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.
of the proposal for Materials for Low-energy Consuming Technologies
subject area covers three main groups of activities related to:
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.
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).
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:
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
Conference on Advances in Processing, Testing and Applications of
Dielectric Materials (APTADM),
Conference “Advances in Electrotechnology”.
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.
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.
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.