The proposal for the Centre of Excellence being here introduced relates to Key Action 6 as well as to Advanced Functional Materials. The Centre’s line of the activity has been focused on materials for electrotechnology and electrotechnics for many years. The Centre is recognised as one of leading - in this field - scientific groups in NAS. 

Scope of the proposal for Materials for Low-energy Consuming Technologies subject area covers three main groups of activities related to:

  • new materials,

  • new devices and technologies,

  • diagnostics and measurements.

In the range of new materials smart and bio materials, which are included in our submission rightly fit in the European Research Area of Advanced Functional Materials whereas our offer of materials for energy-saving technologies refers to Key Action 6 – Economic and Efficient Energy for Competitive Europe. These materials with low energy demand in the manufacturing process are suitable as a replacement for traditional, energy-consuming ones. As an example one may give a replacement of classical electrotechnical porcelain with polymeric concrete in overhead line insulators applications (conforming to Key Action 6 p. 6.2 Technologies for the Transmission and Distribution of Energy). The other way of achieving energy savings in an electrical apparatus is to increase their energy conversion effectiveness. Here it comes our composite insulation with enhanced thermal conductivity.

When taking into account the matter of new devices and technologies the Centre will lay emphasis on alternative energy sources as well as unconventional energy generation processes like exploitation of solar energy to produce electricity. The cycle: solar collector-Rankin machine-electricity generator is our contribution in this field. Excess of the electrical energy is used in this cycle to produce hydrogen by electrolysis of water. Stored gas is then burnt in a fuel cell to produce electricity when weather conditions are not fostering. This proposal harmonizes with p. 6.3 Technologies for Storage of Energy on Both Macro and Micro Scale of Key Action 6.

Another example of energy-saving technology may be our proprietary method of high-voltage bacteria deactivation in liquid food products. It is much more energy-efficient than traditional thermal process (by approx. 70 %) and agrees with p. 6.1.7 Efficient Cross-sectoral Technologies and Better Managed Industrial Processes (Key Action 6).

The set of introduced subjects is well situated within UE priorities. Current scientific standard of the Centre as well as our experience gained during directly related projects enable us to transfer the know-how to industrial centres – mainly SMEs located in NAS - keen on co-operation and utilisation of our findings and practical results. As examples of successful technology transfer done so far we may indicate:

  • technology of high thermal conductivity composite epoxy panels manufacturing introduced into the production line of ERG Gliwice (Poland) factory;

  • new generation of miniaturised transformers for resistance welding supplies with dielectric resins of increased thermal conductivity properties and new magnetic circuit – co-operation with ASPA Wroclaw factory;

  • technology of polymer concrete insulators sold to Electro-Plast Glogow (Poland);

  • winding wire enamels for inverter-supplied electric engines transferred to Polifarb Cieszyn Ltd.

Intended UE support for the Centre will be translated into future extension of co-operation and networking between twin-centres located across Europe, with a special emphasise on those situated in NAS. It will be achieved by means of activities depicted in the Work Packages. The heart of this action will be located in the scientific activities related to Conference programmes:

International Conference on Advances in Processing, Testing and Applications of Dielectric Materials (APTADM),

National Conference “Advances in Electrotechnology”.

The aim of uniting and networking scientists –not only from NAS - will also be accomplished by Forum of Experts frequent body meetings, placements in foreign research centres, staff exchanges, training workshops as well as postgraduate and PhD studies. The essence of this matter is an intensification of mutual contacts between research Centres and shifting their quality to a higher level. We are sure that all these goings-on will add to growth of intellectual potential, mainly through young scientific workers in NAS.

Transfer of newly worked technologies to SMEs will bring about reduction of unemployment - being a true problem in some regions of NAS - and will end in rising economics of the New States co-operating with the Centre.

The knowledge, acquired through active and extended contacts with local and foreign leading scientific minds from twin-centres and enterprises will fuel possibilities and redouble our chances to win joint grants in UE FPs. It will also apply when the activities of the Centre of Excellence at IEL/OW will come to an end.