VULKANO Project is getting started

The VULKANO consortium met in Brussels last July 12-13th to kick-off the project. All partners introduced their companies to the EC Project Officer, highlighting their respective role in the project (BOSIO, FIVES STEIN, CSM, PCM Products, VALJI, TECNALIA, IEN, TORRECID, FRAUNHOFER, ASAŞ, CIDAUT and CIRCE as coordinator). It was also possible to have with us the Executive Director of SPIRE (Sustainable Process Industry through Resource and Energy Efficiency) Public Private Partnership.

This EC-funded project aims to provide solutions for a more efficient and sustainable European industry. In particular, the project’s efforts will be focused on Energy Intensive Industries as they are constantly facing challenges to enhance their process efficiency, reliability and flexibility. This is especially true for processes that involve industrial furnaces due to their high energy consumption rates.

20% increase in industrial furnace efficiency and 27% reduction of fossil fuels use

With these objectives in mind, the project will design, implement, integrate and validate five innovative strategies: improved refractory materials, phase change materials energy recovery, monitoring, in-house predictive tool and co-firing.

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CIDAUT will be specially focused to the co-firing strategy that will partially replace natural gas by alternative or renewable energy sources. To do so, new or retrofitted burners will be developed to run on syngas obtained from biomass or other off-gases recovered from the process.

Progress of HYACINTH Project in summer 2016

HYACINTH Project is gaining knowledge on social acceptance of Fuel Cell and Hydrogen (FCH) applications among general public and key stakeholders across Europe. Within the last months, the main focus has been on data collection via questionnaires and interviews in the targeted countries (Belgium, Norway, Germany, France, United Kingdom, Slovenia and Spain). These data are being used to examine awareness, familiarity, perception of benefits and costs, global attitude and acceptance of FCH technologies.

In order to engage stakeholders and gain visibility for the future dissemination of results, the project has been presented in several national and international events. The presentations are available in the results area of HYACINTH Project’s website.

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Next October 28th-29th, Hyacinth will be present at the Energy and Environment Knowledge Week Congress (E2KW) that will be held in Paris and which is designed to be a multidisciplinary event where it can be discussed cutting-edge research in energy and environment in all possible fields of study.

HYACINTH Project’s next results coming soon

Together with the main findings out of the survey, a Social Acceptance Information Tool Box (SAMT) that supports acceptance on future FCH systems and projects will be presented in a series of Experimental Toolbox sessions organized by HYACINTH.

If you want to know more about our Project, visit http://hyacinthproject.eu/, or join us to share your experience and ideas:

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hyacinth_3The HYACINTH project has received funding from the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH-JU) under Grant Agreement Nº621228.

NEOHIRE project (H2020): CIDAUT will contribute to reduce the use rare earth elements in the permanent magnets present in wind turbine generators

In mid-July, we received the EC evaluation for NEOHIRE proposal. It was favorably evaluated within the H2020-NMBP-2016 call, and the grant preparation process started immediately.

The consortium includes CEIT as coordinator, Fraunhofer LBF and CIDAUT as research partners; UPV, UOB and KU Leuven as educational partners and Gamesa, Kolektor and Aichi as industrial partners. The EC has granted NEOHIRE a 4.917.638,75 € funding for this project.

NEOHIRE project (NEOdymium-Iron-Boron base materials, fabrication techniques and recycling solutions to HIghly REduce the consumption of Rare Earths in Permanent Magnets for Wind Energy Application) aims to research and develop new Permanent Magnet material technologies and solutions, in order to achieve a High Efficient Electric Power System based on highly optimized Wind Turbines with a strongly reduced dependence of Europe Access to Critical Raw Materials, especially rare earth elements (REE).

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In order to strongly reduce the REE demand in WTG, NEOHIRE project will research and develop new anisotropic resin-bonded permanent magnets (PM) using gas atomised powders with ultrafine microstructure. It is expected to reduce in this application the required amount of NdFeB alloys in about 30wt% thanks to the substitution of sintered magnets by the new anisotropic bonded ones.

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NEOHIRE will develop a new concept of PM to be used in wind turbine that will decrease the necessity of neodymium (Nd) and that will fully eliminate the use of REEs and other critical raw materials (cobalt (Co) and gallium (Ga)) of its formulation. Furthermore, using tools to recover Nd, REEs and Co from current sintered PM and Nd from NEOHIRE new magnets will be designed.

