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EARTO
INNOVATION
AWARDS 2020

European Association
of Research and Technology Organisations

Technology for a better world - www.earto.eu
EARTO INNOVATION AWARDS 2020 - Technology for a better world - www.earto.eu
European Association
                            of Research and Technology Organisations

            EARTO - European Association of Research
            and Technology Organisations
            Founded in 1999, EARTO promotes Research and
            Technology Organisations and represents their interest in
            Europe. EARTO network counts over 350 RTOs in more
            than 20 countries. EARTO members represent 150,000
            highly-skilled researchers and engineers managing a wide
            range of innovation infrastructures.

            CONTRIBUTE
            EU RD&I PROGRAMMES
            GLOBAL CHALLENGES
            EUROPE’S
            INDUSTRIAL COMPETITIVENESS
            EUROPEAN RESEARCH AREA

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TABLE OF CONTENTS
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IMPACT DELIVERED

FIRST PRIZE                                                10-11
Helmholtz – Slowing down osteoporosis

SECOND PRIZE                                                12-13
CSEM – Non-obtrusive technique needed

THIRD PRIZE                                                14-15
Fraunhofer – Safe and non-toxic fire-protection gel

MORE INNOVATIONS                                          16-22

IMPACT EXPECTED

FIRST PRIZE                                                26-27
VTT – Eggs without chickens

SECOND PRIZE                                               28-29
TECNALIA – Paralysed patients are not alone

THIRD PRIZE                                               30-31
RISE – Superheroes’ filaments come to life

MORE INNOVATIONS                                          32-37

RTOs INTERNATIONAL NETWORK (RIN)

    DISCOVER
DISCOVER     MORE INNOVATIONS
         INNOVATIONS          FROM
                     FROM EARTO RINRTOs
                                    MEMBERS                   16-33
                                                          40-49

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           Governments around the globe are currently working on reinforcing their public health
           sectors fighting COVID-19 and taking actions to alleviate the socio-economic impact
           of the pandemic. As key RD&I actors, RTOs are supporting those efforts.

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           Thanks to their technological competences, digital tools and data analysis capabilities,
           EARTO members are actively supporting the health sector with upgrading the
           manufacturing capabilities, quality testing and distribution of key medical supplies

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           and equipment, while supporting the pharmaceutical development of testing and
           diagnosis, as well as of new treatments and vaccines. RTOs worldwide are working
           alongside their governments in today’s crisis management. EARTO members support
           their governments in developing specific policy measures to alleviate the pandemic’s

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           socio-economic consequences, helping the society to recover from the crisis.
           Understandably, many are focused on the immediate survival. But even deeper crises
           are ahead of us unless we respond in time: climate change and the collapse of natural

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           ecosystems must be stopped.

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   It would be a great pity if we were unable to imagine a better world than the one we
   had before this crisis. We must look far ahead into future and seize opportunities that

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   can offer well-being also decades from now. Science, technology and innovation open
   up numerous paths for us, as long as we dare to take them. Deployment of new
   technologies requires investment: laboratories, research and experimental facilities
   for trial and error and learning - professional research environments, where European

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   companies can develop and scale-up new solutions.

   Tackling the crisis and ensuring Europe’s economic recovery and industrial

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   competitiveness cannot be successful without Research, Development and Innovation
   (RD&I) investments. Given that RD&I investments are the key drivers of productivity,
   prosperity and growth, the European leaders need to put forward an ambitious EU
   RD&I policy and related investments that reduce the level of uncertainty of private

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   RD&I investments, enhance Europe’s technology sovereignty and make the green and
   digital transition a reality. As stated in the EARTO policy recommendations, fostering
   cross-border RD&I collaboration and supporting a European RD&I ecosystem approach

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   along strategic value chains is the only solution to face the global societal and industrial
   challenges of today. The Pillar II of Horizon Europe is crucial and, more than ever
   before, now is the time to act as strong and competitive Europeans and aim at targeting
   3% of GDP spending on R&D. The future of the European Research Area (ERA) will be

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   at stake without increased investments in research and technology.

   The research community and RD&I stakeholders (RTOs, Industries, Universities),

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   including EARTO, joined forces to bring research at the heart of the institutional
   negotiations and discussions. To answer future pandemics and challenges, and to
   have a hope for a brighter future, R&D should be THE priority in Europe.

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   This year, the EARTO Innovation Awards 2020 achieved the impossible. EARTO
   members showcased 32 impressive and real-life innovations, which are set in the

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   next pages. Not only do they demonstrate meaningful examples on how RTOs create
   significant socio-economic impact, they also focus on today’s challenges.

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   Sky has no limits, so does RTOs’ impact!

RTO EARTO EARTO EART                                                  Antti Vasara
                          President & CEO, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland

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                                                    YEARS
From the lab to your everyday life. RTOs
innovate to improve your health and well-being,
your safety and security, your mobility
and connectivity. Their technologies cover
all scientific fields. RTOs are non-profit

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organisations with public missions to support
society. To do so, they closely cooperate with
industries, large and small, as well as a wide

                                                    INNOVATION
array of public actors. The innovations
presented in this brochure give a flavour of
their work. They include real life examples

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which illustrate RTOs’ focus on solving
real-world problems and addressing today’s
challenges! The EARTO Innovation Awards
celebrate this year its twelfth edition.

NUMBER OF
APPLICATIONS SO FAR

              262
             APPLICATIONS
                                            51
                                             RTOs
                                                         22
                                                        COUNTRIES

NUMBER OF
WINNERS SO FAR

                51
               WINNERS
                                            16
                                             RTOs
                                                         12
                                                        COUNTRIES

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Impact Delivered
For this category, the rewarded innovations (product or services) have social and/or
economic relevance, innovative originality, are today on the market and have proven
their impact.

Impact Expected
For this category, the rewarded innovations (product or services) have social and/or
economic relevance, innovative originality, are not yet on the market as a final product/
service but promise to have a great impact.

