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ETP SMR coordination of research and innovation of raw materials issues

Objectives of the commitment

We aim to provide an umbrella and coordination function for the raw materials related research activities across the relevant ETPs and national technology platforms across the raw materials value chain in order to increase synergies and facilitate uptake of research results and innovation.
-It will encourage diversity and capacity building as well as transfer of knowledge and innovation capability. It will provide a contact point for the KIC.
-It will consolidate the network of people involved in the different Horizon 2020 and other projects and initiatives and will provide a platform for identifying gaps and complementarities and bridge where necessary.
-Advise the European Commission and National governments of future research needs and tools to stimulate innovation and assist in reviewing the EIP SIP when necessary.
We plan a two-step approach: 1st phase 2014-2015, 2nd phase 2016-2020 (after reassessing our commitment and submitting an updated one in the 2015 call for commitments).

Description of the activities

The ETPSMR will expand its brokering (1st event held in Dec. 2013) to a larger group of ETPs in April 2014. It will continue with a foresight seminar involving a range of ETPs and academics in Autumn 2014 followed by another brokering event which will be held annually.
From 2015 onwards the ETP will:
- hold two annual events (one reporting on progress of projects and brokering, the other foresight oriented),
- have small incubation cells and SME brokers to stimulate innovation.
It will further keep a close relationship with ERA-MIN in order to ensure synergies and coordination.
Close contact will be maintained with other relevant ETPs involved in the field of raw materials in order to best coordinate the various activities and support each other’s commitments – in particular the commitment led by the Forest-based Sector Technology Platform, also under Action area I.1 of the EIP SIP, which the ETP SMR fully supports and with which we have agreed close interaction.

Description of the expected impacts

The impacts are three-fold:
1) Brokering across ETPs, ERA, and other national activities will create cross-sectoral and cross value chain research and innovation.
2) Foresight seminars will enable to take stock of achieved research and innovation results and forecast directions for future research and assist in reviewing the SIP.
3) Incubation cells and SMR brokerage will drive and complement the innovation agenda.
Ultimately, we expect many European research leaders will be participating along with international interest, whilst cross fertilization and supply chain cooperation will be achieved.

Coordinating organisation & role

Name of the coordinating organisation: European Technology Platform on Sustainable Mineral Resources (ETP SMR)Country: BelgiumEntity profile: OtherRole within the commitment:

Leader and coordinator, providing a communication channel in between the members of the ETP SMR and also with the raw materials community and the stakeholders (other ETPs, policy makers (EU & national public institutions), industry, public, etc.). To ensure alignment of these activities with the EIP SIP. To coordinate and play an active role in communication and dissemination activities.

Other partners

Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Angewandten Forschung e.V.

Name of the organisation: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Angewandten Forschung e.V. Country: Germany Entity profile: Governmental/public body
Role within the commitment: Fraunhofer will lead the CFRP and GFRP recycling research.
Fraunhofer will perform corrosion tests on the developed materials.
Fraunhofer will work with CIDAUT on the implementation, validation and refinement of LCCA tools for the project. Fraunhofer is the Quality Manager of the Consortium and will oversee deliverables and general reporting are produced with the best possible quality following agreed review standards.

Fundacion Cidaut

Name of the organisation: Fundacion Cidaut Country: Spain Entity profile:
Role within the commitment: CIDAUT will lead the research activities on materials recycling and compounding, implementing lab scale demonstrators of each process at its premises and, later, supporting end-users upscale the processes.
CIDAUT will perform mechanical tests, microstructural analyses, injection moulding capability studies on the developed materails, and will work with Fraunhofer on the implementation, validation and refinement of LCCA tools for the project.

RWTH Aachen University (Institute of plastic processing (IKV)

Name of the organisation: RWTH Aachen University (Institute of plastic processing (IKV) Country: Germany Entity profile: Governmental/public body
Role within the commitment: RWTH will implement the novel 3D Generative Preforming process (3D Fibre Spraying) that enables to create high-value long fibre-reinforced 3D preforms for thermoplastic and thermoset composites at low process costs (different kinds of yarn as a raw material, low tooling costs due to low cavity pressures). This cost effective technology allows to align the sprayed fibres in order to produce high-performance, engineered anisotropic products.

Universita' di Cagliari

Name of the organisation: Universita' di Cagliari Country: Italy Entity profile:
Role within the commitment: University of Cagliari is one of the leading European organization in the resin design and coupling with thermoplastic and thermose materials. University of Cagliari will support in the definition of the composite materials, both from CFRP/GFRP, ABS and Rare Earth composite material.

Relight

Name of the organisation: Relight Country: Italy Entity profile: Private sector - SME
Role within the commitment: RELIGHT will work with ITRB to provide the research partners with residues for the recycled ABS supply and the REE recovery processes, including their HydroWEEE process as part of the processes to be studied and analyzed.

Piaggio Aerospace

Name of the organisation: Piaggio Aerospace Country: Italy Entity profile: Private sector - large company
Role within the commitment: Piaggio Aerospace is one of the project End Users (Aeronautics Industry): as such it will provide requirements and further applications that could be developed with the Consortium Materials. Piaggio will assist in the compounds selection, provide Fraunhofer with specific corrosion requirements on business jet size aircraft, and will assess that the developed materials performance fits the selected applications desired improvements.

Blackshape Aircrafts

Name of the organisation: Blackshape Aircrafts Country: Italy Entity profile: Private sector - SME
Role within the commitment: Blackshape Aircrafts is one of the project End Users (Aeronautics Industry): as such it will provide requirements and further applications that could be developed with the Consortium Materials. Blackshape will support to fulfill the requirements of the aeronautics industry on ultra light jet, light jet and trainer for Syllabus, and will assess that the developed alloys performance fits the selected applications desired improvements.

KU Leuven

Name of the organisation: KU Leuven Country: Belgium Entity profile: Academia
Role within the commitment: KUL will collaborate on the balance problem studies and will lead the rare earth recovery research with the solvometallurgical and ionometallurgical processes.
KUL will also contribute to the final compounding selection.
KUL is the Dissemination Manager of the project, promoting that all partners are active on the project Dissemination.

FIDAMC

Name of the organisation: FIDAMC Country: Spain Entity profile: Governmental/public body
Role within the commitment: FIDAMC is going to lead the Work Package on Compression Moulding with CFRP-enhanced materials. As part of the AIRBUS Group, FIDAMC will also be able to provide the input material.
FIDAMC successfully developed a 3D Printer of own design to serve the Aerospace Industry and will be supporting Smart Lab 3D Industries in its 3D printer design.

COMPOSITE INNOVATION CENTER

Name of the organisation: COMPOSITE INNOVATION CENTER Country: Canada Entity profile: Governmental/public body
Role within the commitment: Composite Innovation Center is one of the world leading organization in the field of Composite materials, both from carbon fiber and vegetal-based fibers.
Composite Innovation center has successfully implemented, at lab-scale, recycling processes for CFRP and GFRP.

Existing EU Contribution: No

Period to implement the commitment: from 08-04-2014 to 31-12-2015