Archive | Source: European Commission (EASME)

Press release: The new frontiers of Earth Observation

This week the Horizon 2020 ECOPOTENTIAL project launched an interesting photo exhibition in the premises of the European Parliament. The event was hosted by MEP Monika Hohlmeier who is the Vice-Chair of the Budget Committee, and Chair of the “Sky and Space” Intergroup at the European Parliament. Monika Hohlmeier and Kurt Vandhenberge, Director at the European Commission, gave inspiring opening speeches, where they insisted on the crucial importance of protected areas such as national and regional parks. These are a mainstay of biodiversity conservation, while also contributing to people’s livelihoods, particularly at the local level. Furthermore, they contribute to mitigate the impact of climate change: it has been estimated that the global network of protected areas stores at least 15% of terrestrial

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Press release: Hydrokemos builds a plant to clean groundwater with clean-tech

Algal bloom may sound pleasant but in fact it kills aquatic life by consuming all the oxygen from the water, suffocating wildlife and seriously damaging our environment. Most of it is due to excess nutrients applied to the soil, including nitrates. SME Instrument-funded Hydrokemos has built a plant to purify nitrate-polluted water with clean-tech equipment in Borrassà, Spain. Once fully operational, the plant will produce drinkable water to the city of Borrassà, the first town to use this new technology. In 2017 Hydrokemos also received an extra investment of € 500.000 from Victòria Venture Capital ​to help their project skyrocket. Full article…

Funding Opportunity: Sustainable Blue Economy

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Press release: EU to invest over € 114 million to help 262 small businesses bring their innovation on the market

A total of 262 small and medium-sized companies have been selected for funding under the latest round of Horizon 2020’s SME Instrument. The total amount to be distributed to the companies under both Phases of the programme is €114.237 million. With this funding, companies will be able to finance their innovation activities ranging from feasibility studies to market launch. Full article…

Europe’s most innovative smart tech SMEs showcased at CES, Las Vegas

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Press release: Closing the gap between promised energy savings and the real energy consumption of buildings

We expect our homes, offices, and public buildings to meet the building regulations put in place by our country to save energy and protect the environment. Modifications that take place during building construction leading to divergence from the design can result in significant discrepancies in energy performance ratings. Identifying these gaps and making recommendations are at the heart of the EU funded QUALICHeCk project. Full article…

Press Release: Pitch your SME Instrument innovation to Airbus

As part of the SME Instrument Business Acceleration Services, global market leader in aeronautics, Airbus, is hosting SME Instrument grantees to a company day in Hamburg, Germany January 30, 2018. A limited number of hand-picked SME Instrument companies will have the opportunity to pitch and present their business cases and their ideas, network with Airbus product managers, research and technology scouts, procurement representatives and meet with affiliated companies.

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Press Release: SME Instrument innovator Aeroglass nominated for Innovation Radar Prize!

Around two thirds of aviation accidents are caused by pilot errors who have to translate information from the control panel into a 3D environment. Aeroglass’ head-mounted display shows the information in the lenses and help pilots visualise the information in 3D in real-time in front of them. SME Instrument supported Aeroglass has been nominated for the Innovation Radar Prize! Get ready to support them by voting here!

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Call for Tender: New technologies and digitisation: opportunities and challenges for the social economy and social enterprises

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8 hot Blockchain and FinTech start-ups SME Instrument supports

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Fastprk: a successful start-up that saves your fuel and nerves

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Doremir translates music into written scores

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The internet of underwater things – exploring the history below the surface

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Event: 4th Atlantic Stakeholder Platform Conference (Glasgow, 8 November 2017)

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Press Release: Heliox’s fast charger for electric buses creates a business case for emission-free public transport

Electric cars have been around for a while but disparate and slow charging possibilities have prevented the market from completely taking off. Dutch company Heliox saw potential for a sustainable solution and built an innovative technology that can charge an electric bus at a turnaround station in 2-5 minutes.
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Press Release: €96M to fund over 40 new energy efficiency projects

The new projects aim at helping vulnerable consumers, improve heating and cooling systems, reduce costs of nearly-zero energy buildings, develop solutions for heat recovery and thermal storage, invest in sustainable energy projects through innovative financing tools and stimulate capacity building among local authorities.   Full article…

Event: save the date for the Horizon 2020 Environment and resources Information Day (Brussels, 8 – 9 November 2017)

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.

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Black box makes life easier for visually impaired people

“Simple activities like choosing your morning cereals, picking a shirt or doing housework may be part of a daily routine for many but they are often out of reach for the 285 million people worldwide who are deemed to be visually impaired. Tech4Freedom helps them extend their independence and accessibility with a small black box fitted with sensors.”

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Call for Tender: Supporting specialised skills development: big data, Internet of things and cybersecurity for SMEs

“EASME wishes to enter into a service contract for researching, identifying, designing, testing and validating specific measures supporting specialised skills development related to big data, Internet of things (IoT) and cybersecurity for SMEs in Europe. The service contract will be implemented with a view to supporting the goals set out in the new skills agenda, especially in the blueprint for sectoral cooperation on skills. Special attention will be devoted to building synergies with activities stemming from the digital skills and jobs coalition, and to avoiding a duplication of efforts. Work should be based on a demand-led, pragmatic and results-oriented approach with a view to proposing concrete measures and solutions, including the creation of a toolbox aimed at providing appropriate tailored solutions for SMEs. Outcomes of this assignment should contribute to strengthening SMEs’ workforce adaptability and capacity for the short to medium term.”

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