From analysis of the size of opportunities and societal challenges faced by Europe SusChem has focused on three prioritised value chains:
- Building Construction and Refurbishment
- Energy Production and Storage
The results were reviewed at a SusChem Materials Working Group workshop held in March 2013 and further discussed at a workshop that was part of the SusChem Stakeholder event in mid May.
Four provisional research, development and innovation topics considered to be key priorities for inclusion in early calls for Horizon 2020 have been identified. They are:
- Advanced structural composites for cost effective volume production of complex high performance lightweight parts
- Circular economy and how this concept can be developed within the three identified key value chains (and elsewhere) of importance to the chemical industry and society
- Thermal energy conversion and storage (including solar cooling)
- Stationary electricity storage
These four topics are generally perceived as being at technology readiness levels 4 to 7 (TRL 4 – 7) and therefore have potential for industrial impact in the short to medium term (see diagram above).
Two other topics were also identified as of continuing interest but at a lower TRL. These are:
- Self-healing materials
- Printed electronics
In the working group report proposals for all six topics are described in terms of:
- The general ambition and time frame envisaged
- The Key Stakeholders that should be involved
- Value chain specifics
- The proposed programme
- What the Chemical Industry brings to the topic area
To obtain a copy of the full SusChem Materials Working Group report, please contact the SusChem secretariat.
This is also the place to find out how you can get involved with the ongoing analysis and work being undertaken by the Working Group to prepare for the first Horizon 2020 calls in 2014.