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Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-FP | Phase: EeB.NMP.2013-1 | Award Amount: 5.31M | Year: 2013

ELISSA targets the development and demonstration of nano-enhanced prefabricated lightweight steel skeleton/dry wall systems with improved thermal, vibration/seismic and fire performance, resulting from the inherent thermal, damping and fire spread prevention properties of carefully preselected inorganic nanomaterials (aerogels, VIPs, MMTs, CNT) and NEMS as well as the development of industrially friendly methods for their application. New computational and design tools for energy efficient, safe and sustainable anti-seismic steel frame lightweight buildings, exploiting nanomaterials and fulfilling relevant EU building codes, will be developed. The new ELISSA prefabricated lightweight elements will reach the highest achievable degree of energy efficiency, safety - will be structurally tested and optimized as load bearing elements - and sustainability for steel lightweight buildings through: - Ensuring efficiency and structural integrity under thermal, dynamic and fire loads (due to nanomaterial properties, NEMS and design concept). - Saving materials, energy and time during construction due to construction concept (pre-fabricated elements -resilient construction that doesnt need repair in case of lower seismic action). - Saving energy during building operation due to materials (multi-functional elements with suitable insulation). - Being economic (recycled, re-usable materials, flexibility in architectural design, optimized production-logistics-construction-use chain). The industry driven consortium comprises two major industries, one consortium of industries and four high tech SMEs, specializing in lightweight modular construction, nanomaterials and structural design, complemented by four research partners providing expertise on property assessment, testing and modeling aiming to develop, optimize and validate the ELISSA elements and systems that will enhance structural excellence, human comfort and safety in new and existing buildings.


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Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ENERGY.2010.2.3-1 | Award Amount: 18.30M | Year: 2010

The aim of the HiPRwind project is to develop and test new solutions for very large offshore wind turbines at an industrial scale. The project addresses critical issues of offshore WT technology such as extreme reliability, remote maintenance and grid integration with particular emphasis on floating wind turbines, where weight and size limitations of onshore designs can be overcome. HiPRWind will test a cost effective approach to floating offshore WTs at a 1:10 lower MW scale as a first of its kind worldwide. Innovative engineering methods, new rotor blade designs and built-in active control features will reduce the dynamic loads and thus weight and cost drastically compared to existing designs. It will overcome the gap in technology development between small scale tank testing and full scale offshore deployment. Thus HiPRwind will significantly reduce risk and cost of deep offshore technology commercialisation. The HiPRwind project benefits from close cooperation with the Norwegian FlexWT consortium, who provides the offshore test area with a favourable permitting situation and suitable infrastructure. In WP 1, a floating support structure and the moorings system will be designed and manufactured. WP 2 covers the operation of the research projects of the platform. Within WP 3 to 6, critical aspects of the floating wind turbine are investigated, such as the structure and its system dynamics, the controller, high reliability power electronics to be tested in the lab at a MultiWM scale, the condition and structural health monitoring systems and the rotor based on innovative blade designs and features. The results feed into WP 7 to identify and refine new concepts for very large offshore wind turbines. The full impact of the project is ensured by a strong participation of leading industrial as well as R&D stakeholders from the offshore-maritime and the wind energy sector with a strong background in harsh environment industrial developments.


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Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-IP | Phase: NMP-2007-3.1-3 | Award Amount: 12.50M | Year: 2008

Current practices in risk assessment and management for industrial systems are characterized by its methodical diversity and fragmented approaches. In retrospect these risk and safety paradigms resulted from diverse industries driven and limited by available knowledge and technologies. A change based on industry driven R&D work is needed. At present the European Industry recognised their obligation to reconsider their risk and safety policies, having a more competitive industry and more risk informed and innovation accepting society in vision. Therefore the large collaborative project IRIS is proposed to identify, quantify and mitigate existing and emerging risks to create societal cost-benefits, to increase industrial safety and to reduce impact on human health and environment. The project is led and driven by the industry to consolidate and generate knowledge and technologies which enable the integration of new safety concepts related to technical, human, organizational and cultural aspects. The partnership represents over 1 million workers. The proposed project relates to strategic research topics defined by ETPIS and ECTP and is underpinning relevant EU policies on industrial safety.

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