An EU- and industry-funded project has developed a high-efficiency fuel cell with a long lifetime suitable for integrating renewable energy sources into smart power grids in the longer term. Some of the key components are already on the market. The advance could be part of the solution to providing Europe with clean, stable electricity supplies.
Single-use plastics: New EU rules to reduce marine litter
With the amount of harmful plastic litter in oceans and seas growing ever greater, the European Commission is proposing new EU-wide rules to target the 10 single-use plastic products most often found on Europe's beaches and seas, as well as lost and abandoned fishing gear.
Commission calls out to innovators to develop early warning system for epidemics
European Commission launched a €5 million prize to find the best solution for setting up a scalable, reliable and cost-effective early warning system for epidemics. By use of Copernicus and GEOSS earth observation data the system shall be able to forecast and monitor outbreaks of vector-borne diseases such as malaria, zika, dengue or yellow fever.
Commission addresses regulatory barriers to innovation by signing second Innovation Deal on batteries for electric vehicles
Today, the European Commission takes another step to help overcome perceived regulatory barriers to innovation. An Innovation Deal will be signed this afternoon by eight partners from national and regional authorities as well as innovators from France and the Netherlands, aiming to tackle whether regulation is conducive to environment-friendly and industrially-efficient recycling and re-use of electric vehicle batteries.
Algeria joins PRIMA research and innovation partnership
The European Union and Algeria signed last week an international agreement on Algeria's participation in the 'Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area' (PRIMA). This makes Algeria the first third country not associated to Horizon 2020 to participate in this partnership. The initiative will focus on developing much-needed solutions for a more sustainable management of water and agro-food systems in the Mediterranean. PRIMA is supported by Horizon 2020, the EU's research and innovation framework programme.
Commission to invest €30 billion in new solutions for societal challenges and breakthrough innovation
The European Commission today announced how it will spend €30 billion of the EU research and innovation funding programme Horizon 2020 during 2018-2020, including €2.7 billion to kick-start a European Innovation Council.
Horizon 2020, the EU's €77 billion research and innovation funding programme, supports scientific excellence in Europe and has contributed to high-profile scientific breakthroughs such as the discovery of exoplanets and gravitational waves. Over the next 3 years, the Commission will seek greater impact of its research funding by focusing on fewer, but critical topics such as migration, security, climate, clean energy and digital economy. Horizon 2020 will also be more geared towards boosting breakthrough, market-creating innovation.
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