Community Research and Development Information Service - CORDIS

H2020

AMANAC Report Summary

Project ID: 636239
Funded under: H2020-EU.2.1.5.2.

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - AMANAC (Advanced Material And NAnotechnology Cluster)

Reporting period: 2015-01-01 to 2015-12-31

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

AMANAC targets to create an effective and long lasting collaboration and coordination platform within the EeB-PPP Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology projects, whose activities address development of materials, components and systems for the improvement of energy efficiency in buildings. The CSA aims to maximize the impact of the participating projects towards the European Industry and Society and support the objectives established by the EC and the EeB-PPP, in terms of Energy Efficiency in buildings.
Presently, the AMANAC-CSA represents 29 projects organized in six thematic areas (1) Insulation & HVAC, 2) Materials with reduced embodied energy, 3) Smart windows, 4) Multifunctional lightweight, 5) Healthier Indoor environment and 6) Pilot).
The Core Objectives and the CSA Action Plan develop around four pillars:
•Collaboration Activities aiming to i) support the achievement of Cluster-project technical and non-technical goals; ii) enhance the impact of such developments during and beyond the project life-time;
•Awareness-raising and Networking: Increase the visibility and impact of the Cluster projects and their related research achievements towards industry, construction stakeholders and relevant EU contractual bodies, such as the ECTP, the E2BA, etc., establishing appropriate network and alliances with such organizations.
•Exploitation: Strengthen the role of involved industrial partners, especially SMEs, for speeding up the exploitation of the research results coming from the Cluster projects. Support the identification of new technology and market needs and trends.
•Coordination and Support services: Create Cluster committees and bodies and publicity material to ensure continuation of activities after the end of the CSA and will attract future H2020 projects.
The AMANAC-CSA has managed to establish a close collaboration with the projects of the Cluster and to coordinate team-effort activities aiming to collect and disseminate information of the participating projects to a broader audience. Several actions have been performed during the period M1-M12 that resulted in the accomplishment of the objectives:
−A website platform (http://amanac.eu/) has been developed in the first months of the project and has been used as the main tool for the dissemination and the internal communication between partners. News, workshops, conferences etc. are advertised under the respective areas within the website and users have the opportunity to receive the biannual e-newsletter by subscribing for free. The web site has received more than 10000 visits during the first 12 months of the project.
−The development of the Wiki, as a special part within the project website, has been an innovative effort of AMANAC-CSA to collect the foreground generated within the participating projects. A Material and Product Gallery page has been dedicated to the new products developed including further technical information (http://amanac.eu/wiki/amanac-wiki/).
−The Joint Action Plan (JAP) has been prepared as Deliverable 2.1 on M5 and updated on M12. The respective report is used as a guide document mapping all technical and non-technical project priorities to identify possibilities of interlinking, creation and sharing of material databases for LCA, LCC, etc., in order to avoid duplications. The JAP document has open access to all users.
−Three Workshops have been organized on topics of common interest for all projects, namely on Fire Safety, Standardization procedures for innovative materials and systems and Financial Opportunities. They promoted cooperation of the thematic areas in horizontal activities.
−Two Thematic Area workshops have been organized by the “Lightweight Components” Area in LCA aspects and “Embodied Energy” Area with the title “Towards greener and energy efficient buildings: novel construction materials and processes” where results from the involved projects and prototypes from SUS-CON and LEEMA projects were presented.
−The Industrial Advisory Board (IAB) has been set up. The members of the IAB are external experts from SMEs and Industries representing the different thematic areas and will help/review in the preparation of a Business Roadmap and Market plan and give remarks about what needs to be changed in the next years. The 1st IAB Workshop was organized in in Brussels, on 6th November 2015.
−Dissemination material (project poster/leaflet, two e-newsletters, thematic area leaflets) has been prepared aiming to maximize the impact of the AMANAC-CSA. The material is publicly available on the website and is distributed at large scale events where AMANAC is participating.
− Participation in large scale events, such as CompIC 2015, which included a clustering event and presentation on the AMANAC CSA.
− Organisation of “AMANAC projects special session” in the frame of the ICAE 2015 Conference.
− Participation in the EeB-PPP Impact Workshop.
− AMANAC is one of the four CSA’s funded within H2020 along with EeB-CA2, EEBERS and SWIMing. The four CSA’s have organized two meetings (on 5th February 2015 and 23rd September 2015) aiming to identify and coordinate common actions and avoid duplicate activities.

