Forum for Science, Industry and Business

Sponsored by:     3M 
Search our Site:

 

First Risk Sharing Financing Facility projects focus on energy technologies

02.10.2007
The European Commission and the European Investment Bank (EIB) have announced the first round of projects to receive funding under the new Risk Sharing Finance Facility (RSFF), which was launched earlier this year.

A total of €359 million has been allocated to seven projects, most of which involve renewable energy technologies or energy efficiency. Renewable energy technologies are one of the bank's priority lending objectives for 2007.

Launched in June of this year, the RSFF was set up with the goal of improving access to financing for the promoters of research and innovation projects. Currently the uncertain, risky nature of these initiatives makes it harder for them to attract financing. The scheme is financed jointly by the European Commission (through the Seventh Framework Programme) and the EIB.

According to the European Commission and the EIB, there has been significant demand for funding in a range of priority sectors under the Lisbon Agenda, as well as from European Technology Platforms (ETPs) and Joint Technology Initiatives.

Two of the projects slated to receive RSFF funds involve solar thermal power plants in Spain. The Andasol Solar Thermal power plant, which lies some 60 km southeast of Granada, will receive €120 million of funding. The plant consists of a field of parabolic troughs along which a vacuum tube circulates a fluid which heats up to over 400°C. This heat is then used to produce power in a vapour turbine.

The second solar plant, the Solucar Solar Thermal power plant near Seville, uses an alternative technology. Here, a field of mirrors will concentrate the sun's rays onto a thermal receiver mounted on the top of a tower. It will receive funds of €50 million.

Meanwhile, Spanish company Abengoa is set to receive €49 million from the RSFF for projects in a range of renewable energy sectors, including bioethanol, hydrogen and fuel cells.

AVL is an Austrian technology and engineering specialist focusing on powertrain/engine and related technologies and is a member of the ETP for embedded systems (ARTEMIS). Its €30 million loan will support the development of clean and efficient automotive power trains. The project also involves research into hydrogen fuel technologies and energy technologies designed to improve energy efficiency.

A €30 million loan also goes to German company Eberspächer, which will use the funds to further develop its work in exhaust technology and heating systems for cars and trucks.

Biotechnology is the subject of one of the projects financed; Spanish firm Zeltia will receive €30 million to develop and commercialise potential cancer drugs. As Zeltia's work focuses on rare or orphan diseases, funding is sometimes hard to come by, making the RSFF loan especially valuable.

The last loan goes to a research and innovation facility for the automotive sector. This facility involves a guarantee scheme which will help automotive suppliers finance their research activities by the sale and lease-back of their intellectual property rights to Deutsche Leasing, a leading leasing institute in Germany.

Virginia Mercouri | alfa
Further information:
http://cordis.europa.eu/news

More articles from Power and Electrical Engineering:

nachricht Researchers pave the way for ionotronic nanodevices
23.02.2017 | Aalto University

nachricht Microhotplates for a smart gas sensor
22.02.2017 | Toyohashi University of Technology

All articles from Power and Electrical Engineering >>>

The most recent press releases about innovation >>>

Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:

Im Focus: Breakthrough with a chain of gold atoms

In the field of nanoscience, an international team of physicists with participants from Konstanz has achieved a breakthrough in understanding heat transport

In the field of nanoscience, an international team of physicists with participants from Konstanz has achieved a breakthrough in understanding heat transport

Im Focus: DNA repair: a new letter in the cell alphabet

Results reveal how discoveries may be hidden in scientific “blind spots”

Cells need to repair damaged DNA in our genes to prevent the development of cancer and other diseases. Our cells therefore activate and send “repair-proteins”...

Im Focus: Dresdner scientists print tomorrow’s world

The Fraunhofer IWS Dresden and Technische Universität Dresden inaugurated their jointly operated Center for Additive Manufacturing Dresden (AMCD) with a festive ceremony on February 7, 2017. Scientists from various disciplines perform research on materials, additive manufacturing processes and innovative technologies, which build up components in a layer by layer process. This technology opens up new horizons for component design and combinations of functions. For example during fabrication, electrical conductors and sensors are already able to be additively manufactured into components. They provide information about stress conditions of a product during operation.

The 3D-printing technology, or additive manufacturing as it is often called, has long made the step out of scientific research laboratories into industrial...

Im Focus: Mimicking nature's cellular architectures via 3-D printing

Research offers new level of control over the structure of 3-D printed materials

Nature does amazing things with limited design materials. Grass, for example, can support its own weight, resist strong wind loads, and recover after being...

Im Focus: Three Magnetic States for Each Hole

Nanometer-scale magnetic perforated grids could create new possibilities for computing. Together with international colleagues, scientists from the Helmholtz Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) have shown how a cobalt grid can be reliably programmed at room temperature. In addition they discovered that for every hole ("antidot") three magnetic states can be configured. The results have been published in the journal "Scientific Reports".

Physicist Dr. Rantej Bali from the HZDR, together with scientists from Singapore and Australia, designed a special grid structure in a thin layer of cobalt in...

All Focus news of the innovation-report >>>

Anzeige

Anzeige

Event News

Booth and panel discussion – The Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings at the AAAS 2017 Annual Meeting

13.02.2017 | Event News

Complex Loading versus Hidden Reserves

10.02.2017 | Event News

International Conference on Crystal Growth in Freiburg

09.02.2017 | Event News

 
Latest News

Stingless bees have their nests protected by soldiers

24.02.2017 | Life Sciences

New risk factors for anxiety disorders

24.02.2017 | Life Sciences

MWC 2017: 5G Capital Berlin

24.02.2017 | Trade Fair News

VideoLinks
B2B-VideoLinks
More VideoLinks >>>