Déclaration des Directeurs de l’Innovation

Déclaration des Directeurs de l’Innovation

Déclaration

La conférence internationale de l’innovation, organisée par OCTA Innovation, s’est déroulée à Ponta Delgada aux Açores du 11 au 14 avril 2017. Elle a rassemblé des représentants de Pays et Territoires d’Outre-mer (PTOM) de l’Union européenne, le gouvernement açorien, la Commission européenne et des experts en innovation, afin d’étudier la manière dont l’innovation favorise le développement durable dans les petites îles ainsi que de mettre en place une certaine coopération et de créer un terrain propice à de futures initiatives.

Les piliers et valeurs à la base d’une société ont été examinés, tout comme les capacités et les besoins de toutes les parties prenantes pour les étayer. La mise en œuvre de divers types et niveaux d’innovation a été envisagée. La vision d’une société prospère et inclusive sur le plan économique doit reposer sur l’innovation et une collaboration totale entre les acteurs publics et privés. L’innovation doit soutenir toutes les parties prenantes dans la société, tant dans le domaine économique que social. De plus, son rôle s’avère essentiel pour lutter contre les problèmes liés à la raréfaction des ressources naturelles, au changement climatique et au développement durable. Les gouvernements doivent garantir de bonnes conditions pour promouvoir l’innovation. Les responsables de l’innovation des Pays et Territoires d’Outre-mer de l’Union européenne, membres actifs d’OCTA Innovation réunis aux Açores, s’engagent à entretenir ces dynamiques.

Les gouvernements doivent prendre les devants en ce qui concerne l’innovation systémique dans tous les secteurs, en encourageant la création de partenariats entre des entités publiques et privées, ainsi qu’en promouvant le partage des connaissances et le renforcement des capacités. L’objectif est de mettre en place plusieurs centres d’excellence régionaux thématiques dans les PTOM, en particulier pour les secteurs où certains PTOM ouvrent déjà la voie, et d’assurer un partage de l’expertise entre les PTOM et avec les différentes régions.

Directeurs de l’Innovation: Anguilla, Bren Romney; Aruba, Bianca Peters; Bonaire, Dianne Boelmans; Curaçao, Fiona Curie; Groenland, Lars Balslev;  Iles Cayman, Jamaal Anderson; Iles Malouines, Michael Betts; Iles Turques et Caiques, Alexa Cooper-Grant; Iles Vierges Britanniques, Lizette George; Montserrat, Angela Estwick; Nouvelle Calédonie, Jean-Michel Le Saux; Polynésie française, Bran Quinquis; Pitcairn, Leslie Jaques; Saba, Menno Van der Velde; St. Barthélemy, Pascal Peuchot; St. Hélène, Niall O’Keeffe; St. Pierre-et-Miquelon, Olivier Gaston; St. Eustatius, Roy Hooker; St. Maarten, Jude Houston;  Wallis et Futuna, Carole Manry.

Chef de projet d’OCTA Innovation, Milan Jezic von Gesseneck: innovation@octa-innovation.eu

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Pilot project for Aruba signed

Pilot project for Aruba signed

 

The European Commission has signed a pilot project for Aruba. By teaching electronic technologies to the next generation, OCTA Innovation’s EU-funded pilot project will assist in building the foundations of a knowledge-based economy in Aruba.

E-based equipment such as 3D printers, lasers and shape scanner will be bought for use in after-school clubs or other venues so that elementary and secondary school students can learn how to operate the equipment and be inspired. The project will be mounted by a project manager and two technical trainers.

The results of the project will be a disseminated through different communication channels such as newsletters, press releases, website and presentations. The aim is that others will draw inspiration from the project and eventually ‘copy’ it in other OCT, or further afield.

