Are you an awardee of the European Commission EIC Accelerator Phase II program (former SME Instrument Phase II) ?
The Solar Impulse Foundation recently launched a collaboration with the European Commission (EC) with the aim of creating an equivalence between the EC selection process and the criteria assessed for the Solar Impulse Efficient Solution Label.
The aim of the equivalence is to recognize the projects selected by the EC as a part of the Solar Impulse Foundations 1000 Solutions portfolio, to provide visibility, credibility, and to further help them connect with potential stakeholders such as investors, clients, companies, and cities.
To this end, we invite you to apply for the Solar Impulse Label.
The Solar Impulse Efficient Solution label seeks to identify those solutions that bring together the protection of the environment and financial viability, demonstrating that such solutions are not expensive costs but rather opportunities for clean economic growth.
If your project was funded or awarded the Seal of Excellence in the scope of the European Innovation Council (EIC) Accelerator pilot Phase-2 / SME Instrument Phase-2 programme (see details of the requirements in the section below), you are only a few steps away from potentially obtaining the Solar Impulse Efficient solutions Label !
Indeed, the information you have previously used in your EIC Accelerator Pilot Phase-2 proposal can be used to speed up the application process for the Label. As only additional step, you will be required to respond to two question regarding the Environmental Impact of your Solution (approx. 30-45 min).
Awardee of the EIC Accelerator Phase II program can easily apply for the Solar Impulse Label.
The Solution was granted funding or a Seal of Excellence in the scope of the European Innovation Council (EIC) Accelerator pilot Phase-2 / SME Instrument Phase-2 programme within the past 5 years;
The Solution fits in the Solar Impulse Efficient Solution Label eligibility scope (section 2).
The Solution obtained an overall rating of 3,5/5 minimum to the seven sub-criteria given by the EC evaluators.
The Solution successfully validates the Solar Impulse Label Environmental Benefits criterion after assessment by three independent Solar Impulse voluntary Experts.
Not part of European Commission EIC Accelerator Phase II program (former SME Instrument Phase II) but still part of H2020 programme?
If your project belongs to other H2020 programmes (e.g. H2020/LCE; H2020/FCH JTI; H2020 SC5; H2020/EIT Climate KIC and many others…) you can still apply for the Label following our regular submission process. In addition, we are happy to support you and verify whether the information you have previously used in your H2020 proposal could potentially be used to speed up the application process.
We advise you to contact us directly (firstname.lastname@example.org) so that we can review your files and give you advice on how to proceed. It is likely that most of the information/documents you have provided to the EC for the H2020 funding can be used for the Solar Impulse’s application and save you significant amount of time.
No, While both EIC-SME Phase 1 and Phase 2 instruments are specifically designed to promote innovation activities, they are intended to support different phases of innovation development. In particular, only SME Phase 2 projects are eligible for the SIF/EC equivalence, as they are devised to support the implementation of an innovation-driven business plan and thus to move from proof of concept/clinical studies to successful commercialisation. Indeed, the notion of profitability, for both Client(s) and Seller, is a fundamental aspect assessed for the Solar Impulse Efficient Solution Label. As a result, projects belonging to SME Phase 1 scheme can still apply for the Label following our regular submission process (depending on their level of maturity) but they are not eligible for the SIF/EC equivalence.
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Acid regeneration system enabling recovery of waste acid components created through pickling of stainless steel.
Low-cost substructure system
Bottom-fixed offshore turbine prototype that can be installed safely, simply and without cranes
EP Tender is a range extender for electric vehicles unlocking affordable and convenient long-distance travel
An eco-designed mobile thermal storage solution for industrial waste heat recovery and renewable storage in recycled ceramics.
A smart painless, electric trailer which can carry a load up to 250 kg behind any bike, securely and without any additional effort.
Exploit the potential of microalgae as a CO2 consuming & inexhaustible raw material to develop innovative & efficient solutions for agriculture.
A waste digitalisation software and the Circular Economy Materials marketplace that makes transition into the practical Circular Business Models simple.
An intelligent and connected sprayer that reduces pesticides needs and fuel consumption while keeping track.
