The European Commission awarded prizes to Europe’s most promising innovations that have emerged from EU-funded research and innovation projects.
Innovation Radar Prize 2022 overall winner
NVision – NVision Imaging Technologies (Germany) received EU funding via the MetaboliQs project. They won the Innovation Radar Prize in the category ‘Overall Winner’.
The EIC-funded MetaboliQs project has developed a novel method for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) that provides information on the chemical state of the tissue. The method amplifies the MRI signal of metabolites by a thousand-fold generating important insight into metabolic activity at a fraction of the cost. The MetaboliQs method is expected to unlock novel diagnostic capabilities and advance personalised treatment of cardiovascular and other metabolic diseases.
Kickstarter category winner
This year, in addition to the overall Prize, awards were attributed to three categories: ‘Purpose-Driven & Green’, ‘Disruptive Health’, and ‘Kickstarter’.
Polytechnic University of Madrid received EU funding via the AMADEUS, NATHALIE and Thermobat projects. They were awarded in the category of the ‘Kickstarter’ for applied research in universities and research centres that is already demonstrating considerable market promise.
AMADEUS project has investigated the next generation of materials and devices for latent heat thermal energy storage (LHTES) at ultra-high temperatures of up to 2000ºC, which are well beyond today’s maximum operation temperatures of ~1000ºC. They aimed to develop advance thermal insulation and PCM casing designs, along with novel solid-state heat to power conversion technologies able to operate at temperatures up to 2000ºC.
The objective of the AMADEUS FET OPEN project was to discover new materials and devices permitting heat thermal energy storage at ultra-high temperatures of up to 2 000 °C. The EU-funded NATHALIE project built on that project’s findings to identify possible new application areas, restrictions and requests as well as potential market dimensions and positioning for the AMADEUS technology.
With EIC Transition Thermobat, they plan to develop a new process for manufacturing the heat storage block, the energy conversion block, and the battery prototype.