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WEB Aruba N.V. up to the energy storage challenge

WEB Aruba N.V. up to the energy storage challenge

 

The transitioning from fossil fuels to renewable energy at WEB Aruba N.V. for the production of electricity and potable water continues. The company’s ambitious goal of 100% fossil fuel independence by the year 2020 has led to the development of solutions that provide reliable, affordable electricity around the clock. Such solutions require advanced energy storage systems to bridge the gap between peak renewable production and peak demand.

WEB Aruba N.V. has selected the technology leader, Tesla to provide the energy storage systems needed to develop 100% renewable energy solutions, on Friday November 18th, 2016 at the Green Aruba VII conference, the two companies signed the agreement in presence of Prime Minister of Aruba, Mike Eman, Minister of Economic Affairs, Communication, Energy and Environment, ing. Mike de Meza and Drs. Franklin A. Hoevertsz, Managing Director of Utilities Aruba N.V. The first utility scale project will be commissioned early next year, and serve as a model for larger scale deployments to be announced over the coming months. WEB Aruba N.V. and Tesla will also deploy Powerpacks and Powerwalls at Aruba’s Smart Community next year, which is designed to serve as a model for broader deployment to households and communities across the island.

Management of WEB Aruba N.V. explained that the main purpose of this strategy is to develop energy storage projects as part of a long-term island-wide strategy. Consequently, this strategy will allow more renewable energy penetration, decrease the use of fossil fuels, increase grid stability and decrease overall operations and maintenance costs of Aruba’s electricity system.

WEB Aruba N.V. is currently developing short-term, medium-term and long-term, execution plans in order to achieve Aruba’s target of 100% renewables by 2020

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WEB Aruba – Flywheel project

WEB Aruba – Flywheel project

 

On November 4th WEB Aruba N.V. organized the groundbreaking of their Flywheel project, a system that creates a buffer for sustainable energy. This Flywheel can absorb fluctuations from sustainable energy sources creating more stability in energy production and distribution, increasing the overall efficiency of the electrical grid.

Ministers Mike Eman and Mike de Meza where present at the groundbreaking, accompanied by CEO – COO of WEB Aruba N.V., Luis Oduber, Franklin Hoevertsz, managing director of Utilities Aruba N.V, Eric Murray, President and CEO of Temporal Power Ltd and several invitees.

 

Business Challenge: Achieving High Renewable Generation Reliance Reliably

 In an effort to dramatically reduce their GHG output and increase energy self-sufficiency, WEB Aruba has committed to increase their reliance on renewable generation. Ensuring grid stability, which will be a hallmark of the tourist experience, while both generation and customer loads are increasing in variability is a complex challenge. This challenge is made all the more difficult since Aruba is working in parallel to reduce their emissions from fossil generation, the historic source of grid stability services.

 

Solution: Phased Deployment of Flywheel to Match Renewables Adoption

Aruba is installing a new Integrated Generation Management System (IGMS) which will optimize existing assets to maximize the use of renewable generation and optimize fuel efficiency from existing base load generation on the island, and leverage Temporal Power flywheels to provide immediate grid stability by systemically storing and injecting energy onto the grid to smooth out anomalies.

Rapidly responding, short-term storage and injection of energy allows WEB to set fossil generation for optimum efficiency and GHG emissions while maximizing their use of renewable generation and ensuring their customers aren’t impacted by the fluctuations usually experienced with renewable energy integration. The ability for flywheels to continually cycle with no degradation in performance is crucial to success of this strategy.

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TEDxAruba: Live viewing events at Dutch Embassies

TEDxAruba: Live viewing events at Dutch Embassies

The TEDxAruba foundation is in contact with most of the Dutch embassies of the western hemisphere and other international strategic partners to organize viewing events at their location.

The embassies and consulates are inviting companies and organizations within the designated top-sectors (Sustainable Solutions, Logistics and Creative Design)to come and view the event which takes place in Aruba on Friday, September 23 at 10:00 AM4:00 PM in UTC-04.

This is just one of the many examples. The TEDxAruba Foundation is in contact with the embassy in Panama, Costa Rica, Chile, Paramaribo, the Consulate of Miami, New York, Vancouver and Toronto and also Rio de Janeiro. Many more will follow.