                   The award competition is adjudicated
                         by an independent jury

            Peter Dröll                 Simon Edmonds              Christian Ehler
              Director,               Deputy Executive Chair        Member of the
      DG Research & Innovation,      & Chief Business Officer,   European Parliament
       European Commission                 Innovate UK

            Jana Kolar                  Ernst Kristiansen        Juan Antonio Tébar
    Member of the Governing Board,   Vice-President Research,         Director,
                 EIT                         SINTEF                     CDTI

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DELIVERED
FIRST PRIZE

HELMHOLTZ ASSOCIATION
Slowing down osteoporosis

                     ABOUT 1,000   KITS HAVE BEEN SOLD
                                                                            94-100%
                     TO CUSTOMERS AND APPROXIMATELY                                       SENSITIVITY
                                                                            CAN BE REACHED COMPARED
                     RECEIVED   €240,000 IN THE FIRST                       TO PREVIOUS DXA METHOD
                     SIX MONTHS

                     THERE ARE CURRENTLY                                    120  INTERNET-BASED SALES PER
                     15 HOME - AND MED-KIT ORDERS                           MONTH ARE EXPECTED IN THE THIRD
                     PER WEEK                                               QUARTER OF   2020

Helmholtz Association is Germany’s largest scientific organisation. It represents more than 40,000
employees in 19 research centres across Germany. The Helmholtz Association conducts top-level research
to identify and explore the major challenges facing society, science and the economy. Its work is divided
into six research fields. Helmholtz transfers scientific knowledge into innovation and on into the market and
so contributes to creating the technological basis for a competitive society.
GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel is a world-wide leading institute of marine research.
It investigates chemical, physical, biological and geological processes of the seafloor, oceans and ocean
margins and their interactions with the atmosphere.

                     www.helmholtz.de                              www.geomar.de

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Love your bones and prevent
future “break-ups”
In Europe, more than 20M people suffer from                                  reach many billion euros. The Helmholtz Centre for
osteoporosis. Estimations project that this number                           Ocean Research Kiel (GEOMAR), member of the
will further increase due to the expanding population                        Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres,
on the continent. That means, 33.9M people will be                           has developed a technology that diagnoses
diagnosed with osteoporosis in 2025, corresponding                           osteoporosis years earlier compared to current
to an increase of 23%. Osteoporosis mostly affects                           standards and long before the disease becomes
the elderly, and among those primarily women, who                            serious. The innovation has been officially
suffer from chronic skeletal pain and reduced                                commercialised by a spin-off company from
mobility after a bone has fractured, which also often                        GEOMAR, which is working with a strategic medical
results in psychological distress such as depression,                        laboratory to collect additional individual basic
loss of mobility and isolation resulting thereof. It is                      medical data, providing an optimal individual
true that the individual quality of live increases when                      diagnosis and medical result for each patient.
osteoporosis is diagnosed and treated earlier than it
is currently possible. The estimated economic costs,
spent for the treatment of osteoporotic fractures,

The osteolabs technology makes it possible to diagnose calcium loss and osteoporosis in humans earlier and more
accurately than ever before.

Leveraging the current                             Lighting up new                                    Creating high-added
diagnostic gap                                     opportunities                                      value kits
The current standard DXA method of diagnosing      The Helmholtz Association of German                GEOMAR’s spin off "osteolabs" received funding
osteoporosis uses low intensity but invasive       Research Centres, a member of EARTO since          from the European Fund for regional
radiation to measure bone density. Therefore,      2015, has enabled this change with its             development (EFRE). To date it has launched
this method is mostly applied only after a bone    osteolabs CIM (Calcium Isotope based Marker)       two test-kits, the "med-kit" for the doctors’
has broken to verify its cause. The used X-rays    technology which detects the disease days to       office and the "home-kit" for home private use.
can also allow different interpretations, which    weeks after bone loss starts. This CIM method      It has now a European client base covering
depend on the experience of the medical staff.     introduces a new, powerful, and practical set      Austria, Switzerland, Belgium as well as Turkey.
The radiation based on this DXA method is          of completely new diagnostic tools, which is       The initial user of this CIM method are
relatively insensitive and osteoporosis can only   much more sensitive and harmless for the           institutional customers, which ordered more
be diagnosed if more than 30% of the original      patient. Due to its non-invasive nature, doctors   than 1,000 test-kits. Outcomes of online-based
bone mass is already lost. As a result, many       can take preventive measures and monitor its       sales are also expected to increase. The test
osteoporosis cases are overseen due to the         success almost in real time, adapt them            comes at a fraction of the price compared
limitations of the DXA method.                     individually or change them if necessary. The      to the medical costs for the treatment of
                                                   therapy monitoring can be performed only           osteoporotic fractures, thereby reducing
                                                   with a small amount of blood and urine,            treatment costs significantly and offering good
                                                   without any X-ray laboratory needed. This          chances of preventing or slowing down the
                                                   process significantly saves resources, money       disease’s progress.
                                                   as well as specialist personnel.

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IMPACT
DELIVERED
SECOND PRIZE

CSEM
Non-obtrusive technique needed

                   CSEM’S TECHNOLOGY IS EXPECTED TO
                   PENETRATE 2%   OF THE TOTAL MEDICAL                CSEM’S TECHNOLOGY CAN
                                                                      POTENTIALLY HELP AROUND
                   MARKET, LEADING TO ANNUAL REVENUES
                   OF APPROXIMATIVELY                                 1.4B HYPERTENSIVE PEOPLE GLOBALLY
                   $40M IN 5 YEARS

                                                                      CSEM’S TECHNOLOGY ALLOWS
                   CSEM CURRENTLY HOLDS A LARGE PATENT
                                                                      HYPERTENSIVE PATIENTS TO HAVE A FULL
                             7 PATENTS
                   PORTFOLIO (               ) IN THE
                                                                      24-HOUR VIEW OF THEIR
                   DOMAIN OF BLOOD PRESSURE MONITORING
                                                                      BLOOD PRESSURE PROFILE

CSEM is a Swiss private, non-profit research and technology organisation with 35 years of Deep
Tech development and transfer to industry. A bridge and catalyst for the transfer of technology and
know-how between science and the economy, CSEM continually adapts its research focus
to meet industry’s needs. Today, CSEM supplies a broad range of markets - including
automotive, medical, machine tools, and space exploration - with an even broader range of
technological solutions.

