Visit our projects in the areas of:
New materials and eco-innovation
BIOsenSHOES - Supporting children's development… step by step
The BIOsenSHOES project produces innovative footwear for children. These shoes can monitor childrens' motor development and assess their lifestyle. BIOsenSHOES can send parents information about their child's biomechanics and activity at different developmental stages through an app for smartphones and tablets.
The BIOsenSHOES project (in Spanish)
ecoBirdy - A second chance for plastic toys
90% of toys are made out of plastic. They last, on average, for 6 months and 80% of them end up in landfills, waste incinerators or oceans. ecoBirdy has found a solution to this problem by collecting and recycling old plastic toys into ecological, design-driven children products.
BETTAIR-LAMP - Making indoor environments 'bettair'
Air pollution and quality are important issues in today's society. BETTAIR-LAMP develops products with a cutting-edge design while using an innovative and eco-friendly material with enhanced anti-pollutant and antibacterial properties.
Dyemond Solar - the next generation of solar cells
The Dyemond Solar project focused on producing solar cells suitable for several real-life conditions. These innovative solar cells are based on the photosynthesis principle, allowing light to be captured in various lighting conditions. They perform particularly well in low-light conditions.
The Dyemond Solar project
SKLCarbonP2 - new energy storage solutions
Skeleton Technologies use ultracapacitors, an innovative energy storage technology, to develop new types of batteries with a considerable increase in power and energy density. These batteries have a much lower cost/performance ratio that traditional batteries and can be used in a wider range of applications.
Nova Innovation – a wave of innovation in the tidal energy sector
Existing technologies for exploiting tidal stream energy are relatively unproven and expensive. The D2T2 project (direct drive tidal turbine) is producing a turbine that is able to reduce the lifetime cost of tidal energy by improving efficiency and reliability, and lowering maintenance costs.
The D2T2 project
BERTIM - Reducing CO2 emissions by making renovation work easier
BERTIM develop high-energy performance prefabricated modules for the renovation of buildings. They reduce on-site work, installation time and the intrusiveness of work, and minimise the consumption of raw material. By making renovation easier, BERTIM contributes to the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions from buildings that represent about one-third of Europe’s overall CO2 emissions.
The BERTIM project
REPLICATE - Renaissance of places with innovative citizenship and technology
This project will help the cities of San Sebastian (Spain), Bristol (UK) and Florence (Italy) transition to being 'smart cities' in the areas of energy efficiency, sustainable mobility, and information and communication technology infrastructures.
The project will implement local renewable power generation and energy storage, 'intelligent lighting', the retrofitting of 'intelligent buildings', and electric mobility.
The project will also analyse the complexities of the cities, and propose the latest ICT technologies and platforms that will be accessible to all citizens, offering them tangible benefits.
The REPLICATE project
GELCLAD – innovative insulation cladding system
GELCLAD aims to create a cost-effective, durable and easy-to-install composite insulation cladding system, based on a single structured panel with excellent insulation properties. This new cladding system can be installed with materials that are able to respond dynamically to ambient stimuli and control the airflow in a building's facade system.
ACCEPT – innovative assistance for the construction industry
The ACCEPT project is developing sophisticated information-sharing tools for the construction industry. Smart glasses provide construction workers with guidelines while they work, helping to standardise working activities and increase the efficiency, reliability and productivity of construction processes. The technology can also collect data so knowledge can be exchanged more easily, bringing the 'wiki' concept to the construction site. This tool for quality control means that the energy performance of the building at commissioning stage will meet the one expected at design stage.
The ACCEPT project
AMCARE - Revitalising failing hearts
Heart attacks leave scars on the cardiac muscle, and if the scar is large, it can gradually weaken the organ’s ability to pump blood. Stem cell therapy can help to regenerate the damaged tissue. AMCARE has set out to advance the state of the art. The project’s work focuses on the delivery of stem cells to regenerate the damaged muscle.
Advanced materials for cardiac regeneration (AMCARE)
DRIVE – Innovative treatment of diabetis
No more injections... For diabetics whose bodies do not produce insulin, transplants of the necessary pancreatic cells can be a solution. But currently, this treatment only offers temporary relief. The DRIVE project is taking the technique a step forward. The project will develop a minimally invasive way to establish and maintain donated islets in recipients who would otherwise need frequent injections.
Diabetes reversing implants (DRIVE)
NANORESTART - Nanotechnologies for contemporary art preservation
Contemporary art is a major challenge for conservators since there is a significant lack of established conservation methodologies that can safely tackle the often extremely fast degradation of materials used by contemporary artists. The NANORESTART project develops highly innovative restoration techniques to address the conservation of a wide variety of materials used by modern and contemporary artists.
Nano-Cathedral - Nanotechnologies to preserve EU cultural heritage
A new age for construction companies is emerging. The Nano-Cathedral project is developing new materials and technologies for the conservation of deteriorated stone in monumental buildings and cathedrals, and high-value contemporary architecture, with a particular emphasis on the preservation of original materials. The objective is to provide 'key tools' in terms of innovative nano-structured conservation materials, for restoration and conservation on a full European scale, thanks to the research conducted into different European geographical areas and different climatic and environmental conditions.
