Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: CS2-RIA | Phase: JTI-CS2-2015-CFP02-ENG-03-01 | Award Amount: 2.50M | Year: 2016
The primary industrial objective of the PLEIADES project is to enable an integrated approach to the industry focused eco-design of aerospace products as part of existing engineering development workflows. The project will focus on the further development of the existing eco-design tools developed in collaboration with Rolls-Royce during the SAMULET project to enable a progressive transition from early stage eco-design through to extensive life cycle analysis (LCA) activities whilst appropriately reflecting and enabling the reduction of uncertainties and unknowns in the underlying engineering, environmental and sustainability data. The tools involved are already deployed as the basis for enterprise level materials information management systems at Rolls-Royce and many other leading aerospace manufacturers globally and already integrate seamlessly with other key design and product lifecycle management systems. These integrations will be extended and new integrated workflows introduced within the project in particular to accommodate appropriate information originating from supplier declarations and to manage the allocation of impacts within individual facilities to relevant materials, processes and products. A second important objective of the project is to bridge the current disconnect between the tools used for eco-design and for extensive LCA. This objective seeks to progressively capitalise upon the investment in data required for extensive LCA throughout the product development process and not just at the end of product development. It will provide the mechanisms to capitalise upon the knowledge gathered during previous extensive assessments of products seamlessly feeding appropriate information back into eco-design workflows. This objective seeks to progressively reduce the uncertainties observed during eco-design and will maximise the long term return on investment from generating primary environmental and sustainability data for materials and processes.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-IP | Phase: GC.NMP.2012-2 | Award Amount: 13.08M | Year: 2012
By bringing together 21 partners including 7 major carmakers, 7 major suppliers, 2 SMEs and 5 academia / research centres, ALIVE will develop directly exploitable knowledge on materials and design concepts which offer a high potential for significantly reducing the weight of vehicles for affordable application to high productions volumes, focusing on next generation Electric Vehicles (EVs). Specifically ALIVE has set a target of achieving a 30% \ 20% weight reduction for the untrimmed vehicle body together with a 25-30% weight reduction of the hang-on parts, chassis and main interior sub-systems. ALIVE strives to generate substantial, tangible innovation in terms of vehicle design, materials, forming & joining technologies, simulation & testing and includes an exceptionally ambitious physical validation activity that will not only deliver a full structural demonstrator of all modules addressed but which will also include destructive crash and durability testing executed on the assembled modules including the entire body. The objective of the car manufacturers and the supply chain within the ALIVE consortium is to accelerate the take up of these innovative technologies, enabling their application in high volume EV production some 5 years earlier than would have been the case otherwise. Importantly the aim is to jointly exploit the potential economies of scale which can only be achieved via pre-competitive collaborative research by identifying and applying common solutions in terms of materials and their respective process technologies. ALIVE is directly linked to a network of recently concluded, on-going and planned parallel activities and as such offers a coordinated platform within the context of the Green Car program for achieving an unprecedented level of impact with respect to increasing EU competitiveness through the development and uptake of real innovation.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ENV.2012.6.3-1 | Award Amount: 4.55M | Year: 2012
Increased global competition, economic requirements in order to act budget-conscious as well as current (and future) environmental regulations have caused/will cause the need for new underground construction technologies in order to guarantee resource-efficiency within the tunnelling processes. The before mentioned situation also calls for a paradigm shift from only landfilling with excavation material in a direction to re-use the excavated material by nearly 100% as valuable new raw material in other industrial processes and sectors. Therefore the overall goal of DRAGON is to develop new work flows and new techniques in order to guarantee a) a fast detection of useable materials; b) an immediate separation of high value materials already within the underground construction site and c) the recycling of that material on the backup system of the tunnel boring machines. Based on that research results a number of different prototypes will be developed and tested throughout the project duration. Another important impact of DRAGON is that the LCA (life cycle analysis) is going to provide scientific evidence that the re-use of excavated tunnelling material will result in more resource-efficient and more closed-loop related systems (even in industry-related economy) in Europe. A complex project such as DRAGON can only be addressed by joint and concerted actions of outstanding experts: DRAGON`s scientific partner MUL belongs to Europe`s leading tunnelling experts; the 4 participating SME partners are highly specialised companies which are active in environmental niche markets; HK as market leader of mechanized tunnelling systems guarantees the market power and brings in the corresponding market knowledge whereas PORR as end user partner will mostly benefit from the newly developed equipment and the way to save costs either by commercializing valuable excavation materials or by re-using excavation material as its own raw material.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: GC.SST.2013-4. | Award Amount: 22.22M | Year: 2013
