Horizon 2020

In this section we follow activities related to EU funded demonstration projects in Western Sweden. The aim is to provide actors with relevant information to support them in the process to initiate project consortia, apply for funding and to run projects with demonstration activities in Western Sweden and Europe.

Below you find the bi-weekly newsletter (which you also receive through our LinkedIn group) Under EU Funding you find useful information about open calls and resources for applicants. Under EU Projects you find information about on-going EU-funded projects, either with demonstration activities in Western Sweden or with only participants from Western Sweden.

A short EU 2020 update for the GAME network

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N1ew government edges out nuclear power
Social Democrats and Green Party announced a coalition agreement to stop nuclear power development and aim toward 100 percent reliance on renewable energy.
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Utveckling av biobaserade produkter
SP anslöt ett tvåårigt forskningsprojekt för att stimulera utvecklingen av en biobaserad samhällsekonomi i Europa. Projektet, som heter AERTOS BBE (Bio-based Economy), kommer att stärka samarbetet mellan forskningsorganisationer i Europa.
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2EU provides funding for tidal turbine project
Minesto (Gothenburg) and Atlantis resources (London) are to get 750,000 in EU funding to reduce the cost of tidal power plants by creating cost effective high reliability tidal turbine blades and wings of composite materials. Läs mer =>

2,8 miljarder kronor till jobb och miljö
Regeringen har godkänt att det transnationella samarbetsprogrammet Nordsjöregionen kan överlämnas till EU-kommissionen. Programmet utgör en del av EU:s sammanhållningspolitik och omfattar sammanlagt ca 2,8 miljarder kronor varav hälften kommer från europeiska regionalfonden. Målet är att knyta ihop västra Sverige med regioner i de övriga länderna runt Nordsjön. Läs mer =>

3Smart Stad Stockholm
GrowSmarter pågår i fem år och finansieras med 25 miljoner euro inom Horisont 2020. Det är en satsning för att möta utmaningen ”Säker, ren och effektiv energi”, en del området ”Samhälleliga utmaningar”. Från Sverige deltar Stockholms stad, KTH, Stockholmshem, Skanska, Envac, Dalkia, Carrier, Info 24 och IBM. Läs mer =>

A short EU 2020 update for the GAME network

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550x347xVolvo-Hyper-Bus-PHEV-550x347.jpg.pagespeed.ic.sOmmma34dWComplete Electrified Volvo Bus Solutions to Cities 
Volvo Buses and ABB signed an agreement to deliver complete electrified solutions to cities. The first city where Volvo Electric Hybrids and automatic e-bus chargers will be implemented is Luxembourg, with the aim of 12 buses to be run on existing public bus lines by 2015.
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Smarta elnätSvensk smarta-elnäts-kompetens i fokus
Samordningsrådet har beställt en sammanställning av svensk kompetens kring Smarta Elnät av Business Sweden. Syftet är att få en bättre överblick över tillgängliga resurser. Undersökning har resulterat i ett företagsregister som gjorts tillgängligt på Internet.
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svenska mässanGothenburg on top of sustainability index
Gothenburg aims at becoming the world top city within the sustainable meetings industry and got its efforts rewarded by the sustainability index developed by ICCA Scandinavian Chapter. In all, 23 Nordic countries joined forces to develop this index 2 years ago and the United Nations World Tourism Organization gave it the Most Innovative Project award. Läs mer =>

Horizon2020Funding opportunities for ocean power
Securing clean and efficient energy is one of the areas to be addressed under societal challenges through Horizon 2020. There is a need to gather experience in open sea operating conditions, structural and power performance and operating data of emerging full scale wave and tidal energy convertors and components in single and/or multiple device.
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A short EU 2020 update for the GAME network

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Cross section of hybrid electric vehicleLogged driving to reduce energy use
For long distance driving plug-in hybrid electric vehicles use the internal combustion engine more than necessary. Chalmers researcher Viktor Larsson has developed a method to make the car remember the commuter routes and thereby make optimal use of the battery. The strategy can reduce fuel consumption by up to 10 percent compared to conventional methods.
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CaptureAlger kan bli förnybar källa till bioplaster
Projektet D-Factory, vilket innefattar GAME partner SP stöttas med 10 miljoner euro från ”Knowledge-Based Bio-Economy” inom EUs sjunde ramprogram. I projektet ska man bygga ett bioraffinaderi som fått namnet ”D-Factory”. Där ska alla delar av algerna förvandlas till något användbart. Från högvärdiga peptider och enzymer, till glycerol, triglycerider och stärkelse.
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Capture2Climate-KIC kick-off at Chalmers
Climate-KIC’s expansion into Sweden comes as it is scaling up its presence across Europe this year. The organisation has recently unveiled a series of new climate innovation programmes worth over €100 million with corporate and academic partners across Europe. The programmes are aimed at dealing with the impact of global warming and stopping further climate change.
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Horizon2020Horizon 2020 for hydro and ocean power
Members of the hydro and marine power industries are urged to consider Horizon 2020 as an ideal opportunity to showcase their new technologies and demonstrate that they can be innovative and worthy of EU funding. Indeed for 2015, Horizon 2020 states that in order to develop the next generation of low carbon energy both ocean and hydropower are technology-specific challenges to be addressed.
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A short EU 2020 update for the GAME network

