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Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: BSG-SME-AG | Phase: SME-2013-2 | Award Amount: 2.20M | Year: 2014

The EU solvents market totalled 5.0 Million Tons in 2010. The bio-based solvent consumption was only 0.63 Million Tons (12.6%), mainly devoted to cleaning operations, however the consumption of biosolvents is estimated to grow annually 4.8% up to 1.1 million by 2020 (EU Innova-Biochem 2010). The Coatings/Inks/Adhesives Industry represents 58% of the global solvent consumption, since they use solvents as the main constituent in their formulations (50-70wt%), which will be released in fine to the atmosphere. The environmental/economic consequences are clear. EU Directives (IPPC, SE Solvents & Paints Directives) are pushing companies to develop greener solutions but up to now; despite this concern, only the 1.5% of biosolvents is used in paints. So, the Coatings sector emphasizes the need for new & specific biosolvents. ECOBIOFOR project aims to prepare solvents for coatings with 3 characteristics: bio-based (coming from renewable resources), synthesized according to the principles of Green Chemistry and new formulations with lower VOC emissions. Few large companies are devoted to the transformation of biomass into basic chemical products with established industrial uses. But the business model of a great number of chemical & biotechnological SMEs is based on the development of products ready to be used in specific markets. ECOBIOFOR supports this large group of EU SMEs, working in the goal to shift conventional productive processes into new ones based on renewable resources. Moreover, it profits from the impulse of coating SMEs, which are ready to introduce greener products in their own formulations. Succeeding in such a project requires a multidisciplinary & talented consortium. It consists of 11 organizations from 6 EU countries: - 5 SME-AGs 3 biotech & 2 paint associations with 1349 members (1009 SMEs), - 3 OTHERs: 1 Solvent Producer (LARGE) & 2 paint manufactures (SMEs), - 3 RTD performers with previous experience in green chemistry, organic & biotechnological synthesis and in coatings formulations.


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Agency: Cordis | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: GV-5-2014 | Award Amount: 6.29M | Year: 2015

L category vehicles should answer the demands for less energy consumption and affordability and represent an attractive solution in congested cities with scarce parking space. WEEVIL aims to develop a new L category 3-wheeler that is quiet, clean, energy efficient and safe, as well as attractive to the public so that the barriers for adopting it are minimized. The new vehicle concept is an ultralight and ultrasafe adaptable 3-wheeler, with a composite structure using new manufacturing processes for an affordable introduction of these materials in new vehicles. Modularity of elements (including battery packs), system integration and innovative vehicle architecture is considered in the vehicle design. The vehicle has a wheel width varying mechanism in order to allow adaptation to different speeds (wider at high speeds for stability, narrower at low speeds for space optimization and parking). WEEVIL will provide a new electric vehicle concept with innovative design to allow the user to adapt the vehicle to higher speeds or lower speeds and/or parking. Its characteristics will be lightness and safety, with a strong use of composite materials through new and affordable processing methods. A new drive-train with improved energy efficiency will be incorporated, as well as new solutions on system integration such as modular battery packs. WEEVIL solution will break the barriers for extended EV adoption in urban areas, i.e. vehicle capabilities and cost trade-off. A car-like comfort and driving experience in a reduced space (2-3 wheeler vehicle) is pursued. By providing a feasible concept adapted to the users expectations, the European EV car pool would be significantly enlarged, providing the pursued benefits on air quality, noise and environmental protection and also bringing traffic congestion reductions and a potential dominance of the European industry in this market.

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