Bringing ICT-enabled research results to market - Juli 15, 2013
Over the years, exciting EU-funded projects in a variety of areas have managed to deliver top-notch results. From new technologies that help promote sustainable development to tools and systems for ensuring security and diversity of energy supply, EU research has made great strides in all the right directions.
But while the value of this research is not in question, there are many cases where interesting technological results have not translated into performance in the marketplace.
In this context, The EU-funded GENESYS project ('Good practices for European developers of advanced ICT-enabled energy-efficiency systems') has collected and analysed research results on efficiency and energy management systems (EMS), with a view to identifying new opportunities for the integration of these results into real operational systems, or for applications in other cross-cutting areas.
One of the project's main focuses has been on finding ways to reduce the environmental impact of urban activities, at both city and global levels. To do this, it has looked for new ways to integrate promising technologies from research and state-of-the-art information and communications technologies (ICT).
'Smart' systems based on ICT are already being put in place in many of today's leading-edge cities. These systems can be used to optimise the management of urban infrastructure and natural resources, maximising energy efficiency and the use of renewables, and enabling better planning of water, transport, and land use.
Led by Italy's INNOVA, the GENESYS team carried out an in-depth analysis of the technical and scientific results of a large number of completed EMS-related research projects. It then undertook the further development of specific technologies that could potentially meet specific market requirements within an integrated ICT-based system.
Research and industrial partners explored potential synergies between the two communities and considered ways to exploit technologies and identify shared goals in EMS-related fields.
One of the key outcomes of all of this work has been a new set of guidelines for economically sustainable industrialisation of R&D results. In addition, partners have outlined the steps needed to ensure that future research results are tied as closely as possible to real market needs.
Finally, GENESYS has made a significant effort to help certain identified technologies find access to private capital and other financial support, to enable effective market exploitation.
This work has gone a long way towards making EU technology-related R&D more impactful, by showing how to make new technologies more adaptive and responsive to real needs, specifically in the field of EMS.
Juli 15, 2013