The European Commission yesterday launched two Horizon prizes to support the identification of ideas for drastically reducing air pollution caused by transport.
As previewed by Mark Matchett at KTN’s Horizon 2020 European Green Vehicle Initiative Brokerage last September, a €3.5 million Horizon Prize for the Cleanest Engine of the Future and a €1.5 million Horizon Prize for the Engine Retrofit for Clean Air, funded by the EU's research programme Horizon 2020, is on offer for individuals or teams with the most effective solutions to the defined challenges.
Applicants from all fields of expertise, whether established researchers or newcomers, are encouraged to apply for these prizes, and have total freedom in the approach they choose take to deliver the breakthrough solution.
The rules of contest of both prizes are available online on the Commission’s Horizon Prizes website, and entry is by follwoing the links form each compeition to the respective competition page on the Horizon 2020 particaption portal.
Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, said: "Prizes are a great way of rewarding and stimulating innovation, and clean engine technology is something we must support if we want to achieve our ambitious climate, energy and air quality goals. So today we're launching two Horizon prizes worth a combined €5 million to generate momentum and investment in cleaner engine technologies."
Horizon Prize for the Cleanest Engine Retrofit
The Horizon Prize for the Engine Retrofit for Clean Air aims to find a way of cleaning existing diesel engines. This could be temporary solution until a better engine is invented or before electric cars become commonplace.
The prize aims at spurring the development of new technologies that can be applied to existing diesel engines and powertrains to reduce emissions of pollutants in real driving conditions to the lowest level possible, in order to improve air quality issues in European cities.
The challenge is to demonstrate on a running vehicle a solution for an existing engine and powertrain that best addresses the issue of greatly reducing emissions of NOx, particles, hydrocarbons in real driving conditions, while ensuring low levels of undesired other pollutants.
The technology should not affect the operational capabilities of the retrofitted vehicles, for instance it should not significantly increase the fuel consumption, at the same time providing sufficient dynamic performance for normal vehicle driving.
Participants will need to submit the application through the Participant Portal and deliver the prototype (i.e. the donor vehicle with the installed innovation which has already been tested by the applicants, with no modifications) to the European Commission's The Joint Research Centre (JRC) in Ispra, Italy by 5pm on 12 September 2017.
The Horizon Prize for the Cleanest Engine of the Future
The €3 million Horizon Prize for the Cleanest Engine of the Future aims to pave the way to this future engine by developing a technology that cleans the exhaust gases. This might be a filter, an additive, a combustion system or any other technology.
The purpose of this prize is to stimulate the development of next generation engine and powertrain technologies using conventional fuels. This should reduce emissions of pollutants in real driving conditions to the lowest level possible in order to improve air quality issues in European cities, while at the same time delivering better fuel economy and lower CO2 emissions under the same realistic test conditions.
The prize will be awarded to participants coming up with a solution integrated in a system prototype, which will be able to demonsrate reduction of emissions of pollutants and lowering fuel consumption in real driving conditions without affecting the operational capabilities of the vehicle.
Participants will need to submit the application through the Participant Portal and deliver the prototype (i.e. the donor vehicle with the installed innovation which has already been tested by the applicants, with no modifications) to the JRC in Ispra by 5pm on 20 August 2019.
Other Horizon Prizes
The European Commission is introducing a number of challenge prizes under Horizon 2020, including a €3 million prize to improve air quality in cities, for developing an innovative and well-designed material solution to reduce the concentration of particulate matter in the air.