Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: BSG-SME | Phase: SME-2011-1 | Award Amount: 1.51M | Year: 2011
The euro represents the largest currency in circulation in the world and therefore an attractive target for counterfeiters with both the number and sophistication of counterfeits increasing since the euros introduction in 2002. To fight counterfeiting, the European Central Bank has implemented strict requirements under the Banknote Recycling Framework which require that no counterfeit notes are re-circulated by cash handling devices. In Northern Europe, today approx 15 000 point of sales systems are already equipped with both coin and note recycler systems and market in Europe is at a tipping point where self-service and self-checkout systems are gradually gaining in acceptance as a mainstream retail technology. These systems, integrated with the proposed EUROTHENTIC Cash Checking Machine system, will enable efficient and secure recycling of money. The advantages for the stores are secure and lower cost for cash handling due to amount of cash in store is reduced and also back-office work and CIT will be minimized. This will also enable cash back function - consumers to be able to withdraw cash directly at checkouts. While automated systems for validating bank notes are currently available, they have yet to find wide acceptance in the retail sector due to high capital costs and in particular performance considered slow by the sectors standards. The EUROTHENTIC project aims to overcome the current technical barriers to wide scale adoption of cash authentication technology by creating a low-cost, retrofitable cash validating module. The module will have the capability for high performance note processing and image recording, intelligent image analysis utilising a neural network approach and secure networking to provide remote system updates and a database facility for the secure tracking of bank note serial numbers and other characteristics such as location and time.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: NMP-06-2015 | Award Amount: 3.27M | Year: 2015
SKHINCAPS project will explore an innovative and sustainable in situ self-assembly nanoencapsulation technology to deliver novel products for skin healthcare applications, with increased efficiency and cost benefits, leading to ground-breaking innovations on the actual products. Using this safe, sustainable and easily scalable technology, different actives will be addressed for nanoencapsulation: phase-change materials (PCMs), a cocktail of vitamins and antioxidants, and natural essential oils. The nanocapsules will be engineered to achieve three possible release mechanisms, enhancing actives efficiency. Different demonstrators will be developed with these customised and safe nanocapsules for skin healthcare applications: - First layer garments with no-release nanocapsules loaded with PCMs, to improve thermal management and skin comfort; - Creams with triggered nanocapsules containing the cocktail, to improve the anti-ageing effect on the end-users skin; - Lotions and textiles containing targeted nanocapsules loaded with natural essential oils to prevent or even mitigate bacterial infections on the end-users skin. These demonstrators will be fully tested for their safety and performance assessment to fulfil the present regulation requirements. SKHINCAPS comprises SMEs from different stages of the supply chain, so it will promote stronger collaborations between materials suppliers, manufacturers and end-users. SKHINCAPS is therefore entirely aligned with the European 2020 strategy, contributing to boost competitiveness and support the creation of jobs and new sources of growth. SKHINCAPS is also committed with the flagships initiatives, and with a number of wider H2020 objectives including: control healthcare expenditure, H2020 strategic cosmeceuticals sector and plural H2020 Key Enabling Technologies (KETs).
