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News Article | April 26, 2017
Site: www.eurekalert.org

Researchers at Tecnalia and the ICMCB-CNRS have recently published the article "Ultra-Fast Supercritical Hydrothermal Synthesis of Tobermorite under Thermodynamically Metastable Conditions" in the prestigious scientific journal Angewandte Chemie. The article proposes an ultrarapid synthesis of nano-tobermorite, a nanoparticle used to speed up the hardening of concrete and regarded as a high-added value addition. The possibility of producing tobermorite nanofibres in water in supercritical conditions (400 ?C and 235 bar) has been demonstrated, when above 200 ?C it had been thought to be impossible. What is more, the outcome is a product of a higher quality made possible by the fact that a piece of non-traditional equipment, which allows the conditions and reaction times to be thoroughly monitored, has been developed. The technology developed is, according to the researchers involved, "The Advanced Manufacturing Technique" for producing nanoparticles; it is and will be very important for any SME in the field of nanotechnology since it enables two aspects that are intrinsic to industrial production to be achieved: quantity and quality. Firstly, tobermorite nanoparticles can be synthesised within the space of 10 seconds as opposed to several days taken by traditional synthesis methods. Secondly, the synthesis method using supercritical fluids produces better replicas of natural tobermorite, in other words, it allows more perfect nanoparticles to be produced. Furthermore, the journal has designated the work as a Very Important Paper, and frontispiece, in other words, it is regarded as being within a 5th percentile and a showcase of the publication given that it has been selected as the back cover. This work is the outcome of collaboration between Tecnalia, the UPV/EHU-University of the Basque Country, the University of Bordeaux and the ICMCB-CNRS within the framework of the euro-regional campus of excellence Euskampus-IDEX of Bordeaux.


News Article | April 27, 2017
Site: www.cemag.us

It has been possible to demonstrate scientifically that tobermorite can be produced at 400 ⁰C when above 200 ⁰C it had been thought to be impossible. This mineral has been found in concrete buildings dating back to Roman times and could hold the key to their durability. Researchers at Tecnalia and the ICMCB-CNRS have recently published the article “Ultra-Fast Supercritical Hydrothermal Synthesis of Tobermorite under Thermodynamically Metastable Conditions” in the prestigious scientific journal Angewandte Chemie. The article proposes an ultrarapid synthesis of nano-tobermorite, a nanoparticle used to speed up the hardening of concrete and regarded as a high-added value addition. The possibility of producing tobermorite nanofibers in water in supercritical conditions (400 ⁰C and 235 bar) has been demonstrated, when above 200 ⁰C it had been thought to be impossible. What is more, the outcome is a product of a higher quality made possible by the fact that a piece of non-traditional equipment, which allows the conditions and reaction times to be thoroughly monitored, has been developed. The technology developed is, according to the researchers involved, “The Advanced Manufacturing Technique” for producing nanoparticles; it is and will be very important for any SME in the field of nanotechnology since it enables two aspects that are intrinsic to industrial production to be achieved: quantity and quality. Firstly, tobermorite nanoparticles can be synthesized within the space of 10 seconds as opposed to several days taken by traditional synthesis methods. Secondly, the synthesis method using supercritical fluids produces better replicas of natural tobermorite, in other words, it allows more perfect nanoparticles to be produced. Furthermore, the journal has designated the work as a Very Important Paper, and frontispiece, in other words, it is regarded as being within a fifth percentile and a showcase of the publication given that it has been selected as the back cover. This work is the outcome of collaboration between Tecnalia, the UPV/EHU-University of the Basque Country, the University of Bordeaux, and the ICMCB-CNRS within the framework of the euro-regional campus of excellence Euskampus-IDEX of Bordeaux.


- Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA), a newly formed enterprise collaboration focused on Ethereum blockchain technology, is pleased to announce the addition of over 86 new companies to its membership with many continuing to onboard and be announced in the upcoming months. Comprised of the most advanced enterprises and startup blockchain innovators, EEA is designed to build, promote, and broadly support Ethereum-based technology best practices, standards, and a reference architecture, EntEth 1.0. The new members of EEA include Access, Adapt Forward, Alchemy Limited, AlphaPoint, Antony Welfare, Aquarius Capital Management, AutoBoard Systems, Axcent LLC, Bancor, BigchainDB, Blk Technologies, Blockchain Hub Limited, BlockCypher, Brian Ray, Broadridge, CareChain, CCA, Clause, Clearmatics Technologies, Clozer Technologies, CoinFund, Coinplug, ConsenLabs, Consensus Base, Couger, CryptoMKT, CYPHA GmbH, Dapps.ai, Datarella, DeliverThat, De Cooperatieve Rabobank U.A, Deloitte, The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC), DigixGlobal, Dinosaur Dog, ElectricChain, Elevondata Labs Inc., Etherisc, Fundacion CTIC Centro Tecnologico, Gem, Global Consent Limited, Global Trade Guardian - LexEcon Consulting Group, Hashed Health, Hijro, Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, Infosys, InGauge Trading Technologies Inc., Ian Pilon, Infrachain Asbl, Intelligent’er Re’Development, ING, iPaynow, Jiangsu Huaxin Blockchain Research Institute, Kaula, Ledger, Libra, Melonport, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, MME, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Model Communities Association, Musicoin, National Bank of Canada, Noah Perius, Nordic Alliance, NXN, Parkview Ventures, Qingxin Technology, Red Chalk Group, Samsung SDS, San Francisco Stock Exchange, Smart Contract Japan, SmartU Electronics Trading L.L.C, State Street Emerging Technologies Center, Synechron, Taishin Financial Holdings, Taiwan FinTech Association, Tecnalia Research & Innovation, Toyota Research Institute, TraderLynk Ltd, Trust Stamp, UNLP, Utocat, Vanbex Group, Wall Street Blockchain Alliance, and Zerocoin Electric Coin Company. The Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA) was formed earlier this year, seeking to evolve Ethereum so that is can serve as an enterprise-grade technology. EEA’s research and development is focused on privacy, confidentiality, scalability, and security. EEA is also investigating hybrid architectures that span both permissioned and public Ethereum networks as well as industry specific application layer working groups. Julio Faura, chairman of EEA and head of blockchain r&d at Santander expressed, “The enthusiasm around EEA is remarkable. Our new members come from varying industries such as pharma, mobile, banking, automotive, management consulting, and hardware as well as the startup community driving innovation. It’s great to see everyone come together and build the next generation of our economy on Ethereum blockchain solutions.” EEA will collectively develop industry standards and facilitate open source collaboration with its member base and is open to any members of the Ethereum community who wish to participate. This collaborative framework will enable the mass adoption at a depth and breadth otherwise unachievable in individual corporate silos and provide insight to the future of scalability, privacy, and confidentiality of the public Ethereum permissionless network. For additional information about joining EEA, please reach out to [email protected]


News Article | April 26, 2017
Site: www.gizmag.com

Cogiro is a cable-driven robot that can not only 3D-print structures, but also monitor their status (Credit: Tecnalia) There have been a number of 3D-printing robots rolled out lately that can squirt out a house, but Tecnalia in collaboration with the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) has come up with one that pays attention to what it's doing. Called Cogiro, it is billed as the first cable-driven robot that can print large structural parts or even small buildings on site while monitoring if the work is drying properly. At first glance, Cogiro looks less like a robot and more like a giant square frame measuring 15 x 11 x 6 m (50 x 36 x 20 ft) with the name of a Japanese movie monster. The frame houses a network of cables and pulleys that support a central working head that can move in three different planes and point in three different directions. Originally, this was used to study such tasks as how a cable-driven robot can move pallets about a warehouse, but now it has expanded into the building trade. For the latest demonstrations, Cogiro has been fitted with an extruder head that allows it to squirt out a clay-like material under the direction of a CAD file to create complex shapes or even buildings in situ thanks to the ability of the robot to be erected directly over a construction site. According to Tecnalia, this allows the robot to print items with a high degree of precision and rigidity over large areas. But the clever thing about Cogiro isn't just that it prints, but it also watches what it's doing. Using thermal sensors, it monitors how well the material is drying and setting, so it can not only see how well the work is coming along, but also avoid laying down material on foundations that haven't dried yet. Tecnalia says that the next step for Cogiro will be to adapt it to handle a cement-based material instead of clay. When mature, the company sees the technology as a straightforward, low maintenance, inexpensive means of bringing robotic 3D printing to building and maintaining curtain walls and other construction work, as well as in aerospace industries, shipbuilding, nuclear power plants, and alternative energy installations. A prototype of Cogiro will be exhibited at the BBConstrumat fair next month. The video below shows Cogiro in action.


News Article | April 25, 2017
Site: phys.org

Together with the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC), Tecnalia has developed the first cable-driven robot that allows large parts and even small buildings to be created in situ. The innovative technology includes the latest advances in the field of robotics, digital manufacturing and 3-D printing.


