ATE – Alliance for Energy Transition,led by Efacec, and IAPMEI – Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation signed a term of acceptance to capitalize on projects that boost the development of a structuring ecosystem for the energy transition and decarbonization.

The Alliance will create 420 direct qualified jobs in Portugal and generate an expected business volume of €550M/year, promoting the reduction of greenhouse gases (up to 3.4M tons of CO2) and developing a range of products from of which more than 80% are destined for export.

Integrated into the agenda of RNC2040 – Roadmap for Carbon Neutrality, ATE is made up of a network of 80 partners, which mobilizes a total of 52 companies and 28 Entities of the Research & Innovation System, namely Efacec, in leadership, and the partners MC (Sonae), Capwatt, Smarternergy, Etermar, SEL (Smart Energy Lab), Tekever, PRF, INEGI, INESC ID and INESC TEC, among many others.

The consortium aims to capitalize on value creation opportunities in the context of decarbonization, decentralization and digitalization of the energy sector, promoting, in Portugal, a unique competitive national ecosystem on an international scale.

Rui Lameiras, general coordinator of the project and representative of the consortium leader, Efacec, highlights the impact of this initiative, which is very relevant for the future of energy in Portugal: “The signing of the acceptance term represents the viability of the consortium and accelerates the start of activities on the planned agenda of ATE – Alliance for Energy Transition. This is, without a doubt, a turning point, possible due to the strong commitment and involvement of the various partners. We believe that ATE will make a great contribution to changing the decarbonization paradigm, based on Portuguese innovation and technology”.

ATE structures projects into six vertical pillars, oriented towards strategic competitiveness and value creation. It covers the energy sector across the board, including energy communities and microgrids, renewable-based generation, energy efficiency and transition in industrial, commercial and residential users, sustainable mobility and interconnection and sector-coupling infrastructures, namely electricity and gas networks.

The projects are leveraged by horizontal pillars and cross-cutting, consolidating synergistic links in digitalization, circularity, training and advanced training, industrialization and internationalization, and in support laboratories.

In addition to the intrinsic value generated by the plan, the Alliance proposes to create the foundational bases of a long-term collaborative ecosystem, supported by digital, innovation and industrial platforms, enhancing network externalities.

With the export target of more than 80% of the turnover generated, this new value offer will contribute to creating infrastructures that allow the reduction of emissions in the energy sector in Portugal and in multiple international geographies.

Source: Efacec