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1.

SINTEF AS

Energy efficient, primary production of manganese ferroalloys through the application of novel energy systems in the drying and pre-heating of furnace feed materials.

  • 12 Million
  • Norway
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Energy efficient, primary production of manganese ferroalloys through the application of novel energy systems in the drying and pre-heating of furnace feed materials.
Company Name SINTEF AS
Funded By 38
Country Norway , Western Europe
Project Value 12 Million
Project Detail

Global Manganese-alloys (Mn) are highly linked to the steel sector for key engineering applications in Europe. In 2017, Mn-alloy production was approx. 4 Mio tons, required 12,200 GWh electrical energy and emitted around 14.2 Mio tons of CO2. Therefore, an energy intensive and inherent cross-sectorial value chain that is, nowadays, led by the Asian market demand. PREMA is an ambitious initiative that aims at demonstrating an innovative suite of technologies (involving heat recovery and solar technologic approaches) that allow to pre-treat Mn ores, utilising more efficiently energy and material streams and decreasing direct and indirect CO2 emissions (along with SO2 and NOx). LCA and LCCA methodologies will be implemented from early stages to ensure the technical, economic and environmental viability of the solution across the whole Mn-alloys’ value chain. The vision of PREMA is thus to make the Mn-alloys sector in Europe more flexible, sustainable and attractive. In order to cover the whole value chain, there is a strong presence of South African (SA) partners in the consortium, SA being the top 1 in high quality Mn ores’ extraction and exports worldwide. A win-win situation in order to strengthen the Mn-alloys and steel value chains in Europe. PREMA consortium puts together a total of 11 production facilities spread over Europe and SA among 4 Mn producers, representing an aggregated process capacity of 380 MW (Transalloys in SA, Eramet in France and Norway, Ferroglobe in Norway and Spain and OFZ in Slovakia). The innovative character of the project is brought by major players in R&D across Europe and SA, with the Norwegian organisation SINTEF as coordinator. Last but not least, clustering with other EU initiatives, including other SPIRE projects, will be paid special attention in order to create awareness of the project developments from early stages of the demonstration.

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Company Name SINTEF AS
Address Strindvegen 4 7034 Trondheim
Web Site https://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/218289/factsheet/en

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BRUNEL UNIVERSITY LONDON

A ductile, high energy absorptive and rapid post-tensioning system for extending life of concrete structures

  • 183,455
  • United Kingdom
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A ductile, high energy absorptive and rapid post-tensioning system for extending life of concrete structures
Company Name BRUNEL UNIVERSITY LONDON
Funded By 38
Country United Kingdom , Western Europe
Project Value 183,455
Project Detail

Extending the service life of reinforced concrete structures not only represents an economical advantage to owners, but also significantly contributes to the sustainability of the built environment, through the saving of natural resources and reduction of green gas emissions. In view of the shortcomings of the most commonly used strengthening techniques, such as FRP systems, the state of the structural retrofitting art demands a robust retrofitting solution feasible of rapid installation and easy post-tensioning applications along with a high energy dissipation capacity (e.g. independently of the quality and thickness of concrete cover, no need of mechanical devices for the post-tensioning applications and an adhesive free connection system) for specific cases such an strengthening against earthquake, impact and blast due to either accidents or terrorist attacks. This product-oriented proposal aims to develop an innovative element, herein after designated SMArtPlate to meet these requirements. Such a thin prefabricated plate will be precisely tailored to utilize the synergistic advantages of two advanced materials for the retrofitting of RC structures: ductile fiber reinforced geopolymer mortar and shape memory alloys (SMA). Following an interdisciplinary approach, experimental and numerical investigations will be conducted to develop and assess strengthening performance of the SMArtPlate.

