Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: SGA-CSA | Phase: INNOVATION | Award Amount: 197.84K | Year: 2015
The objective of this project is to provide innovation support services in 2015 and 2016 to SMEs in the regions covered by the consortium members. These innovation support services will be differentiated for two groups of SMEs: a) SMEs that have been selected as beneficiaries of the SME instrument, phase 1 or phase 2. For these companies, the consortium members will offer Key Account Management (KAM) services, which are accompanying services for the SMEs to identify weaknesses in their innovation capacities and suitable external coaches throughout their participation in the SME instrument. b) SMEs that have high potential for growth and internationalisation but that need to improve their innovation management capacities. These companies will receive direct assessment services from the consortium members in order to detect barriers and develop and implement an action plan in order to enhance such capacities and overcome the detected barriers.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-TP | Phase: FoF.NMP.2013-11 | Award Amount: 7.51M | Year: 2013
The aim of the project is to develop a completely new manufacturing system for the volume production of miniaturised components by overcoming the challenges on the manufacturing with a wide range of materials (metallic alloys, composites, ceramics and polymers), through: (i) developing a high-throughput, flexible and cost-efficient process by simultaneous electrical-forming and electric-fast-sintering (Micro-FAST); (ii) scaling up the process to an industrial scale; (iii) further developing it towards an industrial production system for micro-/nano-manufacturing. These will be enabled/supported by developing: (i) a new machine concept: Micro-FAST CNC Machine; (ii) an innovative inline monitoring and quality inspection system; (iii) innovative multiscale modelling techniques for the analysis of the micro-structural behaviours of materials and its interactions with the production processes; (iv) new tooling techniques for high-performance tools, and (v) high-performance nano-material systems. The whole development will take into account energy savings, cost and waste reduction, and recycling issues which will be studied thoroughly through an expertise Life-Cycle Assessment. The development should lead to substantial improvements in the manufacture of components at micro and nanoscale with a good balance on cost and performance. The consortium seeks: reduction of the overall manufacturing cost by 50-100%; energy consumption by more than 30-50%; achieving full-density (100% density) components; direct economic gains for the SME participants of up to 5-25%. The whole development will support the EU-wide product innovations involving use of miniature and micro-components in many manufacturing sectors and, especially with difficult-to-cut and difficult-to-form materials. Adopting the production system in industry should help the EU manufacturing sectors to gain new technological and business competiveness significantly.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-TP | Phase: NMP.2013.4.0-3 | Award Amount: 5.97M | Year: 2013
Environmental wellbeing backed by increasingly severe legislation dictates that pollution and energy consumption by automobiles must be reduced significantly. The outcomes of this project will enable both these imperatives to be achieved simultaneously. The project aim is to establish production lines in Europe that manufacture components for lightweight complex-shaped automobile body structures that are significantly lighter and of comparable strength and stiffness to those currently available. This will be achieved by exploiting a new patented thermo-mechanical processing technology (HFQ) for sheet aluminium alloy that enables, for the first time, parts in heat treatable alloys to be produced to net-shape with maximum attainable mechanical properties. The life-cycle energy consumption of automobiles will be reduced; in the production stage, by the low energy requirements of HFQ, which is enhanced by the potential use of low cost recycled raw material and in the driving stage, by the reduced fuel consumption associated with lightweight vehicles. Reduced pollution is a natural corollary of low energy consumption. Exploitation of this groundbreaking technology will be achieved through refinement of its laboratory scale development by university, research institution and manufacturing SME collaboration, leading to production lines being established in Tier 1 companies. Two such lines are anticipated as an outcome of the project. In 8 year period, over 30 production lines will be established in Europe and over 1000 jobs could be created. It is expected that new Al-alloy body and chassis structures will be produced in a mass-production scale, with weight saving of over 40% for the Classes C&D and above segment vehicles (which are currently made of steel). Thus, 60% of cars could be made with Al-body and chassis structures, and the resultant fuel saving in car usage would be up to 23% on average.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: NMBP-08-2016 | Award Amount: 8.00M | Year: 2016
