Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya – MCIA

Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya - MCIA

UPC – Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya Barcelona Tech, a public institution for higher education and technology, is one of biggest Universities in Spain, with more than 38.000 students, 42 departments and 61 research centers. The MCIA Research Group develops its activity at the UPC. MCIA Group was established in January of 1998 in Terrassa, Spain. Nowadays, the Group has been recognized as a Consolidated Research Group and a member of the Technology and Innovation Network of the local Government of Catalonia. Its research activity is focused on the areas of industrial electronics, industrial control and process diagnosis, power electronics design and control, and energy efficiency and monitoring. The Group has achieved numerous international publications as a result of its research activity. The MCIA Group strives to achieve excellence in research by means of leadership and cooperation in research programs funded by European and Spanish institutions on a competitive basis. Moreover, technology transfer is ensured by agreements and contracts with industry or by the participation in Research Consortiums, and by means of specific services provided from its full-equipped laboratories.

The specific working lines of the Centre are:
  • Industrial Electronics and Control. Evolution towards intelligent supervision and quality control.
  • Communications and industrial systems integration. Electronic Equipment & Communications Networks
  • Power Electronics. R&D towards power converters and algorithms for control and energy regeneration
  • Energy management. Evolution towards energy efficiency and distributed energy optimization systems.
Specific areas of research in the process control field
  • Research and innovation for the management of the energetic demand in industrial processes.
  • Monitoring, supervision and control of industrial processes
  • Integral use of energy and integration of distributed generation systems.
  • Design and development of nonlinear controls
  • Improvement of the efficiency of components and systems including predictive maintenance

Technische Universiteit Delft

Technische Universiteit Delft

The Industrial Design Engineering Faculty (IDE) at TU Delft is one of the oldest and largest in the world; it has a leading role in the development of the discipline. IDE has a track record in eco-design, hosting a Design for Sustainability research group since the early 1990s and a group on Circular Product Design since 2015.The faculty is regarded as a global leader in the field of design research, with currently more than 100 researchers. Design for sustainability, circular economy and new business models are focal topics of the research at the department. From the start, TUD is a pioneer university in the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and a partner university in the Schmidt-MacArthur fellowship program on circular economy. TUD is participating with UL CML in the Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Centre for Sustainability on circularity (CfS).

Next Technology

Next Technology

NTT (www.tecnotex.it) is a private non-profit research company established in Prato (Italy) since 1972. It has a staff of around 15 people, including employees and in-house consultants. NTT represents a reference point for research and technological innovation in the textile sector in Italy. The company is actively involved in research and demonstration projects on textile processing and textile machinery design realised at regional, national and European level. In particular for the latter, NTT has participated in many projects funded by the LIFE programmes and the Framework Programmes concerning the textile sector and has also acted as coordinator of some of them. For instance, NTT has participated in seven projects of the 6th Framework Programme concerning the textile and clothing industry. Moreover in the 7th Framework Programme NTT is involved in the following project dealing with the application of textile in high added value application (such as energy production and personal protective equipment): and reuse of waste materials has been investigated. The key expertise areas of the company are distributed among different divisions.

ITENE

ITENE is a non-profit Research centre integrated with businesses, entities and institutions related to Packaging, Transport and Logistics. ITENE has participated in 39 projects from FP6 and FP7 (some of the are currently in execution) and is currently involved in 5 H2020 projects.

  • Its mission is to generate scientific and technological knowledge and adding value to companies through the implementation of R&D+i
  • It provides business solutions with an integrated view of the supply chain, from raw materials, design and development of packaging systems, optimization of the movement and distribution of goods, until the products reach the consumer and are ultimately managed as residues, all within a framework of sustainable performance.
  • It collaborates with research centers and companies around the world, encouraging cooperation and technology transfer, with a vision oriented towards the needs of the environment in its areas of activity.
  • It contributes to improving the competitiveness of the multisectoral industry, increasing product quality, promoting its internationalization and optimizing its supply chain, among others.

FCBA – French Inst. of Tech. for Forestbased and Furniture Sector

FCBA – French Inst. of Tech. for Forestbased and Furniture Sector

FCBA’s mission is to promote innovation and technological progress and to improve productivity and quality in industry by promoting an integrated approach and highlighting synergies in the sector. Its special character lies in the diversity of the professionals on whose behalf it operates: forestry, logging and sawmills, pulp, paneling, packaging and miscellaneous products, wood construction industries, furniture, gluing, finishing, wood processing and preservation, environment, health, energy, etc.

By monitoring the industry’s technical, economic, regulatory and standardization issues, it helps companies to integrate innovations, adapt to rapidly changing markets and position themselves within Europe and worldwide. FCBA makes its know-how, expertise and skills available to professionals through joint actions: innovation and research, information management and dissemination, promotion of the industry, standardization and development. It is also involved in private actions: consulting (technical support, testing), certification (it is the 3rd largest product certifier in France), vocational training, etc.

Within the furniture department, skills and tools enable to help the sector to innovate and improve the  environmental impact of the products: Life Cycle Assessment, Eco-design, Use observations, etc. FCBA was also involved in the prefiguration of a sector in charge of collecting and valorising end-of-life furniture.

Centro Ricerche Fiat

CRF, founded in 1978, has the mission to develop and transfer innovative products, processes and methodologies in order to improve the competitiveness of the products of the FCA. Also through the cooperation with a pan-European and increasingly global network of more than 1700 partners from Industry and academia, CRF conducts collaborative research initiatives at the national and international levels in partnership with all the key public and private stakeholders concerned with Sustainable Mobility, targeting specifically the industrial exploitation of research.

