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 (email@example.com) 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 commercialization. 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.
No. Only SME Phase 2 projects are eligible for the SIF/EC equivalence. You should apply for the Label following our regular submission process.
We ask that you prepare the following documents (provided by the EIC Accelerator Phase II/SMEII program): 1) Seal of Excellence or Grant Agreement; 2) Proposal Submission Form; 3) Evaluation Summary Report; and 4) Proposal Submission Form - SUMMARY (a shorter version of the original Proposal Submission Form, to be edited/cut by the applicant). Should you require assistance on identifying these documents, we advise you to look at Chapter 6 of our Standards or contact us directly (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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Here are just a few of the things people frequently ask about the Equivalence for the Solar Impulse Efficient Solution Label. If you don't see your question here, get in touch with us
Low-cost substructure system
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An auxiliary wind propulsion system to reduce the fuel consumption of commercial shipping
IHS (Induction Humidification System)
Induction humidification system for high energy and water savings
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Railway Systems Energy Smart Metering
A non-intrusive smart solution for Railway Systems energy efficiency measurements.
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Kamioni Dispatching Software
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FLASC - Hydro-Pneumatic Energy Storage
Safe, reliable and scalable energy storage, designed specifically for offshore applications
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Bin-e Waste Management System
World's first AI-based smart waste bin that recognizes and sorts the waste automatically.
Low Energy Data Storage System
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Deep Branch Biotechnology
Converting carbon dioxide from industrial emissions into protein for animal feeding
Solar Thermal High-Vacuum Panels
A high-perfoming solar thermal technology for the production of hot water and steam
Biodegradable single-use wheat bran tableware
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SOLIS Industrial Daylight Collector
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Ecoport 800 Methanol Fuel Cell
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Azelio Thermal Energy Storage
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Mobile on-site soil and wastewater treatment machine (MST)
A fast soil, groundwater, sewage and wastewater decontamination solution achieving high conversion rates
A carpooling service for creating a social network that empowers people to share their daily trips
Predictive maintenance and precision mapping of buried pipelines against safety and environmental threats
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H2P (Hydrogen Power)
A new way of always producing TWO valuable gases H2 and O2 cheaper, cleaner everywhere and for everyone
An autonomous and interactive dispenser that refills reusable containers with liquid products
Micro Nano Bubble Flotation MNBF®
Micro nano bubble flotation process for efficient sewer treatment of highly contaminated industrial wastes
Water Mineralization Technology
A new technology to enrich water with calcium and magnesium bicarbonate
Skypull Airborne Wind Energy
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Sustainable Grain Supply Chain
Digital supply chain monitoring and elimination of chronic waste problems
A web mapping tool based on satellite imagery and open datasets, for public entities to measure, monitor and improve urban vegetation
Blixt Solid State Circuit Breaker
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Solar Intelligent Lighting (S.I.L.)
A self-powered solar led lighting solution for outdoor use with remote control
DesignPro HydroKinetic Turbines
Small-scale hydrokinetic turbines that enable users to harness clean, predictable energy from water in rivers
Sensoneo Smart Waste Management
A software for data-driven smart waste management with increased transparency and efficiency
Smart Rainfall System
A decision support system for the prediction of flash flood risk in urbanised areas
ChroRePro: Chromium Recovery Process
Separation and recovery of chromium from plating industry wastewaters
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Repair system for reusable plastics
A patented, innovative technology to repair reusable plastic goods
Eco-efficient OTIUM HOME
Energetic energy systems and artificial intelligence control for buildings and vehicles
A new generation of biodegradable, efficient, metal-free, non-ion-relating coating and filler for medical devices
high-tech but low-cost building-system, without any sand or petroleum-based materials, that provides a massive Co2-reduction!
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