consortium members from eleven countries: ICCS – Greece, IEECP – the Netherlands, EDF – France, NATURGY – Spain, ESB – Ireland, PPC – Greece, CEZ – Romania, HEP ESCO – Croatia, FORTUM – Latvia and EVISO – Italy, RAP – Belgium, E7 – Austria and ISPE – Romania, CARITAS Austria.

The SocialWatt project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under grant agreement No 845905.

Press release SocialWatt

SW Flyer

SW Leaflet

ISPE DESIGN and CONSULTING involved, at European level, in the transition towards sustainable energy systems

Written by dragos on . Posted in News

TRACER Project “Transition in coal intensive regions„ (www.tracer-h2020.eu) was officially launched on 14-16 May 2019 in Finsterwalde (Germany), where the Kick-off meeting, stakeholder discussion as well as the first study tour took place. ISPE DESIGN and CONSULTING together with AISVJ – Jiu Valley Social Institute Association are European partners in the consortium led by WIP Renewable Energies from Germany, which includes 15 members from 11 countries. TRACER main objective is to support 9 (nine) coal-intensive regions around Europe to design (or re-design) their Research and Innovation (R&I) Strategies in order to facilitate their transition towards a sustainable energy system.

Target regions of TRACER project are: Lusatia Region (Brandenburg DE40 and Dresden DED2), West Macedonia (EL53 – Greece), Wales (UKL1, UKL2), Southeast Region (BG34 – Bulgaria), Jiu Valley / West Region (RO42 – Romania), Kolubara region (Serbia), Donetsk region (Ukraine), Upper Silesia (PL22 – Poland), North West Bohemia (CZ04 – Czech Republic).

TRACER received funding from European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme – call LC-SC3-CC-6-2018, under grant agreement No. 836819.

For additional information

TRACER Press release


TRACER general poster

Jiu Valley / West Region (RO42, Romania) Target region poster

“Enhanced Coal Exploitation through Underground Coal Gasification in European Lignite Mines” Kick-off Meeting

Written by dragos on . Posted in News

ISPE, as project coordinator, together with all involved partners, launched on August 28, the European research project COAL2GAS on the occasion of the kick-off meeting held in Bucharest.

The event was organized by ISPE at its headquarters and chairperson of the event was COAL2GAS Coordinator – dr. Carmencita CONSTANTIN.

The event started with the presentation of both the experts attending the event and their organisations, members of the project consortium, in order to underline the interdisciplinary approach of the project and high level of expertise. The consortium gathers RDI institutes, consulting – engineering – turnkey projects’ developers and lignite mines.

COAL2GAS consortium covers Europe from West to South and East through its partners coming from Germany, Belgium, The Nederlands, Greece, Poland, Slovenia and Romania, ensuring a geographical well balanced knowledge sharing and replicating potential.

COAL2GAS project represents a challenge for the coal power industry in Romania and a real opportunity for the Oltenia Energy Complex to develop new alternatives considering the current background at European level in terms of security of energy supply and natural resources import dependence.

For additional details related to the project click on the following link:


ISPE and Romelectro representations opened in Chisinau

Written by dragos on . Posted in News

After a deep market analysis, ISPE and Romelectro decided the opening of  two representations in the Republic of Moldova, which have been registered on January 15th 2014 at the State Registry Chamber.

Having as references the execution of over 20 000  transmission  lines,  more than 120 high voltage substantions and over 15 000 MW in power units, ISPE and Romelectro endorse the launchment of important partnerships on the more and more dinamic power and energy services market in the Republic of Moldova.

The two companies underlined the opening of the representations through a number of events which took place in Chisinau:

  • Meetings at the representations headquarters situated on the Stefan cel Mare si Sfânt 180 Street and also at the reception organised on the evening of 19th March with representatives of central authorities, energy companies, partners from Moldavia;
  • The press conference and the symposium „European energy and environment strategies and policies. Challenges for the Republic of Moldova”, organised together with the Economy Ministry of The Republic of Moldova on the 20th of March;
  • ISPE and Romelectro presence with joint stand at Moldenergy – Specialized Fair organized by Moldexpo at Chisinau, during 20th-23th of March.

