понедельник, 28 сентября 2015 г.

Full scale demonstration of energy positive sewage treatment plant concepts towards market penetration

From 2015-07-01 to 2018-07-01, ongoing project

Project details

Total cost:

EUR 5 173 854,75

EU contribution:

EUR 3 997 125,99

Coordinated in:

Germany

Call for proposal:

H2020-WATER-2014-two-stage

Funding scheme:

IA - Innovation action

Objective

The municipal wastewater in Europe contains a potential chemical energy of 87,500 GWh per year in its organic fraction, which is equivalent to the output of 12 large power stations. Due to the currently applied technologies and related energy loss at each process step, wastewater treatment in Europe today consumes instead the equivalent of more than 2 power stations. Many operators are thus targeting incremental energy efficiency towards energy neutrality, but recent studies have shown that wi…
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Coordinator

KOMPENTENTZZENTRUM WASSER BERLIN GEMEINNUTZIGE GMBH
Germany

Participants

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET WIEN
Austria
EIDGENOESSISCHE ANSTALT FUER WASSERVERSORGUNG ABWASSERREINIGUNG UND GEWAESSERSCHUTZ
Switzerland
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG EV
Germany
VEOLIA DEUTSCHLAND GMBH
Germany
VEOLIA WATER TECHNOLOGIES AB
Sweden
NEAS ENERGY AS
Denmark
BIOFOS AS
Denmark
Berliner Wasserbetriebe
Germany
UMWELTBUNDESAMT
Germany
ELECTROCHAEA DK APS
Denmark
APS AQUA PLANT SOLUTIONS GMBH
Germany
SUSTEC CONSULTING & CONTRACTING BV
Netherlands
Atemis GmbH ingenieurburo fur abwassertechnik energiemanagement und innovative systementwicklung
Germany
ARCTIK SPRL
Belgium

пятница, 25 сентября 2015 г.

European Commission Directorate General for Comm : Open Innovation 2.0 and Horizon2020: Opportunities and Challenges

Horizon 2020 has been framed as a fundamental shift in how Europe funds research and innovation. The Horizon 2020 approach deviates from prior Framework programs in two important ways. First, there is a clear shift from supporting programs, which aim to develop new inventions and technologies, toward funding programs, which aim to generate new products, processes, services and business models that make a difference in people's life. Second, the core evaluation criteria within Horizon 2020 are no longer the extent of scientific and technological progress but rather the societal impact of particular programs. In this way, the Horizon 2020 program wants to contribute to crossing Europe's Valley of Death, referring to Europe's relatively strong competencies in generating new scientific breakthroughs but relative poor track record in transforming these breakthroughs into commercially valuable innovations.
It is increasingly recognized that realizing such an important transition in focus and outcomes also requires an inherently different collaborative approach. Within DG CONNECT, the Open Innovation 2.0 concept has therefore been developed. This novel concept provides opportunities to realize the ambitious goals of Horizon 2020 in two fundamental ways. First, it emphasizes the need to move from a producer-centric to a user-centric innovation model, where the end user is seen as the focal actor in the innovation process. This implies that users should be intensively involved throughout the whole processes. The creation of Living Labs and the adoption of rapid prototyping are seen as important tools to realize such intimate collaboration with users. Second, the Open Innovation 2.0 concept stresses that, in order to maximize societal impact, it is vital to move from mono-disciplinary collaborative clusters to multi-disciplinary ecosystems, in which a wide variety of different actors come together.
At the same time, it needs to be stressed that such alternative collaborative approach also triggers new challenges. In my own research (Faems et al., 2005), for instance, I found evidence that, whereas collaboration with existing clients can substantially increase the ability of partners to incrementally innovate (i.e. improve existing products and services), it does not stimulate radical innovation (i.e. generation of products or services that are new-to-the-market). As the seminal work of MIT professor Von Hippel suggests, realizing radical innovation does not require collaboration with existing customers, but rather requires interacting with lead users or users that are at the front-end of the technology that is incorporated in products or services that a company offers. Second, whereas collaboration with a wide variety of actors definitely fosters radical innovation, it also triggers additional costs in terms of managing and fostering such ecosystems. In my own research (Faems et al., 2010), I found that these costs even tend to outweigh the innovation benefits of such collaborative endeavors in the short term, pointing to the importance of adopting a long-term perspective when evaluating the development of multi-disciplinary ecosystems.
In sum, the core characteristics of the Open Innovation 2.0 approach perfectly fit with the core objectives of the Horizon2020 program. At the same time, it triggers new challenges that will require creativity and perseverance of partners who are involved in this kind of collaborative endeavors.
References
Faems, D.; Van Looy, B. & Debackere K. (2005) The role of inter-organizational collaboration within innovation strategies: towards a portfolio approach. Journal of Product Innovation Management, 22: 238-251.
Faems, D.; de Visser, M.; Andries, P.; Van Looy, B. (2010) Technology alliance portfolios and financial performance: Value-enhancing and cost-increasing effects of open innovation. Journal of Product Innovation Management, 27: 785-796.