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Company Name BRUNEL UNIVERSITY LONDON
Address Kingston Lane Ub8 3ph Uxbridge
Web Site https://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/210336/factsheet/en

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PHI DRIVE SRL

PREcession-based drive mechanisms for high-PREcision energy-efficient POSitionining devices

  • 3 Million
  • Italy
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PREcession-based drive mechanisms for high-PREcision energy-efficient POSitionining devices
Company Name PHI DRIVE SRL
Funded By 38
Country Italy , Western Europe
Project Value 3 Million
Project Detail

PhiDrive and Arquimea´s Pre2Pos project is a Phase 1 winning project from the Horizon 2020 SME Instrument Space call of September 2014. The project is based on the industrialisation and commercialisation of rotary actuators, using an innovative motor which takes advantage of the micrometric deformation displacement of piezoelectric stacks, shape memory alloys and other smart materials to achieve infinite rotary or linear motion. Our plan is to include these rotary actuators in key equipment and mechanisms used in Space and in particular on satellites, such as Solar Array Drive Mechanisms (SADMs), Antenna Pointing Mechanisms (APMs) or Deployment Mechanisms (DMs), where high precision, low weight, energy efficiency and low manufacturing costs are constantly sought by End Users. Since receiving the notification of our Phase 1 success, we, PhiDrive, have been working intensively on the Feasibility Study for our project. We have analysed and planned our strategy for the future technical and business development, in order to maximize the exploitation of our innovative technology and its application within the Space industry. In this respect, we have succeded in recruiting an excellent and experience partner, Arquimea. Also, our first motor prototypes have already demonstrated the effectiveness of the technology, with the mechanical characteristics complying with the expected and desired results. Finally, our consolidated Pre2Pos business plan indicates that we will be able to sell 450 products from 2018 to 2022, bringing accumulated revenues of over €22.5 million, while at the same time creating more than 20 new positions in both companies.

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Company Name PHI DRIVE SRL
Address Corso Castelfidardo 30/A 10129 Torino To
Web Site https://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/205019/factsheet/en

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INSTITUT JOZEF STEFAN

Optimization and performance improving in metal industry by digital technologies

  • 6 Million
  • Slovenia
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Optimization and performance improving in metal industry by digital technologies
Company Name INSTITUT JOZEF STEFAN
Funded By 38
Country Slovenia , Southern Europe
Project Value 6 Million
Project Detail

The INEVITABLE Innovative Action aims to realize a fully digitalized monitoring technology for an optimized and improved performance of manufacturing processes. Use cases from the energy and resource intensive sectors steel and nonferrous metals are addressed, whereas the considered manufacturing sites are in Slovenia, Austria and Spain covering primary and secondary steelmaking and investment casting of nonferrous metal alloys. The focus of INEVITABLE is to develop high-level supervisory control systems for different production plants and on the demonstration in operational environment (TRL 7) to enable autonomous operation of the processes based on embedded cognitive reasoning. Key Performance Indicators will be defined related to resource consumption and product qualities. Based on that, a full digital transformation of the plants will be done including acquisition, storage, processing and analytics of data streams, furthermore, communication and automation, and finally, standardization of relevant data interfaces. Predictive models will be developed being combined with smart and networked sensor technologies to correlate process parameters with quality indicators of the manufactured products. The models will be tested in offline mode on the one hand, and in online mode on the other hand by means of comprehensive plant trials at the industrial partner sites. Dissemination activities will transfer the knowledge throughout the SPIRE sectors. The industrial partners are supported by scientific partners with excellent competences in the field of digitalization. INEVITABLE will improve the capabilities for reliable and real-time control logics of final product properties and process efficiency to increase the flexibility of plant operators. Improved and flexible production performance is expected with a simultaneous reduction of resource consumption and CO2 emissions contributing to a more competitive and sustainable metallurgic industry within the EU.

