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WP4: ACTRIS Innovation Platform

WP4 innovation Objective

The overall objective of this activity is to enhance and promote cooperation with the private sector and in particular with European SMEs. Specific objectives are:
• To maintain and further develop standard-making processes for technologies relevant to ACTRIS observations in cooperation with SMEs.
• To promote use of ACTRIS by SMEs to test novel instrumentation at observing sites or calibration centres.
• To promote joint public-private collaboration for high-risk innovation and close-to-market activities applied to atmospheric observation technologies.
• To establish a platform for exchange of expertise and information with the private sector.

Description of work

This WP aims at the central coordination of the innovation aspects which are covered in detail in the different ACTRIS-2 activities and mainly in NA2, NA3, JRA1 and JRA2. It is a specific activity to enhance and promote cooperation with the private sector and in particular with European SMEs. Currently, 11 SMEs (7 European-based) are associated to ACTRIS. The goal of the activity is to increase the number of the associated SMEs by the end of the project, favour joint initiatives between ACTRIS partners and SMEs in particular in relation to standardization and promote the use of TNA by the private sector. This WP intends to combine harmonize/develop standard procedures, and to use the partners scientific expertise in order to enforce the SME’s and industry involvement.

The work is split into three Tasks:

Task 4.1. Technological standardization
(INOE, CNRS, CNR, TROPOS, NOA)

This task is devoted to maintain and further develop standard-making processes for technologies relevant to ACTRIS observations in cooperation with specific SMEs and national, European and, when applicable, international centres for normalization and standards. Current involvement of ACTRIS in CEN and ISO initiatives will be maintained and reinforced. In particular, and in addition to existing activities, specific actions are foreseen related to lidars and black-carbon technologies, considering the increasing demand for these technologies from the market. A strategy to improve and harmonize the operation activities of ACTRIS infrastructure will also be developed (e.g. standardization of techniques and procedures for data quality assurance, automation of data collection, processing and transfer, etc.), taking into consideration the increasing role on the market of the end-user services and products emerging from ACTRIS activities. This task will also include specific information and communication activities to enhance awareness and understanding of the standardization processes among ACTRIS partners and associated partners through the provision of guidelines and information packages and specific meetings with the entire ACTRIS-2 consortium co-located with the project General Assemblies. Beside technical (hardware) standardization, this task will be also devoted to support ACTRIS-2 partners in getting EU license for specific software products developed within the project.

Task 4.2 Tests of new instrumentation by SMEs
(CNRS, CNR, TROPOS, INOE)

ACTRIS-2 provides a large number of installations/facilities where novel instruments in the field of atmospheric observations could be tested. In particular here the use of the ACTRIS stations providing TNA in WP9 and the Calibration Centres (WP6-8) from SMEs will be promoted. Associated with document Ref. Ares(2015)1488474 - 07/04/2015 Page 41 of 122 The 18 ACTRIS stations providing TNA (listed in WP9) represent a unique set of facilities equipped with state-of-theart instrumentation and offering the best scientific and technical expertise available in Europe in the field of aerosol, clouds and trace-gases observations. The three ACTRIS-2 Calibration Centres, the Lidar Calibration Centre – WP6, the AOD Calibration facility – WP7 and the European Centre for Aerosol Calibration – WP8, represent the only facilities in Europe for calibrating and testing new lidar instrumentation, sun/lunar photometers and aerosol in-situ instruments for atmospheric applications. This offer from ACTRIS-2 represents a unique opportunity for European SMEs for testing new instrumentation to be launched on the market. Specific experimental tests and calibration from SMEs will be promoted in cooperation with Task 4.1 for technological standardization and using the specific protocol for exchange of expertise and information with the private sector that will be developed in Task 4.3.

Task 4.3 Exchange of expertise
(CNR, CNRS, TROPOS, NOA, INOE, PSI, UHEL)

ACTRIS intends to continue to support all the EU SMEs operating on the market for technologies and services related to atmospheric observations. This collaboration with the private sector will carried out under a mutual-support concept that will allow the bilateral exchange of expertise and information. A specific protocol will be developed together with the private sector for assuring that this exchange of expertise and information respects the intellectual property rights on both sides and classified information from the industry. For that purpose a specific workshop will be organized during the first year of the project and all the SMEs operating in the specific sector will be invited. The outcome of this workshop will be the basis to establish a platform for a continuous exchange of expertise with the private sector in particular for promoting joint public-private collaboration for high-risk innovation and close-to-market activities applied to atmospheric observation technologies. Associated SMEs will be also invited to technical workshops (NA1, NA2, JRA1, JRA3) during the whole duration of the project in order to continue and reinforce the mutual cooperation.