Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: BSG-SME-AG | Phase: SME-2012-2 | Award Amount: 1.62M | Year: 2013
Refractories are materials essential for all highly industrialised processes which are performed at elevated temperatures e. g. iron- and steelmaking, cement production, glass, ceramics, nonferrous metals, power production and waste incineration Refractories have high economical importance and serve a key function for the industry in Europe. In Europe, most of refractory manufactur are SMEs. The technical suitability of refractory products is warranted through physical, chemical and technological materials properties, laid down in data sheets. For the purpose of obtaining those technical specifications, testing methods are described in national and international standardisation systems, like DIN, CEN or ISO. Progressively, the established standard testing methods no longer fulfil the increasing requirements of the refractory market. This project is a response to the need for a systematic investigation of the accuracy, precision and reproducibility of the current EN testing standards for refractories with the aim to enhance their relevance, especially to the specific needs of SMEs. The central objective of this project is to increase the competitiveness of the European SME refractory producers. This will be archived by generating up-to-date EN testing standards as a save guidance for the producers. An extensive investigation of the current EN testing methods, designs of experiments and interlaboratory tests, more specifically collaborative tests, involving the major European refractory testing laboratories will be the key approach to attain this objective. For a successful review of the EN testing standards and an effective dissemination of the results, a strong and broad-based cooperation between transnational partners is planned. For this purpose, the European SME-AG for the refractory industry is involved and brings together the most active European testing laboratories and SMEs to conduct a large scale and in-depth study of EN testing standards.
Rhi Ag | Date: 2003-05-06
INDUSTRIAL FURNACES AND REPLACEMENT PARTS THEREFOR; FURNACE LININGS, BURNERS, FURNACE-CARS, FLUE GAS VALVES, NAMELY, DAMPERS; INDUSTRIAL DRYERS. REFRACTORY CERAMIC MASSES; REFRACTORY CERAMIC WORK PIECES, NAMELY, REFRACTORY SHAPES. REPAIR OF INDUSTRIAL APPARATUS, NAMELY, FURNACES, KILNS, METALLURGICAL MELTING VESSELS, GLASS MELTING TANKS AND ASSOCIATED GAS REGENERATORS; REPAIR OF MACHINERY FOR INSTALLING, REPAIRING AND LINING FURNACES, KILNS, METALLURGICAL MELTING VESSELS, GLASS MELTING TANKS AND ASSOCIATED GAS REGENERATORS; REPAIR OF BUILDING CONSTRUCTION APPARATUS; REPAIR OF MINERAL FIBER PRODUCING APPARATUS; INSTALLATION OF FURNACES, KILNS, METALLURGICAL MELTING VESSELS, GLASS MELTING TANKS AND ASSOCIATED GAS REGENERATORS; INSTALLATION OF MACHINERY FOR INSTALLING, REPAIRING AND LINING FURNACES, KILNS, METALLURGICAL MELTING VESSELS, GLASS MELTING TANKS AND ASSOCIATED GAS REGENERATORS; INSTALLATION OF BUILDING CONSTRUCTION APPARATUS; INSTALLATION OF MINERAL FIBER PRODUCING APPARATUS; CONSTRUCTION PLANNING; BUILDING INSPECTION IN THE COURSE OF BUILDING CONSTRUCTION; BUILDING CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT. SCIENTIFIC AND INDUSTRIAL INVESTIGATIONS, NAMELY, RESEARCH; CHEMICAL AND PHYSICAL ANALYSES, ARCHITECTURE, ENGINEERING, TECHNICAL EXPERT CONSULTATION IN THE FIELD OF REFRACTORIES AND BUILDING MATERIALS; TECHNICAL CONSULTATION IN THE FIELD OF CERAMICS AND BUILDING MATERIALS.
