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Partnerships

Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) is a research driven, design oriented university of technology at an international level, with the primary objective of providing young people with an academic education within the ‘engineering science & technology’ domain. Together with Delft University of Technology and the University of Twente, the TU/e forms the ‘Federation of 3 Universities of Technology’, or ‘3TU.Federation’. The coordination and partnership within the Federation is intended to strengthen the competitive position and reputation of the Dutch universities of technology at a global level.

The Chemical Process Intensification group is part of the faculty of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry at the TU/e. The main objectives of the Chemical Process Intensification (CPI) group are the generation of new fundamental knowledge and the development of new reactor models with improved predictive capability for the industrially important class of multiphase chemical reactors, and the development of novel integrated reactor concepts based on this knowledge. This is achieved by employing a combination of state-of-the-art numerical models (at different levels of detail), advanced (non-invasive) experimental techniques and experimental demonstration of novel reactor concepts (proof of concept).

TECNALIA is a private, non-profit, research organisation resulting from the merger (1st January 2011) of eight research centres: Fundación Cidemco, Fundación ESI-European Software Institute, Fundación European Virtual Engineering, Fundación Fatronik, Fundación Inasmet, Fundación Labein, Fundación Leia and Fundación Robotiker. With around 1,419 people (188 PhD) and 113 M€ revenues in 2011, TECNALIA is the leading private research organisation in Spain. TECNALIA understand its role as innovation partner of industry and of public organisations, working to a common goal: turning knowledge into gross domestic product for improving quality of life generating and developing business opportunities through applied research. TECNALIA acts as a service provider in the field of application oriented-research and technology development combining broad interdisciplinary skills with specialised know-how operating on Business Units of a sectoral nature. Energy and Environment, Sustainable Construction, Innovation Strategies, ICT, Industry and Transport, Health and Technological Services are the fields in which TECNALIA is specialized.

TECNALIA´s Energy and Environment Division is working on renewable energies (solar, biomass, wind, sea power) and efficient and sustainable energy vectors (energy storage, hydrogen, fuel cells). The activities under the present proposal will be mainly carried out by the Materials for Energy and Environment Dept. of the Energy and Environment division of TECNALIA. This Dept. is constituted by 30 scientists and technicians (including 11 PhD and 6 PhD students). Main groups of the department involved in the project are: i) membranes technology, ii) advanced surface technology (including wet and dry surface technologies) and iii) materials for extreme environments (i.e., corrosion). Besides they will be support from other groups in TECNALIA (i.e. joining technologies expertise and special characterisation equipment).

TECNALIA holds several accreditations and certificates such as the Certification of the Quality Management System as per UNE-EN-ISO 9001:2008 for the Management of Projects of Research, Technological Innovation and Development, Tests and Assays, and Client Technological Assessment. Since 1989, the Foundation (previously INASMET) has been providing initiatives for European projects in the R&D field. TECNALIA has a European Programmes office working since 2000 dealing with the administrative, financial and legal issues related to European programmes. This office was created to encourage the different technological units from TECNALIA and their industrial partners to actively participate in European Programmes and to support them in the preparation of proposals and the accomplishment of research projects funded by the EC. Very active in the FP7 Programme, TECNALIA has participated in more than 264 funded projects, 64 of them as coordinator. TECNALIA is a full member of the FCH-JU Researching Group (N.ERGHY).

POLITECNICO DI MILANO (POLIMI)

The Politecnico di Milano was established in 1863 and is nowadays organised in 17 departments and a network of 9 Schools of Engineering, Architecture and Industrial. The number of students enrolled in all campuses is approximately 40,000, which makes the Politecnico di Milano the largest institution in Italy for Engineering, Architecture and Industrial Design.

The research activity pursued at the Energy Department spans the whole range of thermo-fluid-dynamic processes required to convert primary energy sources into useful forms of energy, as well as to the rational and environmentally friendly use of energy in stationary and mobile plants. This include the study of clean combustion processes for a variety of fuels, selection of proper working fluids and the optimisation of thermodynamic cycles to generate or co-generate mechanical and electrical energy, heat, refrigeration, synthetic fuels, the design of relevant components like steam, gas and hydraulic turbines, compressors, pumps, internal combustion engines, heat transfer, etc. A specific research group is dedicated to Energy Conversion (GECoS, www.gecos.polimi.it), with expertise in the field of modelling, simulation and testing of power plants and related energy systems. A particular attention is devoted to the technologies for carbon capture and hydrogen production and purification, integrated to the production of power. The research team works with close connection to the main industrial and institutional subjects operating in the power generation field; during the years, it has been involved in the performance testing and tune-up of many ‘benchmark’ Italian power stations, and it has developed permanent relationships with international partners on specific research fields (for instance with the Princeton University in the field of advanced cycles for combined hydrogen and power production from coal). Since end of 2009, the group have operated a new laboratory dedicated to the thermo-physical evaluation of CO2 mixtures and a micro-cogeneration laboratory with the possibility of testing combustion and CHP systems (up to 100 kWe) with natural gas, hydrogen, liquid fuel and syngas feeding, which will be added to other existing labs specifically dedicated to the research on combustion.

ICI CALDAIE

ICI CALDAIE is a company with over 50 years of history and experience in energy management and heat production.

It was established in 1958 in the province of Verona as a manufacturing company for the production of steel boilers with a high content of water for industrial processes. This is a sector in which it currently holds a worldwide leadership position by providing medium and high power generators for the production of high efficiency energy in the residential and industrial sectors.

Experience gained over the years in the industry, has allowed the company to transfer the know-how in the design and manufacture of industrial steam boilers to that of boilers for residential and commercial markets, with particular specialization in the construction of centralized systems.

