Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: GC-ICT-2013.6.7 | Award Amount: 6.16M | Year: 2013
The FREE-MOBY project is focused to the implementation of easy to deploy micro fully electrical vehicles (450-650kg and speeds up to 90\ km/h)) and city EVs (650-1000kg).\n\nBy an extra cost of only 15% solar installations in roof houses can be integrated with robust battery packs that can smooth peak powers up to 30%. Solar parking and integrated photovoltaic-battery installations are becoming more and more popular in many EU countries. The availability of largely deployed renewable energy installations attracts a large number of EV users with a push-pull impact on efficiency, reduced energy waste (wind) and dependency on hydrocarbons.\n\nFREE-MOBY addresses:\n Developments of prototypes of premium Micro EVs for both passengers and freight delivery applying large scale manufacturing concepts,\n Full convergence between renewable energy and electromobility with common technology developments,\n Demonstration of secure and smart interactivity vehicle to infrastructures,\n Development of a simplified electric architecture serving a two motor powertrain with robotised two gear box and independent two axels control,\n Development of universal battery-monitoring systems, with a focus on simplified battery management systems based on pure monitoring of cells status,\n Development of sub-module battery packs holdings integrating monitoring and managing sensing electronics,\n Development of modular battery packs sub-modules based on standard battery cells including the option of safe partial swapping,\n ICT use leading to lower vehicles production cost and simplified maintenance,\n Developments smart photovoltaic modules with embedded electronic,\n Integration of simplified overall electric architectures by adopting the ICT advancements introduced in portable devices.\n\nThe project will open a new route in electro-mobility based on simplicity, freedom of operation, low cost of use and easy to find components.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: JTI-CSA-FCH | Phase: SP1-JTI-FCH.2013.5.3 | Award Amount: 999.38K | Year: 2014
There is increasing realisation amongst policy makers and industry that public acceptance is a key issue to deploy and extend H2 technologies and infrastructures in Europe. The development of H2 technologies involve small-scale applications as well as large-scale infrastructures that are influenced by the acceptance of the public, stakeholders, communities and potential customers / users. Previous research on social acceptance investigated the general levels of public understanding of HFC technologies in specific countries, but there is limited systematic evidence on the acceptance of FCH technologies throughout Europe. The overall purpose of HYACINTH is to gain deeper understanding of social acceptance of H2 technologies across Europe and to develop a communication / management toolbox for ongoing or future activities introducing H2 into mobility, stationary and power supply systems. Social acceptance of FCH technologies will be investigated via survey research with representative panels (7.000 European citizens) and semistructured interviews with 455 stakeholders in 10 countries. The design of the data gathering instruments will build upon methodological and conceptual developments in the research of new technologies social acceptance. The toolbox will provide the necessary information and understanding of the state of awareness and acceptance of HFC technologies by the public and by stakeholders. It will further provide the necessary tools to understand and manage expectations of future HFC projects and products in the transition phase, to identify regional challenges and to determine effective policy support measures Results from the research on the social acceptance across Europe and the toolbox will support projects in setting up under through consideration of the acceptance processes influenced by their activities; i.e. identifying regions of supportive acceptance, barriers, challenges, communication strategies and other means to manage acceptance processes
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: SPIRE-04-2016 | Award Amount: 6.94M | Year: 2016
The main goal of VULKANO is the retrofitting of two types of industrial furnaces, namely preheating and melting, applied on three energyintensive sectors (steel, ceramic and aluminium) with a huge number of potential users in Europe. Thus, this project aims to design, implement and validate an advanced retrofitting integrated solution to increase the energy and environmental efficiency in existing industrial furnaces fed with NG; through the combined implementation of new solutions based on high temperature phase change materials, new refractories, optimised co-firing of NG and syngas from biomass or process gas, an advanced monitoring and control system and an holistic in-house predictive tool. All together will achieve a 20% increase in the energy efficiency of furnaces. On top of that, the realistic and powerful holistic tool will also able to optimize the integration of the solution with upstream/downstream perspective, following a life cycle and cost thinking. This predictive tool will support plant operators and decision makers to select most suitable retrofitting strategy for their plants, fostering overall efficiency, increase in competitiveness and circular economy and reducing the environmental impact of the product value chain from an LCA and LCC perspective. The retrofitting solutions will be tested at TRL 7 in two real facilities in Ceramic (Spain) and Steel (Slovenia) sector, validating the replicability of such solutions in a third sector (Aluminium-Turkey). VULKANO addresses the main challenge when facing furnaces retrofitting, which is tackling the problem from an overall and cost thinking perspective, which will enable overcoming the barriers for energy efficiency improvements. A well balanced consortium formed by end-users, technology solutions providers and research organizations ensures successful achievement of objectives, which will allow a wide spreading replication strategy towards furnaces retrofitting towards modern and efficient designs
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: MG-3.4-2014 | Award Amount: 5.79M | Year: 2015
