PRR supports over 50 business consortiums. Petrogal, Prio and Efacec are the largest.

Only 13 of the 64 most competitive finalists in the history of European funds-the agenda for business innovation in the Resilience and Resilience Plan (PRR)-were released at the end of this Friday in an assessment. Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation (IAPMEI) with “disadvantageous” results.

This means that 51 large consortiums (five times the 10 originally predicted by the PRR) need to be backed by the “European Bazooka”.

Overall, we are proposing to invest around € 7.6 billion to bring ultra-innovative products and services to market by 2026.

Who is the biggest winner?

About half of this investment is Petrogal for batteries (€ 914 million), Petrogal for hydrogen (€ 579 million), Priobio (€ 492 million) and Efasec Energia (€ 343 million). Proposed by a consortium of 10 largest companies led by (Euro). ), Efacec Engenharia e Sistemas (Euro 308 million), Nos Comunicações (Euro 259 million), Polisport Plásticos (Euro 257 million), DST Solar (Euro 239 million), Geo Sat (Euro 224 million) ) Domingos da Silva Teixeira (€ 215 million).

The largest business consortium led by Petrogal is to create a battery value chain from scratch to make Portugal the fifth largest lithium producer in the world and the first country to operate a refinery in Europe9. Proposed to invest € 114 million. Treatment of this mineral.

Headquartered in Sines is a second consortium worth € 579 million for transporting green hydrogen and decarbonization, also led by Petrogal.

Highlights of the DST group participating in four large consortiums.

On the one hand, DST Solar saw a € 239 million proposal approved to create a “new technology ecosystem” in the field of batteries. Domingos da Silva Teixeira also confirmed that the € 215 million proposal was approved for a “significant change” in the productivity profile of this business group, the modular construction sector.

The DST Group is also in the process of acquiring two more large consortium leaders, Efacec. The Efacec Engenharia Energy Conversion Alliance (€ 343 million) and the Efacec Engenharia e Sistemas agenda (€ 308 million). A chain in the field of green electric fuels.

And who failed?

Only 13 of the 64 finalists rated it as “disadvantageous”.

At stake is, for example, a consortium led by SP Trevisão for the development and reindustrialization of Portugal’s cultural, creative and audiovisual activities. By Immunethep for the production of vaccines; by Mota-Engil for the re-industrialization of the construction sector. By Casais for sustainable industrial construction; or by Continental Advanced Antenna for the development of intelligent green mobility products and systems.

The Western Fruit Consortium led by Decsis II Iberia, TMAD, Circlemolecule, Alvistex, Acuinova, Mediceus, Void Software, or Clubeda Maçã also failed to produce favorable results.

The economic and financial feasibility of the proposer and the project was one of the eight criteria for this competition in the agenda for PRR business innovation.

The remaining criteria are: Degree of innovation or differentiation. Impact on business competitiveness and changing profile of the country’s productive discipline. Potential impact on the project development area. Ability to utilize investment. Potential economic value of innovation and scalability. Project contributions to carbon neutrality and energy resilience. The quality of the consortium regarding the objectives of the project and the ability of promoters to relate to the governance model of the consortium.

IAPMEI coordinates the Agenda Coordinating Committee (CCA), which includes the Public Institution for Innovation (ANI), the Public Institution for Investment and Foreign Trade (AICEP), Compete 2020, and the Science and Technology Foundation (FCT). increase.

An independent jury chaired by English expert John O’Reilly will be able to change the innovative nature of the application and the profile of productive disciplines and make new products and services available on the market. We evaluated the strategic relevance for transforming the relevant value chain of. ..

The government promised

The Agendas for Business Innovation Contest was held last summer for only € 930 million to support 12 consortia. However, in April, Prime Minister Antonio Costa announced the government’s intention to strengthen these European funds for businesses.

Economy Minister Antonio Costa Silva later told Expresso that he plans to mobilize about € 4 billion to support all candidates in a successful manner.

“The country must invest its resources in the agenda. This is the most destructive means of PRR to change a country’s productivity profile based on innovation rather than low wages. Absolutely able to take advantage of all the best practices in the country to export 53% of GDP, invest 3% of GDP in R & D and reduce CO2 emissions by 55% by 2030. It’s a transformational project, “justifies the Minister of Economy. Antonio Costa Silva.

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