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Company Name INSTITUT JOZEF STEFAN
Address Jamova 39 1000 Ljubljana
Web Site https://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/225010/factsheet/en

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MAX PLANCK INSTITUT FUR EISENFORSCHUNG GMBH

Seeing hydrogen in matter

  • 2 Million
  • Germany
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Seeing hydrogen in matter
Company Name MAX PLANCK INSTITUT FUR EISENFORSCHUNG GMBH
Funded By 38
Country Germany , Western Europe
Project Value 2 Million
Project Detail

Observing hydrogen (H) in matter is a formidable challenge. Despite being ubiquitous in nature, it is elusive to scientific scrutiny like no other element. It is often portrayed as either a blessing or a curse. Certainly, it is a prime candidate for producing low-carbon emission power. But no less important is the effect of hydrogen embrittlement which has resulted in many catastrophic failures of engineering alloys. In aid of this, SHINE will realise multiple ambitions. It will facilitate the direct imaging and quantification of H atoms in candidate metallic alloys and metal-organic frameworks for gaseous storage, allow the discovery of new solid-state hydrides with controlled release, and help the improvement of fuel cell materials for energy generation. All these applications have relevance to a ‘low-carbon-emission economy’ that humanity must develop in the 21st century. SHINE will exploit a novel and entirely unique infrastructure, designed and currently implemented in the PI’s group. It will directly provide three-dimensional hydrogen mapping at the near-atomic scale. By connecting and relating this fundamental knowledge and observed physical properties, we will enable unprecedented precision in the prediction of material behaviour and so resolve to unlock control over the behaviour of hydrogen in such materials. Atom probe tomography will be the principal method of a correlative microscopy and spectroscopy approach to investigate materials where precise knowledge of the distribution of H is crucial. Informed by experimental data, modelling and simulations will provide a mechanistic understanding of the behaviour of H in materials. Novel hardware and data-treatment approaches will be developed to maximise data quality and provide new insights of the behaviour of H in the complex and dynamic microstructures of engineering materials, thereby allowing us to devise manufacturing strategies to enhance their performance and durability.

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Company Name MAX PLANCK INSTITUT FUR EISENFORSCHUNG GMBH
Address Max Planck Strasse 1 40237 Dusseldorf
Web Site https://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/213468/factsheet/en

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TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET MUENCHEN

HERACLES-CP: Towards the Conversion of High Performance Research Reactors in Europe

  • 6 Million
  • Germany
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HERACLES-CP: Towards the Conversion of High Performance Research Reactors in Europe
Company Name TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET MUENCHEN
Funded By 38
Country Germany , Western Europe
Project Value 6 Million
Project Detail

In the framework of the joint international efforts to reduce the risk of proliferation by minimising the use of highly enriched uranium, a new research reactor fuel based on uranium-molybdenum (UMo) alloys is being developed by the HERACLES group. HERACLES is composed of AREVA-CERVA, CEA, ILL, SCK•CEN and TUM, all organisations with a long-standing history in fuel manufacturing and qualification. HERACLES works towards the qualification of UMo fuels, based on a series of “comprehension” experiments and manufacturing developments. There are two types of UMo fuel fine particles dispersed in an Al matrix, and monolithic foils. The qualification phase of these fuels is scheduled to begin in 2019; the project will prepare the way with an initial comprehension phase, to improve our understanding of the fuels’ irradiation behaviour and consequent the manufacturing/industrialisation process. One of the key components in the project is the SEMPER FIDELIS irradiation test, which aims at investigating the fuel swelling phenomenon and the effects of coating, with a view to arriving at procedures for fuel engineering. The challenges as regards manufacture lie in the basic elements of both fuel types’ production process and plate manufacturing. For the dispersed fuel, this includes the pin casting for the rotating electrode process and the atomization process itself. For the monolithic fuel, this concerns the development of coating for the foils. All these components are essential to prepare the fuel qualification phase. High-performance research reactors are at the start of the supply chain for medical isotopes like 99Mo. Successful conversion to lower enriched and where possible LEU fuel is therefore a key element in the mitigation of the risks surrounding the supply of isotopes as demanded by NFRP 8. However, the role of the HPRRs is far broader, as they are providing scientific and engineering solutions to questions of high societal importance.

