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new EC Cluster: Advanced Materials and Nanotechnologies for Energy

05.07.2016

horizon-2020.pngThe Nanotechnologies, Advanced Materials, Biotechnology and Advanced Manufacturing and Processing (NMBP) Programme within DG Research and Innovation wish to set-up an advanced materials and nanotechnologies for energy cluster that will catalyse closer cooperation between advanced materials and nanotechnology research and development projects for energy applications, underpinning the relevant EC priorities.

On 24 June 2016 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, a Cluster Workshop was organised to launch the cluster and to define how it can complement other cluster activities to add value to the European advanced materials and nanotechnology research community.

It is recognised that the cluster covers a broad range of technologies and applications and that there are already a number of established technology application specific clusters, some of which were present in the workshop, namely the Energy Materials Industrial Research Initiative EMIRI, EU PV Cluster and The European Nanotechnology for Thermoelectrics Cluster Nano4TE.

It was seen to be important for the new cluster to not repeat the work that individual clusters have already carried out; rather it should look at commonalities across the different clusters and the transferable lessons between clusters.

Iain Weir from Optimat Ltd. who had conducted a study of EC portfolios of relevant projects funded under the NMP, ENERGY, ICT, Research Infrastructures, IEE and CIP, concluded that the new cluster could essentially have the following four roles, namely

  1. Foresight
  2. Networking
  3. Industrial development
  4. Policy

From looking at the existing EC portfolio it became apparent that there was a need for sharing project outcomes on a cross-cluster basis in order to identify research and innovation gaps and work more effectively on joint exploitation on a European level.

In order to support this new overarching cluster, eseia founded a new eseia Working Group on Smart Energy Materials that will officially be launched in Lisbon, 18 July.  For registration: please send an email to office@eseia.eu by 10 July.