More sustainable buildings with reduced embodied energy / carbon, high life-cycle performance and reduced life-cycle costs

Deadline: 24 January 2023

Projects results are expected to contribute to the following expected  outcomes:

-Increased and more traceable reduction of the GHG emissions of buildings in design, construction, renovation, operation and end of life.

-Faster market uptake of design solutions, materials, products, techniques and business models that are demonstrated to significantly reduce building related life-cycle costs and impacts.

– Mainstreamed affordable high life-cycle performance and improved circularity of buildings in construction and renovation.

The projects should demonstrate innovative design, construction, renovation methods and technology solutions. Where relevant, investigate whether and how the proposed approaches could apply to cultural heritage buildings as well as integrating the use of low embodied carbon products and solutions.

Best international practice for scaling up sustainable biofuels

Deadline: 10 January 2023

The need of including sustainable biofuels in a transformed integrated energy system is recognized worldwide. Project results are expected to contribute to building global knowledge for the scaling-up and the sustainability assessment, contributing to cost effective and more sustainable large-scale production of sustainable biofuels.They should contribute to Mission Innovation Challenge n°4 Sustainable Biofuels  and to the SET Plan Action 8 Bioenergy and Renewable Fuels for Sustainable Transport.

The proposals will aim at fostering international cooperation to develop best practices and concepts along the entire value chain for accelerating the scale up  of sustainable biofuels worldwide. They should address systemic constraints and opportunities for scaling up complete value chains of sustainable biofuels and propose solutions. 

Development of digital solutions for existing hydropower operation and maintenance

Deadline: 10 January 2023

Projects are expected to contribute to advancing the European scientific base, technology base, technology leadership in the area of hydropower ; Increasing the technology competitiveness of the existing hydropower fleet in changing European power markets by increasing hydropower flexibility ; Facilitating market penetration of renewables, getting closer to the European Green Deal and climate and energy targets for 2030 by increasing the flexibility. The proposals will aim at development of novel sensor technologies and digital solutions for the digitalization of existing hydropower plants and improving their sustainable operation by addressing : weather and flow forecast, biodiversity monitoring, predictive modeling and artificial intelligence for the analysis of sensor data for decision-making in operation and maintenance.       

Efficient and low-emission technologies for industrial use of combustion and gasification systems for low-value biogenic residues and wastes

Deadline: 10 January 2023

Projects results are expected to contribute to advancing the European scientific basis, technology base, leadership and global role in the area of bioenergy integration into industrial settings while creating evidence for policy making ; to increasing feedstock diversification and better technological performance leading to cost-reduction of bioenergy with positive effects on renewables’ penetration, circularity and security of supply ; to reducing emissions and increasing environmental and socio-economic sustainability of biomass combustion and gasification and bioenergy value chains. The proposals will aim at developing technologies for optimization of advanced biofuel flexible systems regarding upstream multi-feedstock, logistics, feeding, ash management, combustion or gasification processes and effluent emissions and their effective integration into industrial process energy environment through efficient and low-emission technologies for industrial use of combustion and gasification systems from low-economic value, but fully sustainable biogenic residues and wastes.     

Copernicus downstream applications and the European Data Economy

  • Deadline: 02 March 2023

Europe needs to strengthen its position as provider of products and services based on data, enabling new market opportunities. Actions under this Topic will contribute to increase the integration and uptake of Copernicus into the economy, and/or to solve societal challenges, bring to the market new or improved applications, products and services by exploiting Copernicus data assets and services products. To achieve the objectives described above, the projects are required to adopt state-of-the-art ICT technologies and make use of existing European data infrastructures. The technical solutions to be adopted should be user-friendly and work at the scale of the large quantities of data involved. They should be adopted to contribute to the digitization challenges of the European industry by opening up innovative business opportunities and to support societal  challenges 

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