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MAKING A POSITIVE DIFFERENCE

Improving noise reduction

The Silentwood project has developed sophisticated noise-reducing wall panels and doors. In addition to spurring growth and jobs in the doors/panels application sector, Silentwood will provide direct economic and health benefits to the EU.
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EuResist - Enhancing HIV treatment with more precise patient modeling

HIV is not curable but it is treatable, states Dr Francesca Incardona, CEO of EuResist Network GEIE and research area manager at Informa Srl, the SME responsible for coordinating the EuResist project.
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SILCO - Doing away with bacteria in water systems

The SILCO project has developed an innovative monitoring device that senses the elimination process of complex bacterial communities known as biofilm and unsafe bacteria from drinking water systems. The prototype successfully killed legionella bacteria at a natural source spa in Slovakia
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FIRELI - New hose equipment to increase safety of firemen

Every year, fires affect large areas of forest in Europe - mostly in the Mediterranean countries, where an average of around 500,000 hectares are destroyed annually. That is the equivalent of 50 times the land area of Paris. The economic cost is estimated at between €600 and €800 million per year.
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Smart irrigation technology set to reduce costs and save water

Due in large part to inefficient water irrigation systems, the agriculture industry wastes 60% of the water it uses each year, or 70% of the world's freshwater. WaterBee has developed a smart irrigation system to reduce this wastage, thereby saving money and increasing both crop quality and yield.
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NANORAY - A portable x-ray machine

X-ray technology has existed for more than 100 years, but in spite of repeated efforts no one has found a way of solving the problems involved in making X-ray machines portable. Now, thanks to an innovative European Union (EU) funded multinational research project, that breakthrough has at last been achieved.
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CleanHatch - New high-tech solution to clean fish hatcheries

Due to increased market pressure to produce high quality and low cost fish, the aquaculture industry has been forced to develop technologies that reduce the level of risk to investors yet maintain reliable production output.
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Let there be sight

Transplanting the human cornea (1) can enable a blind person to see. But it requires the perfect human donor match and there are no guarantees of success. A group of EU-funded SMEs and researchers, however, has developed an artificial cornea that offers failed transplant patients a potentially life-changing alternative.
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Energy

Within FP7, the Energy theme has a budget of EUR 2.3 billion. This theme is of major importance due to the fact that global energy demand is expected to increase by 60% over the next 30 years, and because over 90% of the EU’s CO2 emissions are as a result of energy usage. Therefore, it is necessary to develop cost-effective technologies for a more sustainable energy economy for Europe and indeed, the rest of the world, allowing the region to compete globally.

Objectives

Energy research under FP7 is intended to help adapt the present system into one that is more competitive, secure and sustainable. There should be less dependence on imported fuels and a more diverse mix of energy sources, especially renewable energy sources, energy carriers and non-polluting sources.

Areas of Energy Research covered in FP7

The following is a summary of research areas proposed under FP7:

  • Hydrogen and fuel
  • Renewable electricity generation
  • Renewable fuel production
  • Renewables for heating and cooling
  • CO2 capture and storage technologies for zero emission power generation
  • Clean Coal Technologies

Scope of energy research and opportunities in other thematic areas

The scope for energy research also includes opportunities for funding under the themes of Food (biotechnology), Nanotechnology and Transport. These include Food, Agriculture, Fisheries and Biotechnology; Information and Communication Technologies; Nanosciences.

Opportunities for SMEs

SMEs are crucial to the energy chain and active SME participation in research and dissemination activities has been instrumental in the creation of new industrial sectors like renewable energy. The participation of SMEs in FP7 is actively encouraged with two actions aimed at bringing together SMEs in the energy sector and follows on from FP6 ETI projects. These are: Manufacturing industry: SMEs energy innovation, and the role and impact of SMEs in energy research.

For more information on the Energy theme see pages on CORDIS.