                                                www.csem.ch

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Worry less with cuff-less blood
pressure monitoring
Hypertension is one of the greatest global health                            blood pressure consistently and effectively over
epidemics. Around 1.4B people are hypertensive                               time. Responding to this challenge, CSEM has
worldwide, from whom 50M Europeans. According                                developed a patented sensing technology which is
to statistics, less than 50% of treated individuals                          capable of estimating blood pressure values from
have their blood pressure under control. This                                optical signals. Through collaborations with Ava,
“silent killer” has a significant associated cost                            Biospectal and CSEM’s start-up AKTIIA, this highly
which could be reduced once regular monitoring is                            accurate technology has overcome all limitations
made possible. The greatest barriers to managing                             of traditional inflatable cuffs for blood pressure
hypertension are difficulty in providing monitors at                         monitoring in various form factors.
a global scale, and tracking patient/population

CSEM’s patented technology offers a wearable multi-sensor solution for a cuff-less blood pressure monitoring.

No more blood                                      Tracking blood pressure                            Offering accurate blood
pressure cuff                                      through optical means                              pressure solutions
The only existing non-invasive and medically       EARTO member CSEM, in collaboration with its       CSEM’s patented technology is considered one
certified method to measure blood pressure         start-up AKTIIA and two other Swiss entities,      of the most breakthrough solutions in the field
and thus to help manage hypertension is            Biospectal and Ava, have created an easy-to-       of vital sign monitoring. In the recent years,
through the inflatable blood pressure cuff,        use sensing technology which provides              CSEM has validated its medical accuracy in 8
either automated or using a stethoscope.           continuous blood pressure estimations capable      published clinical studies and is bringing this
However, this traditional way of measuring         of tracking short- to long-term blood pressure     innovation to the market by supporting its
blood pressure has certain limitations when it     variations. This optical monitoring technology     commercialisation in various form factors
comes to availability to the general population,   can easily be integrated in various form factors   through its partnership with AKTIIA, Ava and
measurement comfort and cost. Several              such as smartphones, bracelets or textiles. For    Biospectal. CSEM’s technology provides a
companies have addressed this medical              instance, when embedded in a wearable device,      promising tool for fighting the increasing
necessity by proposing cuff-less alternatives      it measures blood pressure in an inconspicuous     incidence of hypertension. Not only does it offer
with wearable devices. Nevertheless, no clinical   manner, providing the user with a full 24-hour     an affordable and medically certified wearable
acceptance and medical-grade accuracy has          view of their blood pressure profile.              monitoring solution, but also represents an
been achieved so far.                                                                                 interesting business opportunity, with a chance
                                                                                                      to grasp a significant share of the market
                                                                                                      of blood pressure monitoring devices in
                                                                                                      the years to come.

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DELIVERED
THIRD PRIZE

FRAUNHOFER
Safe and non-toxic fire-protection gel

                   FRAUNHOFER’S HYDROGEL DEVELOPMENT                THE INNOVATION WON THE TENDER FOR A
                   WAS DESIGNED IN A PERIOD FOR ONLY
                                                                    CONSTRUCTION OF A   110m TOWER IN
                   4 YEARS (2015 TO 2018)                           FRANKFURT

                   THE NEW GLAZING PRODUCTION METHOD                FRAUNHOFER AND COLLABORATOR
                   CAN REDUCE FIRE PROTECTION GEL                   HÖRMANN VERIFIED THE FUNCTION OF
                   THICKNESS BY3mm                                  FIRE-RESISTANT COMPONENTS IN GAS

                   AND WEIGHT BY 12%                                BURNERS OF UP TO   1,000°C

The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is a leading research and technology organisation with 74 institutes
and research institutions throughout Europe. It employs a staff of around 28,000 who work with an
annual research budget totalling €2.8B, 70% of which is generated through collaborative research
with industry and publicly-funded projects.
The Fraunhofer Institute of Environmental, Safety, and Energy Technology (UMSICHT) specialises in
sustainable energy and raw materials management.

                   www.fraunhofer.de                   www.umsicht.fraunhofer.de

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Fire-protection glazing goes now
hand in hand with a digitalised
glass production
The use of glazed elements as fire-protection closure                           quality-controlled production is challenging. The
is a challenge. The fire-protection glazing using                               Fraunhofer Institute of Environmental, Safety, and
hydrogels has been developed since 1970. However,                               Energy Technology (UMSICHT) in collaboration with
the establishment of such systems is characterised                              industrial partner Hörmann has developed a new
by the use of carcinogenic elements. As a result, the                           type of non-toxic fire-protection gel which contributes
operational staff, who handles these chemicals                                  to less use of resources and leads to a safe automated
by hand, could face occupational difficulties                                   production process.
and process management, reproducibility, and

Fraunhofer UMSICHT's innovative fire-protection-gel and resulting fire-protection glazings based on gels, enables operational
staff for the most suitable and safe tool in their hands.

Industrialising non-toxic                            Continuous, automated, and                          Opening up new market
gel components                                       digitalised production process                      opportunities
The performance of the fire-protection gel as        EARTO member Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, on            Fraunhofer UMSICHT's innovation has paved
well as its dangerous using methods urged the        behalf of the Fraunhofer UMSICHT and industrial     the way for reducing the thickness of the fire-
need to establish a new gel production process.      partner Hörmann KG Glastechnik, developed for       protection gel, by 3mm and saving 12% weight
According to the present state of knowledge,         the first time a brand-new production process       in a large area of a three millimetres’ glazing.
there is no information regarding the interaction    for the manufacture of continuous, automated,       This process can, thus limit resources and CO2
between the synthesis parameters of hydrogels        and digitalised fire-resistant glazings based on    output by saving raw materials and reducing
and the fire-protection properties. The scientists   a non-toxic gel component, rich of water and        transport weight. Fraunhofer UMSICHT
systematically studied these interactions,           electroytes, which is filled in the interspace of   along with its industrial collaborator, Hörmann,
scientists transformed the idea into a plant         two glasses. This novel methodological              have verified the function of fire-resistant
technology process, which builds up a new state      approach depends on the gel formulation and         components in standardised tests and
of art. This process allows a continuous mixing      the parameters selected during the gel              established a new, digitalised, quality controlled,
and processing of its reactive components.           production, using a new type of mixing element      and automated fire-protection glazing
                                                     in an innovative polymerisation synthesis           production facility, under the VITRAFIRE® brand
                                                     process. This enables the industrial production     of Hörmann, in accordance with the existing
                                                     of fire-protection gels, and leads to a             international standards and norms. The system
                                                     high performance fire-resistant glazings,           also offers excellent opportunities for further
                                                     which meet the desired criteria in terms of         developments, as it is scalable and not limited
                                                     toxicology, occupational safety, transparency,      in terms of extended quantities, while extending
                                                     UV resistance, and fire-protection behaviour.       the process chain and implementing the
                                                                                                         production of blank panes.

