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New green innovation vouchers awarded in Serbia

By Olga Rosca

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The EBRD-run scheme will provide €150,000 to small businesses for innovative green solutions in its Second Award Event.

New innovation vouchers for “green” solutions were awarded today in the Serbian capital, Belgrade.

This time 11 companies will receive a total of €150,000 under the Green Innovation Vouchers scheme, started by the EBRD, funded by Austria’s DRIVE (Delivering Resource Efficiency Investments) Programme and supported by Italy through the Central European Initiative.

The scheme aims to increase the innovation capacity of small and medium-sized enterprises in the field of green technologies and resource efficiency. Companies will work with local research and development institutions on project proposals. The maximum voucher amount is €20,000. The EBRD believes that such innovations will not only help Serbia better prepare for the changing climate, but will also support its long-term economic competitiveness.

The awarded projects cover various fields such as precision agriculture, waste management, energy conservation, renewables and eco-friendly products.

Among the awarder projects this time is DunavNet, in cooperation with the Institute of Food Technology, University of Novi Sad who are developing an IoT (internet of things) platform for grain storage management. The platform will incorporate models of various grains and silos as well as remote moisture and temperature sensors and based on all that suggest when, where and how much to dry and treat the stored grains. It will improve the quality of grains and at the same time conserve energy and minimise pesticide use.

Other projects aim at reusing waste materials such as waste Tetra Pak packages, making eco-friendly corrosion inhibitors and adhesives out of plant extracts and starch, or developing new solutions for increased use of renewable energy.

The award ceremony took place at the Hotel Radisson Blu Old Mill in the presence of the EBRD management including Alain Pilloux, Vice President for Banking; Charlotte Ruhe, Managing Director for Central and South Eastern Europe; and Zsuzsanna Hargitai, the new Director for Western Balkans based in Belgrade, who has just taken up her post.

The third call for applications will be open to companies from 11 June until 31 August 2018. SMEs and R&D service providers can apply through the web page

The following projects were awarded vouchers: 





R&D service provider


Eco-friendly corrosion inhibitor for steel based on tannin extracted from rosehips and horse chestnuts

Metal-Obrenovac d.o.o.


Institute for Chemistry, Technology and Metallurgy, University of Belgrade


IoT platform for grain storage management

DunavNET d.o.o.

Novi Sad

Institute of Food Technology, University of Novi Sad


Lightweight automatic cover for open warehouses

Markant d.o.o.


Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University of Belgrade


Modular non-dissipative battery discharger/charger that discharges power to the grid

G-Net d.o.o.


Innovation Center of the School of Electrical Engineering, University of Belgrade


Polyethylene greenhouse with integrated flexible semi-transparent photovoltaic panels

A.D. Crna Trava


Faculty of Civil Engineering and Architecture, University of Niš


Eco-friendly technology for the production of adhesives based on modified starch

Eucom d.o.o.


Faculty of Technology and Metallurgy, University of Belgrade


Filtration unit for iron in high-flow water systems used for irrigation

Agro Produkt SRB d.o.o. Gospođinci

Faculty of Agriculture and Institute BioSense, University of Novi Sad


Water- and fire-proof building panels made of waste Tetra Pak packages

Feplo d.o.o.


Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University of Niš and BETE, Kruševac


Automatic system for treatment of wastewater from oil pits at transformer stations

Tekon - Tehnokonsulting d.o.o.


Innovation Center of the Faculty of Technology and Metallurgy, University of Belgrade


Portable micro hydropower plant for slow flows and small differences in height

4M Specijalni Alati d.o.o. Novi Banovci

Lola Institute and Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University of Belgrade


Small bioreactor for production of biogas and compost from turf manure and other organic waste

Jovanović & Sinovi -

Master Food d.o.o.

Bačka Topola

Institute of Field and Vegetable Crops, Novi Sad and Educons University, Sremska Kamenica


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