EIT KIC Reports

In late 2021, EIT Food’s North West regional office (EIT Food NW) conducted primary research to understand the innovation ecosystem landscape across our geographic region (Ireland, Iceland, and the UK) in order to identify what support for innovative agrifood SMEs already existed, and where there were gaps in the support infrastructure where EIT Food could leverage its specific expertise and extensive networks to maximise its impact, via collaboration with other national and regional organisations.

Algae are high in protein, omega oils and a range of vitamins and minerals. They grow in salt water, double in size every day and absorb CO2. Despite all this, algae haven’t really made it yet as a dietary product. They have great potential, but do we really want them on our plates?

The agricultural sector is both contributing to – and suffering from – global warming. A series of mitigating and adaptation solutions have been developed that are based on e.g., advanced digital tools or regenerative practices. In this paper we review some of the most promising solutions that not only support a transition to more sustainable agriculture but also help European farmers to meet the sustainability targets set out by the EU Green Deal and new CAP.

Being an entrepreneur is not an easy path and changes many aspects of one’s life. An entrepreneur must translate knowledge into a commercializable product and build a start-up around it. The entrepreneur must base decisions on the technology, the market and financial aspects. He or she should keep in mind the actual and future needs of current and potential customers and all stakeholders. These are all challenging tasks requiring not only technical skills but soft skills and execution capacity.

In 2010, the word ‘innovation’ rarely appeared in energy companies’ annual reports, and the term ‘start-up’ simply did not exist. Today, the situation is completely different. Innovation (specifically collaboration with startups) is seen as a way to learn and implement new business models. It has become a strategic necessity that is directly related to each company’s planned evolution for its future.


InnoEnergy has developed credible future technology cost models for four renewable energy generation technologies using a consistent and robust methodology. The purpose of these cost models is to explore and track the impact of innovations on the levelised cost of energy (LCOE) in a consistent way across the four technologies. This report examines how technology innovation is anticipated to reduce the cost of energy from European offshore wind farms up to 2030.

Never-ending traffic jams, growing CO2 emissions and high particulate matter, excessive noise levels, and a lack of recreational space have become some of the most pressing issues for Europe’s cities. Still largely focused on the needs of (combustion engine) car drivers and reliant on outdated infrastructures, most cities’ transport systems have been unable to adequately address these important threats to the quality of life in our urban areas.

In Europe, air pollution is primarily a result of the combustion of hydrocarbons in road transport and heating. In urban areas, emission of NOx, and NO2 in particular are primarily the result of road transport. Secondly, emissions from household and commercial heating are known as “low-stack emissions” (when the point of origin is below 40m), and are caused largely by the use of low quality heating fuels, and old furnaces. Furthermore, low stack emissions are the primary contributor to the creation of excessive amounts of PM2.5, PM10 and benzo(a)pyrene.