First green innovation vouchers awarded in Serbia

The new EBRD-run scheme will provide €150,000 to small businesses for innovative climate-friendly solutions

First innovation vouchers for “green” solutions have been awarded today in the Serbian capital, Belgrade.

10 companies will receive a total of €150,000 under the Green Innovation Voucher scheme, started by the EBRD in partnership with Austria’s DRIVE (Delivering Resource Efficiency InVEstments) Programme, and funding from Italy through the Central European Initiative.

The scheme aims to increase the innovation capacity of small and medium-sized enterprises in the field of green technologies and resource efficiency. Companies will work with providers of research, mainly local universities, on proposals; one proposal can receive an innovation voucher of up to €20,000. The EBRD believes that such innovations will not only help Serbia better prepare for the changing climate, but will also support its long-term economic competitiveness.

A few of the selected projects will support development of sustainable and precision agriculture that is very important for Serbian economy. For example, the Institute BioSense will test its novel irrigation system together with Marko Čarnić, the leading producer of carrots. The smart irrigation system will incorporate satellite images, soil maps, wireless field sensors and weather models and suggests when to water plants; it will increase harvests and conserve water.

Some of the other projects aim to improve waste management and reuse of waste materials such as waste plastic, glass and expanded polystyrene. Waste management is one of the most urgent environmental issues for Serbia.

The award ceremony took place at the Hotel Crowne Plaza in the presence of the Minister of Innovation and Technological Development, Dr Nenad Popović, the Minister of Environmental Protection, Mr. Goran Trivan, and the EBRD management including Terry McCallion, EBRD Director for Energy Efficiency and Climate Change, and Dan Berg, EBRD Director for Serbia.

The second call for applications will be open to companies from 13 March until 30 April 2018. SMEs and R&D service providers can apply through the web page http://inovacionivauceri.ebrd.rs.

The following small businesses and their partners in the research and development field were awarded vouchers:

No

SME Sector R&D Service Provider Project

1

Biofor System d.o.o. Chemicals Faculty of Agriculture, University of Belgrade Phosphate-solubilizing microorganisms for improved growth and yield of crops

2

PG Marko Čarnić Agriculture Institute BioSense, Novi Sad Smart and eco-friendly irrigation system based on sensor fusion

3

Dogama d.o.o. Waste management Faculty of Civil Engineering, University of Novi Sad Eco building material made of waste plastic and glass

4

Muvaround d.o.o. IoT Faculty of Agriculture, University of Belgrade
Innovation Center of the School of Electrical Engineering, University of Belgrade
Low-power agrometeorological stations and soil temperature probes

5

Dorado d.o.o. Waste management Faculty of Engineering, University of Kragujevac
IMS Institute, Belgrade
Lightweight panels made of waste expanded polystyrene and fly ash

6

Energia gas and power d.o.o. Energy Management Innovation Center of Advanced Technologies, Niš

SASA Mathematical Institute, Belgarde

Advanced electricity demand-side management for industry

7

GOMMA Lined.o.o. Metal and rubber Faculty of Engineering, University of Kragujevac Tabletop CNC machine and advanced clamping tool for metal processing

8

NS Koncept d.o.o. Automation Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University of Belgrade Innovative recovery of latent heat from the flash steam release

9

Avalon Partners d.o.o. Electrical equipment School of Electrical Engineering, University of Belgrade A novel non-invansive diagnostics of refrigerant pressure in air conditioners

10

ESENSA d.o.o. Cosmetics Institute for Molecular Genetics and  Genetic Engineering, University of Belgrade Conversion of waste plastic packaging material to biodegradable plastic

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