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VULKANO: the new solution for                                             Deep learning keeps rail
energy efficiency                                                         networks safe
Currently, the most intensive industries, such as industrial furnaces     Nowadays the public transport infrastructure has an important role to
are exploring ways to improve their competitiveness and energy,           play and the massive investment in railway networks across Europe has
environmental and cost performance. To this end, the development          created enormous challenges in sustaining both quality and passenger
of improved designs based on new materials, alternative equipment         safety. The current “diagnostic trains”, which are used in the inspection
and integration of permanent monitoring and control systems into          processes, provide many false findings and cannot satisfy the rapidly
new and existing furnaces seem to be the essential instrument to          growing requirements in keeping infrastructure quality at its necessary
meet those demands.                                                       level with the available track methods.

Innovation: EARTO member CIRCE – Research Center for Energy               Innovation: EARTO member CSEM developed an easy-to-use AI software
Resources and Consumption developed the VULKANO solution, a holistic      solution which fully processes the large amount of vision data created by
system to increase the energy and environmental efficiency in existing    the high speed diagnostic trains. CSEM’s disruptive innovation consists
preheating and melting industrial furnaces currently fed with natural     of deep learning algorithms, deployed in a full processing pipeline which
gas. It has a life cycle perspective based on 4 leading-edge working      includes pre-processing, analysis, fingerprinting (unique identification of
methodologies and 1 software development that overcomes limitations       each defect), support for maintenance planning and life-long learning
of durability, reuses waste heat at high temperatures and improves        in a complete system.
monitoring and control systems.
                                                                          Impact Delivered: CSEM’s innovative rail software reduces the effort
Impact Delivered: This innovation is a collaboration of 12 partners       to find, classify and track defects. It minimises time spent on often
and has been developed under the H2020 project VULKANO. It aims at        dangerous visual inspections, optimizes repair planning, and contributes
increasing Europe’s energy efficiency by 20% and reducing fossil fuel     on improving punctuality. The algorithms of CSEM will be further
consumption by 40% and furnaces’ costs of the companies by 15%.           deployed by the lead customer Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) in 2020.
VULKANO has been implemented in three different industrial sectors and    This business opportunity could save 1M Swiss Franc (CHF) in the first
is extending its technologies to other sectors that share common phases   five years and, potentially, 100M CHF at global scale.
in the production process.

   CIRCE is a technological centre founded in 1993 and seeks to               CSEM is a Swiss private, non-profit research and technology
     provide innovative solutions for sustainable development.             organisation with 35 years of Deep Tech development and transfer
                                                                           to industry. CSEM supplies a broad range of markets with an even
                                                                                         broader range of technological solutions.

                           www.fcirce.es                                                               www.csem.ch

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Fibre injection in                                                          Perfect mattress for the
manufacturing technology                                                    perfect comfort
The urgent need for fuel costs’ reduction and a greener environment         The demand for eco-friendly mattresses is one of the key emerging
has been escalated as a top priority worldwide in the last years. As a      trends in the mattresses’ market in Europe. The mattresses recycling
result, light-weighting technologies become more and more important         sector is based mainly on manual processes. Only 4 installations have
in many sectors, including the transport industry. These technologies       been identified using automatic or semi-automatic processes with
can be applied to a wide range of high-added value products, offering       limited results. So far, there is no sustainable mattress on the market
innovative solutions for the environment as well as the society.            made from recycled products.

Innovation: EARTO member Eurecat developed a Continuous Fibre               Innovation: AIMPLAS, EARTO member through Fedit, developed the
Injection Process (CFIP) technology, a 3D printing post-process which       ECOPURE process which offers clean and wasteless mattresses. This
enables the manufacturing of highly optimised structures with high-         newly developed process allows to recycle current mattresses and/or
performance materials. This brand-new solution has two main values:         produce other high added-value products, such as sofa, chairs, seats
it allows the efficient manufacturing of large and strong structures, but   and isolation panels, for many industrial sectors. The use of recycled
also uses the most efficient material and manufacturing technology in       materials allows ECOPURE to have a better performance in terms of
each zone of the structure, according to mechanical requirements.           fatigue and comfort aspects.

Impact Delivered: The CFIP technology contributes to reducing CO2           Impact Delivered: This innovation can offer a cost reduction of
emissions, fuel and electricity costs in transport industry by 20%. It      35%, compared to petrol-based applications, higher mechanical
also increases the European competitiveness and productivity, while         and sustainable performance with a competitive price. It has already
reducing the manufacturing costs. This disruptive innovation has been       reached three markets by introducing two state-of-the-art products:
outperformed in several projects and different sectors, in collaboration    high and medium quality sustainable mattress and recycled foam core
with top companies, such as Airbus and Asics. The revenue from              for mattress application. It is expected to double its production capacity
competitive projects was estimated to €500K.                                with an additional turnover of €3.2M per year in the five coming years.

   Eurecat is the largest cross-sectoral and trans-national RTO in                Fedit is a Spanish association of research and technology
 Catalonia, Spain, with 700 professionals covering all technological            organisations whose main mission is to boost and encourage
          specialities to deliver added value to our society.                   innovation, technological development and private research.

                           www.eurecat.org                                                   www.fedit.com - www.aimplas.net

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Fresh coffee smell when you                                                 Using technology
get your shoes on                                                           to save lives
Several companies are conducting studies on the integration of              In March, the World Health Organisation declared the COVID-19 virus
coffee waste into different products and in multiple sectors. Given its     as a pandemic. With more than 13M confirmed infections in more
properties, coffee and its coffee waste are able to reduce or, even,        than 184 countries, this virus has currently caused more than 1M
totally eliminate bad smell, due to its pleasant aroma. However, no         deaths. Assuming that a high percentage of confirmed cases require
research advancements have been found in the footwear sector which          the use of ventilators, it is high time to face this increasing global
is now focusing on having both antimicrobial and aromatic character         demand for ventilators and reduce their prices as well as the time to
in the new eco-friendly products.                                           reach the market.

