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Agency: Cordis | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: MG-3.4-2014 | Award Amount: 5.79M | Year: 2015

The objective of SafetyCube is to develop an innovative road safety Decision Support System (DSS) that will enable policy-makers and stakeholders to select and implement the most appropriate strategies, measures and cost-effective approaches to reduce casualties of all road user types and all severities. At the core of the project will be a novel and comprehensive analysis of accident causation factors combined with newly estimated data on the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of safety measures, not just in relation to reduction of fatalities but also the number of injured. An operational framework will be established to provide future access to the DSS once the project is completed. The project has four sub-objectives: 1. To develop new analysis methods for (a) Priority setting, (b) Evaluating the effectiveness of measures (c) Monitoring serious injuries and assessing their socio-economic costs (d) Cost-benefit analysis taking account of human and material costs 2. To apply these methods to safety data to identify the key accident causation mechanisms, risk factors and the most cost-effective measures for fatally and seriously injured casualties 3. To develop an operational framework to ensure the project facilities can be accessed and updated beyond the completion of SafetyCube 4. To enhance the European Road Safety Observatory and work with road safety stakeholders to ensure the results of the project can be implemented as widely as possible The project outputs will be framed according to the specific policy and stakeholder areas infrastructures, vehicles and road users so that the measures developed in the project can be most readily applied. A systems approach will ensure effective coordination between these areas. The close involvement of road safety stakeholders of all types at national and EU levels and wider will enable the DSS to be focussed on the most appropriate policy-making procedures and ensure the project outputs have global reach.


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Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: JTI-CSA-FCH | Phase: SP1-JTI-FCH.2013.5.3 | Award Amount: 999.38K | Year: 2014

There is increasing realisation amongst policy makers and industry that public acceptance is a key issue to deploy and extend H2 technologies and infrastructures in Europe. The development of H2 technologies involve small-scale applications as well as large-scale infrastructures that are influenced by the acceptance of the public, stakeholders, communities and potential customers / users. Previous research on social acceptance investigated the general levels of public understanding of HFC technologies in specific countries, but there is limited systematic evidence on the acceptance of FCH technologies throughout Europe. The overall purpose of HYACINTH is to gain deeper understanding of social acceptance of H2 technologies across Europe and to develop a communication / management toolbox for ongoing or future activities introducing H2 into mobility, stationary and power supply systems. Social acceptance of FCH technologies will be investigated via survey research with representative panels (7.000 European citizens) and semistructured interviews with 455 stakeholders in 10 countries. The design of the data gathering instruments will build upon methodological and conceptual developments in the research of new technologies social acceptance. The toolbox will provide the necessary information and understanding of the state of awareness and acceptance of HFC technologies by the public and by stakeholders. It will further provide the necessary tools to understand and manage expectations of future HFC projects and products in the transition phase, to identify regional challenges and to determine effective policy support measures Results from the research on the social acceptance across Europe and the toolbox will support projects in setting up under through consideration of the acceptance processes influenced by their activities; i.e. identifying regions of supportive acceptance, barriers, challenges, communication strategies and other means to manage acceptance processes


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Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-FP | Phase: GC.SST.2013-3. | Award Amount: 3.51M | Year: 2013