An easy, affordable solution that filter water straight from the tap for clean and tasty tap water.
An energy harvesting device that generates energy from pressure in gas pipelines to enable IoT solutions for smart grid management.
PLUG&PAY on EV
Helps EV [Electric Vehicles] drivers who face the rejection with EV parking in the city.
An environmentally sensitive concrete solution that enhances the biological and ecological value of urban, coastal and marine structures.
A modular IoT system for urban flood and overflow alleviation which avoids infrastructure costs and disruption, and reduces environmental impacts.
A solution that provides a cost-efficient approach to detect leaks early and enable the maintenance teams to improve their efficiency to fix the leaks early.
Railway Systems Energy Smart Metering
A non-intrusive smart solution for Railway Systems energy efficiency measurements.
It supports farmers in optimizing agronomic practices by making AgTech (Sustainable agricultural technology) tools easier.
A simple solar desalination system to offer hygiene drinking and irrigation water at a low price to villagers.
Biorefinery for diapers waste
EMBRACED - Establishing a Multi-purpose Biorefinery for the Recycling of AHP waste in a Circular Economy Domain
Recycling round bale nets and twine from agriculture, with a dry & eco-friendly process, to produce high-quality recycled plastics.
Unique tabletop factory for printing highly efficient and easily customizable solid oxide fuel cells, saving time and resources.
Kamioni Dispatching Software
Kamioni makes bulk goods logistics easy & efficient by connecting supply & demand on a single platform, reducing CO2 emissions drastically
A predictive maintenance solution, able to detect reefer (refrigerated containers) issues and to save food and energy wasted during maritime shipping.
Single Stage Variable Transmission
An innovative SVT (Single Stage Variable Transmission) extending EVs' driving range, allowing for battery reduction and operating in silence while being suitable for engine and E-motor vehicles.
DISIRE Horizon 2020
Integrated Process Control Based on Distributed In-Situ Sensors Into Raw Materials and Energy Intense Processes
Compact Waste Heat Recovery Engine converting the thermal power from exhaust gases into additional mechanical power at low costs
An innovating technology that reduces fuel consumption and emissions significantly.
Stable and competitive renewable energy from higher winds using 90% less materials than wind turbines
Reduces land consumption by digitally identifying and optimizing inner city land utilization.
An affordable and easy to deploy solar thermal collector capable of converting sunlight into hot water for homes, business, and industry.
FLASC - Hydro-Pneumatic Energy Storage
Safe, reliable and scalable energy storage, designed specifically for offshore applications.
A solution of maintenance of large areas of vegetation (agriculture, industry) with herds of industrial solar robots replacing Glyphosate.
QED Naval Limited and Tocardo Turbines
100MW+ energy centre and self-installing tidal energy platform project which significantly enhances site yield and reduces on-site costs
The Enhanced-Multi Effect Thermal Separation [E-METS] is a novel water separation technology for advanced desalination, lithium mining and industrial wastewater treatment.
Bin-e Waste Management System
World's first AI-based smart waste bin that recognizes and sorts the waste automatically.
Entomo Insect Biofactories
Development of industrial projects for the production of insects for the transformation of organic matter into raw materials with high added value.
SRU - Sodium Reduction Unit
The SRU process prevents nitrate and phosphate pollution from greenhouses by selectively removing sodium from the re-used irrigation water.
A low carbon patented process that turns agricultural waste such as straw into paper pulp for packaging as an alternative to wood pulp.
Geothermal heat and power plant
Cheap heat & power for municipalities generated from a local source.
Soltiles Solar Tiles
An aesthetic, high efficiency, inexpensive, solar roofing tiles with 40% more power, including a Li Battery for 24/7 power.
An autonomous container based kite system with unparalleled flexibility, offering affordable, dependable and clean energy everywhere.
Fluidic Air Lubrication (MPS FAL)
An add-on retrofit solution for ships that reduces fuel consumption by up to 20%, lowers emissions and controls fouling.
Low Energy Data Storage System
Swiss Vault designs and builds data storage systems that reduce energy consumption and space utilization and decrease the carbon footprint for data.
Altivar Process is a Services Oriented Drive designed to reduce OPEX in Process & Utility installations.