Innovation: The Footwear Technology Center of La Rioja (CTCR),              Innovation: EARTO member Leitat developed “Leitat 1”, a 3D-printed
EARTO member through Fedit, developed aromatic and antimicrobial            field ventilator for COVID-19 patients at ICUs requiring mechanical
shoe soles and midsoles out of coffee waste which comes from the            ventilation. This device, which was designed in less than 48 hours, can
hotel industry. These coffee soles inhibit the growth of bacteria by        control the respiration’s cycle, volume and pressure. It is composed of
using a microencapsulation process of coffee oils. CTCR conducted a         a mechanical system mainly formed of a resuscitating balloon (AMBU)
whole life cycle analysis to evaluate its production capacity in a normal   and two actionable blades, and an electric system, which will allow
shoe production process, moulding and cooling each shoe.                    setting the parameters and actioning the mechanical part. Leitat 1
                                                                            also includes several sensors and alarms to ensure safety. Thanks to
Impact Delivered: This novel footwear incorporates 15% coffee               3D technology, manufacturing time is shorter and cheaper compared to
grounds in its sole formulation, reducing its carbon footprint by 11.3%     regular manufacturing processes.
compared to the normal shoe model. CTCR’s methodology reduces the
use of fossil resources, toxic processes and inorganic compounds. In        Impact Delivered: Leitat 1 has a high production capacity (50 to 100
2020, during its first year of commercialisation, it is assumed to sale     units per day), as well as a lower production cost, €5K per unit. The total
approximately 6K pairs and gradually increase its production by 5% in       spending would be 90% cheaper than the traditional ventilators, given
the following year.                                                         that the price of a commercial ventilator is around €50K.

      Fedit is a Spanish association of research and technology                 Leitat is a leading Catalan RTO that offers disruptive solutions
    organisations whose main mission is to boost and encourage                      to the technological needs of companies, with a clear
    innovation, technological development and private research.                        orientation towards generating competitive value.

                   www.fedit.com - www.ctcr.es                                                           www.leitat.org

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Boosting the 3D talent                                                   Meeting e-needs thanks
of the future                                                            to the eLF platform
Nowadays, 3D printing technologies are at the forefront of the           Online services’ platforms have been created to manage digital services
new industrial revolution, offering many advantages compared to          and eliminate the costs of providing and updating information. In some
traditional manufacturing methods: they use less material and allow      countries, such as Poland, the growing number of digital services sometimes
new geometries, so products can be up to fifty per cent lighter. They    makes existing platforms inefficient, given the necessity of their constant
also have a significant added-value to the environment by reducing       management. Implementing and updating services is usually very time and
transportation costs and distribution emissions, among others.           money - consuming as it requires to involve IT developers. To answer those
                                                                         needs it was necessary to find an alternative solution with new architecture
Innovation: EARTO member Leitat has driven the first European 3D         and technology.
incubator that aims to boost the most promising initiatives based on
3D printing. It provides a wide range of services including production   Innovation: The Institute of Logistics and Warehousing, EARTO member
of 3D printed parts, innovation and business consultancy, testing,       through Łukasiewicz Research Network, developed the eLF platform, a
internationalisation and market entry support. It features a complete    software, available in multiple languages, which enables to implement
high-tech 3D printing lab with 6 different technologies. It has 4        and maintain digital services in real-time without engaging extensive
state-of-the-art industrial 3D printers and mini printers; as well as    programming work. The eLF innovation introduced a tool called “e-service
post-processing, metrology and quality control equipment.                configurator”, with a graphical interface and great capabilities which
                                                                         meets all legal requirements.
Impact Delivered: The 3D Factory Incubator was promoted by
Leitat and Consorci de la Zona Franca de Barcelona (CZFB), with          Impact Delivered: The eLF platform, launched in early 2020, is
the support of the European Regional Development Funds (ERDF)            currently used by the Polish Ministry of Economic Development and
through Incyde Foundation. It is the home of 37 companies and            has a huge potential when it comes to commercial use, with more than
has provided more than 500 services to the incubated companies           250K registered users and 120K submitted applications. It delivers high
during its first year, which have generated more than 40 highly          economic and social performance, including cost reduction of provision
qualified jobs.                                                          and updating e-services.

   Leitat is a leading Catalan RTO that offers disruptive solutions        The Łukasiewicz Research Network is the third largest research
       to the technological needs of companies, with a clear               network in Europe. It occupies 7,500 staff and has 33 research
          orientation towards generating competitive value.                         institutes located in 11 cities across Poland.

                           www.leitat.org                                                        www.lukasiewicz.gov.pl

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Super-efficient monitoring system                                              Natural products out of
for pregnancy and labour                                                       supercritical CO2 technology
By 2030 all countries aim at reducing the global maternal, foetal and          Natural ingredients and clean labels are on the top of food and cosmetics
newborn mortality. Responding to this target, there is a vital need            sectors´ trends. Consumers awareness about diet and beauty products
to further develop perinatal surveillance systems to increase the              safety and quality boost new product release. Low fat products, plant-
effectiveness of mortality detection in early stages.                          based proteins and fine oils are being increasingly demanded, even
                                                                               more those coming from natural resources. However, a clean technology
Innovation: The Institute of Medical Technology and Equipment,                 that could contribute to a circular economy is necessary, that does not
EARTO member through Łukasiewicz Research Network, developed the               use organic solvent nor generate waste.
MONAKO System – an innovation for pregnancy and labour monitoring to
ensure comprehensive care for the foetus and mother. It is a computer-         Innovation: AINIA, EARTO member through REDIT Innovation Network,
aided system, with automated vital signal analysis software and perinatal      developed a supercritical CO2 extraction plant named ALTEX. It is an
database, enabling the monitoring of many patients simultaneously to           innovative cost-effective way of producing natural high quality products
support the medical staff and to increase the surveillance efficiency.         by using CO2 at supercritical stage. This is a green industrial process
                                                                               with two mainly applications: to extract and separate a high variety of
Impact Delivered: This innovation is currently offered only in the Polish      added value substances, and to remove non-desired substances such as
market. However, it has shown a significant potential, reaching sales of       pesticides, traces and chemicals.
€100K in 2019. More than 130 systems have been installed in hospitals
and clinics, in various configurations tailored to the client's needs. The     Impact Delivered: Due to the high quality and purity of getting products,
MONAKO System can thus increase the effectiveness of detection of              its alignement with market trends and because of being a technology
early signs of foetal distress and therefore reduce the perinatal mortality.   that supports circular economy, ALTEX supercritical CO2 extraction
                                                                               technology is demanded worldwide. ALTEX addapts its solutions to
                                                                               customers specific requirements. ALTEX contributes to increasing
                                                                               employment indirectly, by creating new job positions.

