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Slovenia-Velenje: Research and experimental development services
Prior information notice
This notice is for prior information only
Section I: Contracting authority
This pre-commercial procurement is carried out by KSSENA who was appointed as lead procurer in the name and on behalf of the buyers group listed in I.1. The applicable national law is Slovenian.
Section II: Object
Pre-commercial Procurement (PCP) to Buy R&D (Research and Development) Services for Breakthrough Solutions for 100 % Renewable Energy Supply in Buildings
This PIN provides early information about the expected starting date and purchase volume for a pre-commercial procurement and about the open market consultation that is organised in preparation of this procurement. More information about the open market consultation is provided in section II.2.14).
The procurement aims to trigger new solutions to be developed and tested to address the following challenge: achieving 100 % renewable energy supply in existing public buildings. The procurers are willing to invest EUR 7.68 million in research and development to address this challenge in their regions, to be prepared in coming years to tackle their combined stock of over 21 000 buildings. procuRE solutions, developed in competition under the PCP instrument, will fully meet the need for decarbonisation of building stock.
This PCP is a joint procurement by different procurers across Europe that are all facing the same common challenge and are thus looking for similar solutions (‘buyers group’).
The procurement will take the form of a pre-commercial procurement (PCP) under which R&D service contracts will be awarded to R&D providers in parallel in a phased approach. This will make it possible to compare competing alternative solutions. Each selected operator will be awarded a framework agreement that covers three R&D phases. The three phases are: solution design, prototype development, original development and validation and testing of a limited volume of first products or services. After each phase, intermediate evaluations will be carried out to select the best of the competing solutions. The contractors with the best value-for-money solutions will be offered a specific contract for the next phase.
The procurement is expected to start in March 2022 and end in May 2024.
Testing in phase 3 is expected to take place in:
• Velenje (Slovenia),
• Barcelona (Spain),
• Nuremberg (Germany),
• Vila Nova de Gaia (Portugal),
• Istanbul (Turkey),
• Eilat (Israel).
This testing may also serve as a first customer test reference for the contractors. Phase 3 is expected to start February 2023 and end May 2024.
The selected operators will retain ownership of the intellectual property rights (IPRs) that they generate during the PCP and will be able to use them to exploit the full market potential of the developed solutions i.e. beyond the procurement. The market potential is estimated to be the majority of educational buildings (780 000) and offices (3.4 million) across Europe.
This procurement receives funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme, under grant agreement No 963648- procuRE (https://procure-pcp.eu).
The EU has given a grant for this procurement but is not participating as a contracting authority in the procurement.
Operators are invited to Open Market Consultations (OMC) which will take the form of a series of meetings: 6 on the premises (or online depending on Covid-19 restrictions) of each procurer in the period of 15 March-15 May 2021 (held in local language), and two online meetings held in English. All meetings will be announced on the website: https://procure-pcp.eu
A questionnaire for suppliers will be published on the website. A match-making tool will be published on the website. You can participate in the PCP call for tender even if you did not participate in the open market consultation. Offers will be accepted in English. All communication related to the call for tender (before, during and after the procurement) will be carried out in English. All information provided during the open market consultation and other background information will be published online in English on the project website https://procure-pcp.eu
All interested operators are invited to take part in an open market consultation (regardless of their geographic location, the size or governance structure of their organisation). The open market consultation will provide you with an overview on the procurement objectives, the PCP process and the main clauses of the contract. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions (www.procure-pcp.eu)
Section IV: Procedure
Section VI: Complementary information
The PCP procurement is exempted from the WTO Government Procurement Agreement (GPA), the EU public procurement directives and the national laws that implement them (because it concerns the procurement of R&D services where the benefits do not accrue exclusively to the contracting authority for its use in the conduct of its own affairs).
Publication of this contract notice in the EU Official Journal is not to be understood as a waiver of this exemption. Publication is made on a voluntary basis and the procurement will not follow the procedures under the EU public procurement directives, but rather the procedure described in the tender documentation.
This PIN is published to announce an open market consultation on a future procurement procedure. The PIN is not a commitment to procure.