Horizon 2020. First results.

Horizon 2020 is the EU’s biggest ever programme for research and innovation, and it has got off to an excellent start. This brochure presents information on the first 100 calls for proposals that closed by 1 December 2014.

Horizon 2020 indicators. Assessing the results and impact of Horizon

Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU research and innovation programme ever. Almost €80 billion of funding is available over seven years (2014 to 2020) – in addition to the private and national public investment that this money will attract. This publication presents the full set of Key Performance and Cross-Cutting Issues Indicators for Horizon 2020, including those for the European Institute of Technology and EURATOM.

Horizon 2020 low success rates a ‘very sad story’, says top research administrator

The chance of winning a research grant is stuck between 12% and 14%, with many excellent proposals being rejected, Robert-Jan Smits told MEPs this week
EU research chief Robert-Jan Smits on Horizon 2020’s first year
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The small odds of winning a grant under the EU’s Horizon 2020 research programme is “a very sad story at the moment,” the European Commission’s Director-General for Research and Innovation, Robert-Jan Smits, told MEPs this week.
“We are flooded with proposals and success rates are down to between 12 and 14 per cent,” said Smits, presenting some of the first year take-aways from the programme to members of the European Parliament’s industry and research committee on Monday. “We have to reject far too many excellent proposals.”
Scientists’ chances in the €77 billion competition have shrunk from the 19 to 21 per cent odds in Horizon 2020’s predecessor, the Seventh Framework Programme, which ran from 2007 and 2013. 
Horizon 2020 is “unbelievably popular,” said Smits. “We’ve received 65,000 proposals.”
Some of the programme’s research fields are simply overwhelmed with applications. For example, the ‘Fast Track to Innovation’ scheme, which runs a permanently open competition, gives researchers a scanty one-in-sixteen chance of funding: of the 264 proposals received by the Commission, only 16 will be selected.
“The success rate means, generally speaking, that 86 out of every 100 scientists [who apply] are unhappy,” observed Hans-Olaf Henkel, a German MEP. “It seems our scientists are increasingly employed to write these proposals and spend less [time] doing research.”
Smits attributed part of the problem to the budget. “It proves one thing, which is hard to admit: the Parliament was right when [it] said the budget should be €100 billion [instead of] €80 billion,” he said.
Balancing out his concerns, Smits said he was receiving plenty of positive comments about the programme. 
“The biggest success of Horizon 2020 is its simplification agenda,” he said. “It’s been a break with the past.” Although the impression of EU rules and procedures as notoriously fussy remains for some, Smits praised the programme’s vastly improved IT structure.
Likewise, new features such as the grouping of social science and humanities competitions under the programme’s ‘grand societal challenges’ banner, which is seen as more intuitive, and the non-prescriptive, open-ended nature of calls, he said.  
“We’re over-reaching on our targets for small businesses,” Smits reported. Horizon 2020 was approved in 2013 on condition that 20 per cent of the budget must go to SMEs. “We are actually at 23 per cent,” said Smits. 
In the energy research field too, the Commission is exceeding its commitment to spend 85 per cent of its cash on renewables research, with the figure standing at 90 per cent.
And Smits said he remains happy with the performance of the European Research Council (ERC), the Commission’s frontier-science agency saying it is, “one of the best things we’ve ever done.”
Quizzed on the ‘European Innovation Council’, which research commissioner Carlos Moedas has billed as a sort of an ERC for innovators, Smits said there was nothing new to relate, with fresh details not expected until early next year.
Smits agreed with Henkel on the need to pare back the time researchers spend on administration. “If we [just] let our researchers develop research proposals, it’s a waste of potential,” he said.
He disagreed, however, with any inference that Horizon 2020 procedures are too taxing. “Many people say, ‘look at how they do it in the US’ for a good example. Well, according to recent data, 42 per cent of a researcher’s time there is spent on reporting and applying for funding.”
Belgian MEP Philippe De Backer quizzed Smits on Horizon 2020’s open-ended calls, saying it is one of the prime causes of the uptick in proposals. Smits acknowledged there was likely some truth to this, but noted, “it is what [researchers] asked us for.”
The job of making the programme more amenable to scientists is continuing, Smits added. His department is preparing an online survey, which will gather views on features that can be made simpler.
Problems with international partners
Grants to non-EU countries have dropped under Horizon 2020, so one of Smits’ goals is to court more industrialised countries with funding of their own to bring to the table. “We should be linking up with brilliant people from China and the US,” he said.
His department is running a PR offensive in the US entitled ‘Destination Europe’, with promotional events earmarked for cities including Chicago, Boston and San Jose. “We are shopping for talent and it’s working quite well,” he added.
On research cooperation with Switzerland, Smits conceded it remains “hampered”. Following a controversial vote to re-introduce immigration quotas for EU citizens last February, Swiss researchers are only permitted to apply for a handful of programmes under Horizon 2020. Full re-entry is ruled out until the Swiss government comes up with a new agreement on the free movement of persons.
Meanwhile, in the case of Russia, all diplomatic contact remains at a “low profile”, Smits said. Despite a particularly icy spell in relations between Europe and Russia, which dates back to the latter’s annexation of the Crimean Peninsula of Ukraine last year, Research Commissioner Carlos Moedas has previously said the country remains a welcome participant in Horizon 2020.  