(Elhuyar Fundazioa) Together with the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC), Tecnalia has developed the first cable-driven robot that allows large parts and even small buildings to be created in situ. The innovative technology includes the latest advances in the field of robotics, digital manufacturing and 3-D printing.


News Article | May 25, 2017
Site: phys.org

The potato is not only a basic food item and one of the main food crops worldwide, it contains a huge variety of minerals and phytochemicals with potentially health-promoting effects. Greater awareness about the importance of consuming these phytochemicals (substances that help to protect cells against the harm caused by carcinogenic processes) and the growing interest in the development of new products with specific organoleptic properties, have led to the appearance of different initiatives to genetically enhance the potato. Clones have been identified with a soft consistency, total disintegration when boiled, low humidity and high "flouriness" and which can be used for preparing mashed or roast potatoes. New varieties with a high pigment content have been developed recently. They are therapeutically very effective, above all in terms of antioxidant activity, and have a dual function: firstly, they are beneficial for health, and secondly, these pigments provide a deep purple or red colour, which makes them very attractive for the consumer; this offers new opportunities with respect to marketing and functional foods. Among the compounds most studied from the perspective of genetic enhancement are, firstly, chlorogenic acid, owing to its implications for human health and its functions in defending the plant against pathogens, and secondly, the group of carotenoids. Apart from being associated with a deep yellow colour, some of the majority carotenoids in the potato are considered to be of prime importance for eye health and in lowering the risk of developing age-related macular degeneration. The concentration, distribution and composition relating to each of the compounds in the potato are also heavily influenced by environmental factors, such as crop management, climate, soil, incidence of pests and diseases, harvesting time, mechanical damage, storage time and conditions. The research that NEIKER-Tecnalia has been conducting since 2014 aims to obtain varieties with high levels of bioactive compounds that benefit health (anthocyanins, phenols and total carotenoids), an antioxidant capacity, and adapted to the growing conditions of our area. To do this, an assessment was begun on a series of red and purple flesh varieties with low adaptation and yield, so crossbreeding was started in order to obtain optimum varieties in terms of yield as well as nutrition and marketing. Set to take place throughout this year are comparative agronomic trials as well as the multiplication of the most promising clones that will shortly make up new varieties to be developed and marketed in due course. NEIKER highlights the importance of having clones like the ones obtained. "For producers it is interesting to have purple potato varieties that adapt to a broad range of climate conditions. These materials also contain natural antioxidant compounds, which are attractive from the nutritional and visual point of view for professionals in the world of catering and also for end consumers." Explore further: High-nutrition and disease-resistant purple and yellow-fleshed potato clones obtained


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Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-FP | Phase: GC-SST.2010.7-5. | Award Amount: 2.94M | Year: 2011

The automotive industry has not yet decided which the optimum architecture solution for electric vehicles is; this and the fact that requirements and constraints deriving from an electrical powertrain are much less stringent in several areas make necessary to study new solutions specifically designed for the particularities of electric vehicles. Therefore E-LIGHT proposal aims at exploring all the aspects and requirements for optimal electric vehicle architectures. These particularities will be studied in E-Light project, focussing on: Modularity of components Ergonomic designs Innovative safety concepts Better aerodynamic performance and lesser weight which will decrease the overall power consumption and consequently will increase the range. The main objective of E-Light project is to develop an innovative multi-material modular architecture specifically designed for electric vehicles, achieving optimal light weight and crashworthy performances while ensuring ergonomic on board. In order to achieve this objective, the following scientific and technical objectives have been defined Identification of architectural requirements for future EV, focussing on lightweight for different battery and electric motor configurations (front or rear stand alone, wheel in hub). Identification of optimal multi-materials solution to become part of the EV architectures. The optimal geometries and designs for the EV architectures, taking into account previously studied architectural requirements and materials. Definition of design methodology and testing procedures in order to develop general design guidelines and testing procedures towards more sustainable, lightweight, modular concepts of the design process.


Patent
French National Center for Scientific Research and Tecnalia | Date: 2012-08-08

A method of controlling a machine with redundant parallel actuation includes a frame and a mobile element driven by a plurality of mechanical transmissions parallel to one another and each being activated by an actuator (2) including a body fixed to the frame, an actuating member and a position sensor, in which an error signal is produced by comparing the position of each actuator with a setpoint signal, characterized in that the error signals are converted into a mobile element position error signal by applying data representative of the kinematics of the mechanical transmissions, the mobile element error signal is processed by a processing module which produces an effort signal to be applied to the mobile element, the effort signal is converted into signals controlling the actuators by applying data representative of the kinematics of the mechanical transmissions.

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