Friday, December 19, 2008

Sunflower - Oficial Web Site

Please be aware: next Jannuary, oficial WEB site will be:

Tuesday, December 16, 2008


P1000752, première mise en ligne par Vesi Vasileva.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

People of 2008 Finalists - Sunflower´s Project at Web Site

The finalists for OneWorld's People of the Year award have been announced, and readers worldwide are being invited to vote for this year's winner.

In early November, OneWorld readers, partners, and editors submitted their nominations for the award. The only requirement was that nominees embody the values of OneWorld: human rights for all; a fair distribution of the world's natural and economic resources; simple and sustainable ways of life; the right of every individual to inform and be informed; participation and transparency in decision making; and social, cultural, and linguistic diversity.

The 10 finalists were chosen by OneWorld editors to represent what is best in the fields of human rights and sustainable development. Another 10 semifinalists are noted on the People of 2008 Web site, with links to more information on their work.

The voting period will be open for two weeks, with the winner announced in early December.

Sunflower and the Moura’s Mayor nomination for “People of the Year Onworld's Award:

Moura’s latest project links eight municipalities in eight European countries in an effort to create "zero-carbon communities" run entirely on renewable energy. The "Sunflower Project" was launched in Moura in October, with mayors from Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, France, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Spain, and the United Kingdom beginning to set out their plans.

In a recent interview with Inter Press Service (IPS), Pós-de-Mina said the project is being implemented "in localities that are socially disadvantaged and impoverished, where local communities have limited access to information, and economic activity alone is insufficient to drive technological and scientific investment."

Helder Guía, the initiative's environmental engineer, told IPS that the Sunflower Project is intended to help spread eco-business ideas across Europe, "breeding new plants that will generate any form of renewable energy, either photovoltaic, wind, wave, or any other alternative power source that is locally feasible, depending on the location and the specific conditions."

"Power plant construction projects are also meant to serve as a springboard for sustainable development by creating employment, jobs that globalization cannot easily relocate to other regions, as they will be dependent on that specific location," Guia added.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Sunflower´s Consortium

  1. Moura Municipality (PT)

  2. Environment Technology Park (IT)

  3. Bilbao Technology Park (SP)
  4. EIGSI Engineering School (FR)
  5. North york Moors National Park (UK)
  6. IDMEC / IST (PT)
  7. Kilkis Municipality (GR)

  8. Sliven Municipality (Bulgarie)
  9. Healthy Cities of the Czech Republic

Friday, September 26, 2008

Kick-Off Meeting

In order to establish a network among different key market actors (local/regional authorities, industry, research partners, finance institutions, etc.) the Moura municipality is organizing a meeting with portuguese Partners during Kick-off Meeting of SUNFLOWER´s project.

This meeting is a part of WP2 and 3 of the project, in wich work to be done includes the organization of several “Study-tours” and “Stakolders Meetings” related to the needs of the partners (or associated members) concerning local energy production from RES.

During Study-tours, meetings with representatives from municipal energy and environment departments, local energy management agencies, energy companies, schools or community associations will also be promoted. The idea is not limit theses studies to a simple visit to a place where energy is produced, but to include the entire community that is benefiting or inter-acting with it. Cases to be studied should be an anchor of real cases related to local sustainable development processes.

As a transversal action that begins in WP2 and ends in WP3, meetings like the one that is being prepare should lead (long-term time) to Memoranda of Understanding (between local authorities and investment partners) that identify RES projects or other cooperation actions in this field.

National partners that might be interested in participate at this meeting, might solicitate an inscription by using this link.

For those that want to have the full program please click here: Kick-Off Meeting Agenda .