среда, 23 сентября 2015 г.

Smaller business grant proves vital for getting UK projects off the ground

A number of UK small and medium sized exterprises (SMEs) have been awarded 50,000 euros from a new EU research fund for small businesses.
key_money.png26 UK companies have received the funding to help them develop research to grow their projects, many of which are in the green energy and health sectors.
Brainomix, a company based in Oxford, is using the funding to set up clinical trials across Europe to develop medical imaging software that is hoped will ensure more victims of strokes receive treatment.
The initial grant will fund a feasibility study for the project, after which the company will be considered for a further EU grant of up to €2.5 million.
Michalis Papadakis, CEO of Brainomix, said:
"The SME instrument has been extremely valuable.
"This funding from the EU provides backing to SMEs to carry out crucial studies, which is otherwise challenging to secure.
"The EU funding is allowing us to set up a multi-centre trial throughout Europe and will help to ensure our research is of the highest quality.
"If we can demonstrate this and provide a business plan we could be eligible for more funding in phase two.
"We hope our studies could revolutionise stroke care by ensuring more patients get life-saving treatment."
Newbury-based Power Stabilisation Limited, has also received the funding, which they will use for research into low-carbon energy-saving systems.
Keith Berry, Director of Power Stabilisation, said:
"The funding couldn't have happened at a better time for a small company.
"R&D is an expensive issue. The £40k will help us hone our breakthrough product and develop our business plan to the next level.
"Raising finance for small business is always difficult and although the competition to get to this stage was tough it's refreshing that we were able to raise this money through the European Commission."
Liberal Democrat MEP Catherine Bearder, who fought for the creation of the new £2.4 billion (€3 billion) small business fund during budget negotiations in the European Parliament, said the announcement showed the EU was becoming more focused on jobs and growth.
Commenting, she said:
"After having fought for the creation of this fund it is great to see it benefitting the vital local businesses in our communities.
"The EU can play a major role in fostering high-tech research and helping small firms bring their products to the wider European market.
"This shows how the EU reforming; becoming more focused on the needs of small businesses, cutting red tape and creating jobs locally."

вторник, 15 сентября 2015 г.

21 new H2020 High Performance Computing projects

Following the call for proposals "Towards exascale high performance computing" 21 projects have been selected and are starting in autumn 2015. The aim of the call was to attract projects that can achieve world-class extreme scale computing capabilities in platforms, technologies and applications.
Here is a short description of the HPC projects retained from the call "FET-Proactive - towards exascale high performance computing": 19 Research and Innovation Actions (RIA) and 2 Coordination and Support Actions (CSA).

Research and Innovation Actions

ALLScal - An Exascale Programming, Multi-objective Optimisation and Resilience Management Environment Based on Nested Recursive Parallelism      
ANTARE - AutoTuning and Adaptivity appRoach for Energy efficient eXascale HPC systems               
ComPat - Computing Patterns for High Performance Multiscale Computing               
ECOSCALE - Energy-efficient Heterogeneous COmputing at exaSCALE               
ESCAPE- Energy-efficient SCalable Algorithms for weather Prediction at Exascale               
ExaFLOW - Enabling Exascale Fluid Dynamics Simulations
ExaHyPe - An Exascale Hyperbolic PDE Engine     
ExaNest - European Exascale System Interconnect and Storage               
ExaNode - European Exascale Processor Memory Node Design    
ExCape - Energy-efficient SCalable Algorithms for weather Prediction at Exascale               
EXTRA - Exploiting eXascale Technology with Reconfigurable Architectures               
greenFLASH - Green Flash, energy efficient high performance computing for real-time science               
INTERTWINE - Programming Model INTERoperability ToWards Exascale (INTERTWinE)               
MANGO - Exploring Manycore Architectures for Next-GeneratiOn HPC systems               
MontBlanc-3 - European scalable and power efficient HPC platform based on low-power embedded technology               
NextGenIO - Next Generation I/O for Exascale    
NLAFET - Parallel Numerical Linear Algebra for Future Extreme-Scale Systems  
READEX - Runtime Exploitation of Application Dynamism for Energy-efficient eXascale computing
SAGE - SAGE           