With this new strategy, NEOHIRE will achieve a reduction of the EU dependency from Chinese market on REEs and CRM of up to 50% for permanent magnets in wind turbine.

BRACKETWELD project (Clean Sky 2): CIDAUT will contribute to the development of an innovative welding process for the rapid assembly of thermoplastic brackets to thermoset-matrix composite structures

CIDAUT has recently started the project BRACKETWELD, a 3 years Research & Innovation Action launched under the Platform 2 of the Large Passenger Aircraft IADP program within Clean Sky 2, which is orientated to the development, assessment and selection of integrative concepts to optimize assembly of elementary parts, sub-components and modules in modern aircrafts. The general objective of the BRACKETWELD project is to contribute to the cost-efficient integration of system and aircraft structures by the development of innovative technology for the rapid assembly of thermoplastic brackets to thermosetting composite components like stringers and frames.

Brackets are small fixation elements used as local links between aircraft structure, systems and cabin. The assembly of these elements to structural components made of thermosetting CFRP (Carbon Fibre Reinforced Polymers) is carried out by time-consuming techniques, like adhesive bonding or mechanical fastening, that add significant labour and tooling costs to the whole assembly process. Usually, brackets are made of metals but they could be made by injection moulding of reinforced thermoplastics leading to significant reductions in weight and costs. However, the use of thermoplastic brackets is still very limited because of the increased difficulty of the adhesive bonding process with thermoplastic materials.

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Figure 1 Thermoplastic bracket example

The present research initiative aims to cope with the limitations mentioned above, by the development of an innovative technology for the rapid assembly of thermoplastic brackets to thermosetting CFRP parts using ultrasonic welding. Since the thermosetting materials cannot be welded, a layer of thermoplastic material will be co-cured with the CFRP component, being this layer an attachment area for the ultrasonic welding of the thermoplastic bracket. Figure 2 shows the general concept for the assembly of thermoplastic brackets to CFRP components:

Figure 2 Thermoplastic bracket welding concept

The key challenge will be the development of an appropriate surface media compatible with the thermoplastic materials of the brackets while at the same time achieving a very high adhesion to the thermosetting composite during the co-curing process.

During the project CIDAUT will contribute to the development of this innovative assembly technology addressing the following objectives:

  • The development of an efficient test method for the quick evaluation of materials compatibility that will be used for the down selection of surface media alternatives.
  • The definition, evaluation and selection of the most appropriate surface media for the selected thermoplastic brackets.
  • The final validation by the assessment of assembly performances according to the usual requirements of bonded brackets.

The succeed in the development of this innovative assembly technology will mean significant advantages in terms of reductions in weight, costs and energy consumptions, avoiding the current needs for complex surface preparations, expensive adhesives, curing times and simplifying quality control procedures. The magnitude of the potential benefits is large, just considering the number of ten thousand brackets that are used in the A350-XWB.

The second HYACINTH project meeting and the Mid-Term Review were held in Brussels on 12-13 April 2016

Partners of the HYACINTH project (Hydrogen Acceptance in the Transition Phase) met at the FCH-JU premises in Brussels to review the work done during the first project period. During the project meeting each Work Package (WP) leader presented the current status and results of their activities and the integration with subsequent project WPs was discussed. In the Mid-Term review, the risks and areas of improvement were discussed together with the Project Officer and external experts.

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HYACINTH project is aimed at studying the social acceptance, by the general public and the key stakeholders, of Fuel Cell and Hydrogen (FCH) applications across Europe. Within this period, the main work has been focused on a context analysis of FCH projects in the targeted countries (Germany, France, United Kingdom, Slovenia and Spain) and a review of the acceptance assessment methodologies applied in former FCH technologies oriented studies. A systematic research design has also been developed to study public and stakeholder acceptance of FCH technologies. The project ongoing activities are dealing with the data collection via questionnaires and interviews.

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The HYACINTH project will present at the WHEC 2016

Next June 13th-16th, Zaragoza (Spain) will hold the 11th World Hydrogen Energy Conference. This event is the world’s most well-known conference in the field of hydrogen energy and fuel cells of the IAHE (International Association for Hydrogen Energy) and is organized by the Spanish Hydrogen Association (AeH2). In this forum, Hyacinth Project first results will be showed to stakeholders and members of the research and industry community.

