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UNIVERSITY COLLEGE DUBLIN, NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, DUBLIN

Multiscale Modelling of the Neuromuscular System for Closed Loop Deep Brain Stimulation

  • 2 Million
  • Ireland
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Multiscale Modelling of the Neuromuscular System for Closed Loop Deep Brain Stimulation
Company Name UNIVERSITY COLLEGE DUBLIN, NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, DUBLIN
Funded By 38
Country Ireland , Northern Europe
Project Value 2 Million
Project Detail

Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is an effective therapy for treating the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease (PD). Despite its success, the mechanisms of DBS are not understood and there is a need to improve DBS to improve long-term stimulation in a wider patient population, limit side-effects, and extend battery life. Currently DBS operates in ‘open-loop’, with stimulus parameters empirically set. Closed-loop DBS, which adjusts parameters based on the state of the system, has the potential to overcome current limitations to increase therapeutic efficacy while reducing side-effects, costs and energy. Several key questions need to be addressed before closed loop DBS can be implemented clinically. This research will develop a new multiscale model of the neuromuscular system for closed-loop DBS. The model will simulate neural sensing and stimulation on a scale not previously considered, encompassing the electric field around the electrode, the effect on individual neurons and neural networks, and generation of muscle force. This will involve integration across multiple temporal and spatial scales, in a complex system with incomplete knowledge of system variables. Experiments will be conducted to validate the model, and identify new biomarkers of neural activity that can used with signals from the brain to enable continuous symptom monitoring. The model will be used to design a new control strategy for closed-loop DBS that can accommodate the nonlinear nature of the system, and short- and long-term changes in system behavior. Though challenging, this research will provide new insights into the changes that take place in PD and the mechanisms by which DBS exerts its therapeutic influence. This knowledge will be used to design a new strategy for closed-loop DBS, ready for testing in patients, with the potential to significantly improve patient outcomes in PD and fundamentally change the way in which implanted devices utilise electrical stimulation to modulate neural activity.

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Company Name UNIVERSITY COLLEGE DUBLIN, NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, DUBLIN
Address Belfield 4 Dublin
Web Site https://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/197101/factsheet/en

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FUNDACION CIDETEC

Intelligent Heating and Cooling solution for enhanced range EV Battery packs

  • 4 Million
  • Spain
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Intelligent Heating and Cooling solution for enhanced range EV Battery packs
Company Name FUNDACION CIDETEC
Funded By 38
Country Spain , Western Europe
Project Value 4 Million
Project Detail

The envisaged European CO2 fleet emission limits for 2025-2030 already require a massive market introduction of EVs. However, there are still some obstacles for user acceptance of EVs: high cost, slow charging, limited range, perceived lack of added value and concerns of limited mobility. In this context, i-HeCoBatt stands for Intelligent Heating and Cooling solution for enhanced range EV Battery packs. The aim of i-HeCoBatt is to achieve a smart, cost bursting industrial battery heat exchanger to minimize the impact on full electric vehicle range in extreme conditions. The proposed solution will remove the currently used expensive and heavy gap filler between the heat exchanger and the battery pack and will replace the aluminium interface plate in contact with the battery pack with a thin polymer layer. This design enhances the efficiency of the heating and cooling system that will be supported by a heating actuator in direct contact to the battery pack. Customized printed sensors will be embedded to the heat exchanger and will feed the battery management control unit as well as an external early diagnostic and safety system connected to the cloud. Different interfaces will be created to access these data according to user profiles: designers, testers, maintenance teams or driver. Finally, the industrialization of the patented innovative heat exchanger concept will contribute to the cost reduction of the heating and cooling system and the EV. The Consortium gathers know-how from a multidisciplinary group of research centres, SME and industrial partners, including an automotive OEM, with expertise in battery pack and thermal systems design, testing and manufacturing for automotive applications. Partners behind the intelligent heat exchanger concept are European TIERs that intend to position with an unbeatable environmental compliant product that will be introduced in OEMs value chain in a maximum period of 2 years after the closure of the project.

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Company Name FUNDACION CIDETEC
Address Paseo Miramon 196 Parque Tecnologico De Miramon 20014 San Sebastian
Web Site https://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/219765/factsheet/en

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AIT AUSTRIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY GMBH

Functionally Integrated E-axle Ready for Mass Market Third GENeration Electric Vehicles

  • 6 Million
  • Austria
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Functionally Integrated E-axle Ready for Mass Market Third GENeration Electric Vehicles
Company Name AIT AUSTRIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY GMBH
Funded By 38
Country Austria , Western Europe
Project Value 6 Million
Project Detail