Electrification of the public transport is a raising trend in Europe, and electric buses are soon expected to enter markets as one of the most interesting options for matching urban environmental targets. Electrification is driven by both economics and politics. However, although technology is not yet fully matured and ready for wide commercialisation, a large demonstration project will facilitate the market up-take of electric buses in Europe. Furthermore, as unambiguous and extensive information about overall effects of electrified bus systems and related needs for changes on infrastructure do not exist today, UITP sees its objectives and those matching perfectly, and this led UITP to build a consortium of 40 partners, who were already considering their actions along this theme, and to collectively design the 42-months demonstration project ZeEUS Zero-Emission Urban Bus Systems. ZeEUS project focus on the todays challenge in the electrification of bus system, the extension of the fully-electric solution to a wider part of the urban network. This goes through the development of electric vehicles of large capacity, and the creation of an infrastructure capable of providing the required charging energy, operated according to non-disruptive and grid-balancing principles. The ZeEUS project will cover innovative electric bus solutions with different types of electrical power-train systems. Full-electric battery-based busses will be demonstrated in five locations (Barcelona, Bonn, Muenster, Plzen and Rome), whereas plug-in hybrid or range-extender type of power-trains will be demonstrated in three sites (London, Glasgow and Stockholm). The lifetime of project ZeEUS is long enough to collect sufficient amount of statistically valid data and make comprehensive analysis to deliver meaningful lessons learned, guidelines and provide feedback to the R&D activity of manufacturers and suppliers to make technology mature for wide commercialisation.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: JTI-CP-FCH | Phase: SP1-JTI-FCH.2011.2.1 | Award Amount: 4.95M | Year: 2012
The project Don Quichote aims at the long-term demonstration of the readiness of the technology of the combination of renewable electricity and hydrogen; facts-based data generated in this project is the base for analysis for further deployment and implementation of combined systems renewable electricity hydrogen. Linked to the technical demonstration emphasis will be put on analysis of regulation, codes, standards, on LCA/LCI, on total cost of ownership and on implementation ways all over Europe.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: FCH2-RIA | Phase: FCH-01.6-2014 | Award Amount: 2.47M | Year: 2015
The overall aim of NewBusFuel is to resolve a significant knowledge gap around the technologies and engineering solutions required for the refuelling of a large number of buses at a single bus depot. Bus depot scale refuelling imposes significant new challenges which have not yet been tackled by the hydrogen refuelling sector: Scale throughputs in excess of 2,000kg/day (compared to 100kg/day for current passenger car stations) Ultra-high reliability to ensure close to 100% available supply for the public transport networks which will rely on hydrogen Short refuelling window buses need to be refuelled in a short overnight window, leading to rapid H2 throughput Footprint needs to be reduced to fit within busy urban bus depots Volume of hydrogen storage which can exceed 10 tonnes per depot and leads to new regulatory and safety constraints A large and pan-European consortium will develop solutions to these challenges. The consortium involves 10 of Europes leading hydrogen station providers. These partners will work with 12 bus operators in Europe, each of whom have demonstrated political support for the deployment of hydrogen bus fleets. In each location engineering studies will be produced, by collaborative design teams involving bus operators and industrial HRS experts, each defining the optimal design, hydrogen supply route, commercial arrangements and the practicalities for a hydrogen station capable of providing fuel to a fleet of fuel cell buses (75-260 buses). Public reports will be prepared based on an analysis across the studies, with an aim to provide design guidelines to bus operators considering deploying hydrogen buses, as well as to demonstrate the range of depot fuelling solutions which exist (and their economics) to a wider audience. These results will be disseminated widely to provide confidence to the whole bus sector that this potential barrier to commercialisation of hydrogen bus technology has been overcome.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-FP | Phase: FoF.NMP.2013-10 | Award Amount: 5.01M | Year: 2013
