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TÜV SÜD is an international service corporation focusing on consulting, testing, certification and training. At over 800 locations, primarily in Europe, North America, Asia Pacific, TÜV SÜD Group employs approximately 19,000 staff. In 2012, sales revenues totalled EUR 1.82 billion. TÜV SÜD Group is headquartered in Munich, Germany. It is one of the TÜV organizations. Wikipedia.

This special issue presents papers from a workshop conducted by New Technologies and Work (NeTWork) to honor the memory of Bernhard Wilpert, the founder and organiser of NeTWork. The papers reflect the theme that undesirable incidents and events, serious and disturbing as they may be, are a "gift of failure." In short, events offer an opportunity to learn about safe and unsafe operations, generate productive conversations across engaged stakeholders, and bring about beneficial changes to technology, organization, and mental models (understanding). Papers in the special issue are organised around three topics: the process of event analysis, the relationship between event analysis and organisational learning, and learning at multiple system levels. In this introduction we describe the workshop, summarize the contributions of Bernhard Wilpert, suggest three themes that emerged from the workshop, and offer our thoughts about the future of event analysis and learning from events. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd. Source

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: JTI-CSA-FCH | Phase: SP1-JTI-FCH.2013.5.5 | Award Amount: 551.61K | Year: 2014

The development of hydrogen as an energy carrier will be dependent upon the capacity of the market to offer low-carbon or carbon-free hydrogen to end-users and consumers. However, the production of green hydrogen and its consumption will most likely be unbundled in order to optimize its transportation and distribution, while enabling cost adequate pricing for green hydrogen. This implies that a robust system of Guarantee of Origin for green hydrogen will be needed, in order for final customers to buy low-carbon hydrogen in full transparency. The objectives of the CertifHy project are to assess the necessary market and regulatory conditions, develop the complete design and initiate a unique European framework for green hydrogen guarantees of origin. The project will be carried out in consultation with a broad range of relevant stakeholders from all over Europe, including hydrogen producers, traders and customers. Ultimately the CertifHy guarantee of origin scheme will facilitate the penetration of green hydrogen throughout Europe.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-CA | Phase: NMP.2011.4.0-8 | Award Amount: 993.12K | Year: 2012

The NMP TeAm 2 project aims at assisting the NMP NCP Network to provide good quality and high standard services to the proposers and therefore helping simplify access to FP7 calls, lowering the entry barriers for newcomers, and raising the average quality of submitted proposals. To this effect the four main objectives of this project are to optimise the tools at hand to the benefit of the networks clients, such as the partner search system developed in NMP TeAm, the use and further development of the NMP NCP Network website and other communication tools, to maximise the impact and add value to organised European wide events by organising parallel partnership building events, joint NMP NCP stands and joint awareness campaigns, to standardise the Network skills and provided services through the creation of documentation to aid the work of the NCPs and the actualization of the charter of services, staff exchanges, twinnings and targeted trainings and to forge and utilize the links with NMP related Networks, Technology platforms, the Enterprise Europe Network and the International collaboration programme. This project builds on the results and the achievements of the FP7 NMP NCP Network project NMP TeAm funded under NMP-2008-4.0-11 - NCP trans-national activities in April 2009 including the further improvement of the partner search tool and the interactive website, the training activities, the partnership building and other networking events and the cooperation with the NMP related Networks. New modules for training activities will be introduced to assist NCPs target specific sub-groups of the NMP clientele, namely SMEs, RTOs as well as international partners. Importance will be based on strengthening the ties within the Network, an essential ingredient for stronger and more effective collaboration through team building activities.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: H2020 | Program: IA | Phase: FTIPilot-1-2015 | Award Amount: 2.44M | Year: 2016

The aim of CARIM is the final development, homologation and commercialization of a full carbon automotive wheel manufactured in an automated, high-volume production process. Within the 2-year project the TRL level, currently 6\, will be raised to 8\ or 9. Developments in automated CFRP production technology will generate a wheel that is 30-50% lighter than state-of-the-art Al-wheels, with the extra advantage of excellent mechanical performance. The manufacture of the wheels in an automated preforming and HP-RTM process will ensure short cycle times (max. 10 min/component) and lower costs (1634/wheel in first year of production and 1164 in 2020) that will enable scale-up to series production and make the CARIM wheels competitive against current casted and forged Al-wheels and other emerging plastic wheel concepts. A testing and validation phase for the demonstrators covers a comprehensive product homologation to meet TUV regulations and the requirements of OEMs and material suppliers. The market entry of the product is clearly detailed in the proposals business plan which predicts a commercially-available product within one year after the project ends. The strategy for implementing the carbon wheel on the market is a top-down approach starting with a low production volume for high class cars and a steady rise in carbon wheel production. The five-year goal is a production capability - only at RiBa - of 52.000 wheels per year by 2020. The technology also has the potential for transfer into higher-volume car segments in luxury/medium-class vehicles, as well as to helicopter and aviation applications. The industry-driven consortium is supported by strong partners integrated in an Industrial Exploitation Board (Bentley, Huntsman) providing technical and economic consulting and know-how. The project results will be systematically disseminated and exploited to maximize visibility, industrial take-up and the transfer of the developments to new markets.

Niedermayer M.,TUV SUD
Radiation protection dosimetry

The analysis of luminescence of minerals extracted from pottery and bricks is a well-known tool in retrospective dosimetry. In the past, the detection limit of this method has been reported to lie in general in the order of magnitude of about 10 mGy. For most applications in accidental dosimetry, this is more than sufficient. Still there are some applications, such as the determination of the natural dose if the samples are comparatively young and the doses involved are small (e.g. in epidemiological studies), where the possibility of determining much smaller doses is desirable. As the detection limit is often defined by the measurement background, in this study the application of the 'SURRC Pulsed Photostimulated Luminescence (PPSL) Irradiated Food Screening System (SURRC PPSL Irradiated Food Screening System)', where the measurement background is suppressed in a very innovative way, was tested for dosimetric purposes. Therefore, the luminescence parameters were determined for a set of nine samples of modern bricks. It was found that depending on individual samples, it was possible to determine values as small as a few 100 microGy. Herewith a new application for the 'SURRC PPSL Irradiated Food Screening System' presented itself and further applications in dose reconstruction became available. As to the dosimetric properties of the sample material, it was found that although all the samples were from different brickmakers and places throughout Germany, surprisingly the luminescence parameters were similar, so that it was possible to define a generalised measurement sequence. An interpretation is given. Source

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