Deep Branch Biotechnology
Converting carbon dioxide from industrial emissions into protein for animal feeding.
Magnetic micro-sponges providing an economical and sustainable waste water and gas stream treatment.
Closed-loop rare earth recycling process for sustainable accessibility of critical raw materials used in green technologies
Solar Thermal High-Vacuum Panels
A high-perfoming solar thermal technology for the production of hot water and steam
A reinforced natural grass solution enabling to replace synthetic turf for amateur and high performance sports pitches
Environmentally friendly, compostable, leak-proof and disposable food containers made from agri-food industry waste.
Biodegradable single-use wheat bran tableware
An environmentally friendly and safe alternative made from wheat bran to replace plastic-based disposables tableware
Sustainable cooling for a warming planet
An industrial scale cooling solution that is highly efficient and leading to significant reduction in carbon emissions while ensuring resilience.
Biodentify Greener Drilling Solution
A solution to make exploration for hydrocarbons greener and cheaper by predicting prospectivity before drilling using DNA fingerprinting and Machine Learning.
SOLIS Industrial Daylight Collector
Highly efficient, fully static, daylighting solution, providing large amounts of sunlight throughout the day, to unlit rooms
Glowee is an environmental biotech company using the super-powers of nature, called bioluminescence, to reduce the environmental impact of lighting.
World's first and only on-site hydrogen-peroxide generation solution - for safe, environmentally friendly and secure water and wastewater treatment.
Lumenaza develops powerful software to connect producers and consumers of green distributed energy, providing everyone access to the energy market.
Seawind Ocean Technology
A highly innovative offshore floating wind turbine system composed of a two-bladed wind turbine mounted on a concrete floating foundation.
Ecoport 800 Methanol Fuel Cell
Replacing diesel or gasoline generators with an emission-free, silent, low cost & maintenance power source.
Cloud-based Software to carry out the design and engineering of utility-scale Solar Photovoltaic Plants
High efficiency Solar floating system with high efficiency, low cost, enabling affordable clean energy
Novel photobioreactor cultivation system to produce food ingredients and proteins more efficiently, affordably and sustainably.
Etrel INCH Pro
INCH is an interactive charger that talks with the user and responds to the grid, dynamically balancing charging power for more efficient, green charging.
Azelio Thermal Energy Storage
Energy storage that makes clean power from solar and wind all hours of the day.
A high-efficiency gas microCHP heat pump enabling trigeneration (heating, cooling, electricity) and targeting the residential sector.
A manure additive to fluidize liquid manure and to mitigate the release of Ammonia, odors and GHG at the storage and distribution phases
Mobile on-site soil and wastewater treatment machine (MST)
Solutions for soil, groundwater, sewage and wastewater decontamination with conversion rates of up to 97% achieved within one hour.
Autonomous agricultural robot tool carrier using standard implements for a more environmentally and sustainable intensified agriculture.
Map A Tree
An application empowering people to make a green impact in their communities by planting trees from their phone.
ObjectBox enables scalable and sustainable digitalisation in IoT and Mobile with a reliable, high speed edge database and synchronisation solution.
An online register for products and materials that facilitates reuse and realisation of a circular economy in the construction industry
KEYOU has redesigned the fossil fuel based internal combustion engine enabling it to run on pure hydrogen as sustainable and clean zero-emission fuel
CO2 Recycling Technology
A cost-effective & sustainable solution to recycle CO2 into valuable products for the food and chemical industry
Predictive maintenance and precision mapping of buried pipelines to ensure their operational safety for the people and the environment
Taking low-grade mixed plastic waste and converting it directly into a high-performance and cost-effective alternative to plywood
H2P (Hydrogen Power)
A new way of always producing TWO valuable gases H2 and O2 cheaper, cleaner everywhere and for everyone
A nanoporous algae silica material that makes personal care products better and ocean-safe as well as increases the efficiency of solar panels
A plastic manufacturing technology that creates more sustainable and cost-effective single and multi-use packaging for food and other uses
Algorithms that reduce energy consumption in commercial buildings by 30% by matching energy usage with actual building usage.