Coordination and Support Actions

EXDCI - European eXtreme Data and Computing Initiative              
Eurolab-4-HPC - Foundations of a European Research Center of Excellence in High Performance Computing Systems               

€5.9 billion for Secure, clean & efficient #energy (budget 2014-2020) #H2020Energy #EnergyEfficiency

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H2020 #EnergyEfficiency Call 2016 Deadline for Research & Innovation Actions (RIA)+ Innovation Action(IA) 21/01/2016

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четверг, 10 сентября 2015 г.

phase 2: success rate of projects going through phase 1 first 12% vs 5% if not

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Draft work programmes 2016-17

On this page you will find draft versions of the Horizon 2020 work programmes for 2016-2017. These documents are being made public just before the adoption process of the work programme to provide potential participants with the currently expected main lines of the work programme 2016-2017. They are not yet endorsed by the Commission and they do not in any way prejudge the final decision of the Commission.

Horizon 2020 is not a lemon


 - The battle for the billions in R&D and innovation in Europe is still going strong. LERU once again sounds the bugle of alarm fort he next round, as “the truce did not last long. The cuts suggested by the Council come as no surprise when looking back at the recurring attacks to the research budget by Finance Ministers.”

The analysis of LERU can be read here:
‘40 days is the break that policymakers have given to the Horizon 2020 budget before putting the thumbscrews on again. On 28 May 2015, after the longest trilogue in ECOFIN history, the European Parliament and the Council negotiators reached a political agreement on EFSI, which included a deal on the contribution of the Horizon 2020 budget: €2.2 billion instead of €2.7 billion, as originally proposed by the European Commission.
However, the truce did not last long and on July 9 a new attack on Horizon 2020 was launched, this time through the Council´s position on the draft 2016 EU budget and the cuts to the Horizon 2020 budget, as agreed by the Permanent Representatives Committee (COREPER). In the coming days, the Council will formally adopt its position on the 2016 EU draft budget, endorsing that agreement.
It goes without saying that seeking to further reduce the budget for Horizon 2020 (by €73.2 million in commitment appropriations and  €205.2 million in payment appropriations!) is unacceptable for a Union that prides itself on supporting competitiveness and research. LERU strongly rejects the ECOFIN´s position and seriously calls on policymakers to safeguard Horizon 2020 from the tiresome and recurrent attempts to reduce its budget.
First came EFSI…
In 2014 EFSI was announced. The European Fund for Strategic Investments (Juncker´s €315 billion investment plan), would generate €15 of investment for every €1 of public money mobilized. As expected, this much-heralded plan came at a price, and unfortunately, it was too high for research and its budget, with an original proposal by the European Commission of “redeploying” €2.7 billion from Horizon 2020 to finance the guarantee of the Fund.
After a fierce battle, “stalemate was avoided” and the LERU bottom line requests were respected by the political agreement reached by the European Parliament and the Council on May 28. The budget for the European Research Council, Marie-Sklodowska Curie Actions and Spreading and Widening participation were spared from the cuts and Horizon 2020´s contribution to EFSI´s Guarantee Fund was decreased (from €2.7 billion to €2.2 billion, with a contribution of €164.8 million in 2016).
Then the Council …
However, new attacks on the research budget were about to come, this time via the Council. On July 9, the Council´s position on the draft 2016 EU budget was presented, suggesting cuts of the EC´s proposal of €563.6 million in commitments appropriations and €1.42 billion in payment appropriations and stating how the suggested amounts “would enable the EU in 2016 to reach its policy objectives”.
But let there be no mistake, in the case of the proposed budget for Horizon 2020, it is clear that the proposed cuts of €73.2 million in commitment appropriations and of €205.2 million in payment appropriations will certainly not allow for the objectives in this field to be reached.
Unfortunately, the cuts suggested by the Council come as no surprise when looking back at the recurring attacks to the research budget by Finance Ministers. LERU has steadfastly denounced the fact that Finance Ministers have sought, time and again over the past few years, to cut on research during the annual negotiations of the EU budget. This is unacceptable and sends the wrong message, standing in stark contrast with the daily rhetoric on the importance –both at national and European level- of research. “It is terrible to witness how Finance Ministers have become the gravediggers of the EU´s research policy and budget”, states LERU Secretary-General, Prof. Kurt Deketelaere.
What next?
As LERU stated repeatedly, “Horizon 2020 is not a lemon!” and the EU institutions and Member States should stop squeezing it. During the ongoing budgetary procedure, LERU calls upon the other EU institutions to strongly oppose the cuts in the Horizon 2020 budget for 2016, as suggested by the Council, and to prevent the introduction of further cuts.
“The cuts deriving from EFSI are already harmful enough for the Horizon 2020 budget (in 2016 and later) and further cuts would be unacceptable”, says LERU Chair Prof. Alain Beretz. “Policymakers seem oblivious to the fact that with each new attack on the Horizon 2020 budget, they seriously erode the credibility of the EU´s and Member States´ commitment to research”.’