The TEDxAruba mission, like the TED mission, is to propagate Ideas worth Spreading and Actions worth Doing; to inform and inspire. Our specific goal is to turn TEDxAruba into the Caribbean’s leading platform and pipeline for great ideas, storytelling, creativity, actionable innovation. In addition to this, our goal is to foster a sense of community amongst the people and organizations who have gathered (and will continue to gather) around this event and to provide a cultural driving force for conversation and action on how to create a sustainable society.

The recordings of TEDxAruba will be made available to the world via our Youtube channel. TEDx talks on Youtube have millions of views and TED talks have reached over a billion views.

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TEDxAruba – Shining Example of Innovation and Creativity

TEDxAruba – Shining Example of Innovation and Creativity

 

Coming up on the 23rd September is the highlight of innovation at Aruba, TEDxAruba. Fully charged with ideas and creative energy, TEDxAruba is one the best examples how innovation can flourish on a small island. TEDxAruba is in competition for OCTA Innovation BIC (Business, Innovation and Creativity) Award to be announced on the occasion of 2IC (International Innovation Conference), that OCTA Innovation is organising for November this year.

TEDxAruba strives for sustainable innovation, new business creation and bringing ideas to life, not only for Aruba, but also for other similar small economies, especially of SIDS (Small Islands Developing States). The TEDxAruba mission is to propagate innovative Ideas and actions.

The specific goal is to turn TEDxAruba into the leading platform and pipeline for great ideas, storytelling, creativity and actionable innovation. In addition to this, the goal is to foster a sense of community amongst the people and organizations who have gathered (and continue to gather) around this event and to provide a cultural driving force for conversation and action on how to create a sustainable and prosperous society.

This year, first time ever, TEDxAruba starts at 9 in the morning (rather that its usual evening time). This will enable global audiences to watch inspiring speeches and asking questions on social media…. engaging with TEDxAruba. This is already creating excitement, especially here in Brussels, where OCTA Innovation is considering organising our BUZZ event, bringing together flow of ideas from Aruba and engaged Brussels audiences. Watch this space.

 

TEDxAruba website

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Aruba – Mobile Tech Lab

Aruba – Mobile Tech Lab

Imagine a Mobile Tech Lab where Aruban students have the opportunity to gain practical knowledge and experience with programming and latest tech gadgets like 3D-printing, robot arms and VR-glasses. Knowledge that is very important in the creation of the vision of Aruba to become a sustainable society. This is not an imagination anymore, the TSI-project proposal of OCTA together with the Government of Aruba will fund such a Mobile Tech Lab.

Students with access to 3D printing devices, computer programming kits, learn hands-on practical lessons that helps them gain a fuller, lasting grasp of science, technology, engineering, and math concepts (STEM). Kids not only learn skills they need to achieve success in school but also beyond the classroom. Of course it is also very fun for students to work with these tech gadgets.

The Mobile Tech Lab project is designed by the Bureau of Innovation of the Ministry of General Affairs, Sustainable Development, Innovation and Science for both elementary – as well as secondary level afterschool programs. When students step into the Tech Lab they will learn a range of skills and participate in practical courses and programs.

This Mobile Tech Lab is not only important for the students, it also raises awareness on the island about technology and how technology contributes in creating a sustainable society.

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Brussels event: Sustainable energy best practices and challenges – an OCT perspective

Brussels event: Sustainable energy best practices and challenges – an OCT perspective

European Union Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) is the annual highlight of the EU intensive work on sustainable energy.

Sustainable energy has been on the forefront of innovation at EU Overseas Countries and Territories, and countries like Aruba, with Prime Minister Mike Eman, have taken a global lead on implementing innovative practices in renewable energy, energy storage and sustainable development.