On the occasion of the events in Chisinau, Mr. Ioan Dan Gheorghiu, President of ISPE Board of Administration declared that there are at least two serious reasons which determined ISPE and Romelectro to open representations in Chisinau: the declared intention of the Republic of Moldova to be a member of the European Union and the fact that it has been a year since the Republic of Moldova has carried the energy strategy including clear directives until 2030 and agreed to projects which should be accomplished until 2020.

In achieving these objectives both companies count a lot on cooperating with companies from Moldavia. In that direction, either has been signed a memorandum of understanding or other forms of partnerships between ISPE and Romelectro on one side and companies from the Republic of Moldova on the other, or there are in progress of identification and certification local engineering, equipment supply or construction or mounting companies.

The two companies experience, brought together both in Romania’s pre-adheresion period to the European Community and also after represents a big advantage for Romanian companies and authorities and also for other partners in the Republic of Moldova.


Inaugurare reprezentante_2 Inaugurare reprezentante_3 Inaugurare reprezentante

ISPE member of the Romanian Energy Center

Written by dragos on . Posted in News

Recently, ISPE became member of the Romanian Energy Center, headquartered in Brussels and Bucharest. The Romanian Energy Center is an NGO deploying a lobby activity for promoting Romanian companies in the energy field on the European market and also investment projects submitted for obtaining European funds. This activity is meant to rise the European funds input rate and to revitalize the Romanian energy private and public sector.

The Romanian Energy Center is also involved in standardizing the legislative frame and in regulating the European one, initiating programs on prior directions and themes having technological and financial support at European level, by being an information support channel – dissemination – knowledge sharing.

Between 12th -14th November took place in Brussels the “European Coal Days – Coal in Action”, a series of events organized by the Central Europe Energy Partners (CEEP) in partnership with two European deputies (Bogdan Marcinkiewicz and Christian Ehler). The events gathered representatives from the European Parliament, European Commission, Financial and Social European Committee and also EUROCOAL, public authorities from Poland, the Romanian Energy Center and private environment representatives.

CO2 Transportation Risk Assessment for Carbon Capture and Storage (CO2TRACCS)

Written by dragos on . Posted in News

Contract no.: BS7-048/2011
Contracting authority: UEFISCDI within Black Sea ERA.NET Pilot Joint Call


  • National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) – Greece (coordonator al consortiului)
  • Institute for Studies and Power Engineering (ISPE) – Romania
  • Technical University of Sofia (TUS) – Bulgaria
  • Middle East Technical University (METU) – Turkey

General Information and objectives of the international project

With energy production sectors based mostly on fossil fuel combustion, many Black Sea region countries are interested in applying CCS for reducing their CO2 emissions, including the development of CO2 transportation infrastructure on their territory. Although the technology related to CO2 transportation is considered to be known from similar activities (e.g. natural gas networks), there are additional specific design considerations and a number of fundamentally important risks and hazards specific for CO2 transportation that must be investigated.The international research project aims to address:

  • the thermodynamic analysis and modelling of pure CO2 and its mixtures with other impurities, such as H2S, N2, water etc, over a wide range of temperatures and pressures and the design of CO2 transportation pipelines,
  • the risk analysis of important risks related to CO2 pipeline transportation, namely landslide, seismic, corrosion, design and construction error risk. Risk assessment guidelines will be developed based on the obtained results.

The Romanian gas transmission company has expressed their willingness of applying the research results, as the risks related to CO2 transportation by pipeline is a subject of great interests for them. At the end of the project, the Romanian gas transmission company will be trained on the project topics having as main support the prepared guidelines.

The results of the project are expected to have a significant impact on the development of the principles of engineering and construction for CO2 transportation pipelines and of the technical prescriptions for their design, construction and operation.

Objectives of the national project

The objective of the national project is to research possible risks at landslides associated with CO2 long distance pipeline transportation, in order to create a risk assessment guidance based on the obtained results and finally train the pipeline operators.

