KAStrion in European Research
KAStrion will last three years from 1st January 2012 to 31st December 2014 with a € 6.8 million budget. This project is financed by the European Institute for Innovation and Technology through KIC InnoEnergy.
- The 7th Research Framework Programme: €50 billion
- The Structural Funds – Cohesion Policy: €50 billion
- The Competitiveness and Innovation Framework programme: €3.6 billion
- The European Institute of Innovation and Technology
- The rural development policy
- The fisheries policy
KAStrion project is financed by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) which is a body of the European Union based in Budapest, Hungary. It became operational in 2010 in its premises of the EIT Headquarters. For 2011 and 2012, the amount of funding for innovation projects was respectively of €65 million and €89 million (sources: http://eit.europa.eu/).
In order to manage directly and efficiently the projects, the EIT designated its three first Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KIC) in December 2009. Each one is dedicated to an aspect of innovation as it is described in the objectives of European Union for 2020:
- Climate KIC (Climate Change): €21 million funding in 2011, €28 million in 2012
- EIT ICT Labs (Information and Communication Technologies): €19 million funding in 2011, €28 million in 2012
- KIC InnoEnergy (Sustainable Energy): €24 million funding in 2011, €32 million in 2012
The KIC InnoEnergy is divided in six Colocation Centres with different core competencies. Our project objective is to improve efficiency of wind farms with a predictive maintenance. Therefore, CC Iberia manages KAStrion and six other European projects linked to renewables.
- CC France (Grenoble): Sustainable Nuclear and Renewable Energy Convergence
- CC Sweden (Stockholm): European Smart Electric Grid and Electric Storage
- CC Benelux (Eindhoven): Intelligent, Energy-efficient Buildings and Cities
- CC Poland (Krakow): Clean Coal Technologies
- CC Germany (Stuttgart): Energy from Chemical Fuels
- CC Iberia (Barcelona): Renewables