Innovative applications of drones for ensuring safety in transport

Specific Challenge: The drone market is the fastest growing in aerospace, generating high-skilled jobs and enabling innovative services, both in the public sector at large (safety, security, environment monitoring, …) and in the private sector (farming, infrastructure, delivery, inspection, broadcasting, leisure, …), not only by large companies but also by many SMEs including start-ups. More Read more about Innovative applications of drones for ensuring safety in transport[…]

Innovative manufacturing of opto-electrical parts

Specific Challenge: Optoelectronics and opto-electrical components involve the interactions of photons and electrons. They are used in parts such as lasers, photodiodes, image sensors, optical amplifiers, modulators, solar cells, embedded optics and light-emitting diodes. Previous research led to rapid developments and new applications in optoelectronics and photonics. However, new processes need to be introduced into Read more about Innovative manufacturing of opto-electrical parts[…]

More than EUR 3 mil. for conversion of captured CO2 – HORIZON 2020 Call

Specific Challenge: Conversion of captured CO2, for example using hydrogen made from renewable energy, to produce fuels is not only a means to replace fossil fuels, but also a promising solution for seasonal energy storage. There are still relevant and significant scientific and technological challenges to be able to exploit the CO2 as a chemical Read more about More than EUR 3 mil. for conversion of captured CO2 – HORIZON 2020 Call[…]

The most functional flexible transistor in the world

A team of University of Wisconsin–Madison engineers has created the most functional flexible transistor in the world — and with it, a fast, simple and inexpensive fabrication process that’s easily scalable to the commercial level. It’s an advance that could open the door to an increasingly interconnected world, enabling manufacturers to add “smart,” wireless capabilities Read more about The most functional flexible transistor in the world[…]

Reshaping computer-aided design

Almost every object we use is developed with computer-aided design (CAD). Ironically, while CAD programs are good for creating designs, using them is actually very difficult and time-consuming if you’re trying to improve an existing design to make the most optimal product. Researchers from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) and Columbia University are trying Read more about Reshaping computer-aided design[…]

A firefly’s flash inspires new nanolaser light

A reinvented, low-cost laser source that stores light energy inside nanoscale disks could underpin the development of optically powered neurocomputers, reveals a simulation study led by KAUST researchers1. Photonic devices that use controlled laser pulses to manipulate data switches, biomedical implants and solar cells are sought-after because they are lightning quick compared to traditional electronics; Read more about A firefly’s flash inspires new nanolaser light[…]

Joint Actions to foster innovative energy solutions in renewable energy technologies

Specific Challenge: The EU needs to accelerate the transformation of its energy system by bridging the gap between research and the market with innovative solutions to obstacles in the development of low carbon technologies. Bridging this gap often requires substantial volumes of investment which cannot be allocated by individual countries or by the European Commission Read more about Joint Actions to foster innovative energy solutions in renewable energy technologies[…]

Danfoss invests massively in a new university center

Danfoss joins forces with local partners to establish a Center for Industrial Electronics. The new university center in Sønderborg will contain research, innovation and test facilities at international top level and will at the same time provide a basis for offering completely new engineering courses in electronics at the civil engineer and diploma engineer level. Read more about Danfoss invests massively in a new university center[…]

EU innovation: some improvements but more even progress is needed

The EU’s innovation performance last year continued to grow despite somewhat uneven progress observed around Europe. This is one of the main findings of the latest Innovation Scoreboard published today by the European Commission. Overall, innovation performance has improved in 15 countries, though large differences exist between these Member States. Sweden remains the innovation leader Read more about EU innovation: some improvements but more even progress is needed[…]

Voting is open for the European Inventor Award 2017 Popular Prize

Members of the public are invited to cast their vote for their favourite inventor from among the 15 finalists. The winner will be announced when the European Patent Office (EPO) presents this year’s Award ceremony in Venice on 15 June. The ceremony will be broadcast live on the EPO website, Innovation TV and the EPO’s Read more about Voting is open for the European Inventor Award 2017 Popular Prize[…]

First ever blueprint unveiled to construct a large scale quantum computer

An international team, led by a scientist from the University of Sussex, have today unveiled the first practical blueprint for how to build a quantum computer, the most powerful computer on Earth. This huge leap forward towards creating a universal quantum computer is published today (1 February 2017) in the influential journal Science Advances. It Read more about First ever blueprint unveiled to construct a large scale quantum computer[…]

Putting Open Science into action

Specific Challenge: The challenge is to operationalise an Open Science rationale for one or more of the societal challenges defined under Horizon 2020. This should be done by a knowledge coalition based on a quadruple helix model of innovation in which civil society organisations, industry, government and academia are committed to work together and share Read more about Putting Open Science into action[…]