Europe Has Invested €1 Billion Into Graphene—But For What?

IEEE Spectrum  June 3, 2019 Six years ago, the EU embarked on an ambitious project to create a kind of Silicon Valley for graphene. Over 10 years to push graphene into commercial markets the project, Graphene Flagship would leverage €1 billion. In the past six years, the Graphene Flagship has spawned nine companies and 46 new graphene-based products. Despite these achievements, there remains a sense among critics that the wonder material has not lived up to expectations and the Flagship’s efforts have not done much to change that perception…read more.

Unveiling technologies for future launch vehicles June 7, 2019 ESA safeguards Europe’s guaranteed access to space through its Future Launchers Preparatory Programme (FLPP) which weighs up the opportunities and risks of different launch vehicle concepts and associated technologies and defines the concepts and requirements for new space transportation systems and services. Its demonstrators and studies hone emerging technologies to give Europe’s rocket builders a valuable head-start as they begin the demanding work of turning the chosen design into reality. Technologies are selected on their potential to reduce cost, improve performance, improve reliability, or on their ability to fulfil the specific needs of an identified system, […]

Impact through research: applied research for Europe’s future

Fraunhaufer Research  News November 6, 2018 How can application-oriented research and technology help solve global challenges? This question will be explored by the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and nine other leading European Research and Technology Organisations (RTO) at the “The RTO Innovation Summit“conference on 6–7 November 2018 in Brussels. Representatives from the RTOs will be discussing with delegates from European institutions, industrialists and politicians. They will present their vision and technology roadmap until 2030 and beyond for Europe. Five core issues are – Climate protection, Environment, Resource efficiency and raw materials, Digitalization and industry, Foodstuffs and Natural resources, Inclusive and safe society, and […]

Quantum Technologies Flagship kicks off with first 20 projects  October 29, 2018 The Flagship will fund over 5,000 of Europe’s leading quantum technologies researchers over the next ten years and aims to place Europe at the forefront of the second quantum revolution. Its long-term vision is to develop in Europe a so-called quantum web, where quantum computers, simulators and sensors are interconnected via quantum communication networks. The Flagship will initially fund 20 projects , with a total of €132 million via the Horizon 2020 programme , and from 2021 onwards it is expected to fund a further 130 projects. Its total budget is expected to reach €1 billion, providing […]