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: BSG-SME | Phase: SME-2013-1 | Award Amount: 860.16K | Year: 2013
Road accidents imply dramatic personal and social consequences. In 2011 it is estimated more than 30,000 people died on the roads of the European Union, and for every death on Europes roads there are an estimated 4 permanently disabling injuries such as damage to the brain or spinal cord, 8 serious injuries and 50 minor injuries. These figures also bring about huge economic cost estimated on about 1,5-2% of gross domestic product in Europe. Different combined factors are normally behind each road accident. However, recent in-depth studies reveal that poor road marking affecting visibility and adherence are among the important factors of traffic deaths. Until now, the road marker most common is road paint. These paints have been developed from different plastic materials such as thermoplastics, epoxy resins and the like. These paints present a lack of mechanical resistance to traffic load, in addition, and due to the chemical composition of the paints, the road marks are easily get dirty when raining, compromising its visibility and the safety of drivers. ROADMARK is focused on the development of a novel inexpensive cementitious material for long-lasting and anti-sliding road marking. The final film will have improved features such as anti-skid, more durable, waterproofing and self-cleaning properties. The mineral compositions will allow getting an improved adhesion between the asphalt and the paint that improved the durability of the paint. Since market penetration for ROADMARK is forecasted to be about 14% after 5 years, the estimated saved cost could be calculated on 24Bn resulting calculated from forecasted penetration rate by year. These savings could be easily view by saved lives, about 10,100 lives and 200,000 people will be saved from being seriously damaged on traffic accidents.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: CSA | Phase: ICT-26-2014 | Award Amount: 997.95K | Year: 2015
This project responds to the ICT-26-c call which is focusing on the EU-wide outreach for promoting photonics to young people, entrepreneurs and the general public. The projects acronym is Photonics4all and its duration will be two years. Within the framework of the proclaimed International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies (IYL 2015) by the United Nations this project shall mainly improve the public image of photonics and increase the public awareness of the importance of photonics, especially regarding current societal challenges like health and well-being, safety and security etc. The uniqueness of Photonics4all is on the one hand the development of new promotional tools and on the other hand the performance of various outreach activities. The main goal of Photonics4all will be to sensitize and to arouse interest of the mentioned target groups for photonics technology in many European countries in order to achieve an EU-wide outreach. These tools will be developed and implemented into many promotional activities which will be conducted during the project as well. Strong European collaborations, based on cluster activities, shall increase the interest of young people, entrepreneurs and the general public and thereby generate more qualified workforce and young academics, more innovative applications and an increased awareness of photonics. This will be reached providing an excellent consortium of 9 photonics related partners (OND, AIDO, OV, EaPS, PhAu, TUD, UoS, ILC, CNR) from 9 different European countries. In addition, the coordinator of the project is representing an organisation which has a great expertise in managing European projects (SEZ). Thus this project will be carried out by 10 European organisations with excellent connections to relevant networks.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-FP | Phase: ENV.2010.3.2.1-1 | Award Amount: 2.22M | Year: 2011
Cultural heritage monitoring comprehends a sum of technologies, protocols and studies which need to be modernized and automated to reduce costs and process time. Current spectroscopy permits the study and characterisation of the surface of artworks by the inspection of specific spectral bands, by means of different techniques. As a consequence, the sets of results are often difficult or slow to link, compare or process in order to generate global information about the piece-in-study. In this way, a set of analysis processes must be performed over the artwork, involving piece moving, manipulation, transportation, etc, and therefore putting the artwork at risk of deterioration. The main target of SYDDARTA is to develop a pre-industrial prototype for diagnosing the deterioration on movable assets by the acquisition of 3D-hyperspectral imaging through scanning non-destructive techniques. Such images contain spectroscopic information of the piece to be analysed in different bands of the spectrum, giving chemical composition information of the different materials and layers in the actual 3D surface by means of a very narrow screening bandwidth and the use of volumetric digitisation. These analyses are carried out combining mapping, spectroscopic and image processing techniques, based on tunable filters and customised light sources. The expected prototype will be a new portable type of equipment to use in the preventive conservation and monitoring of movable cultural assets and will provide enormous data sets by non-destructive characterisation techniques. Moreover, the equipment will make use a specific database of materials and pigments monitoring that will be exploited as well. The merging of the technologies involved will be suitable for fast authentication and traceability of cultural assets and will improve the monitoring and conservation of artworks in general, as well as facilitating art digitisation sharing between the cultural organisations across Europe. In addition, the expected project results will not be specific to the art and heritage cultural sector, and may be applied to other fields of research, engineering or industry, for example, for biomedicine, manufacturing, food industry, chemistry or recycling. This means a wider market impact and a greater societal benefit inside and out the European Union.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: BSG-SME | Phase: SME-2013-1 | Award Amount: 1.41M | Year: 2013
