Virtual Balkan Power Centre for Advance of Renewable Energy Sources in Western Balkans (project expired!)


"The Virtual Balkan Power Center for Advance of Renewable Energy Sources in Western Balkans" (VBPC-RES Project, INCO-CT-2004-509205), that ended 2007, was an international project, with 17 partners from 11 countries from EU and Western Balkan regions. It belonged to the EU Framework Program 6, where the research work is funded by European Commission, Directorate General on Research and Technology Development (DG RTD) and International Co-operation Activities (INCO). The project ran from January 2005 to December 2007. The Project Coordinator was University of Ljubljana , Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Ljubljana , Slovenia .
The activity of the project focused on the Renewable Energy Sources (RES) in the region of Western Balkan.
The VBPC-RES project had the following main objectives:

  • Transfer of know-how in RES technologies and its implementation for isolated regions
  • Identification of main economic and legislative factors influencing investment decisions in RES, including barriers and local specifics, and identification of options for improvement of RES penetration
  • Building of awareness and education on technologies, means and benefits of renewable energy sources.

The Project is concluded in 2007.


Countries in the Western Balkan region have a lot of unexploited potential for the application of renewable energy sources. An EU-funded initiative worked to bring industry and the research community together to find solutions where needed and expedite the implementation of relevant technologies.
By removing certain barriers to the implementation of renewable energy source (RES) technologies, the Western Balkans could contribute significantly to the security of energy supply across the region and beyond. However, any moves in this direction must take into account the specifics of electricity supply in war-ravaged and isolated areas.

The 'Virtual Balkan Power Centre for Advance of Renewable Energy Sources in Western Balkans' (VBPC-RES) project was established to detail such specifics and help provide impetus for a move towards region-wide RES implementation. Objectives focused on transferring RES technology know-how, and identifying major investment concerns, barriers to implementation and options available. Work also placed great emphasis on building awareness and offering educational opportunities regarding the means and benefits of RESs.

Project partners organised a series of expert workshops on RES technologies and related best practices with regard to isolated regions, and other workshops on issues relevant to the regulation of RESs for each Western Balkan country. They also set up two scientific conference sessions to generate discussion on VBPC-RES topics, and another two conferences for regional decision-makers aimed at raising awareness among key focus groups.

Local workshops were held in each Western Balkan country to focus on their particular situation and strengthen the link between decision-makers and the scientific community. Lastly, two summer schools focusing on RES technologies were held for students, promoting the exchange of personnel within the region.

The project's activities and approach contributed to critical market developments and industry issues, as well as strategies followed or adopted by European energy practitioners. As such, the VBPC-RES also made possible unique networking opportunities for increased interaction among research institutions, facilities and industrial partners. This move alone stands to heavily reinforce research potential across Western Balkan countries, while cooperation with EU research institutions will help integrate regional research activities into the European Research Area (ERA).



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Contact details
Phone:++386 1 4768830
Fax:++386 1 4264651
Address: Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Trzaska 251000 Ljubljana, 1000 Ljubljana
Geographical focus
  • International; Other
  • Western Balkans
Scientifc field / Thematic focus
  • Natural Sciences
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Entry created by Elke Dall on April 30, 2007
Modified on March 13, 2014