Fraunhofer-Institut für Chemische Technologie ICT
The Fraunhofer-Institut für Chemische Technologie ICT will form part of the consortium on behalf of the Fraunhofer- Gesellschaft, which is one of Europe’s leading applied research organisations. The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft has 56 institutes with 12770 employees dedicated to different research areas. Fraunhofer ICT’s spectrum of activities comprises materials research, energetic materials and combustion processes, environmental engineering and applied electrochemistry. It has 380 employees, from whom 55 are working in the department of Energetic Systems, in which the project work will be performed under the responsibility of the group of High Temperature Materials, where currently 6 highly qualified researchers and engineers are working. The group’s labs are equipped with four X-ray diffractometers for high temperature in situ measurements, a field emission–scanning electron microscope and various furnaces for exposure as well as different spectroscopy methods for analysis.
DECHEMA – Society for Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology (about 190) employees) is a non profit scientific technical society aiming at promotion of research and knowledge transfer in chemical engineering, biotechnology and environmental protection. DECHEMA operates a research institute (KWI – Karl-Winnacker-Institute) with about 70 employees, where the High Temperature Materials Group (currently 18 members) has about 30 years experience in materials testing and qualification under complex thermal-chemical-mechanical loading with more than 250 publications in this field. The research group is equipped with extensive facilities for isothermal and thermocyclic testing in aggressive environments including creep or fatigue testing and acoustic emission. Post experimental investigations are carried out using Optical Microscopy, SEM, EPMA and X-ray diffractometry.
The SVÚM is a Research company and Testing Centre with accredited laboratories and specialized activities – coating, PTFE products, permanent magnets and welding. SVÚM belongs to SME with 60 employees. Founded in 1949 and privatized to a joint stock company in 1994, it is a leading organization in material and corrosion testing.
TECNATOM is an Engineering Services Company providing training and assistance in Safety issues of Industrial plants, including Nuclear Power Plants. It was founded in 1957 as an office for the study of energy field, which was at that time an emerging technology, and since then the Company's activity in the field of research has allowed it to develop its own technology at the highest level. The levels of development, quality and prestige achieved have led to a situation in which the services provided by TECNATOM, as an engineering services and support company, are requested by companies in Spain, Europe, America and Asia. TECNATOM covers a wide range of continuously updated and extended technological capacities, allowing the Company to provide numerous services and being a multi-disciplinary concern in an on-going process of evolution. Its highly qualified human resources and R&D laboratories allow it to ensure technological independence and a high degree of availability. TECNATOM possesses technological capacities in the following areas: Training, Radiological protection, Inspection and Maintenance, Testing of systems and components, Design and manufacturing, and Plant operation support.
PyroGenesis SA is a Greek privately owned, innovative and knowledge-based SME, which develops and commercializes customized technologies and products in the fields of Coating Technologies and Advanced Materials. Although, the main expertise is in Thermal Spray Technologies the Company also develops coatings using sol-gel, PVD and electrolytic techniques. PyroGenesis constant strategic objective is to enrich its production with novel coating techniques and materials. To achieve this objective PyroGenesis has participated in many European (FP5 and FP6) as well as in National R&D projects. In these research projects innovative thermal spray coatings and processes were developed and then successfully scaled-up. PyroGenesis applies the ISO 9001 Quality Assurance Standard.
WIP Prague
The Waste Incineration Plant Prague (WIP Prague) is situated in an industrial area of Průmyslová Street, not far from the Heating plant Malešice, which utilizes thermal energy produced by burning of waste. The WIP Prague works continuously. All municipal waste is checked for the presence of radioactive substances by means of detection device FAMO. It is supposed to use heat for the production of electric energy and thus for stabilization of the combustion process.
Four incinerating steam boilers with rotary grates represent the basis of technology. Each of them allows the combustion 15 t of municipal waste per hour. Only three boilers are used simultaneously. The fourth boiler is a reserve. Each of the boilers produces 36 t of steam per hour. The steam temperature is 235°C and the pressure is 1.37 MPa. The WIP Prague is the supplier of steam for the Prague Heating Company. The amount of energy is 1.1 millions of GJ per year, supposing that two boilers are working. Incinerating of 310 000 t of municipal waste produces 78 000 t of slag and 8 000 t of solid fraction of cleaned gas. Boilers were made by ČKD-Dukla. They have six rows of rotary grates and are constructed as counter-current with 3 drafts. The Incinerator produces about 60 000 – 80 000 m3 of the waste gas per boiler per hour.
SIBTHERM, a Russian SME with 16 employees, is a spin-off of the Institute for Problems of Chemical and Energetic Technologies, SB RAS which was one of the pioneers in nano-material production of various kinds, founded in 1998 and reorganized in 2005. Both metals and oxides of nearly all chemical elements are being produced in medium scale up to 1t/y. Rapid development of nanotechnologies was stimulated in various branches of industry (medical engineering, electronics engineering, metallurgy, chemical process engineering, rocket engineering, new materials design, etc.). Two modern technologies of inorganic nano-materials manufacturing (in particular, nano-aluminum, nano-copper, nano-nickel, nanotitanium and other metals, nano-Al2O3, nano-ZrO2), both developed in Russia are mainly used. These methods are plasma spray pyrolysis (PSP-method) and electrical explosion of conductors (EEC-method).
The Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
The Universidad Carlos III de Madrid is a high educational centre devoted to lecturing and research. Created in 1989, a wide range of studies are distributed, from Economics and Laws to Engineering. Industrial (including Materials branch), Electronics or Telecommunications Engineering are lectured in the High Polytechnic School in Leganés, 15 km south of Madrid. The Materials Performance Research Group of Universidad Carlos III de Madrid belongs to the Materials Science and Engineering Department. 12 people (7 of them PhD) form the Materials Performance group, currently working in adhesives and the development of corrosion and oxidation resistant materials through powder metallurgy. One main emphasis in their research is the study of the relationship between processing, structure-microstructure and properties of materials. The department’s labs are equipped with different microscopy techniques, powder metallurgy facilities, mechanical properties evaluation facilities, equipments for corrosion studies, and thermal equipment for materials characterization.
Université de La Rochelle
The PARTICOAT project will be carried out at the LEMMA laboratory of the University of La Rochelle (ULR). Research at LEMMA is focused on the study of materials in aggressive environments and integrates 19 permanent materials engineers, chemists and physicists. 5 researchers belonging to the Degradation of Materials at High Temperature group will be involved. The “Centre Commun d’Analyses” is a common facility to the university. In combination, both facilities will commit various pieces of equipment for oxidation (thermobalances, muffle furnaces), stripping and characterization (field emission scanning electron, transmission electron and atomic force microscopies, X-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy, Infrared Spectroscopy and Inductive Coupled Plasma Spectrometry).
Turbocoating is a private held company dedicated to developing and manufacturing coatings for components for industrial gas turbines and aero-engines manufacture (OEM). Turbocoating was founded in August 1999. Today Turbocoating offers its service to bigger OEM presently in European and USA Market. The main products of Turbocoating are thermal sprayed, i.e. MCrAlY coatings by VPS (Vacuum plasma Spray) LVPS (Low Vacuum Plasma Spray) and HVOF (High Velocity Oxygen Fuel), Yttria stabilized Zirconia Coatings by APS (Air Plasma Spray) and HVOF (High Velocity Oxygen Fuel), abradable materials by APS (Air Plasma Spray) and HVOF (High Velocity Oxygen Fuel). We have in house different surface treatments technologies: Chemical Vapour Deposition (CVD) for platinum-aluminized process, Laser drilling and High Velocity Oxygen Fuel. We can offer also processes as: chemical stripping, water jet stripping and Physical Vapour Deposition (PVD) coatings.
New Block
Acciona Infraestructuras is a leading European construction company developing and managing buildings and civil infrastructures under the sustainability principles. It has an international presence in more than 30 countries and its total turnover in 2006 was 3.6 billion €, employing 14.000 people. It is part of Acciona Group, whose business lines are Construction, Real State, Urban-Environmental Services, Energy, Logistic and Transport.
The Acciona´s R&D Technological Centre of Madrid is composed by 120 high qualified researchers, fully dedicated to R&D activities. The team is formed by civil, energy, industrial, chemists, environmental, telecommunication and electronic engineer as well as architects, physicists, biologists, chemists complemented with economists, sociologists and lawyers. It owns laboratories of nanotechnology and advanced materials, RES integration in buildings, ICT, chemistry analysis, and workshops for prototyping infrastructure components.
Siemens PG
Siemens, headquartered in Berlin and Munich, is one of the world’s largest electrical engineering and electronics companies, and holds leading market positions in all its business areas. The company has approximately 475000 employees working to develop and manufacture products, design and install complex systems and projecta, and tailor a wide range of services for individual requirements. Siemens provides innovative technologies and comprehensive know-how to benefit customers in over 190 countries. Founded 160 years ago, the company focuses on areas of Automation and Control, Power, Transportation, Medical, Informations and Communications and Lightning. In fiscal 2006, Siemens had sales from continuing operations of €87325 billions and a net income of €3033 billions.
The Materials Engineering department is responsible for chacterizing, maintaining and improving base alloys for application in both mature and advanced turbines. The department is also responsible for the development and validation of new coating systems for application on blades and vanes in all stages of the engine. Developments are driven by the requirements of new parts that are designed to operate at ever increasing temperatures. From the initial concepts and ideas, the department is responsible for all stages of development from procuring the powder and determining the mechanical and the chemical properties of the coating to validating the system in the Laboratory and in the field.
Steinbeis Advanced Risk Technologies
Steinbeis Advanced Risk Technologies (Short name: R-Tech) is one of the transfer centres belonging to the Steinbeis Foundation (, established in 1971. The Foundation and its 700+ Transfer Centres in 50+ countries offer global services in technology and knowledge transfer. The R-Tech was founded in July 2001 and the main competence of the centre is in the area of assessment, analysis and management of business and technical risks. The centre is currently active in the area risks related to industrial safety and technology related risks. Organizing European and national stakeholders, promoting and supporting technology transfer, introducing new approaches to the risks and their management, development of specific methods and tools are examples of these activities. Large web-based system iRiS (Integrated Risk Management System) is developed for the petroleum and power industries and has been applied in several dozen applications worldwide. Steinbeis supports ETPIS and coordinate activities in the area of emerging risk. Steinbeis has leaded the activity on standardizing the EU approach in the area of RBI (Risk Based Inspection), leading to the CEN WA document.
LARCO GMMSA is among the largest ferronickel producers in the world, engaged in exploration, development, mining, smelting and marketing of its products globally. The company is producing ferronickel (FeNi), with 18-25% of contained nickel (Ni), in granulated form. The product is of outstanding quality, certified with ISO 9001:2002 since 1992, and is mainly used in the production of stainless steel alloys. The total quantity of ferronickel LARCO produced in 2006 - 17.736Mt of contained nickel - was sold to Arcelor, ThyssenKrupp, Acerinox and Outokumpu based on long-term contracts. Profiting from the market boost, LARCO increased its total FeNi sales in 2006 by 38.96%, compared to 2005. In 2006, LARCO added Glencore to its customer portfolio and entered into new liaisons with companies in India and China.