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Company Name TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET MUENCHEN
Address Arcisstrasse 21 80333 Muenchen
Web Site https://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/196911/factsheet/en

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CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

Corrosion Initiation Mechanisms at the Nanometric/Atomic Scale

  • 2 Million
  • France
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Corrosion Initiation Mechanisms at the Nanometric/Atomic Scale
Company Name CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
Funded By 38
Country France , Western Europe
Project Value 2 Million
Project Detail

The failure of metallic materials caused by corrosion strongly impacts our society with cost, safety, health and performance issues. The mechanisms of corrosion propagation are fairly well understood, and various means of mitigation are known even if research is still necessary to improve this knowledge or to develop corrosion protection for the application of new materials. The vision of CIMNAS is that a major breakthrough for corrosion protection lies in a deep understanding and control of the initiation stage triggering corrosion. Corrosion initiation takes place at the atomic/molecular scale or at a scale of a few nanometres (the nanoscale) on metal and alloy surfaces, metallic, oxidised or coated, and interacting with the corroding environment. The mission of CIMNAS is to challenge the difficulty of understanding corrosion initiation at the nanometric/atomic scale on such complex interfaces, ultimately aiming at designing more robust metallic surfaces via the understanding of corrosion mechanisms. The project is constructed on new ideas to achieve three knowledge breakthroughs, each answering a key question for the understanding of corrosion initiation on metal and alloy surfaces. It is envisioned that the model approach used and the achieved breakthroughs will open up a new horizon for research on corrosion initiation mechanisms at the nanoscale, and new opportunities for a knowledge-based design of novel corrosion protection technologies. Technologies presently at low TRL (Technology Readiness Level) will benefit from these breakthroughs. Resources will include a team of highly experienced and recognised researchers headed by the PI, a unique apparatus recently installed at the PI’s lab, integrating surface spectroscopy, microscopy, and electrochemistry for in situ measurements in a closed system, novel experimental approaches, and a strong complementarity of experiments and modelling.

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Company Name CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
Address Rue Michel Ange 3 75794 Paris
Web Site https://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/210806/factsheet/en

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TAMPEREEN KORKEAKOULUSAATIO SR

Advanced III-V Materials and Processes Enabling Ultrahigh-efficiency ( 50%) Photovoltaics

  • 2 Million
  • Finland
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Advanced III-V Materials and Processes Enabling Ultrahigh-efficiency ( 50%) Photovoltaics
Company Name TAMPEREEN KORKEAKOULUSAATIO SR
Funded By 38
Country Finland , Western Europe
Project Value 2 Million
Project Detail

Compound semiconductor solar cells are providing the highest photovoltaic conversion efficiency, yet their performance lacks far behind the theoretical potential. This is a position we will challenge by engineering advanced III-V optoelectronics materials and heterostructures for better utilization of the solar spectrum, enabling efficiencies approaching practical limits. The work is strongly motivated by the global need for renewable energy sources. To this end, AMETIST framework is based on three vectors of excellence in: i) material science and epitaxial processes, ii) advanced solar cells exploiting nanophotonics concepts, and iii) new device fabrication technologies. Novel heterostructures (e.g. GaInNAsSb, GaNAsBi), providing absorption in a broad spectral range from 0.7 eV to 1.4 eV, will be synthesized and monolithically integrated in tandem cells with up to 8-junctions. Nanophotonic methods for light-trapping, spectral and spatial control of solar radiation will be developed to further enhance the absorption. To ensure a high long-term impact, the project will validate the use of state-of-the-art molecular-beam-epitaxy processes for fabrication of economically viable ultra-high efficiency solar cells. The ultimate efficiency target is to reach a level of 55%. This would enable to generate renewable/ecological/sustainable energy at a levelized production cost below ~7 ¢/kWh, comparable or cheaper than fossil fuels. The work will also bring a new breath of developments for more efficient space photovoltaic systems. AMETIST will leverage the leading position of the applicant in topical technology areas relevant for the project (i.e. epitaxy of III-N/Bi-V alloys and key achievements concerning GaInNAsSb-based tandem solar cells). Thus it renders a unique opportunity to capitalize on the group expertize and position Europe at the forefront in the global competition for demonstrating more efficient and economically viable photovoltaic technologies.