The project summary The SVARNISH project objective is the development of a varnish with antimicrobial oxygen and water vapour barrier properties and improved physic-mechanical properties, to be used in food industry. The SVARNISH project aims to overcome the flexible packaging limitations related with the traditional food plastic materials, competitive costs, the chemical properties (antimicrobial, oxygen and water vapor), physic-mechanical properties (simplifying the multilayer structures, and improving the simples ones), environmental and sustainable development. We aim to reduce the price of the food packaging around 20% and reduce waste material 8-10%, decreasing the time process manufacturing in a 50%, and reducing the energy consumption in the same 50%. Reduce food waste by 50% and the 85% of the films used for food packaging industry will be recyclable. The food industry spends approximately $84 billion a year on food packaging and processing. Of the total food cost, approximately 8% of the price to the consumer is spent on food packaging and processing. Therefore, it is beneficial to both the consumer and the food industry to use food packaging methods that are both functionally and cost effective. A number of broad drivers in the packaging sector are shaping innovation in product and process development: Reduction in materials usage, lightweighting, increases the barrier properties requirements, increase the speed production, increase the product shelf life, Improve the environmental balance, recyclability or biodegradability. Plastic packaging supposes a great environmental problem, due to their extensive uses, their difficulty to be recycled and their high volume/weight ratio. The manufacturing process applied to the flexible packaging conversion has over the 43% of environmental impact of the total of the printing industry, due to the plastic residues generated and VOCs emitted during manufacturing process: inks, varnishes and other additives. The impact on our environment can be minimized by improving packaging structures, selecting materials and following established regulatory guidelines, The structure of SVARNISH consortium has been selected through a logical process from the raw material needed to improve the varnish to the final printing process, all supply chain it is represented. SVARNISH could become a solution which will improve packaging structures in an environmental and in a cost efficient way by reducing the structures, by the other hand will confer to packaging structures, barrier and improved physic-mechanical properties.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: BSG-SME | Phase: SME-2013-1 | Award Amount: 1.42M | Year: 2013
Uncorrected refractive errors are the second leading cause of blindness. Procedures detecting and correcting those errors, such as regular eye exams, glasses or contact lenses or refractive laser based surgery, could thereby transform the lives of millions of people. It is known that successful laser based refractive eye surgery can reduce or even cure common vision refractive errors, as well as, degenerative disorders like keratoconus, which is due to a corneal disorder. But while refractive surgery is becoming more affordable and safer, results are not as successful as they should be. As a consequence, this technique might not be recommendable for everybody, thus a detailed patient evaluation of his or her cornea should be made before deciding whether a refractive laser based surgery is adequate or not. Based on this fact, the main objective of the POPCORN project is to develop a non-invasive and accurate corneal prediction system. This system will be based on a new imaging technology that will generate a personalised and in-vivo biomechanical model of the patients cornea. This model will be used to predict the biomechanical behaviour and status of the cornea after surgery. This will allow detecting and avoiding possible risks and negative side effects that could lead to the need of further additional treatments or even, long-term consequences in the visual health of the patients. This technology development will be possible thanks to the introduction of plenoptic imaging techniques that will allow generating the specific in-vivo patient model without any invasive technique. This will increase the comfort of the evaluation, while being highly accurate and providing precise diagnosis of corneal diseases. Until now, assessing the biomechanical properties of corneal tissue has not been possible besides measuring the Corneal Hysteresis parameter through an Ocular Response Analyser (ORA). This restrains practitioners and researchers from measuring nothing but merely geometrical aspects of the cornea, such as thickness and topography. The newly developed POPCORN system will allow a meticulous evaluation of patients before a laser based surgical procedure, avoiding future negative long-term side effects or patients being wrongly reoriented to other not as effective treatments.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA | Phase: ICT-2011.3.5 | Award Amount: 2.28M | Year: 2011