среда, 9 сентября 2015 г.

Smart energy storage on the island of Borkum in Germany

Anette Mack Presse- und Öffentlichkeitsarbeit
Steinbeis-Europa-Zentrum
    European Union supports demonstration activities with nine million euro
    The German island of Borkum in the North Sea will increase the portion of renewable energies to cover the energy demand and thereby move towards energy self-sufficiency for the island. The activities are supported by the project NETFFICIENT, co-funded by the EU with 9 million euro within the Horizon 2020 programme.
    The German island of Borkum in the North Sea will increase the portion of renewable energies to cover the energy demand and thereby move towards energy self-sufficiency for the island. The activities are supported by the project NETFFICIENT, co-funded by the EU with 9 million euro within the Horizon 2020 programme.

    13 renowned research organizations, large enterprises, SMEs and municipalities out of 7 European countries will develop a sustainable energy management system, integrate smart electric storage and enhance distribution technologies, to be implemented in the electric grid of the island. Its main objective is to provide solutions for more efficient use of available sources of renewable energies and help to reduce carbon emissions as well as dependency on fossil fuels. Used car batteries, super capacitors, Li -ion batteries and hybrid home technologies will be integrated and serve as innovative storage technologies. A strong market orientation is guaranteed by the concrete application in residential and public buildings and street lightning.

    “NETFFICIENT is tackling one of the most pressing challenges of the energy market, as the availability of renewable energies is not considered the sole problem, but its storage and distribution methods due to the time-shift between availability of renewable resources and demand peaks. We are proud that Borkum will serve as a pilot island to demonstrate the feasibility of an innovative and efficient energy management system, enabling a smart local grid in a real environment” stated Mr. Olaf Look, project partner from Stadtwerke Borkum.

    NETFFICIENT started in January 2015 with the aim to implement “Energy and economic efficiency for today’s smart communities through integrated multi storage technologies” in the next four years on the island of Borkum. The project is addressing the Societal Challenge of Low Carbon Energy within the European Research and Innovation Program Horizon 2020. 

    The project will demonstrate and deploy innovative local storage technologies in the island’s grid and furthermore develop a management and decision support tool: from energy generation to consumption by the end-user, the project will address all levels of the energy value chain, involving stakeholder groups, municipalities and also the citizens. Through use cases such as homes, public buildings, and street lightning, NETFFICIENT will follow a strong market orientation that reflects the various energy demand scenarios. This should ensure a successful exploitation and adoption of the project achievements through valid business models to help lowering the market barriers for small scale local storage of energy.

    As one of the project partners Steinbeis-Europa-Zentrum supports the Spanish coordinator Ayesa Advanced Technologies S.A. with administrative and financial project management. It is responsible for communication, dissemination and exploitation of the project results.

    Contact: 
    NETFFICIENT Communication & Dissemination Office: Dr. Annette C. Hurst, Steinbeis-Europa-Zentrum
    E-Mail: hurst@steinbeis-europa.de
    Phone: +49 (0)721 935 19126
    http:// www.netfficient-project.eu/

    NETFFICIENT is coordinated by Ayesa Advanced Technologies S.A. in cooperation with 12 other partners: Williams Grand Prix Engineering Limited, Fraunhofer-ISE, WinInertia Technologies, Centro di Ricerca-Sviluppo e Studi Superiori in Sardegna, Steinbeis-Europa-Zentrum, Universita Degli Studi di Cagliari, Ayuntamiento de Santander, Swerea IVF, PowerTech Systems SAS, Stadtwerke Borkum, Schneider Electric GmbH, Vandenborre Energy Systems NV and is co-funded by the EU Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, Project No. 646463.