The overall aim of LoCoMaTech is, in the first place, to enable the novel HFQ process, (patented by ICL) in its latest most advanced form, which includes 10 recently patented refining technologies (TRL4), to be used for the manufacture of lightweight, high strength body and chassis structures and components for low-cost vehicles, by establishing a prototype, full scale pilot production line (TRL6), supported by a supply chain ranging from raw material to end of life. This will be the first low-cost technology in the world enabling manufacture of high-strength lightweight complex-shaped aluminium parts and low environmental impact. The 1st generation of HFQ technology has already been commercially used in manufacturing 4 types of niche vehicles. This project aims at bringing the materials and manufacturing cost significantly down, through introducing newly patented technological measures, by which the technology could be used for producing low-cost vehicles. The low-cost HFQ technology will be used first for mass production of aluminium car body and chassis structures (eventually for all vehicles), which will lead to substantial improvement in energy efficiency, performance and travel range of low-end vehicles. LoCoMaTech will construct a world first low-cost HFQ aluminium production line (prototype), targeting reduction of energy consumption per vehicle by 15.3-22%, and cost-effective weight savings from 8.55 to 2.16 /kg-saved and improvement of LCA environmental impact by 15.39-26.8%. LoCoMaTech plans to assist in creating 53 commercial production lines and 1700 jobs, in year 6 from the completion of the project. The potential market for low-cost HFQ technology for passenger cars alone is over 160 billion pa, and double this, if buses, trucks, trains and aircraft are considered. This will create huge wealth for Europe and place European automotive industry in a world leading position for lightweight manufacturing technologies for low-end vehicle production.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: MC-IAPP | Phase: FP7-PEOPLE-2013-IAPP | Award Amount: 1.32M | Year: 2014
The progressive implementation of the Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive 91/271/EEC in all Member States is increasing the quantities of sewage sludge requiring disposal: as reported in , in the EU-27, the current practices for sewage sludge disposal are landfill (18%), thermal treatment\incineration (23%), composting (7%), agricultural use (45%) and others re-uses (7%). Urban waste water and by-products can be reduced, indeed - this is one of the major challenges of sustainable development - but not fully eliminated. This means that we have to deal with those waste materials, and try to find for them a suitable, effective application, wherever possible, according to their prevalent features and potential beneficial effects. On the other side, this has to deal with potential environmental and health risks and has to be kept under control both at the treatment stage and/or at the application stage, if the outlet of the treatment is not a safe product, yet. Proposers intend to move away from sewage sludge disposal as land filling, as this gradually has to be phased out by EU (Waste Framework Directive 2008/98/EC on waste), and agricultural use as fertilizers, as the latter presents strong limitations coming from organic and inorganic pollutants that sewage sludge may contain. On the other hand, sludge thermal drying for further re-use instead disposal, still needs considerable amounts of fossil fuel to provide the heat necessary to the process and thus remain an unexplored (but added-value potential) research and market area. The main scope of the SLUDGEtreat project is to prolong the life cycle of sewage sludge, by i) improving sludge quality and ii) increasing the percentage of sludge dry matter up to 50% of solid content for high added-value re-uses (i.e. as energy, biomass), other than fertilizers.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: GV-2-2014 | Award Amount: 4.62M | Year: 2015
The limited capacity of electric batteries combined with the substantial amount of energy needed to run auxiliary equipment dramatically affects range capability of electric vehicles (EVs). For instance, the climate control system in summer conditions can absorbs up to 40-60% of the available energy. The aim of the project is to develop an energy friendly climate control system capable to reduce of at least 50% the energy used for passenger comfort all over the year (i.e., heating, cooling and dehumidifying). Actually, in summer conditions air is dehumidified and cooled by best available technologies that use climate control systems based on a Vapor Compression Cycle (VCC), which cools air below its dew point. Alternatively, desiccants are used as an energy efficient way to dehumidify air without cooling it below its dew point, which allows to control temperature and humidity independently. In our project we plan to exploit technologically the desiccants properties by using aqueous solutions of desiccants (e.g., LiCl, CaCl2) housed in a membrane contactor. Our idea is to develop a hybrid system in which air can be dehumidified without the need to be cooled below its dew-point. This will be done by combining a liquid desiccant cycle (which deals with the latent load) with a traditional vapour compression cycle (which faces the sensible load). In fact, in such a system the VCC would operate at higher refrigerant evaporation temperature and at lower condensation temperature. The core of the system is an innovative highly compact and energy efficient three-fluids-combined-membrane-contactor that simultaneously works with air, desiccant solution, and refrigerant. Specifically, the climate control system will be capable to - reduce more than 50% the energy used for passenger comfort, - have a lifetime longer than 10 years, - easy industrialization and customization for EVs currently on the market, - cost from 1,200 to 3,000 Euro. Project Coordinator: GVS SPA, IT
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: CSA | Phase: EE-16-2015 | Award Amount: 1.72M | Year: 2016