The Plus-Moby project is focused to the implementation of low cost and low energy intensity technologies to manufacture premium four wheel fully electrical micro vehicles (450-650kg and speeds up to 90\ km/h)) that can be upgraded to M1 configurations. Technologies and methodologies developed in previous calls of the EU Green Car will be implemented in terms of low aero-drag and safe structural designs, system integration on powertrain, batteries, solar panels, energy management (Wide-Mob and P-MOB), design criteria to reduce electromagnetic emissions (EM-safety), customer demand (Capire,ICT4FEV). Weight is optimised to satisfy maximum stability in all weather conditions including high lateral wind. Materials and systems are selected to assure the highest EURONCAP standards applied in conventional cars for both front and lateral crashes. Safety cells concepts will be introduced with low cost structures based on the combination of pure retainable and self-adaptable mechanics. Starting from a prototype having an energy consumption already demonstrated at 65Wh/km in the NEDC cycle, further reduction of energy consume is expected by enhancing the performance under pure electrical braking. Altogether the average energy consume is expected to be lower than 40Wh/km in the NEDC cycle with most of the days fully run by solar radiation only in most southern EU countries. The two motor electric powertrain addressed, which has been demonstrated to have the highest fail safe mode, within Plus-Moby it will be demonstrated to emulate, and for certain extent replace, both the ABS and ESP expensive systems. The technology addressed will be implemented with low cost and easy to access manufacturing technologies. A relevant role is given to SMEs and regional SMEs clusters to assure competing speed and commitment. The partnership is organised in such a way that a new era of easy to produce low cost but high performance micro e-vehicles is opened across all EU countries.


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Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-FP | Phase: GC.SST.2013-3. | Award Amount: 3.62M | Year: 2013

URBAN-EV will apply innovative manufacturing technologies and materials to produce prototypes of a 2-seat urban electric vehicle with considerably enhanced autonomy vs. the SoTA EV of its kind, and a similar occupant safety level than normal passenger cars. Specifically, a purely electric range (in urban conditions) of 150 Km is targeted as well as a compelling acceleration time of 10 s for 0-100 Km/h. The platform where these innovations will be introduced is the Casple-EV, supplied by Casple, with an overall target weight of about 720 Kg including the battery. In order to achieve the goals, the URBAN-EV consortium will design, manufacture and demonstrate new lighter architectures with enhanced engineering reliability for the principal systems of the vehicle such as chassis and body in white as well as several interior parts. Main construction materials will be light alloys and low cost polymeric composites, which will be combined using an advanced multi-material design approach. Complementary to the innovations in vehicles architecture, a braking system with enhanced energy recuperation capacity will be developed and demonstrated. Furthermore, cost efficient, high integrity manufacturing processes will be applied, with a special focus in those able to deliver complex components, therefore being liable to execute more functions without increasing cost. An important characteristic of the manufacturing technologies of URBAN-EV is its high degree of maturity, being either off the shelf or covered in previous calls.


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Agency: Cordis | Branch: H2020 | Program: IA | Phase: SPIRE-07-2015 | Award Amount: 3.71M | Year: 2015

REMAGHIC is focused on contributing to Europes rare earth recovery and magnesium recycling technologies, improving the efficiencies of these processes and advancing the technology readiness levels for a new generation of industrial processes that will produce new low cost competitive alloys for a wide variety of sectors across Europes manufacturing value chain. The project motivation lies on the fact that magnesium alloys can offer a significant weight reduction when compared to aluminium alloys. weight reduction is a cross sectorial key design driver, if a superior energy absorption and vibratory behaviour is added, magnesium is promising candidate for future application if some of its drawbacks are overcome, such as its cost, manufacturability problems, corrosion and creep behaviour and low allowable service temperature. Addition of Rare Earth Elements (REE) improves the performance of Mg alloys significantly, though a price increase has to be taken into account. REMAGHIC believes that by investing in recovery and recycling technologies, a new alloying process can be developed to yield low cost Mg\REE alloys. In order to do this, REE that are usually stockpiled (Ce, La) in favour of the most demanded ones (Nd, Dy) will be considered as attractive candidates to lower the price. This list of REE will be completed by other promising candidates found in the literature (Y, Gd, Sa). The project will contribute to reducing the dependency of the supply of critical elements (REE and Mg) on sources exterior to the EU and to solving the REE Balance Problem. REMAGHIC will contribute to the penetration of magnesium alloys in important sectors for the European industry (Transport, Energy, Biomedicine); it will foster the work done by Tier1s, and promote the interest of different OEMs on future generations of light structural components of competitive performance (that of primary Mg\REE alloys), low cost (that of primary Mg) and weight reduction (30%).

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