FITGEN aims at developing a functionally integrated e-axle ready for implementation in third generation electric vehicles. It is delivered at TRL and MRL 7 in all its components and demonstrated on an electric vehicle platform designed for the European market (A-segment reference platform). The e-axle is composed of a latest generation Buried-Permanent-Magnet Synchronous Machine, driven by a SiC-inverter and coupled with a high-speed transmission. It is complemented by a DC/DC-converter for high voltage operation of the motor in traction and for enabling superfast charging of the 40kWh battery (120kW-peak) plus an integrated AC/DC on-board charger. The e-axle also includes a breakthrough cooling system which combines the water motor/inverter circuit with transmission oil. The FITGEN e-axle delivers significant advances over the 2018 State of the Art: 1) 40% increase of the power density of the e-motor, with operation up to 18,000rpm; 2) 50% increase of the power density of the inverter, thanks to the adoption of SiC-components; 3) affordable super-fast charge capability (120kW-peak) enabled by the DC/DC-converter, integrated with single- or 3-phase AC/DC-charger; 4) increase of the electric driving range from 740 to 1,050km (including 75 minutes of charging time) in real-world freeway driving with the use of auxiliaries. The FITGEN e-axle will enter the market in the year 2023, reaching a production volume target of 200,000 units/year by 2025 and of 700,000 units/year by 2030. It is designed to be brand-independent and to fit different segments and configurations of electric vehicles, including hybrids. The FITGEN consortium includes one car-maker and three automotive suppliers for motor, power electronics, and transmission, reproducing the complete supply chain of the e-axle. Their expertise is leveraged by the partnership with research institutions and academia, constituting an ideal setup for strengthening the competitiveness of the European automotive industry.

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Company Name AIT AUSTRIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY GMBH
Address Giefinggasse 4 1210 Wien
Web Site https://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/218519/factsheet/en

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European Investment Bank

SOUTHERN SSA OFF-GRID SOLAR ENERGY ROLL-OUT

  • Plz Refer Document
  • Malawi
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SOUTHERN SSA OFF-GRID SOLAR ENERGY ROLL-OUT
Company Name European Investment Bank
Funded By 37
Country Malawi , Eastern Africa
Project Value Plz Refer Document
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Promoter – Financial Intermediary Not disclosed. Location Malawi, Mozambique Description The project will finance the roll-out of off-grid solar energy systems in Mozambique and potentially other countries in Southern Sub-Saharan Africa. Objectives The operation aims deploying last mile distribution for underserved rural off-grid households and micro-entrepreneurs communities in Mozambique and to a lesser extent in Malawi The operation consists in the distribution, installation, and financing of Solar Home Systems (SHS) and devices in Southern Africa by the promoter. The project is expected to have significant positive social impact given that final beneficiaries are typically off-grid households and small commercial activities, which will be enabled to improve their quality of life and partially use the energy services for productive use and income generating activities. Sector(s) Energy - Electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply Proposed EIB finance (Approximate amount) not disclosed Total cost (Approximate amount) not disclosed Environmental aspects The relatively small size of the household solar home systems, the multiple locations and the nature of the installation of solar powered systems will limit the potential negative environmental impacts of the operation. The due diligence will review the promoters capacity, approach and procedures for ensuring that the operation is implemented in line with the Banks environmental standards, notably for what concerns potential residual risks, such as e-waste and battery disposal/recycling, as well as client protection principles. The project is expected to be environmentally and socially sound. It will facilitate access to renewable energy for an unserved or underserved population and mitigate CO2 emissions from fossil energy sources currently used for lighting and electricity generation. Procurement The Bank will require the promoter to ensure that implementation of the project will be done in accordance with the Banks Guide to Procurement. Status Approved - 28/08/2019

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Company Name European Investment Bank
Web Site https://www.eib.org/en/projects/pipelines/all/20190132

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Deutsche Welthungerhilfe e. V.

GETTING POWER FROM KIOSKS IN SIERRA LEONE

  • 7 Million
  • Sierra Leone
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GETTING POWER FROM KIOSKS IN SIERRA LEONE
Company Name Deutsche Welthungerhilfe e. V.
Funded By 38
Country Sierra Leone , Western Africa
Project Value 7 Million
Project Detail

In Sierra Leone, the rural population usually has to cover their energy needs with firewood or diesel generators. The government is now advocating decentralized solar energy systems, but their implementation needs expertise. In the east of the country, this model project by Welthungerhilfe provides innovative forms of electricity supply, for example through so-called energy kiosks, where solar power can be purchased. Cell phones, batteries or torches can be recharged for a little money. On site trained specialists should be able to maintain and repair the small solar systems. June 2014 project start Oct 2019 end of project 0 € Project Budget 2014 7,330,437 € Overall project budget

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Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company PJSC - Masdar (Masdar)

Noor Midelt Solar project: Masdar

  • 740 Million
  • Morocco
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Noor Midelt Solar project: Masdar
Company Name Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company PJSC - Masdar (Masdar)
Funded By 36
Country Morocco , Northern Africa
Project Value 740 Million
Project Detail