News Article | September 9, 2016
The UK Government’s Energy and Climate Change Committee has warned the Government that the country is currently on target to miss its 2020 renewable energy targets. MPs on the Energy and Climate Change Committee warned the UK Government this week that the UK will fail to achieve its 2020 renewable energy targets — to provide for 15% of its energy from renewable energy sources — if the country remains on its current course. The UK’s overall renewable energy target is made up of three facets: sourcing 30% of its electricity, 12% of its heat energy, and 10% of transport energy from renewable energy sources. Currently, the UK is three-quarters of the way toward meeting its 30% electricity renewable energy sub-target, and is even set to exceed that target by 2020. However, the country is not even halfway toward its 12% heating target, while the proportion of renewable energy used in the transport sector actually fell in 2015. “The experts we spoke to were clear: the UK will miss its 2020 renewable energy targets without major policy improvements,” said Energy and Climate Change Committee Chair Angus MacNeil MP. “Failing to meet these would damage the UK’s reputation for climate change leadership. The Government must take urgent action on heat and transport to renew its efforts on decarbonisation.” The Energy and Climate Change Committee published its findings in a new report, out this week, which outlined the Committee’s belief that “the UK will fail to achieve its 2020 renewable energy targets.” Specifically, the Committee concluded that the Government’s current “proposed reforms to the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) are not the optimal pathway to the 2020 renewable heat target,” adding that many of the heat pumps being used “have proven unsatisfactory in actual use, yet are being prioritised over biomass — which has been successful.” As regards the reversal in the UK’s transport sector’s use of renewable energy, the Committee revealed that the country’s proportion of renewable energy used in the transport sector fell from 4.93% to 4.23%. Additionally, according to the Committee, the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO) which has been capped at 4.75% since 2013 “is well below the level needed to meet the 2020 target.” Looking forward, the Committee conclude that beyond 2020, “heat and transport will likely depend on some combination of bioenergy and electrification.” Of even more relevance at the moment, given the UK’s recent decision to leave the European Union, is the level of commitment the UK will retain of the EU’s renewable energy targets. If the UK misses or reneges on the EU commitments, the MPs believe that it will undermine confidence in the Government’s commitment to its legally binding 2050 carbon targets. “We agreed our 2020 renewable energy targets as part of the EU but they still have many merits, even as the UK Government prepares for Brexit,” explained Angus MacNeil MP. “If the UK reneges on these targets, it will undermine confidence in the Government’s commitment to clean energy and the climate targets agreed in Paris. Progress has been slow, but this must be taken as a call to action, not an excuse for backtrack.” Drive an electric car? Complete one of our short surveys for our next electric car report. Keep up to date with all the hottest cleantech news by subscribing to our (free) cleantech newsletter, or keep an eye on sector-specific news by getting our (also free) solar energy newsletter, electric vehicle newsletter, or wind energy newsletter.
News Article | September 27, 2010
Unilever is facing a large SAP integration, following the announcement it will buy TRESemmé shampoo maker Alberto Culver for $3.7 billion (£2.3 billion). Unilever is facing a large SAP integration, following the announcement it will buy TRESemmé shampoo maker Alberto Culver for $3.7 billion (£2.3 billion). Unilever, which makes related products including Dove soap and Sunsilk shampoo, as well as other household brands, is standardising globally on SAP enterprise resource planning software. Alberto Culver began a similar SAP rollout and business process standardisation programme, called Project Atlas, two years ago. That project, run by supplier IBM, additionally involves HP, Microsoft and Cisco technology. Unilever did not immediately comment on how IT will play its part in the integration of Alberto Culver, which also makes the VO5 and Simple brands. But it said in a statement to the financial markets that the acquisition would deliver “significant” operational savings. The takeover “provides Unilever with the opportunity to use its scale, reach and technology to take Alberto Culver’s brands to a new level in existing markets and extend their presence to new emerging markets”, it added. Unilever said it would become the world’s second largest shampoo maker as a result of the acquisition, emphasising the importance of the UK, US, Canadian, Mexican and Australasian markets. Earlier this year the company said its own SAP rollout, with supplier Accenture, was significantly improving “operational execution” and efficiency, as well as dramatically cutting complexity. The most effective cost cutting was being effected in western Europe, it said, the first region to go live with the system. In recent years, Unilever has moved to “dramatically” cut the number of suppliers it uses, after at one point using 160 vendors for 1,200 applications. That project, alongside the SAP rollout and a company-wide reorganisation, had helped it save £960 million from costs. Early Bird rate now available click here