New materials and eco-innovation
PLA4COFFEE - make your morning ritual sustainable
The PLA4COFFEE project develops environmentally-friendly coffee capsules and other consumer goods. The project uses compostable materials that will result in significant savings in raw petrochemical sources, as well as a reduction of pollutants and plastic wastes.
Novihum - making land greener
Novihum is an innovative technology for soil conditioning: a manufactured humus that can replace natural humus in arid soils in an affordable, easy-to-use and long-lasting way. The Novihum company believes that the use of their product will lead to increased crop yields, reduced water use and pollution, and protection against soil erosion.
Lactips - the milky way of plastics
The Lactips project has produced a unique bioplastic based on milk protein. While helping in the reduction of plastic waste, this disruptive material represents a sustainable and efficient alternative to oil-based products. Among its several features, the bioplastic produced by Lactips is perfectly water soluble and biodegradable. It is also edible and printable.
MOBILE FLIP – mobile and flexible industrial processing of biomass
Forestry by-products, agricultural and industrial waste can be considered the 'green gold' of the future, as process industries look for solutions to replace fossil raw materials with renewables. Mobile Flip addresses a key bottleneck for the widespread use of biomass in industry, which is that it is only seasonally available, fragmented, of varying quality and difficult to harvest. The project is developing mobile and smaller-scale solutions to make products locally from bio-waste and by-products. The ability to produce higher-value goods at an earlier stage of the production process (such as pellets for fuel and biogas for Industrial use) will make industrial logistics and large-scale processing more efficient.
BeLEADFREE - greening engine bearing
Lead is a particularly harmful heavy metal. The BeLEADFREE project develops lead-free bearing products for large engines and thus reduces the impact lead has on human health and the environment.
INREP – looking for alternatives to indium
The demand and cost of indium – a critical and rare raw material – have dramatically increased in the last 20 years and it is essential for the industry to find viable alternatives. The objective of INREP is to develop materials that can replace indium in the production of electronic devices such as LEDs, solar cells and touchscreens.
The INREP project
FlexHyJoin – flexible production cell for hybrid joining
Multi-material systems combining metals with thermoplastic fibre reinforced polymer composites are the key for lightweight design in the automotive industry. The FlexHyJoin project aims to develop a joining process for hybrid components, which is weight neutral, cost and time efficient, with good bonding strength.
INTEGRAL – Upscaling new thermoelectric materials
The transport sector and process industries, in particular metallurgy, glass and chemicals, are responsible for a large amount of high temperature waste heat. Directly generating electricity from this waste heat with thermoelectric generators could significantly reduce the global carbon footprint of these activities. However, thermoelectric materials haven't yet found their way into mass markets due to a lack of sustainable sources of materials for production, inadequate material performance, and a shortfall in industrial production capacity.
The aim of the INTEGRAL project is to upscale this new generation of thermoelectric technology, using existing and growing pilot industry lines to address mass markets.
The INTEGRAL project
eBIZ 4.0 - bridging the gaps in the fashion industry
The eBIZ 4.0 project wants to digitally connect around 100 fashion companies across Europe and promote the use of 1 common digital language across the industry supply chain. This will lead to the reduction of costs and errors, and the facilitation of data exchange with external providers.
The eBIZ 4.0 project
1D-NEON – fibre-based material for non-clothing applications
The days are over where fibre-based materials are only used in everyday textiles such as clothing, bags or umbrellas. The 1D-NEON project is developing fibre-based smart materials with possible application areas in consumer electronics, energy, healthcare and fitness, smart buildings, sensors and e-skin for soft robotics. The project is also building an integrated technology platform to manufacture in Europe since the production of long or complex smart fibres is itself a technological challenge. The 1D-NEON project hopes that by having academic research labs and industrial partners working in tight collaboration, they can produce exciting new solutions and have a massive impact on European industry and society.
The 1D-NEON project
4D Hybrid - a new concept for 3D manufacturing
From aeronautics to oil and gas, complex metal parts pose major challenges across their lifecycles - from green-field intensive manufacturing to the numerous maintenance and repair operations that must take place worldwide. 4D Hybrid is developing a new concept of hybrid additive manufacturing based on the modular integration of compact, low-cost modules including laser source, deposition head, sensors and control.
KRAKEN – the future of industrial additive manufacturing
KRAKEN is an ambitious project that is developing a machine that will offer an affordable solution for the production of large parts up to 20m long. The project's aim is to build a prototype for a disruptive 'all in one' machine, which is simultaneously a highly efficient digitally controlled robot, 3D printer, cutter and welder. It will be able to work with a variety of aluminium and thermoset materials including nano-materials. The machine should be useful to small and medium-sized enterprises or the construction sector as it promises to make the manufacture of their products 40% faster, 25% more efficient and 30% less expensive. According to preliminary results, this might lead to successful applications in the automotive and building industries.
The KRAKEN project