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Svensk teknik minskar miljöpåverkanSvensk teknik minskar miljöpåverkan i Baltikum
Pilotfish Networks är det första företag som ska levereraar ett system för ecodriving utanför Sverige. Ordern till Kauno Autobusai, i EU-projektet Baltic Biogas,  är ett steg in på marknaderna i östra Europa för Göteborgsföretaget Pilotfish Networks. Tekniken mäter och redovisar effekterna av ett förändrat körsätt för mindre förbrukningen av drivmedel och kostnader för underhåll.
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laddhybridHighly appreciated electric hybrid Volvo buses in Gothenburg
One year after the launch of the project the results show that the new buses are popular with passengers, drivers and resident along the route. Volvo plans to start commercial production of the electric hybrid bus in early 2016.
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major efforts toMajor Efforts to Mitigate Climate Change in Europe
European innovators working across a range of climate innovation disciplines are stressing that major efforts to mitigate climate change are under way in Europe. They collaborate in Climate-KIC, the European Union’s main climate innovation initiative. Different actors of the  Climate-KIC give their opinion about the IPCC report.
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Horizon2020EU Parliament signs off on remaining piece of Horizon 2020 worth €9B
Next generation of public-public research programs in fields of clinical trials, SME financing, active ageing and metrology among initiatives that received green light from MEPs is described this article. Over the next seven years, the EU injecting a little less than €9 billion into these projects is expected to mobilise some €9 billion from the private sector and about €4 billion from member states.
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A short EU 2020 update for the GAME network

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Vindkraft. Strategisk profil. Verkar för det hållbara samhället.Mer förnybart i näten i södra Sverige
Det finns goda möjligheter att ansluta mer förnybar elproduktion till elnäten i södra Sverige. Det visar en kartläggning från organisationen Power Circle, som tagits fram med stöd av Energimyndigheten genom Nätverket för vindbruk. Totalt kan det vara möjligt att ansluta närmare 900 megawatt förnybar elproduktion till de lokala elnäten i södra Sverige utan dyra förstärkningar, enligt undersökningen.
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CANtogetherPeriodic Report Summary – CANTOGETHER
Agricultural production faces numerous challenges regarding competitiveness, conserving natural and non-renewable resources (water, soil, air, phosphorus, fossil fuels) and ecosystem services (pollination, natural pest control, soil fertility). CANTOGETHER aims to design and test Mixed Farming System – with the participation of SIK AB.
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Smart DublinIntel will test 200 sensor getaways in Dublin
Dublin is set to become the first fully sensored global city after chipmaker Intel announced plans to test more than 200 “gateways” around the city. The project aims to improve the efficiency in the city and improve the quality of life by pinpointing areas that need work and the development of an app is already foreseen to communicate with citizens about air quality and noise levels.
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A2816-Algae-research-gives-hopeAlgae bio refineries – D-Factory EU project
SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden is involved in the demonstration of a business case for global investment in algae bio refineries. The Dunaliella alga offers a wide range of compounds, appropriate for the ‘bio refinery’ concept, which aims to use every element of a biomass. It can cope with extreme conditions, from salt caves in the Antarctic, to salt pans in the tropics.
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A short update on EU 2020 research and development

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Allianz is looking for wind projects in established markets within the euro zone. The concentration of the majority of the company’s projects in Germany, Italy and France and, most recently, Sweden has not come about by chance. This is a consequence of the risk that a fluctuation in currency exchange rates can represent.
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image.phpCarbon dioxide neutral Volvo site
Volvo Construction Equipment Site in Sweden Now Powered Entirely by Renewable Energy. No harmful emission, no contribution to the greenhouse effect. At the end of December 2013, Volvo Construction Equipment’s site in Braås, Sweden, completed its journey towards becoming carbon dioxide neutral. It is the first construction equipment production facility in the world to be powered entirely by renewable energy.
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CaptureSteps to resource efficiency
EU has approved funding for 14 new research projects to shape a more resource-efficient economy in Europe. Each project addresses a key issue such reusing discarded automobile tyres, recovering key elements from batteries, producing green fertiliser from animal waste, and generating renewable clean energy from food and plant waste.
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DSC_3814 [1]Nu tar vi sikte mot horisonten
Den 1 januari startade EU-kommissionens omfattande satsning på forskning och innovation – Horisont 2020. Mitt under den djupa ekonomiska krisen har medlemsländerna enats om att gemensamt lägga cirka 80 miljarder euro i det nya ramprogrammet vilket gör programmet till världens största program för forskning och innovation. Den 29 januari arrangerade VINNOVA ett lanseringsevent.
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Launch of Horizon 2020