At the EUSEW 2015  ‘Sustainable Energy Roadmap for OCT’s’ was signed. On Tuesday, 14 June 2016 (16.00 – 17.30) a key conference will take place at the European Commission to build upon this last year’s success. In order to assess the progress since the signature of the Sustainable Energy Roadmap for OCT’s and agree on next steps to accelerate the renewable energy transition.

The conference will provide a better understanding of the assets that OCTs represent for the EU in relation to renewable energy, in terms of open laboratories – but also grid stability, energy storage and stand-alone systems – at a time when the EU Member States are starting to realize some of the technological challenges that the EU’s Energy Framework will represent for their infrastructure, as the share of renewable energy is increased.

In addition, the event will present initiative to build on the partnership between OCTA (Overseas Countries and Territories Association) and IRENA, to get the best value for money from the financial support of those EU Member States that would like to support OCTs in the implementation of their roadmap and the transition to sustainable energy in OCTs

The Conference takes place on Tuesday 14 June (16.00 – 17.30), the European Commission’s Charlemagne Building, Mansholt Room.

Speakers:

Mike EMAN
Prime Miniser of Aruba and OCTA Chair

José María FIGUERES OLSEN
President of Carbon War Room

Mala HØY KÚKO
Minister for Nature, Environment and Justice of Greenland

Elizabeth PRESS
Director, Planning and Programme Support at IRENA

Kees RADE
Ambassador for Sustainable Development

Marjeta JAGER
European Commission, Deputy Director-General for International Cooperation and Development

 

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Bureau of Innovation in Aruba

Bureau of Innovation in Aruba

Aruba expressed its serious commitment to becoming the most innovative island in the Caribbean the moment the Ministry of General Affairs established a Bureau of Innovation (BI). In the second term of Prime Minister Mike Eman’s  administration, the Ministry of General affairs was extended with Innovation, Sustainable Development and Science. This was institutionalized in 2014 with the establishment of a multidisciplinary team of professionals dedicated to strategically develop, support and advice on the areas of social-, technological- and economical innovation for the benefit of Aruba’s vision to create sustainable and shared prosperity.

Having a Bureau of Innovation is unique as Aruba is the only island and OCT to have such a think-tank within the government. BI translates worldwide developments to opportunities, gaps and challenges for Aruba’s endeavor to create a sustainable society.

When realizing initiatives, BI works from a ‘triple helix way of working’ (i.e. government/private sector/knowledge centra) to make it as sustainable as possible
Among projects executed by BI are TEDXAruba; Green’S’Cool (educating the next generation on the importance of living green and instill environmentally friendly behaviors among Aruban citizens) and Start-up Aruba (private-public initiative to co-create and facilitate the development of a sustainable technology and startup ecosystem in Aruba). BI also advises different Ministries, departments, businesses, NGO’s and other stakeholders on innovation- and sustainability topics.

Considering the above-described projects, one can consider BI a department within a company that is in charge of new developments. In the case of BI, the company happens to be the Government of Aruba. This position enables BI to not only make an impact on a national level but permits the dissemination of knowledge to ensure sustainable progress – which is the true mission of BI.

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Aruba launches the smart community

Aruba launches the smart community

A sustainable neighbourhood of twenty homes is currently being developed in the center of Aruba. The Smart Community started mid-April, and is being built in cooperation with public stakeholders, private companies and the Aruban government.
“The Smart Community is the first step on the road towards sustainable living in Aruba. This project is sustainable and innovative. Not only because we are looking for new methods and materials, but also because we are working in cooperation with a whole range of partners. It is really unique to bring private and public partners together with the purpose to develop methods that will contribute to sustainable living in the future.” With these words, the CEO of the Aruban public housing foundation (FCCA), Peter van Poppel summarized the vision behind the project. The current partners in the project are the Government of Aruba, FCCA, Utilities Aruba NV, WEB Aruba NV, NV ELMAR, SETAR NV and Caribbean Branch Office TNO. Smart Community Aruba also provides opportunities for local and international companies and research institutes to test specific innovations.

Discover more details on Prime Minister website as well as on TNO website.

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