Partners: NAVYA, ALTRAN, UITP, Pforzheim University of Applied Sciences, CERTH, MODAXO EUROPE AS, Bax & Company, SENSIBLE 4 OY, SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT, ARTHUR'S LEGAL...
During the past few years many projects and initiatives were undertaken deploying and testing Automated Vehicles (AVs) for public transportation and logistics. However in spite of their ambition, all of these projects stayed on the level of elaborated experimentation and never reached the level of a large-scale commercial deployment of transport services. The reasons for this are many, the most important being the lack of economically viable and commercially realistic models, the lack of scalability of the business and operating models, and the lack of user oriented services required for large end-user adoption of the solutions. The ULTIMO project will create the very first economically feasible and sustainable integration of AVs for MaaS public transportation and LaaS urban goods transportation. ULTIMO aims to deploy in three sites in Europe 15 or more multi-vendor SAE L4 AVs per site. A user centric holistic approach, applied throughout the project, will ensure that all elements in a cross-sector business environment are incorporated to deliver large-scale on-demand, door-to-door, well-accepted, shared, seamless-integrated and economically viable CCAM services. We target the operation without safety driver on-board, in a fully automated and mission management mode with the support of innovative user centric passenger services. ULTIMO’s innovative transportation models are designed for a long-term sustainable impact on automated transportation in Europe, around the globe and on society. The composition of the consortium ensures the interoperability between multiple stakeholders by making adoption of new technology at minimum costs and maximum safety. The integration of the ongoing experiments of previous AV-demonstrator projects ensures highest possible technical and societal impacts from the very beginning of the project, as well as during the project lifetime and even long after its completion.
Partners: EIT RAW MATERIALS GMBH, WS, DECHEMA GESELLSCHAFT FUER CHEMISCHE TECHNIK UND BIOTECHNOLOGIE E.V., COV, Innovation Engineering (Italy), CIAOTECH, Sintef Energi As, TNO, ACR+, VITO...
H4C Europe project will create a European Community of Practice (ECoP). It will provide a community, knowledge platform, and exchange structures that will help the existing and future hubs in creation, management, and growth, by overcoming barriers to IS/I-US/C. The ECoP is set up to be self-sustaining. 10 existing Hubs have committed to join as ECoP Founding Members. The ECoP will preserve the findings of IS/I-US/C research and innovation projects, especially those funded by the EC and member states. It will organize a continuous exchange of ideas and best practices and facilitate in-depth exchanges between experts to identify bottlenecks, evaluate the outcomes of related projects, and propose innovative approaches to overcome bottlenecks. Possible topics include the financing and operation of IS infrastructures, matching demand and supply in IS and I-US, sharing benefits, cross-border exchange of materials, water, and waste-water systems, regulatory issues in the use of secondary raw materials, the tension between re-use and use of waste as feedstock, to name a few. Digitalization is a transversal enabling aspect of IS/I-US/C and the usage of digital tools will be an important aspect of each expert group. In line with the call and to achieve its vision, the CSA will work along four axes: 1) Sustainable Community building and establishment of an IT knowledge platform as a tool, 2) Consolidation and creation of available knowledge by analysis of the state of the art, in-depth discussions of leading experts, and field trials of business models and financial strategies a.o. for large-scale demonstrators, 3) Development of a KPI toolkit for the assessment of the maturity of IS/I-US/C regional initiatives towards H4C and independent evaluation of H4Cs as candidates for lighthouse projects, as well as the elaboration of policy recommendations, 4) Promotion of the H4C concept, societal engagement, and policy recommendations.
