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KIC InnoEnergy SE

Description of the organisation

KIC InnoEnergy is a European company driving innovation, entrepreneurship and education in the sustainable energy field, by bringing together academics, business and research institutes. Our goal is to make a positive impact on sustainable energy in Europe by creating future game changers with a different mind-set, and bringing innovative products, services and successful companies to life.
KIC InnoEnergy is one of the first Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) created under the leadership of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). We are a commercial company with 27 shareholders that include top ranking industries, research centres and universities - all of them key players in the energy field. More than 150 additional partners contribute to our activities, forming a first class network that is always open to new entrants, furthering our pursuit of excellence. We are profit oriented, but have a “not for dividend” financial strategy: we reinvest any profits generated in our activities.
With our headquarters in the Netherlands, we develop our activities through a network of offices located in Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, Poland and Sweden.
Making an impact
If we take 100 as the cost of any good produced or consumed in Europe, 27% accounts for energy costs. Thus, just 1% of reduction of this cost will represent €20B of savings. Through creating new businesses, innovations and future game changers in the sustainable energy field, KIC InnoEnergy is contributing to the cost reduction and the increased security of the energy supply, as well as to the sustainability and competitiveness of the European energy market.
Within the thematic field “Renewables” KIC InnoEnergy has drafted a roadmap for PV technologies based on inputs from the SET plan and expertise of its partners. This roadmap will guide the innovation projects to be carried out during the following 5 years. Such projects are collaborative projects, with clear IP ruling, based on an open innovation approach that aims at developing new marketable products and services. Likewise, KIC InnoEnergy is supporting and will continue to support in the coming years new innovative start-ups related to the PV sector. KIC InnoEnergy manages a Master´s and a PhD program on renewable energy with specialisation on PV, as well as other life-long learning activities intended for researchers and professionals.


Main contact

Emilien Simonot

+34 93 557 2344


Role in the Project

KIC InnoEnergy will be mainly involved in:

  • Training and educational aspects,

  • Establishing links to the PV industry and market,

  • Identifying and accelerating business opportunities become successful


Key people involved

Antoni Martínez is currently the Renewable Energies CTO of KIC InnoEnergy. He has been the first Director of the Catalonian Institute for Energy Research (IREC), and focused on advanced materials (PV, fuel cells, and storage), power electronics and energy efficiency in buildings. Before, he served during 16 years as CEO of Ecotècnia, a Spanish wind turbine manufacturer and solar energy developer. During that time, he was awarded the Poul la Cour Prize for his outstanding contribution to the development of wind energy. He was the President and a board member of several companies in the renewable energy sector, and Vice President of the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA). He was also member of the Advisory Council of the Catalan Energy Institute (ICAEN).



Emilien Simonot is Renewable Energies Technology Officer at KIC InnoEnergy. Its main functions consist in supporting the activities of the Renewable Energies CTO, in close contact with KIC InnoEnergy partners and focused on mobilizing the industry. Emilien holds a master degree from AgroParisTech-ENGREF (2008) as well as a Master in Renewable Energies from the European University of Madrid (2011). In the past 6 years, he has been involved in the renewable energy sector in general and in wind energy in particular. On duty within the technical department of the Spanish Wind Energy Association and assuming the technical secretariat of the Spanish Wind Energy Technology Platform (REOLTEC), he has developed his experience in RD&D & project management, business creation and development as well as in market intelligence. Emilien was member of the Advisory board of TPWind, the European Wind Energy Technology Platform.



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