Armed with this rare competence, ICI CALDAIE decided to focus on the international market, undertaking the process that led to the attainment of the international certification ISO 9001/94 and ISO 9002 in 2003 and established itself as a leading company in the international arena.

The concept of "high-technology heat" that has always guided the company, has now started to materialize with the management of heat generation systems and a new philosophy that puts customer satisfaction at the centre of the company. In this regard, ICI CALDAIE combines the supply of high quality products and innovation with the best service, accompanying the Client in the choice of the most suitable system for the maintenance, management and control of the system, guaranteeing the best performance and highest energy savings during use.

It is a time of great innovation for ICI CALDAIE which has enriched its product range by introducing satellite modules able to make the user autonomous and at the same time allow significant savings in terms of efficiency compared to traditional boilers.

Market entry of new products and services is combined with another challenge, the design and development of hardware and software for intelligent system management. In 2009, eterm™ was created, an electronic management system for maximum efficiency and responsible use of energy in heat generating systems, including integrated systems.

Today ICI CALDAIE is a benchmark for companies operating in the sector of steam generators for industrial processes and heating. The pioneering and innovative spirit that distinguishes it, still pushes the company to invest in the research and development of projects that aim at creating new energy systems with low environmental impact, exploring new applications, new technologies and alternative energy sources. Among the latter, great resources are being invested in heat production from hydrogen for the residential market, with technology that can enable multifamily units to be self-sufficient in terms of energy production, reduce emissions to zero and sell the excess energy on the network.

CORE: Focusing on energy efficiency has become necessary and essential for those who work in the industry, not only in terms of the product but also in terms of the service; differentiating oneself today means having the ability to offer clients advanced technological solutions targeted to their specific needs and a professional and consultative approach.

ICI CALDAIE has made energy efficiency, environmental sustainability and cost savings for users the key points of their research and development, a philosophy that has led it to become among the most valued companies in the industry. All of this is combined with a global service for the Client, with the company offering itself as a partner and consultant with services ranging from preliminary energy audits to testing and ordinary and extraordinary maintenance of the system, relying on the flexibility of production able to handle customization even originating from the product in response to market demands, regulatory requirement or critical installation specification.

R&D: The company's pioneering and innovative spirit has led it to invest heavily in the research and development of projects for new energy systems with low environmental impact, to explore new applications, new technologies with low emissions and to work closely with top universities to develop ambitious and highly innovative research projects. In addition to the solid and continuous collaboration with universities, ICI Caldaie has strategic partnerships with trade associations, producers and complementary companies, valuable alliances for the development of new, highly innovative, successful, large-scale research projects, with the conviction that there is no greater force than that generated by a group of heterogeneous members working for the same goal.

PARTNERSHIP: We believe in the creation of solid and lasting partnerships with our clients, as we believe in the value of partnerships and synergies that may be created. We focus on offering our clients the best products in the world and all related services, implement turnkey solutions or long-term management contracts. ICI CALDAIE is a leader in the heating industry for its cutting-edge energy systems, thanks to continuous investment in research and development aimed at the design and production of highly reliable heat generating systems in step with technological developments in the industrial, residential and commercial market.

JOHNSON MATTHEY

Johnson Matthey (http://www.matthey.com/) is a UK based speciality chemicals company focused on its core skills in catalysis, precious metals, fine chemicals and process technology. The company employs around 8500 people worldwide located in over 30 countries. Johnson Matthey's principal activities are the manufacture of autocatalysts, heavy duty diesel catalysts and pollution control systems, catalysts and components for fuel cells, catalysts and technologies for chemical processes, fine chemicals, chemical catalysts and active pharmaceutical ingredients and the marketing, refining, and fabrication of precious metals.

Johnson Matthey’s activities in the FERRET project are carried out by the corporate Technology Centre located near Reading in the UK. One of the roles of the Technology Centre is to act as a focal point for the development of new technologies into emerging market applications.

HyGear is established in Arnhem since 2002. We design, build and test small-scale gas conversion systems that increase the process/supply chain energy efficiency and the utilization of renewable energy sources. HyGear has expertise in a broad range of gas processing technologies such as (V)PSA, reforming, gas separation and purification, desulfurization and methanation. With these technologies, we are able to offer multiple products that contribute to energy efficiency, process intensification, supply chain efficiency, emission reduction and the utilization of renewable energy sources.

Lead product is HyGear's Hydrogen Generation System (HGS) that generates hydrogen on-site by steam reforming of natural gas. The Hydrogen Generation System finds its purpose in the (flat) glass industry, metal industry, chemical industry, food hydrogenation industry and can be installed at hydrogen filling stations to generate hydrogen for fuel cell vehicles. The system can reduce logistics, costs and emissions significantly.

Second product line is a range of Gas Purification Systems (GPS), to upgrade the purity of hydrogen, methane, nitrogen and oxygen into purities up to 9.0. The GPS can be installed on-site, for instance at biogas production facilities and facilities with waste streams of nitrogen.

Other focus areas are Fuel Cell systems, Gas to Liquid systems and combined Heat & Power systems to generate electricity and heat at remote locations. Besides the standardized product line, HyGear develops, builds and tests customer specific systems. Major shareholders are Abengoa Hidrogeno S.A., one of the largest bio-ethanol producer (www.abengoa.es) and PPM Oost NV, a Dutch investment company (www.ppmoost.nl).

More information about HyGear can be found on www.hygear.nl. In case of questions, please send an email to info@hygear.nl. systems, Gas to Liquid systems and combined Heat & Power systems to generate electricity and heat at remote locations.