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Horizon 2020

8 hot Blockchain and FinTech start-ups SME Instrument supports

According to Accenture, the value of global FinTech investment in 2015 grew by 75% to$ 22.3 billion clearly indicating where the next digital revolution is taking place. This list gives you an idea of the interesting businesses we fund in FinTech and Blockchain:

Blockchain and FinTech are shaking the way the traditional financial sectors operate. By offering an effortless access to mobile payments, loans, money transfer, and fundraising, they make it easier to start and run a business.Here's a list of 8 hot FinTech and Blockchain companies the SME Instrument funds. 

27 new Horizon 2020 projects in the pipeline

The new projects will receive an EU contribution of about EUR 123 million. They were chosen from among 133 proposals which had been submitted by 7 March 2017 in reply to Horizon 2020 call for proposals. Most projects selected for funding are in the field of climate services and decarbonisation (10) and raw materials (8). 

Grant agreements are now being prepared for signature so that the new projects are ready to be launched as of December 2017.

Successful applicants to two-stage calls for proposals were invited to submit full proposal by 5 September 2017.

The European Commission has selected 27 proposals for funding under Horizon 2020's Societal Challenge "Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials".

SME Instrument-funded HELIOVIS builds world's largest plastic films' solar collector

SME Instrument-funded HELIOVIS builds world's largest plastic films' solar collector

HELIOVIS and its Spanish partners installed the first industrial application in the world for the agricultural production company MERCAJUCAR Sociedad Cooperativa in Villalgordo del Jucar close to the city of Albacete in the Spanish autonomous community of Castilla-La Mancha. This solar concentrator has a length of 220 m, a diameter of 9 m, and a thermal power of 1 MWpth.

Austrian company HELIOVIS has built the world's biggest solar collector to harvest sunshine with plastic films on a giant a tube that can collect rays of sunlight in order to transform them into electricity. The disruptive innovation applied reduces the capital expenditures for the mirror field of solar thermal power plants by 55 %. The solar power plant was inaugurated on Friday 23 in the sunlit plains of Albacete in Spain by the regional ministry of economy of Castilla-la-Mancha and the Ambassador of Austria in Spain.

Save the Date: Energy Info Days 2017

Save the Date: Energy Info Days 2017

 This year's Information Days will:
•    update you on the European Energy Efficiency policy;
•    present you the Energy priorities of the H2020 Energy 2018-2020 calls for proposals;
•    provide you with guidance on how to apply for funding;
•    offer you dedicated workshops for each funding area e.g. Energy Efficiency, with the opportunity to meet the EASME energy team and receive answers to your questions;

This year the Energy Information Days will present the new funding opportunities and innovative schemes offered by Horizon 2020’s Work Programme 2018-2020. Applying for funding is a competitive process, and only the best project proposals will be selected. If you would like to know more about the type of projects we will be looking for, save the date and join us in Brussels next 23, 24 and 25 October 2017.

iMETland - 'Electric' bacteria can purify sewage water - fast

iMETland

It may look like a park, but an experimental plant in Carrión de los Céspedes, near Seville, is full of wastewater from the nearby town. Yet the air doesn’t smell like sewage. The water is purified the natural way, by underground microorganisms – a traditional method improved with the latest research.

Researchers on the iMETland project use bacteria that produce electricity when breaking down organic waste.

Harnessing bacteria that produce electricity and break down organic waste, a European research project is developing a new, environmentally friendly way to purify sewage water in small communities.

R2Pi – supporting the transition to a circular economy

Circular economy

Circular economy business models

The main objective of the circular economy is to make economic systems and industrial processes more environmentally friendly and sustainable. Shifting to a circular economy is not a straight forward process and requires substantial changes in the value chain such as greater recycling, re-use of products, better waste and water management or adapted design.

8-9 November: save the date for the Horizon 2020 Environment and resources Information Day

Mark your agendas: the Information Day and brokerage event on the Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2018-2020, Challenge "Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency & Raw Materials", will take place on 8 and 9 November 2017 in Brussels.

€ 184 million of Horizon 2020 funding for 23 environment & resources projects

These projects were selected among 56 proposals which were submitted by the 6th of September 2016 for the two-stage 2016 calls.

New projects will be launched in June 2017.

Useful links:

- 2016 call for proposals

- Submission statistics

The European Commission has selected 23 projects that will receive around €184 million under Horizon 2020's Societal Challenge "Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials".

Promoting green investments: Innovators meet investors at World Circular Economy Forum

The European Commission is organising a networking event for EU-funded projects and companies at the World Circular Economy Forum in Helsinki on 7 June. The event will feature ten brand-new circular economy projects funded through the EU's Horizon 2020 programme.

Innovators and investors will have the chance to learn about funding and investment opportunities for innovative circular economy projects and solutions in a side event called "Promoting Green Investments: Matchmaking opportunities for SMEs and EU-funded Projects in the Circular Economy".

Circular economy in practice - reducing textile waste

RESYNTEX aims to change this with their innovative pilot project - a textile recycling plant - which recycles 500 tons of waste per year. It transforms textile waste into secondary raw materials, creating circularity and reducing environmental impact. 

The EU textile industry generates waste estimated at 16 million tons per year. Much of this waste is thrown in landfills or incinerated, with a high environmental impact and at great cost. Valuable resources held within the waste are also lost.

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