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October 12, 2017 | European news

EARTO Innovation Awards 2017 Attributed to TECNALIA and FRAUNHOFER


Congratulations to EARTO Members Fraunhofer and Tecnalia who were awarded the EARTO Innovation Awards 2017 yesterday during a ceremony held at the BELVue Museum in Brussels.

  • Fraunhofer received the award in the Impact Expected category for the development of the CLEANTAN technology, an innovative production process using compressed CO2 to tan leather without using chromium as tanning agent and with no waste water.
  • Tecnalia received the award in the Impact Delivered category for the development of the AURA technology, an innovative system which uses Big Data to predict the expected behaviour and detect future failure of a company’s key assets, such as wind turbines or train wheels.

Created in 2009, the EARTO Innovation Awards highlight the various areas of RTOs’ activities and illustrate RTOs’ concrete  contributions to innovation with high societal impact through the two categories: “Impact Delivered” and “Impact Expected”. The Awards’ independent jury chose the best innovations of the year. Our Jury Members this year were:

On the same day, EARTO has published the 2017 edition of its “Innovation Awards” brochure, a collection of thirty-two innovations featuring EARTO members, which gives a flavour of the wide range of RTOs’ work. Such innovations demonstrate RTOs’ capacity to support Europe’s innovation performance and their focus on solving today’s challenges and delivering impact. The brochure includes articles on all RTOs that took part in this year’s competition with a special focus on the 6 finalists which are, in addition to the two winners Tecnalia & Fraunhofer: UAR, TNO, VITO and VTT.

Download this press release in pdf here.
Full EARTO Innovation Awards 2017 brochure available here.







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