An additive speeding up the natural biodegradation of PLA to make PLA-based products universally compostable
A magnetic plug that accelerates electric vehicles adoption and reduces the cost of charging infrastructure thanks to automated plug-in
Helping food retailers slash food waste and boost bottom lines by selling perishable products with shorter expiration dates at their optimal price
Against plastic waste, Refill Point is an interactive dispenser that refills reusable containers with liquid products sold in retail stores
Micro Nano Bubble Flotation MNBF®
Efficient, reliable, scalable and containerized wastewater treatment solution using micro nano bubbles of oxygen and ozone for wastewater purification
Skypull Airborne Wind Energy
An autonomous patented wing drone connected to a ground generator producing low-cost electricity from abundant high altitude winds
A drilling tool which enables access to renewable sources of clean geothermal energy available 24/7/365 anywhere on the Earth
A water wheel propelled pump that lifts water for irrigation from rivers with no emissions or operational costs
Sustainable Grain Supply Chain
software and sensor platform for sustainable, zero-waste grain supply chains, leveraging artificial intelligence
A patented steam technology which acts as an alternative to pesticides for farmers, giving increased harvest yield and storage time
A web mapping tool based on satellite imagery and open datasets, for public entities to measure, monitor and improve urban vegetation
CLEMAP is offering energy analytics, energy portals and electricity metering solutions to provide warnings, optimization and real-time monitoring
Blixt Solid State Circuit Breaker
Solid state circuit breakers for software control of electricity and enhanced electrical safety
Radically reduces energy use for wastewater treatment by means of energy-efficient wastewater aeration
Solar Intelligent Lighting (S.I.L.)
Intelligent, self-powered LED lighting solution with solar panel and lithium battery for outdoor use with remote control
DesignPro HydroKinetic Turbines
DesignPro Renewables develops a small-scale, hydrokinetic turbines that enable users to harness clean, predictable energy from water in rivers
Highly transparent (80%) solar panel that generates electricity from solar radiation optimized for use in greenhouses.
Sensoneo Smart Waste Management
In-house-produced Hardware&Software solution providing data-driven waste management resulting in efficiency and transparency
The Planet Plug®
A standard plug and socket for full-sized DC home/workplace appliances, that lowers CAPEX/OPEX, insurance Costs plus saves the environment
Smart Rainfall System
A novel Decision Support System for building climate resilient cities against flash flood
Loop Heat Pipe (LHP)
A passive form of heat transfer (cooling), offering an alternative to active (pumped) water cooling systems
Taking green construction towards a circular reality, introducing and scaling the highest quality sustainable green building materials
A compact sewage/faecal sludge treatment plant that generates bioenergy from wastewater for decentralised management in urban communities
A sensor system for non-invasive measurement of the protective atmosphere in 100% of food packaging along the entire distribution chain.
A range of thermal insulation products and a mobile app to automatically identify and isolate all equipment on hot networks.
ChroRePro: Chromium Recovery Process
It recovers 99.9% of Chromium from industrial wastewaters of the plating industry and prevent it to reach the environment or to be lost at landfills.
Efficient transportation planning for cities. Urban Radar enables to reduce congestion, carbon emissions and improve air quality by at least 20%
The Solution captures plastics difficult to recycle and recycles them in marketable products without polluting, all steps done locally
SOP STAR COW
A solution to reduce enteric GHG emissions, benefiting the environment and improving dairy cows productivity
Low Carbon Footprint bio-Polyurethane framing material for highly energy-efficient windows and doors
Pure Safe Sustainable Drinking Water extracted from the Swiss Air. Meaning we do not deplete natural resources, no waste return to the environment.
Repair system for reusable plastics
A patented, innovative technology to repair reusable plastic goods
A patented inorganic metal-free bioglass with proven antimicrobial effectiveness via membrane depolarization without antimicrobial resistance result
Unique general aviation airplane with hybrid-electric propulsion for safe, quiet, efficient and eco-friendly flight
Lormauto is a car manufacturer that produces very long-lived vehicles by retrofitting old ones.
high-tech but low-cost building-system, without any sand or petroleum-based materials, that provides a massive Co2-reduction!