The objective of SafetyCube is to develop an innovative road safety Decision Support System (DSS) that will enable policy-makers and stakeholders to select and implement the most appropriate strategies, measures and cost-effective approaches to reduce casualties of all road user types and all severities. At the core of the project will be a novel and comprehensive analysis of accident causation factors combined with newly estimated data on the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of safety measures, not just in relation to reduction of fatalities but also the number of injured. An operational framework will be established to provide future access to the DSS once the project is completed. The project has four sub-objectives: 1. To develop new analysis methods for (a) Priority setting, (b) Evaluating the effectiveness of measures (c) Monitoring serious injuries and assessing their socio-economic costs (d) Cost-benefit analysis taking account of human and material costs 2. To apply these methods to safety data to identify the key accident causation mechanisms, risk factors and the most cost-effective measures for fatally and seriously injured casualties 3. To develop an operational framework to ensure the project facilities can be accessed and updated beyond the completion of SafetyCube 4. To enhance the European Road Safety Observatory and work with road safety stakeholders to ensure the results of the project can be implemented as widely as possible The project outputs will be framed according to the specific policy and stakeholder areas infrastructures, vehicles and road users so that the measures developed in the project can be most readily applied. A systems approach will ensure effective coordination between these areas. The close involvement of road safety stakeholders of all types at national and EU levels and wider will enable the DSS to be focussed on the most appropriate policy-making procedures and ensure the project outputs have global reach.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: IA | Phase: SPIRE-07-2015 | Award Amount: 3.71M | Year: 2015
REMAGHIC is focused on contributing to Europes rare earth recovery and magnesium recycling technologies, improving the efficiencies of these processes and advancing the technology readiness levels for a new generation of industrial processes that will produce new low cost competitive alloys for a wide variety of sectors across Europes manufacturing value chain. The project motivation lies on the fact that magnesium alloys can offer a significant weight reduction when compared to aluminium alloys. weight reduction is a cross sectorial key design driver, if a superior energy absorption and vibratory behaviour is added, magnesium is promising candidate for future application if some of its drawbacks are overcome, such as its cost, manufacturability problems, corrosion and creep behaviour and low allowable service temperature. Addition of Rare Earth Elements (REE) improves the performance of Mg alloys significantly, though a price increase has to be taken into account. REMAGHIC believes that by investing in recovery and recycling technologies, a new alloying process can be developed to yield low cost Mg\REE alloys. In order to do this, REE that are usually stockpiled (Ce, La) in favour of the most demanded ones (Nd, Dy) will be considered as attractive candidates to lower the price. This list of REE will be completed by other promising candidates found in the literature (Y, Gd, Sa). The project will contribute to reducing the dependency of the supply of critical elements (REE and Mg) on sources exterior to the EU and to solving the REE Balance Problem. REMAGHIC will contribute to the penetration of magnesium alloys in important sectors for the European industry (Transport, Energy, Biomedicine); it will foster the work done by Tier1s, and promote the interest of different OEMs on future generations of light structural components of competitive performance (that of primary Mg\REE alloys), low cost (that of primary Mg) and weight reduction (30%).
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: SST.2008.4.1.4. | Award Amount: 4.14M | Year: 2013
In the past, Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) success has been achieved primarily though equipment of the vehicle and infrastructure. The focus of these ITS has been on clean, safe and efficient mobility for vehicles. The Vulnerable Road User (VRU) has reaped fewer benefits of the ITS developments. While some projects have considered VRUs from a safety viewpoint, they often aimed to avoid or mitigate accidents with VRUs by equipping the vehicle and infrastructure. In the vehicle infrastructure human approach of ITS research, VRUs and their needs are not an active part of the human element in the ITS approach. What is needed? The VRU must become an active, integrated element in the ITS, addressing safety, mobility and travel comfort needs of VRUs. The VRUITS project will develop an architecture for integrating the VRUs into the cooperative ITS. VRUITS will recommend ITS that meet the needs of VRUs. Ex-ante and ex-post assessments will form input to these recommendations. Assessment methodologies will be modified to account for specific user behaviour of VRUs. Specifications for ITS applications will be developed, culled from focus group assessments per VRU group. VRUITS will recommend best practices to address HMI development for VRUs. Field trials in the Netherlands and Spain for a select number of applications will take place. VRUITS will recommend which actions for the EC and for other stakeholders are necessary to deploy the systems which have positive effects, and mitigate possible negative effects. VRUITS will fulfill the following objectives: 1. Assess societal impacts of selected ITS, and provide recommendations for policy and industry regarding ITS in order to improve the safety and mobility of VRUs; 2. Provide evidence-based recommended practices on how VRU can be integrated in Intelligent Transport Systems and on how HMI designs can be adapted to meet the needs of VRUs, and test these recommendations in field trials.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-FP | Phase: FoF.NMP.2013-10 | Award Amount: 4.10M | Year: 2013
