Posts Tagged ‘solar cells’

EFP Brief No. 158: MONA: A European Roadmap for Photonics and Nanotechnologies

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Photonics and nanotechnologies are highly multi-disciplinary fields and two of the principal enabling technologies for the 21st century. They are key technology drivers for industry sectors such as information technologies, communication, biotechnologies, transport, and manufacturing. Photonics/nanophotonics and nanomaterials/nanotechnologies can benefit from each other in terms of new functions, materials, fabrication processes and applications. The MONA Roadmap identifies potential synergies between photonics/nanophotonics and nanomaterials/nanotechnologies. The challenge of mastering nanoelectronics and nanophotonics science and technologies at an industrial scale is of utmost strategic importance for the competitiveness of the European industry in a global context.

EFMN Brief No. 158_MONA

EFP Brief No. 115: SMART Perspectives of European Materials Research

Friday, May 20th, 2011

Modern materials sciences take as their objective to develop and tailor materials with a desired set of properties suitable for a given application. Next to conventional approaches, predictive modelling and simulation is more and more used. This results into a rapidly increasing knowledge base, allowing for more precise experimental set-ups, more precise simulations and tailoring of goal-oriented materials. They play a key role in the value chain and in product innovation. Although limited profits are made from materials, materials are technology enablers for new high added value products and therefore a key in innovation acceleration. More success and increased opportunities for applications is the outcome. The SMART project aimed at providing support for future strategic decisions in this sector to foster the strengthening of the European Research Area.

EFMN Brief No. 115 – SMART materials

EFP Brief No. 42: Emerging S+T Priorities in the Triadic Regions

Friday, May 6th, 2011

The objective of this Platform Foresight project is the analysis of emerging science and technology priorities in public research policies of the European countries, the US and Japan. The aim is to provide the European Commission and the member states with policy recommendations as to become leaders in these emerging technologies.

EFMN Brief No. 42 – Emerging S+T Priorities in the Triadic Regions

EFP Brief No. 35: Japanese S+T Foresight 2035

Friday, May 6th, 2011

Every five years Japan conducts a large national foresight exercise to gain new information and update insights gained from previous foresight activities. One of the most important elements of these foresight exercises is a comprehensive Delphi survey involving more than 2,200 independent experts from different disciplines. The results of this whole process serve as inputs for policy-making and provide valuable information for all interested parties including stakeholders from companies and students. In the eighth Japanese national foresight exercise a wider approach was adopted. This exercise included a study on rapidly developing technologies, scenario development and a demand-oriented study.

EFP Brief No. 32: Danish Nano-science and Nano-technology for 2025

Friday, May 6th, 2011

The purpose of this Technology Foresight on nano-technology was to provide knowledge regarding the scope for nano-scientific and nano-technological developments over the next 20 years, as a basis for the development of a cohesive, long-term policy for research, education and innovation in this area. The delivery of an action plan for Danish nano-science and nano-technology containing recommendations for the next few years was the most essential task in the project. The target group consisted of the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation and the Danish system of advisory and grant-awarding bodies for research and innovation.

EFMN Brief No. 32 – Danish Nano-science and Nano-technology for 2025

EFP Brief No. 23: UK Foresight on Exploiting the Electro-Magnetic Spectrum – 2020

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

The objective of the UK Foresight Project entitled EEMS – ‘Exploiting the Electro-Magnetic Spectrum’ was to provide a vision for the future exploitation of the electromagnetic spectrum to ensure increased UK innovation in related areas. Technologies that ‘exploit’ the Electro-Magnetic Spectrum include lasers, X-rays and other medical technologies as well as technologies for communication, the miniaturization of complex micro-systems, sensing, imaging as well as security.