Carmen Recaséns

Cluster Manager | AEPIBAL

I am an engineer by vocation. During my time at university I discovered the great importance of the world of renewables in a sector as important as the energy sector. In November 2023, I started my career as Cluster Manager in AEPIBAL, the reference association in Spain for solar photovoltaic energy storage. As cluster manager, I am dedicated to helping each and every one of our members to grow and develop in a sector that is constantly growing.

LIFE ReLiGHT Work Packages

Work Package 1 of this project focuses on project management and coordination. Its main objectives include coordinating the actions of the participants and monitoring progress towards achieving the project objectives, managing all financial and administrative aspects, being a reliable interface with the European Commission (EC), and tracking the project’s key performance indicators (KPIs). Several outputs are expected, such as the grant agreement and consortium agreement, the project meeting agenda and minutes, periodic project reports (interim and final), interim project progress reports, environmental impact assessment and the update of the LIFE KPI web-based tool.

Work Package 6 focuses on sustainability, replication and scalability, and exploitation of project results. Its objectives include ensuring the sustainability of project results through an intellectual property management (IPR) strategy and standardisation, certification and regulation. It also aims to create a replication and scalability plan to maximise market penetration of the LIFE ReLiGHT solution, and to develop an exploitation strategy based on a step-by-step approach to maximise commercial development.

Several outputs are expected, such as knowledge networking activities with key stakeholders and LIFE projects in circular economy battery fields, refined joint and individual exploitation plans, and the deployment of intellectual property (IP) mechanisms to preserve the main results of the project.

Work Package 7 focuses on Dissemination and Communication, Capacity Building and Policy Development of the project. Its objectives include supporting optimal conditions and solutions for the long-term sustainability of the project, consolidating the visibility of the project, communicating widely about the project activities and disseminating its results to target audiences to maximise the impact achieved. It also aims to contribute to the knowledge base and application of best practices alongside other EU projects and initiatives, raise awareness of the project results among citizens for their widespread deployment and uptake, and catalyse the large-scale deployment of the project’s policy-related solutions to implement EU legislation on the transition to the circular economy and renewable energy by integrating related objectives into other public and private sector policies and practices, mobilising investments and improving access to finance. This also includes networking with other EU projects and LIFE sub-programmes, as well as policy formulation activities.

Several outputs are expected, such as a fully developed and implemented dissemination and communication plan, scientific publications, the involvement of 19 researchers and technicians in the project, with 14 full time employees hired during the project, project communication materials, including the development of the project website (within the beneficiaries’ websites), social awareness campaigns and recommendations addressed to policy makers.