  The Łukasiewicz Research Network is the third largest research                The Network of Technological Centres of the Valencian Community
  network in Europe. It occupies 7,500 staff and has 33 research                  (REDIT) is a private non-profit association that integrates and
           institutes located in 11 cities across Poland.                            represents the 11 technological centres of the region.

                        www.lukasiewicz.gov.pl                                                    www.redit.es - www.ainia.es

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One Smart-SHOP for hydropower                                                MotorBox: the new toolbox for the
Hydropower can serve as a complete enabler for a fully renewable             electric motor industry
energy system and its storability, flexibility and controllability is of
critical importance. However, the complex spatial-temporal coupling of       The electrification is at the core of many European challenges in
water releases makes it difficult for human operators to keep complete       societal and technical development. Electric motors consume 50%
overview of all relevant factors when participating in fast-paced power      of Europe’s electricity. As a result, the demand on electric machines’
markets. To maximise the utilisation of hydropower in both energy and        designs require better understanding and more complex methods. This
capacity markets, there is a need for a precise calculations and decision    involves using highly specialised software for each individual step of
support models.                                                              the engineering process, which is difficult to be fulfilled.

Innovation: EARTO member SINTEF developed SHOP, a Short-term                 Innovation: Linz Center of Mechatronics GmbH (LCM), EARTO member
Hydropower Optimisation Program. It is a totally innovative and efficient    through UAR, developed the SyMSpace MotorBox, a high-end tool for
tool – fit to all types of rivers – which enables the hydropower operators   electric motor design for fast set-up and reduced complexity. Once
to maximise their potentials. This software, composed of advanced            created, the motor design workflows can be stored, executed, and
modelling techniques and solution methodologies, provides critical           optimised. The multi-objective optimiser uses high-end algorithms and
decision support to hydropower producers by determining an optimal           Artificial Intelligence methods, while offering an interactive viewing
and reliable operating policy for either a single hydropower plant or an     for result analysis, third-party tools, better simulations, increased
integrated system.                                                           computing performance or user-specific models.

Impact Delivered: The SHOP solution contributes to an energy system          Impact Delivered: SyMSpace has been developed by LCM for more
that is reliable and secure, as well as economically and environmentally     than 10 years and used by 8 long term partner companies, mostly from
sustainable. SHOP is used daily to optimise more than 60K MW of              the electric machine manufacturing business. Over the past two years,
hydropower, corresponding to 28% of the installed European hydropower        42 customers have directly been serviced using SyMSpace MotorBox in
capacity. The SHOP model is an integrated component of more than 25          a total of 89 individual projects. Thanks to its efficient and competitive
major hydropower producers so far, and has been brought to market            solutions, the economic performance of SMEs and other industrial
by Powel AS.                                                                 players could be increased.

     SINTEF is a broad, multidisciplinary research institute with             UAR (Upper Austrian Research Gmbh), together with its associated
    international top-level expertise in technology, medicine and            RTO companies, is promoting innovative solutions at the crossroads
                         the social sciences.                                 where fundamental research meets applied research and offering
                                                                                          businesses access to high quality R&D.

                            www.sintef.no                                                         www.uar.at - www.lcm.at

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Innovative algorithm designs a                                               Ice prevention that allows
more sustainable wooden future                                               maximum energy production
In the wood processing industry, simple rule-based algorithms are            Wind energy is one of the most eco-friendly and sustainale energy
used to control machines at the execution level. These rules are often       sources, contributing to delivering on the Paris Climate Agreement.
extremely specific to the given product configuration and raw materials.     Especially, in Europe wind energy has a significant annual turnover,
This can therefore lead to complex operational results and inefficient use   creating thousands of job opportunities. Many wind turbines have been
of raw materials. Today’s powerful computing resources can be used to        installed in cold climates due to their favourable wind conditions and
solve this situation by using new approaches for machine control.            low population density. However, the electricity generated is negatively
                                                                             affected by the icing, which lowers the energy production of the wind
Innovation: RISC Software GmbH, EARTO member through UAR,                    turbine and reduces its lifetime.
developed a sophisticated optimisation algorithm which processes a
wide variety of raw materials and allows an optimal control of machine       Innovation: EARTO member VTT developed an innovative heating
execution during the machines’ cycle time. This “branch and bound”           technology, WIPS (Wicetec Ice Prevention System), which is currently
software enables a sustainable wood processing and ensures high-             commercialised by VTT’s spin-off Wicetec. It has a unique worldwide-
performance for both plants and machines’ computing hardware in              patented heating and ice detection technology, enabling wind turbines
almost real time.                                                            running in icing conditions and maximising its renewable energy
                                                                             production only when needed. The heaters, made of a thin layer of
Impact Delivered: This innovation can be seen as a pioneer project           carbon fabric heating elements, protect from icing the area critical to
which sets new production standards. It also offers an eco-friendly and      energy production.
“cost and benefit” solution for a greener pattern of consumption and
production. The solution of RISC Software is operational since 2019 and      Impact Delivered: VTT sold the IPR to Wicetec in 2014, who productised
can be used in several future projects.                                      and standardised the technology, and made further developments. WIPS
                                                                             innovation has already been commercialized to Wicetec’s customers
                                                                             located in different countries around the world. WIPS can recover 90%
                                                                             of icing losses and reduces the cost of energy by 6–8 %. During the first
                                                                             five operational years, Wicetec’s sales have increased, reaching a total
                                                                             of €2M in 2019.