If you want to know more about our Project, visit http://hyacinthproject.eu/, or contact us there and let’s discuss ideas together.

SafetyCube Plenary Meeting, Barcelona – March 2016

On March 1-3, 2016, CIDAUT attended to Barcelona Plenary Meeting in order to discuss the progress and next steps of the SafetyCube project.

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Within SafetyCube’s methodology workpackage, guidelines for literature search and for summarizing research results – including meta-analysis – have been developed, which together with the revised template for coding research studies, ensures a uniform way of addressing different risks and measures in different areas of interest. That way it will be possible to perform overall quantitative analyses over studies that are otherwise hardly comparable. First results are planned to become available late autumn 2016.

Moreover, vehicle, infrastructure and behaviour workpackages discussed the specific issues and particularities involved in each field.

A major part of the discussions was dedicated on the design and the functionalities of the SafetyCube Decision Support System (DSS), on the basis of the feedback from stakeholders received so far during the various SafetyCube workshops, as well as on the so far experiences from the analyses carried out within SafetyCube.

SafetyCube is a 3-year Horizon 2020-project centred on state of the art evaluations of accident risk factors and safety measures based on accident data analysis and on in-depth understanding of causes of road accidents. It aims at developing a Decision Support System and guide road safety stakeholders to identify the most cost-effective measures that will address the most pressing road safety problems on the European level. Analytic methods will be developed, and key road safety themes will be used to develop and demonstrate the project’s integrated approach. The project is led by Loughborough University, UK.

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MetalMorphosis Project finishes its activity with a successful Final Seminar.

More than 50 experts attended the final event.

The main results and conclusions obtained during MetalMorphosis were presented in Ghent on the 24th of February 2016. The event was hold in the Belgian Welding Institute facilities and more than 50 experts from different technology fields attended the event.

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Every partner in the consortium presented the work done, the knowledge acquired and the next challenges to be faced. The main conclusion of the event was that MetalMorphosis project has been an important step forward in the consolidation of the hybrid joints metal-composite in the automotive sector.

Centimfe as project coordinator presented the main milestones covered by the project and the general targets achieved. Ideko and Cidaut focused their presentation on material selection, process optimization and product design. The joining technology was mainly described by Belgian Welding Institute and Poynting, while the life cycle assessment was explained by Stam.

Finally, each of the end users involved in the project presented their demonstrator. In the case of Tenneco, the bottom closing of a monotube shock absorber was used as a case study. The welded steel loop was therefore replaced by a composite part in PA66 with glass fibres produced by injection moulding. This solution has the advantage of producing lighter shock absorbers (15 % saving) while keeping the requirements for a structural part. The technology can be integrated easily in the manufacturing process, keeping the product at an acceptable cost for the market.

Tool Presse presented his hybrid solution (metal-composite) for a pedal brake with a 17% weight saving and important reduction on cost and production process time. The prototype presented was previously validated attending to the requirements defined during the project.

Regeneracija showed his frontal bumper manufactured in aluminium and CFRP. The manufacturing process has combined RTM with electromagnetic joining in order to obtain a 50% lighter component fulfilling all the requirements of this kind of component.

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For more information please visit www.metalmorphosis.eu

Meet CIDAUT at the EU Brokerage Event on KET in Horizon 2020

The German and French National Contact Point (NCP) and Enterprise Europe Network Alsace with the Europe Alsace Network organise a brokerage event with he objectives to present the European Union’s new NMBP Work Programme 2016 – 2017 of the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation “Horizon 2020” and to prepare future co-operations between participants. We will be sharing our proposal ideas in several of the NMBP, FoF and SPIRE topics in order to lead and collaborate in new proposals, meet us there and let’s build projects together!

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The brokerage events are a perfect opportunity to present our own project concepts and to meet representatives from companies/SMEs, universities and research organisations in order to exchange ideas during pre-arranged meetings with the aim of paving the way for future co-operations and European projects including call topics for 2016 and 2017.

Taking place in Mainz, Germany, the 12th of May the agenda of the event (all the information is available at https://www.b2match.eu/kets2017) covers plenary sessions and general information from the European Commission, 5 parallel workshops of the EEB and KET for Energy, NMBP for Healthcare and Biotechnology and Risk Assessment in Nanotechnology, Factories of the Future (Production), SPIRE and Pilot Lines (Chemical Technologies) and NMBP for advanced materials, and finally a session of B2B meetings.

