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Agency: Cordis | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: EE-13-2015 | Award Amount: 2.88M | Year: 2016

In Europe, different prognosis show an increase in cooling demand of almost 60% in 2030 with respect to nowadays. District cooling (DC) can play a part in satisfying this demand in a sustainable way (since can offer 5 to 10 times higher efficiency solutions than onsite standalone distributed systems). Even if DC captures only minor portion of the prospective market, this will translate into a dramatic increase in the size of the global DC sector. INDIGO aims to develop a more efficient, intelligent and cheaper generation of DC systems by improving system planning, control and management, anticipating the aforementioned scenario. This target will be achieved through the following specific objectives: Contribute to the wider use of DC systems and motivate the competiveness of European DC market by the development of two open-source tools: o A planning tool for DC systems with the aim of supporting their optimal design o A library with thermo-fluid dynamic models of DC System components which will provide the designers detailed information about their physical behaviour Primary energy reduction over 45% addressed by a ground breaking DC system management strategy focused mainly on energy efficiency maximization but also on energy cost minimization. Its main characteristics is the predictive management but it also will address other challenges such as: o Integration of Renewable Energy Sources o Dealing with different types of cooling sources o Suitable coupling between generation, storage and demand All this, with the help of intelligent and innovative component controllers (Predictive Controllers) to be developed at all DC system levels. Some of them include embedded self-learning algorithms, allowing components to respond appropriately to the set-points established. Developments carried out within INDIGO will be validated in a real District Heating and Cooling installation with appropriate conditions for testing the new functionalities.

Fundacion Tekniker | Date: 2010-04-29

The invention discloses a sample-support element for ultra-high vacuums comprising a main chamber and a supplementary chamber for the sample holder and the heating/cooling elements, which is pumped by a related pump line. This enables the reduction or total elimination of the negative effect related to the alteration of the residual atmosphere in ultra-high vacuums resulting from heating or cooling the surfaces of the sample holder.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: H2020 | Program: CS2-RIA | Phase: JTI-CS2-2014-CFP01-SYS-02-01 | Award Amount: 681.19K | Year: 2016

The overall goal of the project is focused on incrementing the efficiency of Electro-Mechanical and Electro-Hydrostatic systems in terms of extending the life and improving the reliability and enhancing the performance of the maintenance activities of wing actuation systems. With this objective in mind, the activities within the project have been oriented to the following goals: To investigate innovative and alternative sealing solutions that able to reduce the friction, wear and leakage at high level of deformation monitored in accelerated seal tests and can increase lifetime to thermal cycles. To investigate innovative and alternative lubricant solutions that are able to reduce friction and wear and to increase extreme pressure properties, increasing the temperature limit and time to a fixed temperature in Differential Scanning Calorimetry and Thermogravimetry measurements, in relation to reference lubricants. To provide new oil sensing systems to monitor the status of the lubricant with a twofold aim: identify faulty conditions and extend the life of the lubricant. To control the lifetime of the gears materials and lubricants by means of accelerated simulated tests reproducing the micropitting/pitting lifetime and confirming for best materials/lubricants combination, using real gear testing benches, reproducing the generation of main failure mechanisms monitoring in parallel both vibrations and wear using oil sensors, in order to create the right knowledge for conditions monitoring. To develop, implement and integrate Health Monitoring algorithms to predict failures before affecting the actuator output in a critical way, addressing some mechanical parts of the actuation systems such as seals, gearbox, screwballs, etc. The project has clear objectives to mature technologies to extend the life of EMAs and EHA: In this scenario, ISSELUB aims to address the challenge of extending the life of EMAs and EHA.

The present invention provides a method and a device for determining the degradation of a used oil. The method of the invention is based on calculating the components in the red, green and blue transmission spectral bands I

Agency: Cordis | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: LCE-02-2014 | Award Amount: 6.46M | Year: 2015

The main objective of this project is to significantly reduce costs of concentrated solar power, in order to pave the way for its deserved competitiveness on the power market. Specifically, the solar-to-electric conversion efficiency of the plant will be improved by increased receiver operating temperatures as well as an innovative power cycle configuration also providing advantages regarding plant operation. Additionally, improved control methodologies based on dynamic multi-aiming-point strategies for heliostats will further enhance efficiency. Besides the improvement of the plants efficiency and operation, also the construction and operational costs will be minimized via mass production of heliostats and smart heliostat calibration systems. The global objective of this project is to increase plant efficiencies and reduce levelized cost of electricity (LCOE) by developing all relevant components that allow implementing an innovative plant configuration. This plant configuration is based on a multi-tower decoupled advanced solar combined cycle approach that not only increases cycle efficiencies but also avoids frequent transients and inefficient partial loads, thus maximizing overall efficiency, reliability as well as dispatchability, all of which are important factors directly related to cost competitiveness on the power market. The core topic of the project, the innovative solar receiver, will be an open volumetric receiver allowing operating temperatures beyond 1200 C, providing the absorbed solar heat to the pressurized air circuit of the Brayton cycle via a network of fixed bed regenerative heat exchangers working in alternating modes (non-pressurized heating period, pressurized cooling period).

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