 UAR (Upper Austrian Research Gmbh), together with its associated             VTT is a visionary research, development and innovation partner.
RTO companies, is promoting innovative solutions at the crossroads             VTT is one of Europe’s leading research institutions. Its goal is
 where fundamental research meets applied research and offering                  to turn large global challenges into sustainable growth for
             businesses access to high quality R&D.                               businesses and society, through science and technology.

                 www.uar.at - www.risc-software.at                                                   www.vttresearch.com

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VTT
Eggs without chickens

                    VTT’S TECHNOLOGY WILL ENABLE FOOD                  THE COST TO PRODUCE EGG WHITE
                    PRODUCERS TO DECREASE GREENHOUSE                   PROTEIN BY CELLULAR AGRICULTURE

                    GAS EMISSIONS BY UP TO   74% AND                   ISCOMPETITIVE          , WHEN
                                                                       COMPARED TO THE PRODUCTION COSTS
                    LAND USE BY   90%**                                OF EGG PROTEINS FROM CHICKENS

                    THE PRODUCTION COST OF THE EGG
                    WHITE PROTEIN IS ESTIMATED TO                      VTT’S CURRENT AND UNDER
                    BE LESS THAN  €10 PER KG                           NEGOTIATION PROJECTS IN THE
                                                                       CELLULAR AGRICULTURE DOMAIN ARE
                    AND IS SUITABLE FOR LARGE SCALE
                    INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION                              WORTH NEARLY   €9M
                    (   >300.000 LITRES)

VTT is a visionary research, development and innovation partner. VTT is one of Europe’s leading
research institutions. Its goal is to turn large global challenges into sustainable growth for
businesses and society, through science and technology. Its research concentrates in 5 main
themes: climate action, resource sufficiency, good life, safety and security and industrial renewal.

                                             www.vttresearch.com

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Taking the egg white protein
production to the next level
Food production currently requires a large amount                                     food ingredients, such as egg white protein, using
of natural resources, such as water, and extensive                                    new biotechnology-based protein production
use of land area. Due to the expected global increase                                 technologies, also known as cellular agriculture.
in population, along with the high demand for                                         This technology provides a vital alternative to
reducing the environmental impact caused by                                           various animal and plant-based ingredients and
conventional agriculture, innovative solutions in                                     makes the food value chain more sustainable, while
food production are necessary. Indeed, the need to                                    introducing completely new food products. VTT has
find alternative ways to produce animal-based                                         turned the complex chemistry of selected organisms
ingredients has challenged the food industry, for                                     into so-called “Cell Factories” and developed its
example, the need to find alternative solutions for                                   own patent IPR. VTT has also exclusive license
making high performance ingredients of chicken                                        rights for different patents on critical improvements
eggs. Therefore, VTT developed a way of producing                                     to the microbial production technologies.

VTT’s cellular agriculture-based technology enables sustainable production of high value animal and plant-based food
ingredients, such as egg white protein.

Rebuilding the food                                        Producing egg protein                               Huge business
production chain                                           in the lab                                          opportunities
Almost all food industries use eggs, and thus,             EARTO member VTT developed a unique                 VTT’s innovative cell factory technology
egg proteins dominate the protein ingredient               technology, which enables mass production of        represents a low-cost solution for egg white
market. Millions of tons of eggs are needed every          many important food ingredients, such as high       protein production and supports a sustainable
year, from which a significant percentage goes             value proteins (e.g. egg proteins), without using   food system, with new food ingredients of
to protein ingredient production. A profound               animals and with low environmental impact.          high nutritional value and low environmental
change in the global food and agricultural                 Bringing its long history and top-class expertise   footprint. VTT, being a key partner in the cellular
systems is needed. A new approach to produce               on industrial biotechnology, VTT’s egg protein      agriculture domain, is currently developing
food ingredients with high nutritional value is            production technology takes the manufacturing       the microbial production technology along
vital to enable more sustainable and ethical               of food components a leap forward and               with several leading start-up companies, and
food production and to find new business                   decouples the food production from traditional      with its long-term research and licensing
opportunities with better price predictability.            agriculture. By developing a new cellular           agreements. So far, the expected financial and
The key solution for future food industry is to            agriculture-based food business, VTT enables        commercial demand for cellular agriculture
transform food production in a way that it will            bringing various high value food ingredients        globally is extremely high. In this regard, VTT
not be dependent on growing seasons or land                to the market.                                      has negotiated new projects and licensing
availability. The disruptive change that cellular                                                              deals with two international companies
agriculture brings about can be compared                                                                       worth at least €3.5M. Thus, this is not only
to the agricultural revolution from the 1700s                                                                  about chickens or about eggs; it is about
to the 1900s.                                                                                                  creating completely new businesses to disrupt
                                                                                                                the food industry.

** The figures are obtained from preliminary calculations, and were done in
  collaboration with sustainability assessment experts from University of Helsinki.
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SECOND PRIZE

TECNALIA
Paralysed patients are not alone

                   TECNALIA'S ISMORE WILL DIRECTLY
                   SAVE MORE THAN €13M    FOR
                                                                   60%    OF STROKE SURVIVORS
                                                                   COULD BENEFIT FROM
                   EUROPEAN HOSPITALS AND HEALTH                   TECNALIA'S ISMORE
                   CARE SYSTEMS ANNUALLY

                   REDUCTION OF STROKE SEVERITY
                   CAN DECREASE AT LEAST 30%    OF                 ISMORE IS EXPECTED
                   POST-STROKE REHABILITATION COST                 TO ACHIEVE SALES OF €11M
                   AND 1-2   HOSPITALISATION DAYS
                                                                   OVER THE FIRST FIVE YEARS
                   PER PATIENT

TECNALIA is a Spanish RTO aiming to transform technology into GDP, helping companies to be
more competitive and generate wealth and employment. Its key scopes of action are: Digital
Transformation, Advanced Manufacturing, Energy Transition, Sustainable Mobility, Urban Ecosystem
and Health. Experts from 29 different nationalities in 23 offices all over the world, visualise,
identify and develop comprehensive technological solutions with creativity and imagination for
more than 4K clients.

                                            www.tecnalia.com

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Groundbreaking brain-muscle
control breaks the “stroke” ceiling
  Incidence as well as prevalence of stroke constitute                         Universities of Tübingen, University of California
  an unsolved problem and a leading cause of serious                           Berkeley and supported by the Basque Country
  and long-term disabilities. In Europe, there are                             Health System, the University of Basque country
  almost 8M severely impaired and chronic patients                             and Université Libre de Bruxelles, accomplished
  and, in parallel, stroke costs are estimated at around                       something impossible. Not only has TECNALIA’s
  $34B globally per year. Current rehabilitation                               ISMORE achieved to develop a system which bridges
  therapies are not efficient enough, and a more                               the gap between brain and muscles, but also to
  intense treatment is needed. Indeed, the problem                             boost the existing therapies. ISMORE provides the
  has been also shifted to clinics, healthcare systems                         patients with an efficacious therapy, allowing them
  and insurances that have to bear the costs of stroke                         to execute functional movements interacting with
  rehabilitation, accounting for thousands of euros                            objects, activating functional neuroplasticity and
  per patient. TECNALIA, collaborating with the                                achieving a faster personalised treatment.