It is during this session where we will be happy to share and comment on proposal ideas and new collaboration opportunities. Some of our most topics of interest include EE-01-2017, EE-04-2016-2017, EE-12-2017, EE-17-2016-2017, NMBP-04-2017, NMBP-05-2017, MBP-06-2017, NMBP-35-2017, SPIRE-08-2017, FOF-09-2017.

We will keep updating our profile in the upcoming weeks and until the event takes place, so do not hesitate to look for CIDAUT or contact us directly at newsletter@cidaut.es if you want to know more, includinding our interests in other work programmes (Mobility for Growth, Green Vehicle, Low Carbon Economy…)

The first REMAGHIC General Meeting takes place at CIDAUT facilities (Spain) on 24-25 February 2016

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All partners of the REMAGHIC project (except Piaggio and Pininfarina, and the latter joined by webmeeting) gathered in Valladolid (Spain) to review the work done during the first six months of the project. During this period the main work has been focused on WP 1 and WP2, which are related with the recovery of REE and magnesium from industrial waste input. WP5 LCCA models development has already been kicked off during this time and Dissemination & Communication activities (WP6) and Management (WP7) will take place along all the project progress.

During the meeting a general revision of the status of the project was done. Each WP leader presented the work that had been developed, and any question or doubt was solved at the moment.

REMAGHIC meeting hold 24-25 February 2016 CIDAUT facilities.

As a complement to the project during this meeting, two workshops took place. The first one was planned to give the entire consortium a first approach of the work which is expected to be done by each partner in the WP5 (Life Cycle assessment of the process). This first workshop focused mainly on explaining why good quality information is really important for the success of the project. The second workshop was about the Risk Management of the project. This workshop had two parts, a theoretical one, and a practical session, in which all the partners worked actively to identify and classify all the risks related to WP1, WP3 and WP5.

During this meeting the consortium was able to visit CIDAUT facilities: on the first day meeting, the facilities related with the project (magnesium casting facilities, microstructure characterization laboratory and mechanical properties laboratory) were shown and on the second day a brief tour to show all the capabilities of the center was organized.

The REMAGHIC project was invited to the SPIRE Impact Workshop 2016

The European Commission has officially invited REMAGHIC to be present during the 2nd  SPIRE Impact Workshop, on 21-22 April 2016 in Brussels. REMAGHIC will be one of the 16 projects that will be presented at the Session3: Efficient Sustainability and Circular Economy – Domain1: Recovery from Waste). If you want to know more about our research, contact us or meet us there and let’s discuss ideas together.

CIDAUT will be at the World Manufacturing Forum in May

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Source http://www.worldmanufacturingforum.org/

The World Manufacturing Forum (which is an event funded by the European Union Framework Programme for Research and Innovation Horizon 2020) will take place in Barcelona on 3-4 May. This year’s edition is titled From Global Challenges to Grand Manufacturing Opportunities: Leading towards Growth and Sustainability. At CIDAUT we believe this is a great chance to speak about projects, ideas and challenges to come with partners and customers, enlarging out networks and enriching the experience with fruitful conversations and a very interesting program.

The vision stated at the WMF is the following: the importance of manufacturing as a key contributor to economic wealth and growth has been recognized and elevated again as a priority in industrialized nations in the early 21st century. Innovation fueled by ever increasing customer demand drives research efforts toward increased productivity through the development and use of new technologies, whilst respecting the need for a more sustainable use of resources across the globe.

In their aspiration to generate new revenue manufacturing enterprises expand beyond traditional boundaries. Globalization has been the biggest driver of growth for many of them over the past decades, but today, it looks as this may not be sufficient anymore, as sustainable competitive advantage requires solid innovation and effective resource-use strategies.

In this context, the World Manufacturing Forum will bring together policy experts, industry leaders of large multinationals and small to medium-sized enterprises, as well as academic leaders across the globe to discuss the economic, social and technical challenges that will impact global manufacturing in the future.

The Forum will address technological and financial challenges affecting industrialized and emerging economies alike as well as the policies supporting and defining new manufacturing megatrends and challenges to SMEs in global markets. Also, trends such as manufacturing intelligence, social innovation, the Circular Economy, zero-waste concepts and disruptive technologies as drivers for products and services in the future.

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Source http://www.worldmanufacturingforum.org/