CRF develops research and innovation along the three principal axes of sustainability: Environmental  sustainability, which encompasses all aspects relating to energy efficiency as well as to the reduction of the impact on the environment over the entire lifecycle of the vehicle; Social Sustainability, focusing on the safety of transportation systems through the development of active, passive, preventive and cooperative solutions while addressing the mobility of all users irrespective of their specific needs; Economically sustainable competitiveness, oriented towards viable innovation, i.e., improving the performance and functionality of new vehicles in a cost-effective manner.

CRF participates with a leading role in several key European Technology Platforms including: ERTRAC (road transport), EUMAT (materials), MANUFU-TURE (manufacturing), NANOFUTURES (nanotechnology), each of which has proved to be particularly effective at bringing together key stakeholders within an Integrated Approach to research and innovation. The project will be carried out by a CRF Business Unit named GML (Group Materials Labs) where competencies and equipment to study and develop new materials and processes are available. The GML department involved in the project is Polymers&Glass focused on organic material development including plastics, composites, elastomers&glazing and textiles. 

Cranfield University

Cranfield University

Cranfield is one of Europe’s largest centres for strategic and applied research, development, and design. The university enjoys a prestigious international reputation for work in the following sectors: advanced engineering and materials, aerospace and avionics, automotive technology, defense, energy and power generation, gas turbines, health andmedicines, life sciences, manufacturing, motor sports, offshore and underwater technologies, and water.

Istituto per i Polimeri Compositi e Biomateriali (IPCB-CNR)

The Italian National Research Council (CNR) is the main public research organization in Italy and its original institution goes back to year 1923. Amongst the thematic Institutes of CNR, The Institute for Polymers, Composites and Biomaterials (IPCB-CNR) will participate to the activities of the ECOBULK project.

IPCB-CNR was founded in March 2014 by merging the two Institutes with internationally recognized skills on polymer based materials and composites, the former Institute for Polymer Chemistry and Technology (ICTP), and the former Institute for Composite and Biomedical Materials (IMCB). IPCB-CNR depends on the Department of Chemical Science and Materials Technology of CNR. IPCB-CNR is located in Pozzuoli (Naples), with historical support units located in Naples/Portici, Catania and Pisa. The recently established support units of Trento and Lecco contribute to a further improvement of the cooperation with national and international industrial and manufacturing districts.

Research activities of IPCB converge in three main subjects: Advanced Materials, Sustainability and Health/Nanomedicine. These subjects are split into the following specific research topics:
  • Advanced Materials: Materials for optics, electronics and energy; Lightweight materials; Processing technology; Functional materials; Hybrids and nanocomposites; Structure-property relationships.
  • Sustainability: Biodegradable and biobased polymeric materials; Recycling of polymers and composites; co-sustainable additives and materials.
  • Health and Nanomedicine: Biocompatibility and safety; Glycomics; Controlled release; Regenerative medicine; Hydrogels and injectable systems.

IPCB-CNR is one of the most relevant Italian research institutes on polymers, with about 100 researchers and technologists, 35 technicians and administrative workers, 40 post-doc and research fellows and 15 PhD students. Moreover, the Institute guests foreign students and researchers in the frame of international cooperation programmes. The performances of IPCB have seen a continuous growth and, since March 2014, the researchers of IPCB have published more than 120 papers on high-impact international scientific journals and several contributions in conference proceedings. Moreover, IPCB-CNR has a wide patent portfolio

The IPCB has a significant capability of attracting research funding through the competitive participation to national and international calls for projects and through research contracts with private entities. In 2015, about 60 national and international research projects are on-going.

Exergy (Coordinator)

Exergy

Project Coordinator

Exergy is one of the UK’s leading Sustainable Process & Green Construction companies with the expertise to provide services, across the globe, to develop, engineer, construct and operate projects that contribute to our goal of a low carbon and sustainable future. We have been in the industry for over 10 years, contributing to the development of the global sustainable market. We have helped to move the sustainable process from the margin to the mainstream. Operating across a range of innovative low-carbon technologies, our capabilities cover everything from project inception to waste valorisation and operation. Sustainability and circularity lies at the core of our values; balancing commercial, environmental and social concerns to address the world’s environmental problems is what makes us different. We are pioneers of Sustainable Process Solutions and Green-Construction, proof of this, Exergy is leader in Galileo eye’s Methodology around the world (patent rights- software: 40%).

We are unique in our ability to offer vertically integrated skills in a range of sustainable process solutions. Exergy can be involved at every stage: from project design and development, through planning and financing, engineering and construction to operation. Exergy ensures schemes are designed and built to generate energy in the most economical way and with minimal environmental impact.

Exergy provides a range of technical and professional services across the entire value chain in the sustainable process and built environment sector by means of a multi-disciplinary team supported by extensive practical experience in the following specialist areas: Feasibility Assessments that include techno-economic assessments; Design, Modelling and Scaling up of Chemical and Biochemical Processes and Systems; Resource Efficiency & Environmental Management; Water Management Strategies; Design and Delivery of Resource Efficiency support for SME’s; Development, Monitoring and Measurement of Sustainability Projects; Low Carbon footprint Construction Techniques and Life Cycle Assessment. Exergy has a strong work team made up of different profiles: chemical and process engineers, mechanical engineers, civil engineers and environmental engineers, among others.

Exergy provides engineering and services through different departments which are specialised. The sustainable process department is specialised in the development of different technological processes (including industrial) and the analysis of their impacts, where a strong focus on economic analysis (techno-economic) to determine the feasibility of the technology is one of the core activities of Exergy. The main areas of interest within the Sustainable Process Department includes: waste and wastewater valorisation; circular economy; and bio-economy solutions.

Exergy is also member of SPIRE PPP and BBI JU.