With revenues of 55 billion in 2008, and a corresponding growth of nearly 30% compared to 2005, and 300000 people directly employed the European Photonics industry is one of the most important industry sectors and key enabling technologies for Europe in the 21st century. To withstand growing competition from low labour cost countries there is a need to join forces in industry, research and politics to meet the needs of optics and photonics industries and to solve their common problems.\n\nIn 2005 the European Technology Platform Photonics21 has been established to further shape the European Research Area in Photonics by bringing together all relevant stakeholders and develop a common research strategy for Photonics in Europe. Photonics21 today unites the majority of the leading photonics industries (thereof a significant share of SME) and relevant R&D stakeholders along the whole economic value chain throughout Europe. It comprises more than 1600 members.\n\nThe proposal Innovation and Implementation Strategy Photonics21 InnPho21 is submitted by the Photonics21 secretariat at the request, with the consent and on behalf of the Photonics21 Executive Board.\n\nTo this end InnPho21 will significantly shape the Photonics European Research and Innovation Area by\n\taccelerating community building and cooperation at European and national level\n\tproviding a constantly updated common European Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda in Photonics\n\tfostering the strategic link between photonics industry and research and improve transparency\n\tfurther structuring and strategic positioning of the Photonics and Organic and Large Area Electronics Community (OLAE)\n\tbridging the current gap within the innovation value chain to accelerate the move from R&D to market deployment\n\tenhancing the role of Photonics21 platform towards an active partner in the steering process of a linked up photonics innovation strategy in Europe (towards FP8).
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: CSA | Phase: ICT-26-2014 | Award Amount: 2.95M | Year: 2015
EuroPho21 provides the decisive support to Photonics21 for strategy development and implementation and paves the way for the re-industrialization of Europe. The networking and coordination among Photonics21 stakeholders and the end user industry in the strategy development and implementation will speed up the innovation process and time to market for new products. This is a critical step to overcome the so called Valley of Death. EuroPho21 will build bridges to other parts of the Horizon2020 Programme to create value chains. Furthermore, it will reach out to regions where a strong end user industry is present to increase the deployment of Photonics as a Key Enabling Technology. To this end the project supports building up manufacturing and creating jobs in Europe. The current fragmentation of the European, national and regional activities represents a major barrier to the implementation of one photonics strategy in Europe. EuroPho21 will overcome these barriers and will build bridges between regional, national and European funding in photonics. Increasing the participation of Member States and regions in the Photonics21 Mirror Group enables Horizon2020 photonics projects to be jointly financed by regions, Member States and the European Commission through the ERANET\ scheme. Combining regional funding with Horizon2020 Photonics project funding will be enabled by bringing together the relevant stakeholders. Photonics21 as the central communication platform for Photonics Research and Innovation in Europe will communicate information about Horizon2020 Photonics KET projects, national and regional activities reaching out to more than 600.000 recipients, with special focus on end users. The EuroPho21 proposal is submitted by the Photonics21 secretariat and 12 National Technology Platforms - representing more than 30 Cluster - at the request, with the consent and on behalf of the Photonics21 Board of Stakeholders which will closely steer all activities of the project.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: BSG-SME-AG | Phase: SME-2012-2 | Award Amount: 2.45M | Year: 2013
The NanoPhoSolar project aims to overcome the limitations relating to the efficiency and performance of a range of photovoltaic (PV) systems by developing a transparent NanoPhosphor down converting material capable of absorbing Ultra Violet (UV) and short wavelength visible light and re-emitting in the more useful longer wavelength visible spectrum(range 525-850nm). This will enable the efficiency of Photovoltaic (PV) cells to be increased by an additional 10% for silicon PV and 25.8% for Cigs or cadmium telluride PV and potentially increase system lifetime. By doing this, the PV system created will offer greatly improved environmental performance due to capture of a larger proportion of the incident visible spectrum. This will lead to significant economic and societal benefits to consumers and manufacturers. The SME consortium target a total in-process coating technology market penetration of 5.5% when applied in the manufacturing process and 0.25% when as applied to existing installed PV systems within a 5 year period post project, achieving direct annual sales of over 66 million, ~470 new jobs and annual CO2 emissions savings of 154,697 tonnes per annum. The project results are expected to benefit other SMEs in the PV and materials processing industry sectors.