The European Commission has awarded Europe's most promising digital innovations emerging from EU funded research and innovation projects. DEMETO consortium partner gr3n (pronounced ‘green’) from Switzerland won the 2018 Innovation Radar Prize for their breakthrough technology for ‘upcycling’ PET / polyester. The awards ceremony took place at the European Commission's ICT 2018 in Vienna, Austria on 6 December.
The 2018 Innovation Radar Prize has been awarded to gr3n (pronounced ‘green’) for their breakthrough technology for ‘upcycling’ PET / polyester. They have developed an industrial-grade prototype that uses microwave radiation to increase the proportion of plastics that can be recycled while also increasing the quality of recycled plastics (such as PET or polyester). Gr3n is a Swiss company: although Switzerland is not an EU Member State, Swiss researchers and organisations are able to participate in Horizon 2020.
Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, said:
"Innovation Radar puts the spotlight on the excellence of the Horizon 2020 innovators competing for this prize. It shows how EU funding is helping these brilliant innovators in transforming technology and science into tangible benefits for all Europeans. In the next programme, Horizon Europe, we propose to provide them with even more support so they can fulfil their potential and bring their ideas and products to market."
For more information, visit the website of the European Commission at: https://ec.europa.eu/digital-single-market/en/news/winners-2018-innovation-radar-prize
See the presentation of Maurizio Crippa here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8GhIP2d2XF8&t=1627s (min 39)