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What was new in July 2015

Week 27

Friday, 03 July 2015

  • Press Centre
    • €60 million to innovative companies in Luxembourg with financial backing from Horizon 2020
      The European Investment Fund (EIF) and Banque Internationale à Luxembourg SA (BIL) today signed an agreement to increase lending to innovative small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) as well as small mid-caps in Luxembourg. This is the first transaction in Luxembourg to benefit from the support of the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI). The new agreement allows BIL to provide €60 million of finance to innovative companies in Luxembourg over the next two years. The loans will be backed by a guarantee of the EIF, enabled by the InnovFin initiative with financial backing from Horizon 2020, the EU's research and innovation funding programme.

  • Research Headlines
    • Providing electric vehicles with longer lasting energy
      Photo of two electric cars during chargingEU-funded researchers have used novel carbon materials to make lightweight, energy-efficient supercapacitors, the energy storage devices that supply power to electric vehicles during acceleration. Their work promises to extend the distance electric vehicles can travel before a recharge. This improved performance could boost their appeal on the market, help make EU manufacturers more competitive, and contribute to the EU's goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Thursday, 02 July 2015

  • Research Headlines
    • Shipbuilding on a tide of innovation
      Photo of Tthe sundeck demonstrator of the ThroughLife projectWhether an innovative concept sinks or swims depends on customer acceptance, among other things. Moving into uncharted waters can be unnerving. An EU-funded project dedicated to innovation in shipbuilding has devised new business models in a bid to build client confidence. It has also developed new products and techniques.

Wednesday, 01 July 2015

  • Research Headlines
    • Social protection in an unpredictable economy
      Photo of stressed womanHow can societies provide some level of security for their workforce while adapting to economic change? Faced with new realities, the support mechanisms on which we have come to rely will have to adjust, say EU-funded researchers. They have identified approaches that can help policymakers to maintain an effective safety net in uncertain times.


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