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Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-CA | Phase: SME | Award Amount: 2.04M | Year: 2008

The principal objectives of CORNET II are to broaden, deepen and sustain the trans-national cooperation between programmes supporting Collective Research and thereby to build the CORNET brand. More specifically, our objectives are to: - establish a long-term sustainable structure for a continuously strengthened and extended collaboration on Collective Research across Europe (WP1); - increase the number of CORNET Calls for Proposals, their budgets, the number of funded projects etc. as well as ensure coordination with similar initiatives, e.g. the Framework Programmes Research for SME Associations and the EraSME ERA-NET (WP2); - further expand the CORNET consortium to integrate new partners (WP3); - and to disseminate and communicate the benefits of Collective Research to all stakeholders (WP4). CORNET II will therefore consolidate the achievements of CORNET I. It will focus on the long-term strategic positioning and institutional anchoring of CORNET in the European Research Area, while strengthening joint operational activities, especially joint Calls. The core STRATEGIC GOALS of CORNET II by the end of the project are to: - achieve a sustainable state of integration among the CORNET partners in relation to the scientific, managerial and financial dimensions of joint programme management, including an appropriate form of common formal organisation, and - position CORNET long-term in the European Research Area, notably in dialogue with and in relation to the Framework Programmes Research for SME Associations, including the possibility of becoming in time the principal or even sole vehicle for funding transnational Collective Research projects at European level.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-CA | Phase: NMP.2013.4.0-4 | Award Amount: 1.53M | Year: 2013

The European Manufacturing Industry competitiveness and sustainability strongly depends on Innovation, targeting new consumer needs and societal challenges. This calls for significant public and private investments in R&D, but also a growing capability to transform the created knowledge into new products, processes, services and business models. Many of these challenges are multi-sectorial as the technologies needed to address them, especially in the area of Production Technologies. The EC has supported the development of such horizontal technologies through its R&D programmes, creating a very rich knowledge portfolio over time. However, its exploitation is recognised to be far from its maximum potential, due to many and complex factors including lack of information dissemination, competences, market access, resources, or simply because their cross fertilisation with other sectors is not evaluated. The main goal of EXPLORE is to unleash the full potential of this accumulated knowledge, by promoting its use in developing advanced products and services to address manufacturing industries challenges and needs. EXPLORE will promote and support the exploitation of R&D results, mainly by gathering resources to disseminate (models, case studies, demonstrators) and prepare commercial exploitation; cross-fertilisation, education and standardisation. Such challenges call for the involvement of different stakeholders, gathering complementary knowledge, competences and resources, as: exploitable results of European R&D projects; sectorial challenges and needs; national/regional, private/public funding sources; and a broad European network of partners. The most relevant results and impact are expected to be: higher exploitation rate of results; broader European coverage and impact of R&D\I investments; better alignment and coordination between European and national/regional funding; and a more competitive and sustainable European Manufacturing Industry and society.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: H2020 | Program: FCH2-RIA | Phase: FCH-01.5-2014 | Award Amount: 6.45M | Year: 2015

H2Ref addresses the compression and buffering function for the refuelling of 70 MPa passenger vehicles and encompasses all the necessary activities for advancing a novel hydraulics-based compression and buffering system that is very cost effective and reliable from TRL 3 (experimentally proven concept) to TRL 6 (technology demonstrated in relevant environment), thereby proving highly improved performance and reliability in accordance with the following targets that have been defined considering the intrinsic characteristics of this new solution: - Throughput: 70 MPa dispensing capacity of 6 to 15 vehicles per hour (i.e. 30 to 75 kg/hr) - depending on the inventory level in source storage of the compressed hydrogen - with a 75 kW power supply; - Robustness and Reliability: 10 years of operation without significant preventive maintenance requirement, demonstrated through intensive lab test simulating 20 refuellings per day during 10 years, i.e. 72,000 refuellings; - CAPEX: Manufacturing cost of 300 k for the compression and buffering module (CBM) assuming serial production (50 systems/yr). This level of cost for the CBM allows to target a cost of 450 k for the complete HRS (including pre-cooling and dispensing), assuming application of the optimized approaches for pre-cooling and dispensing control being developed in the HyTransfer project, far below the current HRS cost of approximately 900 k; - Energy efficiency: average consumption for compression below 1.5 kWh/kg of dispensed hydrogen, i.e. 50% below the energy consumption of current systems, in fuelling stations supplied by trailers, which is and will likely remain the most common form of supply. The knowledge gained will allow subsequent development to focus on optimization of components, of design for manufacturing and maintenance, further demonstration, and the development of a product range for different refuelling station sizes, thus taking this innovation to the market.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: FoF-03-2014 | Award Amount: 6.00M | Year: 2015

Present approaches to increasing resource efficiency in manufacturing companies are mainly focused on single process optimisation. A wider and integrated optimisation is assumed to have significantly higher savings potential.In fact, a pilot study has been performed by Greenovate!Europe, showing resource saving potentials of 70%. Such a strategy should include optimisation across the interfaces between different steps in complex production chains and different companies involved in the overall value chain. In that sense, MEMAN consortium brings together 15 partners from 6 countries represented by industrial enterprises, SMEs mainly, and service companies experts in eco-innovative models, working on improving the competitiveness of the metal mechanic sector, through the full validation of new business models that allow the collaboration of companies in the whole value chain in order to reduce global impacts in terms of energy and other resources. MEMAN project will implement an approach to optimise resource efficiency across 3 manufacturing value chains cases, integrating an analytical toolbox based on MEFA and LCA and providing practical decision-making support. Furthermore, new business models will be developed to support the implementation of global energy and resources efficiency along the 3 value chains. Energy characterisations considering the whole value chain, will be also developed within MEMAN. The consortium has the capacity and ambition of exploiting and reaching the market with the results of the project, at an international level, in terms of technology and business models. Hence, the technologies developed and the synergies created in the project would have the impact estimated bellow: - Energy consumption and CO2 emission reduction for the final product between 20-30% from cradle to gate and between 30-35% from cradle to grave - Products LCC reduction between 10-20% from cradle to grave The budget and the final requested EC contribution reaches 5.998.686.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-SA | Phase: NMP.2012.4.0-2 | Award Amount: 682.65K | Year: 2012

SASAMs mission is to drive the growth of AM to efficient and sustainable industrial processes by integrating and coordinating Standardisation activities for Europe by creating and supporting a Standardisation organisation in the field of AM. The Additive Manufacturing (AM) concept is based on additive freeform fabrication technologies for the automated production of complex products. Additive Manufacturing is defined as the direct production of finished goods using additive processes from digital data. A key advantage is that AM eliminates the need for tooling, such as moulds and dies, that can make the introduction of new products prohibitively expensive, both in time and money. This enables the production of forms that have been long considered impossible by conventional series productionin fact, they can be created fast, flexibly, and with fewer machines.

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