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Horizon 2020: six new proposals submitted for EC funding


Materials and nanotechnologies, smart mobility, green vehicles and bio-economy are the focus of eseia´s project acquisition activity in 2017.

flag_yellow_high.jpgeseia has responded to the European Commission´s 2017 calls for funding by submitting seven new proposals, namely Nano-B-Hive (COST Action), SESSUM (MG-4.1.-2017), NETEVE (MG-4.2.-2017), ACE (GV-05-2017-RIA), SeamET (GV-08-2017-IA), BIOBOOSTER (BB-08-2017) and NATURE (SCC-02-2016-2017). The projects that could receive funding under Horizon 2020 are related to the topics of materials and nanotechnologies for energy application (Nano-B-Hive), smart mobility (SESSUM, NETEVE and NATUR), green vehicles (ACE and SeamET), and bio-economy (BIOBOOSTER). The total value of eseia´s project acquisition effort is almost 50 € Mio.: 22 € Mio. for SESSUM and NETEVE, 14 € Mio. for NATUR, 10 € Mio. for ACE, 2 Mio. For BIOBOOSTER, 1 € Mio. for SeamET and half Mio. for Nano-B-Hive.

7 proposals
  • Nano-B-Hive
Coordinator: eseia
Scientific/Technical lead: IMP-PAN
Coordinator: eseia
Scientific/Technical lead: Technical University of Graz
Coordinator: eseia
Scientific/Technical lead: Technical University of Graz
  • ACE
Coordinator: eseia
Scientific/Technical lead: Jožef Stefan Institute
  • SeamET
Coordinator: Jožef Stefan Institute
Scientific/Technical lead: Jožef Stefan Institute
Scientific/Technical lead: FUNDACION CIDAUT
Coordinator: eseia
Scientific/Technical lead: University of Twente

When we are enjoying the comforts of our homes, we are most likely contributing to the production of one-third of direct and indirect CO2 due to the poor energy efficiency of the building we live in. In this context, eseia´s one-stage proposal Nano-B-Hive aims at bringing together experts from 22 EU countries and near-neighbour Ukraine, to apply new materials and technologies for the development of large-scale eco-friendly buildings. Smart windows, self-cleaning, self-repairing surfaces are just some of the features of energy efficient buildings that the Nano-B-Hive team coordinated by eseia will try to promote on the market.  

In the two-stage proposals SESSUM, NETEVE, eseia will engage her partners to tackle different aspects of mobility in smart cities. SESSUM tries to optimise the use of existing infrastructure and vehicles while stimulating the shift towards lower-carbon transport modes. 6 lead city clusters (Enschede in the Netherlands, Tartu in Estonia, Vilnius in Lithania, Coimbra in Portugal, Rethymno in Greece and Greenwich in the UK) will be paired up with 14 follower city clusters (in Italy, Romania, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Iceland, Spain, the UK, Slovakia, Portugal, Croatia and Poland) to transfer proven innovations to new EU context. More focused on electric mobility is eseia´s proposal NETEVE. From 2017 eseia and its partners will test three regional clusters in Graz (Austria), Idrija (Slovenia) and Dublin (Ireland) to implement large scale production and distribution of electricity for growing numbers of electric vehicles. In the two-stage proposal NATUR, eseia and her 35 partners will focus instead on making EU cities greener by encouraging the uptake of nature-based urban planning. Clusters of mid-sized cities in areas of lower socioeconomic development will be the focus of this transition towards the implementation of smart green cities in the next 10-20 years.   

In order to decrease pollution in cities and the overall general carbon footprint of countries, electric vehicles will need to surpass in number the transports with century old internal combustion engines. To reach this goal, twelve partners in seven EU countries teamed up in the ACE project to increase the market penetration of electric vehicles by focusing on creating reliable standardized charging

infrastructures. Thus, strong attention will be paid to users’ comfort, improve efficiency without reducing performances and lower energy consumption. The SeamET consortium will focus instead on the design of low emission medium duty trucks and high capacity buses for urban areas and the outskirts.

While new developments in transport technologies will lend a helpful hand in making our cities more liveable, a bigger contribution in lowering the overall greenhouse gas emissions could come from the promotion of bio-economies. Instead of basing our economies on limited resources like fossil fuels, renewable biological resources from land and sea, such as plants, animals and micro-organisms, could be used for the production of energy and raw materials. However, at the moment bio-economy is not a well-known concept among European citizens due to lack of information. Therefore, eseia decided to step in and presented the one-stage BIOBOOSTER proposal to inform the European youth about the positive benefits bio-economy can have on their daily life.

eseia would like to thank the eseia experts and partners for their valuble contributions. Results of the selection procedure for the seven proposals are to be expected for April (SESSUM and NETEVE), June (NATUR), and July (ACE, Nano-B-Hive, SeamET and BIOBOOSTER) 2017.