EE-METAL aims to provide enterprises with innovative technical, commercial and financial tools in order to overcome the existing barriers that hinder the adoption of energy saving measures. EE-METAL actions are mainly targeted to Metalworking and Metal Articles (MMA) SMEs, given that this sector is the biggest manufacturing sector in Europe and it is mostly composed by SMEs. EE-METAL actions will focus on overcoming: Awareness, information and technical capacity barriers to identify, evaluate and implement energy efficiency actions: EE-METAL will adapt and standardize for the sector existing methods and technologies such as energy audits, the standard ISO 50.001 and the use of Energy Monitoring Systems. Commercial and market barriers to the contracting of energy service companies (ESCos): development of a benchmarking study of energy service contracts and the role of ESCOs in the MMA and other industrial sectors; networking with ESCOs Associations for fostering ESCOs-SMEs contracts. Financial barriers to the implementation of energy saving measures: benchmarking the different financial models being implemented in the partner countries for financing energy saving institutions for providing clear information on type and size of investments needed. These two last actions will allow put in place mechanisms for funding the energy efficiency projects identified in the first action. In this sector, big energy savings can be obtained by the aggregation of many smaller savings. Furthermore five out of the seven project partners are Enterprise/Trade Associations (with 7000 associated companies) that will ensure that a critical mass is achieved. EE-METAL is in line with the following EU strategies and initiatives: first priority of the EU Energy 2020 Strategy for Achieving an energy efficient Europe; Energy efficiency plan 2011 (COM (2011) 109); A strategy for competitive, sustainable and secure energy (COM (2010) 639 final) and Directives 2012/27/EU-2
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: SME-2013-3 | Award Amount: 1.07M | Year: 2013
Current methods to provide fire protection of light steel structures lack performance and has resulted in a decrease in structural steel market share. State-of-the-art intumescent coatings (ICs) is not a robust technology due to extensive coating and drying times, and low fire resistance (FR) values. There have not been any innovative solutions to overcome such problems in the last few years, resulting in a progressive decline in the demand for steel structures. The FP7-SME-2008-2-STEELPROST Research Programme provided a solution to current surface treatment limitations by developing a second generation of fire-protective coatings. Now, it is necessary to industrially validate a final integrated system via STEELPROST Demonstration Project. It represents a significant step from R&D through to validation, certification and manufacturing a prototype. The Demo Project will focus on validation and certification of procedures to manufacture ICs, certification of the ICs, building a group of demonstrators for the use of ICs on real designs, obtaining CE Marking for the overall steelwork construction and developing spraying system prototype to reduce cost & ensure best quality.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ENERGY.2010.2.5-2 | Award Amount: 5.22M | Year: 2010
In order to accelerate the implementation of the CSP technology, the electricity cost has to be reduced by increasing the plants efficiency. The HITECO Project aims at doing so by increasing the operating temperature of the heat transfer fluid (HTF) up to 600C and therefore raising the overall efficiency of the process. The current state-of-the-art designs are prevented to reach such temperatures without a dramatic efficiency drop by several key components. The HITECO design will re-assess all these concepts and research on new solutions that will allow the HTF to reach the aforementioned temperature and the overall process to increase its performance at the same time. In order to develop such a receiver, several research lines will have to be explored. Research on new materials and deposition methods will be developed in order to provide a system that will be able to endure such temperatures and maintain the optical, mechanical and thermal performance of the receiver; a new vacuum system will be introduced to maintain and monitor an acceptable vacuum level and the desired composition inside the tubes; new HTFs will have to be researched; and new supports, union systems and contact points will be developed in order to better accommodate the thermal expansion of the steel and the glass tubes. All these new concepts and designs will be validated through several modelling approaches and also through off-sun and field tests. The new design will also be assessed from a manufacturing point of view, in order to achieve a product that is easier and cheaper to fabricate, to assemble and to commission. In order to achieve these ambitious goals, the HITECO consortium brings together industrial partners and research organizations. With the successful development of the HITECO concept, the efficiency of CSP plants will be increased, thus contributing to a reduction of the produced electricity cost and therefore accelerating the implementation of this technology.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: CSA | Phase: INNOSUP | Award Amount: 56.00K | Year: 2014
The objective of this project is to provide innovation support services to SMEs in the regions covered by the consortium members. These innovation support services will be differentiated for two groups of SMEs: SMEs that have been selected as beneficiaries of the SME instrument, phase 1 or phase 2. For these companies, the consortium members will offer Key Account Management (KAM) services, which are accompanying services for the SMEs to identify weaknesses in their innovation capacities and suitable external coaches throughout their participation in the SME instrument. SMEs that have high potential for growth and internationalisation but that need to improve their innovation management capacities. These companies will receive direct assessment services from the consortium members in order to detect barriers and develop and implement an action plan in order to enhance such capacities and overcome the detected barriers.