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Company Name TAMPEREEN KORKEAKOULUSAATIO SR
Address Kalevantie 4 33100 Tampere
Web Site https://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/204863/factsheet/en

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OESTERREICHISCHE AKADEMIE DER WISSENSCHAFTEN

Thin Film Metallic Glasses for Tribological Applications

  • 150,000
  • Austria
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Thin Film Metallic Glasses for Tribological Applications
Company Name OESTERREICHISCHE AKADEMIE DER WISSENSCHAFTEN
Funded By 38
Country Austria , Western Europe
Project Value 150,000
Project Detail

The current proposal aims to demonstrate the potential of thin film metallic glasses as novel tribological coating materials, used to improve the performance of tools, dies, and moulds in many different applications. These coatings are characterized by a high hardness, as well as high wear- and oxidation resistance. Thin film metallic glasses are promising materials to fulfil these demands. Due to their amorphous structure they have excellent mechanical properties such as high specific strengths and large elastic limits above 2%. The absence of defects like grain boundaries also makes them resistant against corrosion and wear. In comparison to conventional protective coatings based on transition metal nitrides, thin film metallic glasses have the added benefit of a relatively low elastic modulus, making them tougher and able to accommodate a certain degree of substrate deformation without delaminating. In this study, amorphous WZrB coatings will be deposited by a combinatorial dc magnetron sputter process from three elemental targets onto commercially relevant substrate materials. The primary refractory element W provides the necessary temperature stability for tribological applications, while Zr and B have both been shown to enhance the glass forming ability in W-based alloys. Experimental activities will be supported by our company partner CERATIZIT Austria GmbH, a global leader in the hard metal tooling industry. The thin film metallic glass/substrate systems will be characterized with state-of-the-art methods in terms of their chemical, mechanical, thermal, and tribological properties. Results will be critically evaluated regarding the up-scaling potential of developed processes and materials systems from laboratory to industrial conditions.

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Company Name OESTERREICHISCHE AKADEMIE DER WISSENSCHAFTEN
Web Site https://erc.europa.eu/projects-figures/erc-funded-projects/results?f%5B0%5D=call_year%3A2019&page=1

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EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZUERICH

Automated super-resolution polarimetric nonlinear microscope PolarNon

  • 150,000
  • Switzerland
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Automated super-resolution polarimetric nonlinear microscope PolarNon
Company Name EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZUERICH
Funded By 38
Country Switzerland , Western Europe
Project Value 150,000
Project Detail

The analysis of materials is a key requirement for device quality control in medical, electronic and photonic industry. Currently, fluorescence imaging, electron microscopy and photoluminescence are typical tools for quality control in research and industry. However, they suffer from several limitations: complex samples preparation, special environments, destructive and time-consuming measurements. The development of new materials and components needs innovative approaches for fast and non-destructive testing (NDT). We propose to use nonlinear optical responses that are strongly dependent on material properties like crystal structure, defects and roughness for NDT. Despite the high potential of nonlinear optics in material sciences, the existing solutions are not convenient in terms of equipment, measurements methods, sample preparation and human resources costs. We propose the implementation and testing of a fully automated polarimetric nonlinear microscope ‘PolarNon’ as a hardware and software solution for NDT and quality control of materials or optoelectronic components in the semiconductor industry (Market segment I), and metallic or ceramic alloys in the aerospace industry (Market segment II). The PolarNon system overcomes the limitations of current methods: it does not require special sample preparation or measurement conditions, like low temperatures, vacuum or ultrathin substrates, and it can characterize materials already incorporated in a device. The PolarNon includes a method of per-pixel analysis of optical images to reconstruct the material crystalline properties down to the pixel resolution. We already successfully applied this approach to several materials for predicting samples inner structure. This project allows us to build an industrial prototype for future commercialization and secure the invention to create an engineering start-up focused on the development of nonlinear optical microscopy tools for material analysis.

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Company Name EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZUERICH
Address Rämistrasse 101, 8092 Zürich
Web Site https://erc.europa.eu/projects-figures/erc-funded-projects/results?f%5B0%5D=call_year%3A2019&page=1

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