Choose between H2020 programmes for different success rates
The odds of getting an EU grant may drop under Horizon 2020 if the success rates may drop to 15% from 20-22%, as EU officials brace for an unprecedented flood of applicants. The European Commission on December 11 announced the first €15 billion round of grant opportunities under its massive Horizon 2020 programme – but at the same time warned that the average odds of winning a grant could drop  to around 15 per cent from the 20 – 22 per cent success rate of the current – smaller – Framework Programme 7.
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A short update on EU 2020 research and development

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MARINETFree-of-charge access to world-class R&D
MARINET, the Marine Renewables Infrastructure Network, is a network of research centres and organisations that are working together to accelerate the development of marine renewable energy technologies – wave, tidal & offshore-wind. MARINET offers periods of free-of-charge access to world-class R&D facilities & expertise and conducts joint activities in parallel to standardise testing, improve testing capabilities and enhance training & networking.
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Talk of the internetTalk of the Internet
To increase awareness and the availability of environmental information, the Media Watch on Climate Change provides a comprehensive and continuously updated account of news and social media coverage on climate change and related issues. The portal aggregates, filters and visualizes environmental content from various sources.
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RISERI.SE Takes the lead towards Horizon 2020
The first call for Horizon 2020, EU’s new framework programme for research and innovation 2014-2020, is launched on 11 December, 2013. RISE conducted a seminar for research institute representatives on 16 October. Results in previous programmes and the importance of technological platforms were discussed. Volvo and Ericsson also described how they work with the upcoming research programmes.
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Talk of the internetKIC-Climate identifies the Bio Horizon
With bioeconomy holding the key to unlocking new and sustainable resources, more needs to be known about the current landscape of the industry across Europe. The Biohorizons project is focused on mapping the bioeconomy industry to identify areas for growth, opportunity and innovation.
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A short update on EU 2020 developments

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New material hybruidRethinking car battery
Volvo Car Group and Imperial College London have been working for two and a half years on an ingenious solution to energy storage, not only eliminating the need for a dedicated battery but also saving weight by up to 15 %. Together they have developed a revolutionary concept for lightweight structural energy storage components that could improve the energy usage of future electrified vehicles.
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measure your lifestyleMeasure your lifestyle
The PROMISE project seeks to promote energy savings and awareness among households situated on some of Europe’s most beautiful, and remote, islands. The Icelandic Energy Agency developed several web-based calculators that can help consumers make more energy efficient decisions related to their home, car and transport.
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640_smart-cityA plan to make cities smarter
Leaders of European cities have together with industry and research community representatives decided on the Smart Cities and Communities Partnership. The Partnership Plan sets out a broad range of new actions and approaches to encourage cities to become smarter, focusing on building improvements, and the integration of information technologies into the transport and energy infrastructure, while relying on fast and secure networks that ensure high-quality connectivity.
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opportunities for a circular economyOpportunities for a circular economy
This report analyses the opportunities and obstacles that will present themselves as the Netherlands moves towards a more circular economy. It proposes a number of actions that can be taken, particularly by the government, to accelerate this process.
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A short update on EU research

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MerilWorld class research Infrastructure
The MERIL database is an inventory of the most excellent research infrastructures (RIs) in Europe of more-than-national relevance across all scientific domains: from archives and statistical offices to biobanks and satellites.
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e-harboursEuropean Energy Harbours
The e-harbours project aims at stimulating renewable energy for power and transport by optimizing energy usage and production. The challenge is to create a more sustainable energy model in harbour regions on the basis of innovative intelligent energy networks (smart grids). e-harbours focuses on 3 objectives: Increase the production and use of renewable energy in harbour cities; Increase the use of energy smart grids; Increase the use of electric transport.
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Few on course for energy efficiency targets
Only four EU countries are on course to meet their energy efficiency target for 2020, while the Union is broadly on track to meet its renewable energy and greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals, the European Environment Agency says in a new report. These targets, also called the ’20/20/20 targets’, include a 20% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, a 20% rise in the share of renewable resources to Europe’s energy needs, and 20% more efficiency in energy use across the EU.
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Horizon2020Vinnova presenterar Horizont 2020
Nu är VINNOVAs informationsturné om Horisont 2020 – EU:s nya ramprogram för forskning och innovation, igång. Under informationsturnén besöker de sju platser från Umeå i norr till Lund i söder för att informera om Horisont 2020. Intresset för det nya ramprogrammet är rekordstort och vi har drygt 1800 anmälda deltagare till turnén. Den 31 oktober kommer de till Göteborg.
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