Seven major European aerospace companies--Airbus SAS, Dassault Aviation, Eurocopter SAS, Liebherr-Aerospace Lindenberg, Rolls-Royce, Safran and Thales--signed a letter of intent in a Joint Technology Initiative
"to radically improve the impact of air transport on the environment and...deliver innovative technologies and solutions." The initiative, which is being launched jointly with the European Commission, is budgeted at an estimated [euro]1.7 billion over the seven-year program.
The Clean Sky Joint Technology Initiative
, which manages the Clean Sky research programme on cleaner, quieter and more aerodynamic aircraft (800 million for 2007-2013), has issued its eighth call for proposals.
The Commission calls for additional support for the Joint Technology Initiative
(JTI) on fuel cells and hydrogen, established for 2008-2013 with a budget of 470 million of EU funding (matched by industry contributions).
This second call by the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Technology Initiative
(JTI) sees Commission funding of 71.3 million by in-kind' contributions by the JTI's industrial partners
The projects, whose selection was announced on 18 May, were chosen following the call for proposals launched under the Innovative Medicine Initiative (IMI) www.imi-europe.org, a public private partnership (known as a joint technology initiative
) between the European Commission and the pharmaceuticals sector.
There will also be an overview of other initiatives such as the fuel cell and hydrogen joint technology initiative
and the lead markets initiative.
The EU's Research Commissioner Janez Potocnik launched, on 14 October, a public-private joint technology initiative
(JTI) in the field of hydrogen fuel cells that will see nearly one billion euro pumped into research.
Indeed, the EU supports the development of hydrogen energy through the European Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology Platform and the Joint Technology Initiative
The Council adopted, on 30 May, a regulation establishing a Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Technology Initiative
The development of intelligent transport systems and the use of new technologies will also be priorities (the Presidency will be keeping a close watch on Galileo, the European satellite navigation system, and the Clean Sky Joint Technology Initiative
This new hydrogen partnership, launched in Brussels on 14 April, aims to create a regional organisational structure and a concrete framework for collaboration with the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Technology Initiative
Aside from further discussing its five reports at its 7-8 April meeting, ITRE also voted in favour of a non-binding consultation report, drafted by Pia Elda Locatelli (PES, Italy) and up for vote in Strasbourg in May, on Commission plans for a fifth Joint Technology Initiative
(JTI) for research into hydrogen and fuel cells.