The most common traditional materials used in electrical energy distribution systems are copper and copper alloys. Modern applications show an increasing demand for better heat and electric current carrying capacity at the level beyond copper base materials. Nanocarbon materials, such as carbon nanotubes and graphene have attracted attention due to their high electrical, thermal conductivity and exceptional mechanical properties. It would appear that combining copper with high performance nanocarbons towards composite materials could offer immediate solution to problems encountered currently. Copper nanocarbon composites could form the next generation of conductors, where copper contributes the benefits of electrical conductivity, whereas nanocarbon brings to this composite its low weight, flexibility, mechanical reinforcement and thermal management. Recent breakthrough in the chirality control of carbon nanotubes could contribute significantly to the electrical conductivity of these composite materials beyond the performance achieved by bulk copper conductors. The material and process costs required to achieve improvement of the overall performance of copper based electrical conductors, need to be compatible with large scale conductor manufacturing and overcome the issues such as the cost of the nanocarbons and the difficulty of scaling up the production processes. This proposal is aimed at developing a copper nanocarbon composite with significantly improved overall properties, including electrical, thermal and mechanical performances over bulk copper. The proposal also aims to develop production process that will be scalable to large volume manufacture. A key breakthrough will be the development/modification of the continuous carbon nanotube fibre process originating from Cambridge University for copper composite production, an inherently larger volume process for the production of carbon nanotube with high degree of structural control and molecular orientation.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: JTI-CP-FCH | Phase: SP1-JTI-FCH.2013.1.1 | Award Amount: 38.45M | Year: 2014
HyFIVE is an ambitious European project including 15 partners who will deploy 110 fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) from the five global automotive companies who are leading in their commercialisation (BMW, Daimler, HONDA, Hyundai and Toyota). Refuelling stations configured in viable networks will be developed in three distinct clusters by deploying 6 new stations linked with 12 existing stations supplied by Air Products, Copenhagen Hydrogen Network, Danish Hydrogen Fuel, ITM Power, Linde and OMV. The projects scale and pan-European breadth allow it to tackle all of the final technical and social issues which could prevent the commercial roll-out of hydrogen vehicle and refuelling infrastructure across Europe. Research tasks will ensure these issues are analysed and that the learning is available for the hydrogen community across Europe. Issues include: Demonstrating that the vehicles meet and exceed the technical and environmental expectations for FCEVs Establishing best practice on supporting FCEVs in the field, including new procedures for equipping maintenance facilities, training dealers, establishing a spare parts regime etc. Using the stations in the project to understand progress on solutions to the outstanding technical issues facing HRS Investigating the challenges of using electrolysers to generate renewable hydrogen Understanding the impact of operating a network for filling stations operated by different suppliers, with different hydrogen supply modes Understanding the buying characteristics of the earliest adopters, who will procure vehicles despite high costs and limited infrastructure Providing evidence on the likely trajectory of the commercialisation of FCEVs in Europe The project will disseminate the results of this demonstration to opinion formers and decision makers across Europe to improve public readiness for the technology and encourage supportive policies and investment decisions.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-FP | Phase: GC.SST.2012.3-4. | Award Amount: 4.12M | Year: 2012
ECOHUBSprovides models and capabilities for cooperation and communication between green hubs stakeholders, plus establishing value added services making co-modal networks attractive to use and, at the same time, contributors to reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants. The main outputs will be: 1.Cooperative Model for Green Hubs enabling low-carbon, resource-efficient and secure transportation services 2.Ecosystem for electronically connecting multimodal terminal network stakeholders and amplifying their joint capabilities when using the Cooperative Model. The result will be faster communications, shared resources and synchronised actions. An important focus will be integrating information obtained from on-going transport execution (visibility of supply chains) into planning processes (facilitated by hub operators) to ensure the best possible environmental and economic performance. 3.Common Value Added Services to be combined with existing services, facilitating end-to-end co-modal, low-CO2 transport solutions that maximise utilisation of terminal and logistics resources. Common services will include: a. Intermodal terminal eco-efficiency calculator; b. Integrated competitive services for managing improvements in eco-efficiency; c. Measuring and Benchmarking System to provide the means of long term monitoring of greening activities and disseminating best practices at all supply chain levels and EU regions. 4.Four ECOHUBSDemonstrators to be used across several representative operating scenarios characteristic of modern intermodal terminals. Special attention will be given to building improved understanding of prevailing complexities and business interests and ensuring long term sustainability of project outputs and market take-up based on an inclusive Stakeholder Engagement Strategy emphasizing European wide co-operation both to promote best practices and to support further development and implementation of international standards
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.