12. Pilot lines, demonstrators and access to research infrastructure – success stories and news
Beta,10/06/2015, 10/19/17 14:15 - 10/19/17 15:45
Europe has good prospects regarding the production and marketing of innovative systems and solutions: it is a powerhouse for inventions; it has a skilled labour force; and it has the necessary capital. Europe just has to combine these competencies and encourage risk taking in order to accelerate innovation, and generate new markets and production sites. However, the investment risk needs to be balanced with realistic prospects for market growth and job creation.
Pilot activities (pilot lines or deployment projects) are the best means to generate the knowledge base and the visibility. The sooner a system provider like an automotive OEM is enabled by pilot components, materials or equipment, the sooner innovative systems such as electrical cars can be delivered to the market. Pilot line activities are efficient catalysts for innovation, opening up the bottleneck, enabling crossing of the valley of death between invention and market. In addition, Open Infrastructures bring together, integrate on European scale, and open up key national and regional research infrastructures to all European researchers, from both academia and industry, ensuring their optimal use and joint development. As an outcome, for instance, close interactions between larger number of researchers active in and around a number of infrastructures facilitate cross-disciplinary fertilisation and a wider sharing of information, knowledge and technologies across fields and between academia and industry.
Examples of open infrastructures, supporting both academic research teams and industry (including SMEs) are facilities for advanced macro- and nanofabrication; metrology; development, treatment and characterisation of advanced functional materials; and characterisation and engineering of nanoparticles for medical applications. In this session, some successful examples of pilot line activities and open access infrastructures in the nanotechnologies and advanced materials area are presented.