Provision of a multi-currency loan to finance the construction and operation of a hybrid solar plant combining photovoltaic (PV), concentrated solar power (CSP) and thermal and battery storage technologies with 800 MW of installed capacity and 5 hours of energy storage, located in the region of Midelt, Eastern Morocco (the Project). Project Objectives Noor Midelt is one of the first projects in the world to address both the intermittency of solar energy and the affordability of thermal energy storage through hybrid PV / CSP technology. It will contribute to climate mitigation by increasing the share of renewable energy generation in Morocco and add 800 MW of solar generation capacity to the national energy system. It will generate electricity using solar energy throughout the day and during the evening peak load at a tariff that is competitive with conventional generation. Transition Impact The transition impact arises from supporting a highly innovative technological solution delivering climate mitigation benefits through the construction of 800MW of additional renewable energy generation capacity in Morocco (Green quality). The Project is expected to reduce annually the emission of more than 650,000 tonnes of CO2. Furthermore, alongside this Project, the Bank is deploying a technical assistance to draft the countrys first grid code, which would provide transparent information to private producers regarding grid access. The Project will be in line with the Banks Green Economy Transition approach (GET).

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Company Name Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company PJSC - Masdar (Masdar)
Address Mohammed Alshehhi / Abrar Umer malshehhi@masdar.ae / aumer@masdar.ae +971 2 653 3333 +971 2 653 0002 http://www.masdar.ae PO Box 54115, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Web Site https://www.ebrd.com/work-with-us/projects/psd/50421.html

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African Clean Energy BV

WP Clean cooking and electricity for low-income households in Uganda

  • 200,000
  • Uganda
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WP Clean cooking and electricity for low-income households in Uganda
Company Name African Clean Energy BV
Funded By 119
Country Uganda , Eastern Africa
Project Value 200,000
Project Detail

SHORT DESCRIPTION: Overall goal The project objective is to supply low-income households in rural Uganda with electricity and efficient high-tech biomass cooking stoves. The Dutch social enterprise African Clean Energy BV (ACE), with its subsidiaries in Uganda, Lesotho, South Africa and Cambodia, enables thousands of families in poor rural areas to meet their electricity and energy needs for cooking. ACE developed a highly efficient biomass furnace ("ACE1") with built-in fan to optimize the combustion process. A small photovoltaic system with solar panel and a battery connected to the ACE1 supplies power for the fan, for lighting and for charging mobile phones. Expected results An efficient distribution network is being set up, and 10,000 people, 50% of them women, will be supplied with innovative biomass cooking stoves. 22 additional jobs will be created, including 11 for women. Employees are trained in sales, technical service, sustainability issues and health and environmental issues. The ACE1 is manufactured at ACEs own plant in Lesotho. In the medium term, production in Uganda is planned. Target group / Beneficiaries High-efficiency biomass furnaces are high-tech products with very low pollutant emissions and significantly lower fuel consumption than open fireplaces or traditional ovens. The target group of the project includes low-income population groups in rural areas as well as families in refugee camps. rough, which usually bear the burden of housekeeping, and children, the biggest victims of indoor air pollution, benefit primarily from the project. Activities In addition to employee training, a new ACE1 model with an integrated payment function via mobile phone (PAYG "pay-as-you-go") will be introduced and delivered for better communication with customers using smartphones. In addition, a legally independent, non-profit fund will be set up to provide at least EUR 105,000 for microcredits to purchase the AC1 outside the project budget.

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LUNDS UNIVERSITET

High resolution X-ray detectors based on nanowire arrays

  • 1 Million
  • Sweden
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High resolution X-ray detectors based on nanowire arrays
Company Name LUNDS UNIVERSITET
Funded By 38
Country Sweden , Western Europe
Project Value 1 Million
Project Detail

In this project I will develop ultra-high resolution X-ray detectors based on semiconductor nanowires, whose spatial resolution will be radically better than the current state of the art. In X-ray detectors the primary X-ray absorption induces a cascade of secondary electrons and photons which are measured at the front or back of the detector, but during the long transport to the point of detection these can spread orthogonally to the optical axis. This limits the resolution in present bulk detectors. My novel concept is to create a nanostructured detector based on an array of semiconductor nanowires, which will confine and physically prevent spreading of the secondary electrons and photons. In a nanowire array, the pixel size is the diameter of the nanowire, which can be as low as 10 nm, while the nanowires can be as long as the X-ray absorption length. The very high aspect ratio of nanowires allows detectors with simultaneously very high spatial resolution and sensitivity. I will investigate both direct detectors and scintillators, in which the secondary electrons and photons are detected, respectively. The objective is to create detectors based on arrays of 10 nm-diameter nanowires. Time- and temperature resolved measurements will be used to improve understanding of the X-ray physics in these nanodevices, with strong quantum confinement of electrons and phonons and high surface to volume ratio. I will test the detectors within an imaging project targeting the neural connectome, and compare the nanowire detectors with commercial ones. This novel detector concept could revolutionize high-resolution imaging of samples on the nanoscale, maintaining the unique ability of X-rays to study samples in realistic conditions: DNA within live cells, the strained channel in single operational transistors or individual nanoparticles in a charging battery. High resolution detectors could also be employed in X-ray spectroscopy and diffraction.

