ECOS Project


“ECOS NETWORK” Project – Energy and Sustainable Construction

Urban Network for Competitiveness and Innovation










The project ECOS – Energy and Sustainable Construction was submitted to the Program “Urban Network for Competitiveness and Innovation”, of the Política das Cidades POLIS XXI, and was one of the 5 approved, of a total of 26 submitted.


The project overall theme includes energetic efficiency of building using renewable energies and sustainable construction. The aim is to create competitive and innovative cities at an international level.


The Project main objectives are:

-          Energetic efficiency vs application of renewable energies;

-          Traditional construction techniques and technological innovation;

-          Sustainable urbanism and social-economic perspectives.


The proposed network involves two different scopes based on:

  • distinct geographical groups, each one structured around proximity relations seeking to explore strategic elements associated with complementary development processes and profiles oriented to urban centers, within the same territory.

  • remote relations building a shared space focused on similar interest areas, which combine common perspectives, approaches and strategic objectives aiming at improving patrimonial elements, resources, strategic gains and experiences associated with the respective urban centers.


The groups are situated in:

1. Baixo Alentejo (Lower Alentejo region), involving the Municipalities of Beja, Moura and Serpa. This is one of the European regions with the biggest photovoltaic energy potential.

2. Oeste (West region), through the Municipalities of Óbidos, Peniche and Torres Vedras, representing the National region with the biggest wind energy potential.

3. Algarve, involving the Municipality of Silves.




Within each group knowledge shall be developed through jointly promoted activities on Innovation and Competitiveness Strategies, as well as consolidation of inter-municipal bonding economies. With this aim, each urban center should be promoted on a regional, national and international plan.


Project Partners include a large group of entities and companies with vast experience and know-how in several domains.

  • Renewable Energies (wind, solar and wave) - Municipalities of Moura, Peniche, Óbidos and Torres Vedras

  • Sustainable Construction - Municipalities of Beja, Serpa and Silves.


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Application to the National QREN Program

October 2008


The application of the ECOS Network Strategic Plan will be submitted on October 17, 2008.



Signing of the Pact for Competitiveness and Innovation

October 8, 2008 – Lisbon

On October 8, 2008, a ceremony for the signature of the ECOS Network “Pact for Competitiveness and Innovation” was held in Lisbon, followed by a Public Presentation of the Network Strategic Plan. His Excellency, the Ministry of Environment, Spatial Planning and Regional Development, Prof. Dr. Francisco Nunes Correia was present at the ceremony. 

EUROSUN 2008 – 1st International Conference on Solar Heating, Cooling and Buildings

7th to 10th October 2008 – Lisbon


The 1st International Conference on Solar Heating, Cooling and Buildings - EUROSUN 2008 was held between 7 and 10 of October, 2008 at the Lisboa Congress Center, in Lisbon.

During the Conference more than 400 scientific papers, representing 53 Countries, were presented. In parallel with the Congress an International Exhibition “Build with the Sun” took place, and was an excellent chance to show the current panorama of solar industry and of its applications in the building sector.

ECOS Network participated in the event with an Exhibition of the Network plans and activities, and with a Public Session for the Presentation of the Network Strategic Plan for QREN 2007-2013 (October 8).


Seminar: “Hydrogen Economy and Energetic and Environmental Sustainability” Municipality of Torres Vedras – September 23, 2008

The Seminar “Hydrogen Economy and Energetic and Environmental Sustainability”, held on September 23, was organized by the Municipality of Torres Vedras and the Association EDEN. The seminar focused the evaluation of the viability of the hydrogen use in a short/medium period (2010/2015) as an energetic vector, as well as the identification of opportunities for the development of the national Hydrogen Economy.


Seminar: “Ocean Energy”
Municipality of Peniche – September 19, 2008

The Seminar “Ocean Energy”, held on September 19, gathered national and international partners. The seminar main objective was to stimulate the urban centers and private companies, as well as the public in general, to further develop the ocean energy in fields such as wave energy, offshore wind energy, marine microalgae, etc. 


Seminar: “Sustainable Construction: New construction, social and             economical paradigms”

Municipality of Serpa – September 4-5, 2008

The modern construction techniques, the new politics and the circumstances that determine a growing concern with sustainable development, were the themes discussed in the scope of the Seminar “Sustainable Construction: New construction, social and economical paradigms”, held on September 4 and 5 in the City of Serpa.

The proposed agenda was divided in 2 sub-theme groups: during the first day discussions on technical aspects related with construction, engineering and architecture were conducted; during the second day of the seminar, the topics developed were related with the “new” territorial models (ECO VILLA), “new” urban models (ECOQuartier), “new” social and economical models (social actions and industrial clusters). 




Seminar: “Competitiveness and Innovation of the National

   Urban Network: territory functional specialization?"

Municipality of Moura – July 4, 2008


Traditionally, the cities’ role was defined based on specific aspects such as sustainable urbanism and transports. New political paradigms show that the cities must be oriented to other problems, which originated from globalization and are related with work and territorial competitiveness.

The specific case of Moura City, with the promotion of a regional industrial cluster on photovoltaic energy and innovation, has been the City bet for future development.

The Seminar held on July 4, in the City of Moura, intended to provide further information on this theme.



Seminar: “Geo-Architecture as a intercultural dialogue factor: the examples of Silves and Marrakech”

Municipality of Silves – May 16, 2008



The Seminar "Geo-Architecture as a intercultural dialogue factor: the examples of Silves and Marrakech”, held on May 16-17 in Silves, gathered Moroccan and Portuguese specialists.


The seminar main objective was the analysis, conducted by Portuguese and Moroccan experts, of the way how architecture can be a intercultural dialog and approximation factor between two countries.



Seminar: “Integrated Sustainable Systems”
Municipality of Óbidos – April 11, 2008

The Seminar “Integrated Sustainable Solutions”, organized by the Municipality of Óbidos, was held on April 11, 2008. The event, associated with the STaR Program, had European specialists in the field of sustainable development, and showed the results of the work that has been conducted concerning the Óbidos ECO-Village project.


Seminar: “Energetic Efficiency on Buildings”

Municipality of Beja – March 26, 2008


The Seminar “Energetic Efficiency on Buildings”, organized by the Municipality of Beja, was held on March 26 in Beja. The seminar objectives were to promote and disseminate the buildings’ construction and recovery having in perspective the energetic efficiency.


Last updated: 26/02/2009