Who we are

  • Irena Kondratenko.
    Irena Kondratenko. Founder, Director

    I am the founder and director of XLNCE Consultancy and have 14 years extensive hands-on experience with EU funded research and innovation projects (developing proposals, project implementation and coordination). I have worked in research organisations in the UK, Ireland, Netherlands and Belgium and have been project evaluator, reviewer and expert group member for the European Commission.

    As an architect with MSc in Environmental Science and PhD in Energy in Buildings, the expertise I offer is in line with the EU policy on ‘clean energy buildings’, and is specific to (non-exhaustive): Very Low / Nearly Zero / Energy Positive Buildings; Deep Renovation; Renewables; Built-in Photovoltaics; Smart Cities and Communities; Construction Skills.



  • Independent thematic expert included in the expert roaster for the assessment of INTERREG Central Europe project proposals
  • External Expert for quality assessment of proposals 2018 ENI CBC Med – Cross Border Cooperation in the Mediterranean
  • Expert Group Member 2016-2017 EC – DG Research & Innovation, Evaluation methodologies for the interim and ex-post evaluations of Horizon 2020
  • Co-Author Final Report “Applying relevance-assessing methodologies to Horizon 2020”
  • Expert Panel 2016 & 2017 The Research Foundation Flanders, PhD fellowships
  • Expert Panel 2017 Flanders Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Flux50 Energy Cluster Feasibility Studies
  • Evaluator 2016 Secure, Clean and Efficient Energy, Horizon 2020
  • Expert 2015-2016 Consultation Forum for Sustainable Energy in the Defence and Security Sector
  • Evaluator 2016 and 2017 INNOCHEM, NCRD Poland R&D Poland Grants to SMEs
  • Evaluator 2014, 2015 Energy, Horizon 2020 Research & Innovation
  • External Expert 2014 OECD programme on Local Employment and Economic Development (LEED) Skills for Green Growth
  • Evaluator 2013 Polish-Norwegian Research Programme, Small Grant Scheme
  • Evaluator 2012 FP7-2013 energy efficient buildings
  • External Expert in Energy Efficient Buildings 2011-2013 EASME Build Up Skills Pillar I


  • Consultant/Director 2016-present XLNCE Energy Efficiency & EU Funding Consultancy
  • R&D Coordinator 2009-2016 Passive House Platform, Antwerp, Belgium
  • Researcher 2007-2009 Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands, the Netherlands
  • Research Manager 2005-2007 Energy Research Group, University College Dublin, Ireland
  • Researcher 2004-2005 Scottish Energy Systems, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow UK


Our clients are committed to the sustainable energy transition through the “energy efficiency first” principle, taking into account the societal benefits and using low carbon technologies, with the common goal to deliver cost-effective climate change mitigation for a 2-degree future.


EU programmes

XLNCE specializes in funding advice, support and capacity building services on the following EU programmes:

EC Horizon 2020
The EU Framework for research and innovation
Supporting environmental, nature conservation and climate action project
European Territorial Co-operation

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