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14 March 2018

European steel: The wind of change – New report


Steel is strategic for the future of European industry. And industry has always been a cornerstone of economic prosperity in Europe as reminded in the 2017 Commission 'Industrial Policy Strategy'. Efforts are needed to reinforce industrial leadership in the age of globalisation, sustainability challenges and rapid technological change. The proceedings of the Seminar 'European steel – The wind of change’ underline the energy questions for the future European steelmaking. The report tackles the issues of hydrogen and electrical technological paths, of energy efficiency as well as the energy applications largely based on steel, stemming from renewable energy technologies to gas pipelines. This publication sheds light on the need for a large European innovation joint public and private initiative to ensure long-term EU competitiveness and sustainability challenges.

22-23 February 2018

More than 600 participants from the world of industry, finance, research and innovation, and high-level policymakers gathered in Brussels for the 2nd EU Industry Day.

Plenaries and thematic sessions covered themes relevant to European industry and central to the Commission's strategic approach to industrial policy, such as the circular economy, jobs and skills, digitisation and sustainability, and eco-systems and value chains.

Industry representatives shared their own activities, provided inputs and debated on strategic priorities for industry on the 'Road to 2030'.

The exhibition of 28 EU-funded research & innovation projects showed hands-on examples of some deep tech products and materials in areas such as energy, 3D printing, recycling, health and cultural heritage.


23 February 2018

EIC Horizon Prize on Innovative Batteries for e-Vehicles

On 23 February, Commissioner Moedas launched a €10 million European Innovation Council Horizon Prize for the development of a reliable, safe, low-cost battery for e-vehicles, and announced the signing of a €52.6 million InnovFin loan for the start-up Northvolt to build a gigafactory for battery cells in Europe.

23 February 2018

New publication : Re-finding industry – Report from the High-Level Strategy Group for Industrial Technologies

The conference document 'RE-FINDING INDUSTRY' presents the preliminary results of the High Level Strategy Group for Industrial Technologies.

This group has been tasked to review the European strategy on Key Enabling Technologies (KETs) and to recommend how to best place them in the forthcoming mission-oriented research and innovation programme.

The report will be used as a basis for discussion at the session on 'Technologies of the Future' at the 2nd EU Industry Days. It will also feed into the preparation of the High Level Strategy group final report expected to be published in April 2018.

26 January 2018

New publications : NanoData Impact Assessment Reports – January 2018

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The reports evaluate the wide range of EU policies concerning nanotechnology and their impacts in five core nanotechnology sectors: energy, health, ICT, manufacturing and photonics. The reports are built on three pillars: an ex-post impact assessment, a gap analysis and ex-ante impact assessment.

They provide insights into motivations of research & innovation programme participants and analyse the innovative performance of EU, national and regional nanotechnology research & innovation networks. The reports highlight the scientific and technological outputs as well as the effects on employment, on societal and on economic outcomes, providing a comprehensive evaluation of EU policies which affect nanotechnologies.

The reports and synthesis report can be downloaded from EU Law and Publications

14 December 2017

New Publication : Innovative Batteries for eVehicles

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Battery research has been supported by the EU over several research framework programmes. In FP7 (2008-2012), battery materials research concentrated mainly on aspects of development of battery chemistries and included also a few projects on battery cell production. Some 10 to 15 years ago battery cell production, particularly for small electrochemical devices, moved outside of Europe to lower the production costs while knowledge in electrochemistry continued to be develop in the EU.

The EU and some Member States are investing in battery materials and electrochemistry related projects, to make Europe a world leader in this area.

13 December 2017

EU-China cooperation in R&I for industrial biotechnology

A workshop was organised in which the NSFC and European Commission representatives discussed cooperation between the EU and China in the field of industrial biotechnology in Horizon 2020.

The minutes, list of participants, and all presentation can be downloaded from this page.

26 October 2017

New publication: An ecosystem to accelerate the uptake of innovation in materials technology

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The High Level Group of EU Member States and Associated Countries on Nanosciences, Nanotechnologies and Advanced Materials has looked into barriers and obstacles that need to be addressed to accelerate the industrial uptake of nanotechnologies and advanced materials. It agreed on a list of potential actions that the Member States and Associated Countries may carry out in four key areas for upscaling of innovative materials technology: characterisation, modelling translation, pilot lines and safety. These actions are expected to speed-up the introduction of innovative materials or of products using them, and to support especially SMEs in a better and faster development of their products.

26 October 2017

Erasmus+ Call for proposals on Blueprint on sectorial cooperation on Additive Manufacturing and Steel

The call, with a deadline of 28 February 2018 is now published!

12 October 2017

Mid-term review of the contractual Public Private Partnerships under Horizon 2020

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Report of the Independent Expert Group on results of the Interim Evaluation of nine Contractual Public Private Partnerships: Factories of the Future (FoF), Energy-efficient Buildings (EeB), Green Vehicles (EGVI), 5G, Sustainable Process Industry (SPIRE), Robotics, Photonics, High Performance Computing (HPC), Big Data and Cybersecurity.

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