Mechanical testing is routinely used in almost all industrial sectors. It is used to ensure the quality and safety of components (often mandated by regulations), to reveal important relationships between processing and properties, and to support the development of new materials and novel material systems. The gold-standard for mechanical testing is the tensile test, which measures the stress-strain properties of materials. This test involves machining of a large test coupon and requires access to a universal mechanical test machine. Although widely used, the tensile test can be time-consuming and cumbersome, with testing turnaround times of hours or even several days if outsourced, and the machinery and capital set-up costs are high. In addition, the tests result in the destruction of the sample and they generate large amounts of wasted material. Despite the clear need for improved testing methods, a risk averse sector and an over-reliance on compliance with the testing standards has hampered progress within this area. It is now evident that current testing procedures are out-dated and inflexible. There is a strong motivation for developing faster, more efficient, more cost-effective, and less wasteful testing methods. The Plastometrex (PLX) team have developed an innovative mechanical testing method for metallic materials called PIP (or Profilometry-based Indentation Plastometry). PIP measures the same stress-strain properties as the tensile test while overcoming many of its limitations. It is simple to use, reduces testing turnaround times from hours to just three minutes, sample preparation requirements are minimal, and real components can be tested. It is similar in execution to the common hardness test, but unlike the hardness test the entire residual profile shape is measured. The PIP methodology involves three main tasks: (1) Creation of an indent using our Indentation Plastometer (see www.plastometrex.com), (2) Measurement of the residual profile shape using an integrated stylus profilometer, and (3) Analysis of the residual profile shape using our proprietary software package - SEMPID. PIP is well-suited for materials that are isotropic, i.e. its properties are the same in all directions. However some materials, such as additively manufactured (AM) metals, are anisotropic, i.e. their properties vary depending on the orientation. This research project will extend the capabilities of PIP to include anisotropic materials with a focus on AM metals, allowing quantitative assessment of the properties in different directions. AM could revolutionise the high value manufacturing sector, allowing rapid prototyping, radical design innovation, lower tooling costs, reduced time to market and lower production costs, waste and emissions. This research will allow these components to be rapidly tested, and provide manufacturers with almost real-time feedback on the properties of their parts. Therefore, it is an enabler for AM technology and the potential benefits for manufacturing and wider society that this brings. The research will mainly take place at Plastometrex Ltd, the host organisation of the fellow, based at the Cambridge Science Park. The research will involve a significant amount of laboratory experiments and modelling work. Oxford University are partners on the project, with their interest in high-throughput testing of AM superalloys, a family of materials that are ubiquitous in aero-engine and power-generation industries. The Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) are collaborators on the project. They will provide materials for the research, equipment for characterising the amount of structure of porosity, and their leading knowledge of materials, processing and post-processing for AM metals. The National Physical Laboratory (NPL) will collaborate on the development of a standard for the methodology and conduct tensile test experiments for blind testing as part of technology validation.
Partners: UH, FZJ, TUC, TUHH, Universität Innsbruck, ENGYS
Scientific and technological progress is broadly underpinned by the ability to accurately predict and optimise complex fluid flows which arise across the physical and life sciences including climate research, as well as in the energy, chemical, automotive, aircraft, and ship building industries. The wide separation of length and time scales that need to be covered when designing and optimising flows and a large number of design parameters make numerical simulations highly demanding. Current capabilities are thus insufficient to meet future demands of users in academia and industry. We will tackle this challenge by developing a quantum software framework for solving a wide range of industrially relevant computational fluid dynamics problems. This will consist of platform-independent quantum algorithms and hardware optimized software for platforms in the European Quantum Technology Flagship Projects. Tensor-network simulations, gate-level classical simulations including realistic quantum noise models, and implementations on quantum hardware will provide detailed information on quantum hardware requirements, achievable quantum advantages, and provide feedback to hardware developers. The quantum software will be verified and benchmarked against standard computational fluid dynamics results. It will be developed in agile cycles to respond quickly to user demands and progress in the quality of quantum hardware. We will demonstrate the feasibility and advantages of the quantum approach starting from a core set of highly scalable and industrially relevant design examples arising in the thermal management of battery-electric-vehicles aimed at increasing their efficiency. Subsequently, we will extend our approach to a wider class of fluid flows and industry partners. We will create an interface between the quantum software framework and the industry standard computational fluid dynamics software OpenFOAM to make it widely available and maximise its impact.
Partners: EWORX, INESC TEC, TH!NK E, Joanneum Research, FLUX50, Steinbeis 2i GmbH, International Cleantech Network, TU/e, ICCS, RDA CLIMATE SOLUTIONS
The Every1 consortium brings together leading experts in energy and education, and experts in ecosystems combined with social sciences to deliver an impactful concept that includes all elements needed to enable an effective participation of all European stakeholders in the digital energy market. Every1 starts from a deep data-informed understanding of stakeholders and ecosystems (citizen, cities, energy communities, companies, regulators, and distribution grid operators) to map who they are, what they know, how they use information and where they look for it. Similarly are existing and emerging solutions (products and services) assessed and validated, and use cases will serve to understand what stakeholders need to know in order to take up a role that matches their potential. This gap is used to develop learning pathways that lead to the identification of the needed capacity building material. Parallel, Every1 works on making a market by exchanging best practices with policy makers and energy regulators, enabling discussions on barriers, and developing joint communication material for their peers. A strong outreach campaign is launched which focusses on the local level with impactful social media campaigns, material in various languages and spread through the media the local stakeholders use. The operation of the ecosystems is based on the proven EXPLORE SHAPE UNITE approach and includes guided one-on-one support, joint activities, webinars, matchmaking, and more. Future ecosystems are actively engaged and trained, while cooperation with diverse activities and networks will lead to a wider uptake of the capacity building material.