The overall goal of this project is to prepare and foster a common understanding and consensus for future actions in Europe focusing on multi-KETs pilot lines. This is going to be done by a combination of an assessment of the policy and industrial initiatives in this field (phase 1) and an in depth practical analysis of two pilot lines (phase 2). These two parts are discussed in more detail below.

Phase 1: Assessment of state of play

Although there is a broad consensus within Europe on the benefits of Key enabling technologies for the economy and society at large, a clear view of the concepts, what kind of policy initiatives are already being implemented and what pilot initiatives can be seen is lacking. The overall objective of the project on this assessment of policy and industry can be formulated by the following:

  • To develop a shared vision for the efficient development of multi-KETs pilot lines.
  • To develop an overview of how EU member state support (multi)-KETs pilot lines.
  • An overview of EU based pilot lines that are under construction, publicly and privately financed, and the initiatives within 5 non EU countries.
  • In depth benchmark case studies of EU and non EU countries on their policy supporting pilot lines, as well as significant pilot lines.
  • A tentative implementation roadmap for successful implementation and a long term agenda for actions at EU and national level (2014-2020).

Phase 2: Conduction four multi-KET pilot line projects

Core in the study are four multi-KETs pilot line projects, where single industry owners or consortia are up scaling their KET based pilot prototype products to prototype demonstration. The objective of these pilot line projects is twofold:

  • Gaining practical experiences in conducting pilot lines as input for policymaking. This is done in order to get a practical view on what the issues are in the up scaling. This is important input to the further development of a policy roadmap and enhance contribution to better shape existing and new policy initiatives as well as funding instruments to ensure that they contribute directly and efficiently to the EU strategic goals.
  • Demonstration of pilot lines to third parties in order to share experiences. These aim at increasing the capacity of SME’s, research organisations, intermediary organisations to engage in Pilot line activities. Furthermore, they enhance the visibility and awareness of industry and research to the issue of pilot line activities and create a common understanding and consensus within government, industry and research on Pilot lines.