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The Graphene Flagship is the EU’s biggest research initiative ever, and, according to the European Commission, "history’s greatest distinction for excellent research". With a budget of EUR one billion, the Graphene Flagship is tasked with taking graphene from the realm of academic laboratories into European society in the space of ten years, thus generating economic growth, new jobs and new opportunities for Europeans as both investors and employees.
With the Graphene Flagship, Europe has launched a new form of joint, coordinated research initiatives 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.
The Graphene Flagship forms a coordinated European graphene research platform, with two main core activities: to connect the leading national initiatives in Europe and crosslink European research excellences; and to build a pathway for the newly accumulated strategic knowledge to impact European industries and society.
The Consorium is composed by 61 academic partners and 14 industrial partners.
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ARES is involved in the WP9 - Energy activities.
Taking advantage of availability of various forms of graphene within the Flagship, the objective of the “Energy” group is to assess their interest in various daily life energy applications. By focusing on specific functions involved in applications including photovoltaics, energy storage, fuel cells and hydrogen storage, the “Energy” group intends to “connect” the fundamental and technological graphene expertise to the designers and developers of energy conversion and storage devices and explores novel research routes for future graphene-based material which could better match the energy application needs.