The MetalMorphosis aims to develop a new range of novel metal-composite hybrid products for the automotive industry, based on the knowledge transfer from the Electromagnetic Forming (EMF) usage in joining dissimilar metal products and taking advantage of new developed composites and its capability to be bonded to metal. MetalMorphosis approach is to combine and involve all the main players Top-down and bottom-up in the value chain from the automotive industry in the development of the next generation of metal-composites hybrid materials, ensuring a strong contribution from industrial drivers (towards those which are industrys main needs in what concerns to automotive parts), an active involvement of SMEs (in the manufacturing of pilots / demonstrators), a valuable participation from RTDs (performing research activities in multidisciplinary key knowledge areas and defining the drive beyond the state-of-the-art) and last, but not the least a major role to be played by multipliers organizations who will ensure the exploitation of projects main results towards the automotive market and other linked sectors. MetalMorphosis will gather a wide but simultaneously specialized and multidisciplinary consortium composed by 9 European partners, according to their expertise areas Welding and joining technologies, Composites, Industrial Manufacturing and Automotive OEM which have strong interest in developing new joining processes for metal-composites and lightweight materials addressing the challenges for the automotive industry for the following 10 years.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: MSCA-ITN-ETN | Phase: MSCA-ITN-2014-ETN | Award Amount: 3.90M | Year: 2015
Complex systems research has been on the forefront of scientific priorities of many national research councils and the EU for more than a decade. Many very interesting phenomena have been identified and explored, but the development of the underpinning mathematical theory has been lagging behind. The proposed training network builds on an emerging development in applied mathematics to provide proper mathematical theory for the existence of early-warning signals for sudden changes in dynamical behaviour, so-called critical transitions, which have been reported by applied scientists in various contexts. Practical implications for the existence of such early-warning signals are far reaching, since these would enable the development of better control strategies to avoid or diminish the effect of catastrophes. Topical examples include epileptic seizures, stock market collapses, earthquakes, and climate. Attending to the mathematical underpinning for critical transitions in complex systems, it is apparent that the relevant mathematical discipline of bifurcation theory, that has been developed to great acclaim and use for primarily low-dimensional deterministic autonomous (i.e. intrinsically time-independent) dynamical systems, and (in the context of phase transitions) for material science, does not apply without nontrivial modification to most of the complex systems contexts. The training network is a response to the needs of applied scientists (including many in the private sector) for a proper mathematical underpinning of early-warning signals. After their training, the trained researchers will be at the very forefront of this rapidly developing field, with many practical skills and crucial theoretical insights into the possibilities (and impossibilities) of early-warning signals for critical transitions in a wide range of contexts.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-FP | Phase: GC.SST.2013-3. | Award Amount: 3.62M | Year: 2013
URBAN-EV will apply innovative manufacturing technologies and materials to produce prototypes of a 2-seat urban electric vehicle with considerably enhanced autonomy vs. the SoTA EV of its kind, and a similar occupant safety level than normal passenger cars. Specifically, a purely electric range (in urban conditions) of 150 Km is targeted as well as a compelling acceleration time of 10 s for 0-100 Km/h. The platform where these innovations will be introduced is the Casple-EV, supplied by Casple, with an overall target weight of about 720 Kg including the battery. In order to achieve the goals, the URBAN-EV consortium will design, manufacture and demonstrate new lighter architectures with enhanced engineering reliability for the principal systems of the vehicle such as chassis and body in white as well as several interior parts. Main construction materials will be light alloys and low cost polymeric composites, which will be combined using an advanced multi-material design approach. Complementary to the innovations in vehicles architecture, a braking system with enhanced energy recuperation capacity will be developed and demonstrated. Furthermore, cost efficient, high integrity manufacturing processes will be applied, with a special focus in those able to deliver complex components, therefore being liable to execute more functions without increasing cost. An important characteristic of the manufacturing technologies of URBAN-EV is its high degree of maturity, being either off the shelf or covered in previous calls.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: CS2-RIA | Phase: JTI-CS2-2014-CFP01-LPA-02-03 | Award Amount: 332.50K | Year: 2016
The general objective of the BRACKETWELD project is to contribute to the green and cost-efficient integration of system and aircraft structure by the development of an innovative technology for the rapid assembly of thermoplastic brackets in general, and in particular PEI brackets, to thermosetting composite components currently used in aircraft structures. This innovative assembly technology is based on the idea of using the fast and efficient ultrasonic welding technology to assemble thermoplastic brackets to thermosetting composite structural components. As thermosetting materials cannot be welded, a thermoplastic surface media will be strongly attached to the thermosetting composite structure by a co-curing process, being this surface media used as an anchor interface for the latterly welding of the thermoplastic brackets by any fusion bonding technique, and especially by the ultrasonic welding. The key challenge for the development of this innovative technology will be the development of the appropriate surface media that must be compatible with the typical thermoplastic materials used for the injection of brackets, while at the same time achieving a high adhesion strength to the thermosetting composite laminate during the curing of the structural components. The integration of brackets into the structure of the aircraft will lead to significant weight, manufacturing costs and energy reductions compared to the current adhesive bonding methods, since is that there is no need for surface preparation, adhesives, and curing time nor expensive quality control procedures. The project is launched under the Platform 2 of the Large Passenger Aircraft IADP (LPA), Innovative Physical Integration CabinSystemStructure, orientated to the development, assessment and selection of integrative concepts, which will be completed by specific technologies development to optimize assembly and integration of elementary parts, subcomponents and modules.