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European Commission selects Graphene as one of first €1B Future Emerging Technology flagships

The European Commission has chosen Graphene as one of Europe’s first 10-year, €1 billion (US$1.34 billion) Future Emerging Technology (FET) flagships. The mission of Graphene is to take graphene and related layered materials from academic laboratories to society, revolutionize multiple industries and create economic growth and new jobs in Europe.

Graphene has been subject to a scientific explosion since the groundbreaking experiments on the novel material less than ten years ago, recognized by the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2010 to Professor Andre Geim and Professor Kostya Novoselov, at The University of Manchester. Graphene’s unique combination of superior properties makes it a credible starting point for new disruptive technologies in a wide range of fields.

With the announcement, Europe is launching a new form of joint, coordinated research initiative of unprecedented scale. The Graphene Flagship brings together an academic-industrial consortium aiming at a breakthrough for technological innovation. The research effort will cover the entire value chain from materials production to components and system integration, and targets a number of specific goals that exploit the unique properties of graphene.

Key applications are fast electronic and optical devices, flexible electronics, functional lightweight components and advanced batteries. Examples of new products enabled by graphene technologies include fast, flexible and strong consumer electronics such as electronic paper and bendable personal communication devices, and lighter and more energy efficient airplanes. On the longer term, graphene is expected to give rise to new computational paradigms and revolutionary medical applications such as artificial retinas.

From the start in 2013 the Graphene Flagship will coordinate 126 academic and industrial research groups in 17 European countries with an initial 30-month-budget of €54 million. The consortium will be extended with another 20-30 groups through an open call, issued soon after the start of the initiative, which will further strengthen the engineering aspects of the flagship.



Why would our glorious private industries require $1.3B of our (tax payers) money to develop and use what is so obvious?

What is going on with private industries?


Harvey, Our industries interest in novelty and invention is primarily as a defense mechanism for the current markets. They seek only to prevent invention, because new products threaten their market positions. Take oil for instance. What is more profitable than oil? The answer is nothing. So why would they want to replace oil with anything? They don't and they won't. They will drive us to economic collapse because they are most concerned with next quarters results. They still believe and it is still true that they can kill new technologies using well place venture capital bets and government intervention. They do control the US government.


BK4....whoever has enough $$$$$ can control politicians, laws, regulations and their application, the middle and lower classes etc etc unless fire walls are regularly up-dated and properly enforced.

Royalty used to fill the same role for centuries until the 'commons' had enough and revolted.

That's what happened lately in North Africa and what may happen soon in many countries in the Middle-East. The tipping point may be reached soon in many EU countries like Greece, Spain, Portugal, Italy etc.

In USA/Canada, revenues of the 3% more than doubled and often trebled in the last 20 years while the relative revenues of the 97% effectively went down. The disparity between the 3% and 97% is growing at a faster rate and is getting wider year after year. The 3% will soon shrink to 2% and then to 1%. The middle class will merge with the lower class etc.

The 1% will move the tax heavens to avoid paying taxes and to increase their net assets faster.

A clash (or clashes) is/are almost unavoidable if nothing is done to stop and to reverse the process. Will our politicians (and the 97%) be smart and honest enough to see what is going on and take appropriate actions?

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