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A French aquaculture and marine resources cluster is looking for companies from Northern, Eastern and Central Europe which are able to develop automatic or remotely controlled wireless devices capable of collecting plastics and other litter from oceans, to complete their consortium for the Horizon 2020 CE-FNR-09-2020 call "Pilot action for the removal of marine plastics and litter".
The French cluster will be coordinating a proposal during the next months in order to reply to a topic of the Horizon 2020 working programme Societal Challenge 2 on bio-economy. The topic of interest is the FNR-09: Pilot action for the removal of marine plastics and litter.
The FNR-09 is an innovation action which has to achieve a TRL of 6.
The co-financing rate is 70% for companies (small or large).
An urgent action is needed both for the prevention and for the removal of existing marine litter, notably plastics and microplastics. For this topic, a demonstration of the removal of marine litter and research is being proposed, highlighting how the environment is impacted by the removal, and the corresponding impacts in terms of ecosystem and economic recovery.
The consoritum's goal for this topic is to demonstrate approaches and technologies to improve marine spatial planning and conservation (and even restoration) of coastal ecosystems.
EOI deadline: 30th of November 2019.
Call deadline: 22nd of January 2020.
The consortium is looking for companies with automatic or remotely controlled wireless technologies targeting the removal of marine plastic and litter. The proposed solutions must be able to work at the sea surface and on the seafloor/beach.
The solutions will be implemented and it is expected of the project to achieve in treated areas:
- the removal of 90% of macro-plastic litter and a substantial fraction of micro-litter
- 80% reduction of micro-plastics in shellfish
- 80% reduction of micro-plastics and plastics in non-migratory birds species
The French cluster has already built an almost complete consortium that is now looking for targeted technology providers able to develop automatic or remotely controlled wireless devices for litter removal from beaches/seafloor, the ocean surface and shellfish.
In addition to this, companies that have the capacity to develop or that have already developed a solution capable of sorting and reusing the collected plastics are more than welcome to contact the coordinator.
Partners from Northern, Eastern and Central Europe are sought : most current partners are from Southern and Western Europe. Greece is also already strongly represented.
The French cluster established in 1999 helps the industry respond to the increasing seafood demand. It deals with 3 main themes:
. Sustainably manage and use natural resources from land and sea
. Change of the fundamentals of the seafood industry (new technologies and business approaches)
. Valorisation of seafood products in future alimentation
It is involed in several European projects and has strong expertise and network.