Key Projects


The REFRESH project is the "flagship" and a key tool in achieving SMARAGD’s vision. It represents a major investment to strengthen research excellence in the Moravian-Silesian Region. The project will build a unique European infrastructure for research and technology transfer in the fields of sustainable energy, digitalization of industrial production, automation in transport, environmental technologies, and smart material technologies. Linking academic and industrial partners will lead to the transformation of the region into a SMARt And Green District in the spirit of the SMARAGD vision.
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The T-Park upgrade project unifies the gradual development of six additional buildings within the existing technology park operated by MSIC. The current capacity of the T-Park is at 100% occupancy; despite changes in companies' preferences for office space after the Covid-19 pandemic, the demand for space in the T-Park continues to grow. Technology companies and startups are seeking added value in innovative ecosystem services that are closely linked to T-Park's capacity.

The City of Ostrava, the Moravian-Silesian Region, or developers selected by them will act as the investors for each new building. For some buildings, the MSIC or a consortium of partners created by MSIC will function as the investor. The investors provide their financing for each building project. Private capital involvement will be prioritized when deemed appropriate by all MSIC shareholders. The MSIC oversees the whole process of the gradual development of the buildings and innovation infrastructure of the T-Park, ensuring the overall functionality and profitability of the facility.


CirkArena is a proposed research and development centre for the circular economy. The goal is to bring together excellent research and innovation teams with the ambition to integrate their workplaces in Třinec and Ostrava into the national network of reference laboratories. The centre will focus on investigating three categories of waste - industrial waste specific for the Moravian-Silesian Region, such as slag and fly ash, as well as bio-waste and construction waste - thus contributing to the transformation of the Moravian-Silesian Region.

CirkArena's research and development findings will help harness the potential of utilising secondary raw materials available in the region - industrial waste dumps, tailings, and tailings ponds which are the legacy of heavy industry operations. They will contribute to the modernisation and sustainable practices of regional companies, as well as the reduction of industrial waste, waste prevention, conservation of raw materials, and the so-called industrial symbiosis.

Furthermore, establishing a centre of excellence for circular economy research will create a unique expertise that is unparalleled in Central Europe and will significantly increase the importance and attractiveness of the region.

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