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Agency: Cordis | 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: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-IP | Phase: GC.SST.2011.7-7. | Award Amount: 15.34M | Year: 2011

The global objective of the ELIBAMA project is to enhance and accelerate the creation of a strong European automotive battery industry structured around industrial companies already committed to mass production of Li-ion cells and batteries for EVs. Europe faces strong competition from Asia and the USA where more investments and production capacities for Li-ion batteries currently exist. The ELIBAMA project will exploit advanced eco-design methods of manufacturing battery cells in order to guarantee drastic gains in cost reduction and environment-friendliness across the value chain of the battery production. This will allow the production of competitively priced EVs while improving the overall safety and efficiency of the battery pack in use. Specifically, the project will focus on the development of eco-friendly processes for electrode production, electrolyte manufacturing, fast and homogenous electrolyte filling processes, cell design and assembly. Moreover, the project will develop new technologies that will allow to improve downstream quality and reduce the rate of defective products at the end of the manufacturing chain. Such technologies include introducing clean room manufacturing processes, online high resolution monitoring and inspection solutions and non-destructive testing processes for Li-ion cells. The recycling and refurbishing of end-of-life Li-ion batteries will be realized in three ways: (a) defining schemes for their safe take back and transportation, (b) developing diagnostic methods for the monitoring of used commercial batteries to assess their second life potential, and (c) defining best practices for the eco-design conception and easy dismantling of batteries in order to maximize their recycling potential. All these technical improvements will be closely monitored and validated from the environmental point of view by providing an integrated environmental assessment of the different technologies developed in the course of the ELIBAMA project.

Agency: Cordis | 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: Cordis | 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: Cordis | 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

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