Estimated results of the national project

The expected results of the project are as follows:

  • identification of potential sites of CO2 transportation pipelines located in areas with high geological risk;
  • determination of safe locations and appropriate installation techniques for pipelines crossing areas with high risk of landslides;
  • determination of the basic principles for engineering, construction and operation of high-pressure CO2 transportation pipelines crossing areas with high risk of landslides, useful in the development of technical regulations for the design, construction and operation of these pipelines.

Scientific results obtained so far

  • determination of the potential areas for CCS implementation, including potential locations of the future CO2 transportation pipelines;
  • geomorphological classification of the areas crossed by CO2 transportation pipelines;
  • identification of the areas prone to landslip;
  • field investigations and mapping on sites prone to landslides;
  • development of the geological models and establishment of the elements for slope stability calculation;
  • analysis and statistical processing of information;
  • correlation and systematization of data resulted from Field investigations and laboratory Analysis;
  • determination of the reference model;
  • performing the stability calculation for a location in the investigated area;
  • determination of causes and risk factors for slip-prone planes and slopes;
  • determination of the appropriate technologies for pipeline installation in areas with high risk of landslides.

International workshop

On the 2nd of November 2012, the Institute for Studies and Power Engineering (ISPE), together with the members of the CO2TRACCS project international consortium – National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), Technical University of Sofia (TUS) and Middle East Technical University (METU), has organized the international workshop titled „CO2 Transportation Risk Assessment for Carbon Capture and Storage”, at its headquarters in Bucharest, Romania. The event was organized as part of the dissemination activities of the CO2TRACCS project funded under Black Sea ERA.NET Pilot Joint Call.

The main objective of the workshop was to disseminate preliminary results of the CO2TRACCS research project but also to share knowledge and experience gained in the field by internationally recognized companies.

Presentations can be viewed on the Documents page and/or downloaded here.


Written by dragos on . Posted in News

“The 6th International Energy Trade Fair of Romania and Conference for PV”, an important Romanian event organized by REECO GmbH, took place on 20th – 22th November at EXPOROM Pantelimon.

International and Romanian experts met at RENEXPO® SOUTH-EAST EUROPE in order to exchange know-how and experiences. The innovative conferences took place during the 3 days of the energy trade fair.

Conferences themes:

  • Wind Energy
  • Bioenergy
  • Solar Energy
  • Hydropower
  • Cogeneration
  • Biogas
  • Electricity

Following the tradition starting with 2008, ISPE participated this year too  through its experts as speakers at the conferences mentioned above.

ISPE winner of the “Engineering company of the year” award

Written by dragos on . Posted in News

ISPE was nominated “Engineering company of the year” on the occasion of the “Romanian Energy Awards 2013” Gala, organized by The Diplomat at the Athenee Palace Hilton Hotel, on the 23th April 2013.

This award honors exceptional engineering accomplishments of ISPE, demonstrating excellency in offering services to companies activating in the energy field. Mr. Ioan Dan Gheorghiu, President and CEO, ISPE and Mr. Ovidiu Apostol, Managing Director, ISPE.

Over 16 awards were offered at the “Romanian Energy Awards Gala 2013” to remarkable companies and personalities of the Romanian Energy Sector. We should point out Transelectrica awarded with the “Energy Company of the Year”, “Deal of the year” award was offered to Exxon and OMV Petrom companies, while Mr. Constantin B?l??oiu, SE I?alni?a Manager was nominated “Energy Manager of the Year”.

The members of the jury were: Zoltan Nagy-Bege, Member of the Regulatory Board, ANRE; Victor Alexandru Schmidt, Member of the Regulatory Board, ANRE; ?tefan Gheorghe, CEO, Transelectrica; Silvia Vl?sceanu, General Director, Association of Energy Utilities (ACUE); Valentin Mircea, Vice-President of the Romanian Competition Council and Alexandru Valeriu Binig, Director Financial Advisory Services/ Energy & Resources/ Corporate Finance, Deloitte.