ISMORE is an innovative system that reconnects brain, muscles and movements of paralysed patients.

Improving existing                                   Decoding                                           Achieving great
robotic therapies                                    brain algorithm                                    preliminary interest
Conventional electrical stimulation therapies        EARTO member TECNALIA developed a system           ISMORE’s novelty has already been
as well as recent robotic therapy clinical trials    which directly hacks the nervous system and        protected by two international patents. The
have proven to be uncapable of solving patients’     decodes the movement intention to restore          commercialisation roadmap plans to complete
needs. It is true that the robotic clinical trials   joints’ control. Unlike current methods,           the clinical validation during 2020-2022,
have given important results, reducing 25%           TECNALIA’s ISMORE novel solution links brain       while, in parallel, the first industrial prototype
total health care expenses with a high-intense       and muscles again, via instrumental learning, to   (non-invasive therapy) will be available in
therapist intervention. However, these new non-      induce functional neuroplasticity even in the      two years. A new start-up company will bring
invasive neural approaches do not yet fully meet     unsolved worst-case scenario. Thanks to            the solution to the market in 2022 with the
the high expectations, as they deliver on limited    TECNALIA and to its partners a brain-muscle        support of TECNALIA Ventures, with public and
or even poor results. They exclude 20% patients      shared control algorithm ensures a real-time       private hospitals to be the first targets. ISMORE
and yet, they are the most successful existing       brain control of arm and hand movements            business opportunity has also been presented
cost/efficacy therapies. In this regard, American    combining       robotic    exoskeleton      and    to potential investors, achieving preliminary
and European guidelines for post-stroke care         physiotherapy. ISMORE’s neural interface           interest from several venture capital firms. In
and rehabilitation continue to recommend robot       allows a ten-times’ accurate, single-trial, real   its first three years, ISMORE aims to have a
assisted therapy for rehabilitation.                 time decoding and a three-times’ technological     turnover of €5.3M by selling over almost 70
                                                     improvement compared to the best existing          entire services.
                                                     stroke rehabilitation method.

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THIRD PRIZE

RISE
Superheroes’ filaments come to life

                    RISE’S PRODUCTION PROCESS RESULTS
                    IN FILAMENTS THAT ARE
                                                                      CO2 EMISSIONS CAN BE REDUCED
                    2 TIMES STIFFER AND                               BY40-50% WITH RISE’S SUPER
                    STRONGER COMPARED TO THE
                                                                      FILAMENTS
                    BEST COMMERCIALLY PERFORMING
                    CELLULOSE-BASED FILAMENT

                                                                      WITH THEIR INTENSE AND CONTINUOUS
                    SUPER FILAMENTS CAN LOWER THE
                                                                      WORK, SUPER FILAMENTS CAN BE
                    MATERIAL USAGE, REDUCING THE
                    WEIGHT BY   50%                                   PRODUCED AT   1KM PER DAY
                                                                      (0.1 G/DAY)

RISE is an independent, state-owned research institute. As an innovation partner for every part of
society, RISE helps developing technologies, products, services and processes that contribute to
a sustainable world and a competitive business community. RISE does this in collaboration with
and on behalf of companies, academia and the public sector. RISE also has a special focus on
supporting small and medium-sized enterprises in their innovation processes.

                                                    www.ri.se

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A circular bioeconomy is worth the
fight with super bio-based materials
Filaments can be found in many existing products,                              with funding from Knut and Alice Wallenberg
from clothing to composites. Today, it can be noted                            Foundation, FORMAS and RISE responded to this
that most of the commercially available filaments                              challenge, by developing a bio-based and non-toxic
are fossil-based. In parallel, the bio-based                                   production process for stronger filaments. This
alternatives are scarce and have disappointing                                 innovation utilises the renewable material, cellulose
properties. The idea of replacing for example glass                            from paper pulp, to achieve filaments with high
fiber would not only make the material use more                                performing and unique properties, suitable in a rich
efficient but it would also result in avoiding landfill,                       variety of products. This innovation is a superhero
as being the only end of life option. A collaboration                          within bio-based materials.
between RISE and KTH Royal Institute of Technology,

The innovation “Super filaments” is a 100% bio-based and renewable production process for the stiffest
and strongest filaments.

The greatest power                                  Learning to pick renewable                           Filaments
comes from the most                                 materials back up                                    with high potentials
natural products                                    RISE’s solution was a critical one: to replace the   RISE’s superheroes’ filaments are 2 times
Strengthening the transformation to a more          existing filaments’ production process and to        stiffer and stronger compared to the best
circular bioeconomy is not any easy process.        pave the way for a new natural-based                 performing products and, at the same time, 8
The transformation from fossil-based materials      development that would fulfil all environmental      times stiffer than spider silk. However, there
to renewable materials has been in high             and economic requirements. The innovation is         is still process optimisation needed to move
demand for many years and has the potential to      aiming to achieve all these targets by               to a pilot scale continuous production. At the
create a positive impact on the society. By using   outperforming other commercial systems               moment, licenses have been sold to 2 material
cellulose, which is a natural resource and the      which uses renewable cellulose from wood.            producing companies. These could supply the
backbone of trees and plants, it can be ensured     RISE, with a strong background in developing         raw material, upscale the spinning process
that the raw material is not going to run out,      energy efficient production processes,               towards a commercial production or incorporate
which is the case for fossil-based materials.       developed a water-based filament spinning            the filaments in their products within coming
Switching to sustainable forestry is well in line   process in collaboration with KTH Royal              years. The filaments have already proven to be
with preserving trees, producing less waste,        University of Technology, producing filaments        cost-competitive in high value markets, serving
and using innovative, efficient, and eco-friendly   with the highest mechanical properties of any        as textile for biomedical applications and as
cellulose-based filaments.                          biobased material. All project collaborators         fiber reinforcement in high value composites.
                                                    were crucial during both the initial development     Interest has been raised from raw material
                                                    and the transition of the development to reach       manufacturers, end application producers and
                                                    high TRL levels. The “Super filaments” have          private investors.
                                                    strong mechanical properties and are easy to
                                                    functionalise, making them unbeatable for both
                                                    high-value and high-volume segments.

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