The “Local Energy Grids”, founded In 2012 by the French region of Brittany, seeks to promote clean energy related innovations and development and has funded 10 projects over the course of the past two contests. The contest is open to local communities, awarding €100 000 for project management and €150 000 to public-private partnership based projects. These projects must use local resources and connect to previously realized projects in increasing the energy efficiency of its local energy system. According to Renaud Layadi, Senior Adviser, International networks at the Regional Council of Brittany, the contest is a useful means of engaging more remote regions in the development and testing local innovations before upscaling these innovations to a wider, national or international, market.

Source: Climate Group article 

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Reframing City Districts (ReCiDi)

A research project conducted by the Universities of Turku and Tampere which aims to form a new conceptual framework which will help shape the collective identity and common vision necessary to realize the future low-carbon and sustainability targets.

Systemic Architectures for Sustainable Urban Innovation (SASUI)

An action learning and research project conducted by Aalto University and the University of Tampere which aimed to form a better understanding of the architectural requirements for successful innovation projects.