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Company Name LUNDS UNIVERSITET
Address Box 117, 221 00 LUND Telefon 046-222 00 00 (växel) Telefax 046-222 47 20
Web Site https://erc.europa.eu/projects-figures/erc-funded-projects/results?f%5B0%5D=call_year%3A2018&page=99

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Afriscout Ltd

Improve Climate-Smart Management Of Northern Tanzania’s Drylands

  • 350,000
  • Tanzania
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Improve Climate-Smart Management Of Northern Tanzania’s Drylands
Company Name Afriscout Ltd
Funded By 107
Country Tanzania , Eastern Africa
Project Value 350,000
Project Detail

Period of implementation 06/2019 – 06/2021 Digital tools Mobile App Country Tanzania Sector Livestock farming Well managed livestock migration, practiced seasonally by the Maasai pastoralists of northern Tanzania, can help stimulate plant growth, minimise overgrazing and improve herd conditions. However, changing climatic conditions have hindered their ability to practice optimal grazing, with negative consequences for land and herd. The project wants to improve climate-smart management of northern Tanzania’s drylands, and the livestock that rely on them, by scaling access and use of AfriScout, a mobile application that provides pastoralists with actionable grazing data. Digital grazing maps developed 3 years ago in the districts of Longido, Monduli and Ngorogoro will be reviewed and updated. The mapping will be expanded to one new pastoral district. This effort will produce four grazing maps synced with satellite data and made available through the mobile app to more than 600,000 pastoralists who inhabit these districts. The project seeks to scale to 5,700 (currently 625) registered users in the four districts of Tanzania, and 625 paying subscribers. Registered users are those who have downloaded the mobile app and registered for a 6-month free trial period. Subscribers are those with expired free trials that have transitioned to become paying subscribers. It is expected to increase in engagement among users, as reflected in the number of crowd-sourced alerts posted, comments on alerts, and the monthly ratio of active users to registered users. Increased engagement will be supported through community-based Field Agents and Ambassadors, as well as media and communication collateral. Digital component The AfriScout app is providing relevant digital content made for pastoralists, designed with pastoralists for pastoralists. The main function is the satellite-derived grazing map that displays forage and water availability specific to the user’s community. It provides specific, local information that complements and respects existing community structures and decision-making processes. The app design and visual language are for anyone with any level of experience with technology. The map information is accurate and available despite network, energy, data, and battery constraints. It is backwards compatible with all Android operating systems, is fully functional offline, and available in five regional dialects.

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Company Name Afriscout Ltd
Web Site https://www.wehubit.be/en/node/44

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ORBIWISE SA

A noise pollution measurement and monitoring solution for smart cities

  • 71,429
  • Switzerland
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A noise pollution measurement and monitoring solution for smart cities
Company Name ORBIWISE SA
Funded By 38
Country Switzerland , Western Europe
Project Value 71,429
Project Detail

Noise pollution is not merely an annoyance but an important problem with broad societal effects that apply to a significant portion of the population. There are 134 Million people exposed to higher than recommended levels of noise during the day and 93 Million people during the night in Europe. It is clear that effective noise mitigation is in the interest of both private business and public citizens, with the promise of health, economic, and quality-of-life benefits. Even though EC Directive 2002/49/EC makes noise mapping mandatory for cities with more than 100,000 population today the process to generate noise maps is tedious, expensive and time-consuming. OrbiWise has developed Sampols sensor, a noise pollution measurement and monitoring solution for smart cities. Sampols is a IoT based device which uses LoRaWAN for communication which is a unlicensed and helps avoid network infrastructure costs. Sampols is the only IoT based noise pollution measurement platform that generates 3D noise maps for cities based on reliable data, and keeps the expenditure low. During the innovation project, OrbiWise intends to scale up the production of Sampols and improve the battery life of Sampols to 5 years. OrbiWise also intends to perform trials to demonstrate the efficacy of Sampols with potential end-users i.e. cities and urban administrators. The project will also enable crucial commercial activities including implementation of IP Strategy, communication strategy and scouting potential customers.

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Company Name ORBIWISE SA
Address Chemin Du Pre-Fleuri 3 1228 Plan-Les-Ouates
Web Site https://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/224544/factsheet/en

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