In recent years the European Union has been financing a large number of projects throughout Europe.
Up to 2015 projects were financed for 80 billion euros within the Horizon 2020 program.
The thematic areas of the projects are very diverse here we present 5 approved projects in different of them.
In the area of the reuse, recycling and recovery of materials, within the thematic area of circular economy projects are financed under different programs such as Horizon2020, the SME Instrument or the LIFE program. The next two projects correspond to this thematic area.
RUNCOBAR, Rubber-coated concrete acoustic barriers.
Around 3.4 million tons of old tires are disposed of every year in Europe, most of them being sent to landfill, contrary to the provisions of EU regulations that prohibit the dumping of both tires and shredded tires.
Also noise was evaluated as one of the main environmental problems, and traffic is one of the main sources of noise. The RUCONBAR project has reached a solution, using scrap tires to make noise protection panels on urban roads and rail lines. The use of recycled used tires combats noise pollution and also helps with waste management. Learn more here
The packaging industry: Manufacturing high quality recycled packaging films
# Since plastic packaging with printed materials contains inks and polluting adhesives, the recycling of these has long been limited to the manufacture of low value-added products such as garbage bags, irrigation pipes and pots. Based in the UK, the SME Skymark plans to produce a recycled polyethylene film that is cost-effective and environmentally friendly to be reused in original or high-quality applications, such as packaging films. To do this, they will use a supercritical CO2 technology to eliminate contaminants from printed waste or laminated films that was developed as part of a previous EU project (CLIPP).
In the thematic area of renewable energies and energy efficiency,
GREENFOODS, The increase in energy efficiency and the promotion of renewable energies in the European Food and Beverage industry
The overall objective of the green foods project is to bring European food and beverage industry with high energy efficiency and fossil carbon emission reduction in order to guarantee and encourage broad global competitiveness, improve security of energy supply and guarantee production sustainable in Europe.
GREENFOODS will guide the user to identify tailored solutions for “green production” for SMEs in the different subsectors of the food and beverage industry by combining technological knowledge with knowledge on energy efficiency and renewable resources, for the optimization of processes and the supply of energy with a production without fossil carbon emissions.
ATLANTOS, Improved observations to better understand the Atlantic
#The Atlantic Ocean is an important trade route, supplies most of the fish we eat and is responsible for the temperate climate in northern Europe. The AtlantOS project will establish a more integrated, more efficient and more sustainable observation of the Atlantic Ocean.
AtlantOS received funding of 20.6 million euros through the horizon of 2020. The project began in April 2015 and will run until July 2019.
UTOUCH, Feel untouched.
Ultrahaptics has created an innovative haptic feedback system that allows users to feel sensations in their hands while interacting in the air with a non-contact sensor system.
The uTouch project uses a matrix of ultrasonic speakers to create untouched air feeling. Invisible forces are projected in the air and felt in the human skin up to one meter away from the device.
UTouch received 1.5 million euros of funding in Horizon 2020. The project will last two years from September 2015.