Malmö-based company Hövding has developed an innovative cycling helmet as a result of years of research and development. It is designed as a discreet collar worn around the neck. The collar contains a folded airbag that is deployed in the event of an accident and encases the cyclist's head.
Urgent action is needed to combat climate change. For its part, Bulgarian company Eldrive aims to find convenient and environmentally friendly transport solutions. With EU support, it is developing e-mobility in South-Eastern Europe by renting out electric cars and building a network of charging stations.
Hungarian company AQUIS Innovo specialises in smart urban infrastructure, IT in public transport and customer service solutions. It is now developing a multifunctional bus stop with EU funding. The Smart Bus Stop provides up-to-date traffic information, while allowing passengers to perform everyday tasks like paying bills, sending parcels or topping up phones.
Established by János Papp and his father in 2009, Papp és Társa Lakatos is now a leading company in the eastern Hungarian city of Kecskemét. It manufactures metal construction units and provides a wide range of metalwork products and services. With clients throughout Hungary, the firm obtained EU funding in 2015 to increase production capacity.
Since 2016, Caritas Vorarlberg’s start2work project has been helping refugees with the right to remain in Austria to find jobs. Backed by almost €800,000 in EU funding, the project provides German lessons, coaching and practical training. It also introduces refugees to the working environment at small and medium-sized companies in the state of Vorarlberg, where they can make new contacts.
The European Investment Bank, investment company Mirova and wind energy firm Eolus have jointly funded construction of the Långmarken wind farm in Värmland, Sweden. It consists of 8 turbines that will deliver renewable energy to 40,000 people for years to come, reducing carbon dioxide emissions while also creating jobs.
Under the NETfficient project, scientists are developing and testing a range of smart storage technologies for different types of renewable energy on the North Sea island of Borkum. These include second-life electric vehicle batteries, ultracapacitors, lithium-ion batteries, hydrogen fuel cells and a hybrid energy storage system. Supported by EU funding, the project will help Borkum to become energy self-sufficient.
Based in Leuven, Belgium, the imec research centre develops technology with a surface area smaller than a human hair. Thinking 2-3 generations ahead and combining microchips with digital technology allows it to create solutions to tomorrow’s challenges. Backed by the EU, imec’s efforts bring smart cities and cleaner energy within reach. It also works on cures for cancer and brain diseases.
Many Polish hospitals are looking for money to help them expand, but local authorities often lack the funds for modernisation projects. The Kujawsko-Pomorskie regional administration has combined various forms of EU financing to upgrade Toruń's Rydygier hospital and improve healthcare for local people.
Pompeii is one of the world’s most important archaeological sites. Under Grande Progetto Pompei, €105 million has been invested in its preservation and restoration, of which €78 million is from EU funds. This should boost the economy by promoting tourism and related local industries. Phase 1 was completed in December 2015 and the rest of the work is expected to be finished by the end of 2018.