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

The AMANAC work is implemented into 4 WPs. The work performed during the 1st reporting period and the main results achieved during M1- M12 are described below:

WP1: Coordination and Management
NTUA, the project coordinator, and the consortium through the effective management structure including the AMANAC committees and working groups have managed to accomplish the objectives of the WP, that are to:
−Ensure the harmonized and timely completion of the project and the accomplishment of its objectives. Partners have been in close communication with the project coordination and several teleconferences have been scheduled to solve any possible conflicts and avoid delays in the foreseen delivery dates of reports/deliverables.
−Ensure that deliverables and dissemination materials are prepared to the highest standards. The peer reviewing scheme has been set to maximize the quality of the reports/deliverables.
−Provide financial management. Financial guidelines template for H2020 projects has been distributed to partners on Mid-term Review meeting (M12)
−Schedule and support project meetings. The project coordinator has organized the following meetings: kick off (M1), 1st Steering Committee (M5) and Mid-term Review meeting (M12). Teleconferences have been scheduled between partners whenever it was necessary. The agenda of the meeting and the minutes are distributed by the project coordinator to the partners within time period agreed in the CA to allow partners to perform or add any changes/comments.
−Set up the Cluster Advisory Board (CAB). The Cluster Advisory Board has been set up in kick-off meeting and consists of all members of the consortium.
−Call Steering Committee and Cluster Advisory Board meetings (for e.g. nomination of project committees and working groups). The nomination of project committees and working groups has been performed in kick-off meeting and has been reported in D2.1 Joint Action Plan.
−Establish high quality control. The project coordinator has provided the consortium with the Project Master Document – PMD, where allocate a peer reviewer (an expert member of the consortium) to examine each deliverable (before it is formally transmitted to the EC).
−Deliverables 1.1 “Project Master Document - PMD” and Deliverable 1.4 “Collaboration between the AMANAC participating projects and the AMANAC-CSA” have been submitted to the EC successfully.
−Milestone 1 “Project Management structure” has been achieved on M3.

WP2: Cooperation priorities mapping and Joint Action activities
TECNALIA is the leader of this WP that constitutes by 6 individual tasks. WP2 is an essential and of high importance work package as the main objective is to establish effective collaboration channels between all projects in order to i) ensure the achievement of their respective technical and non-technical goals ii) maximize the impact of such developments during and beyond the project life-time and iii) identify hurdles that delay application of results in full scale. Throughout the 1st reporting period, the following objectives have been accomplished:
−The Joint Action Plan (JAP) has been prepared as Deliverable 2.1 on M5 and updated on M12. The JAP gives information about the project committees and working groups, the action plans of each thematic area and the respective RTD achievements and activities.
−A standardization workshop was organized in collaboration with EeB-CA2-CSA on M11 along with EOTA Training about Introduction to European Technical Assessment (ETA). The preparation and outcome of these events has been described in the corresponding deliverable D2.4.
−The Project Coordinators of 29 Projects of the AMANAC Cluster have been contacted in order to provide/update information of LCA Experts for each project. In addition, a list of common practices and methodologies for LCA/LCC has been created.
−An LCA thematic area workshop has been organized and held in March 25th at Stockholm bringing together LCA experts from Area 5 “Lightweight Materials”.

WP3: Communication and Dissemination
TWI is the dissemination manager of AMANAC and the leader of WP3 “Communication and Dissemination”. The main contribution of WP3 to the project during the period M1-M12 is described below:
−Development of the project website (developed and maintained by NTUA) acting as the main communication and dissemination platform for all partners, used for cross-linking the results and disseminating the cluster projects generated foreground.
−Development of AMANAC wiki page (developed and maintained by UBAH) that is integrated into the project website and contains information of publically available foreground generated and technology achievements of the cluster projects. A Material and Product Gallery page is launched within wiki to showcase performance data from the products, including insulation, wall finishes, structural materials, special treatments and windows, being developed within the AMANAC projects.
−Producing dissemination material of AMANAC-CSA and cluster projects (creation of poster, e-newsletters etc.)
−Organization of Thematic Workshops in common aspects such as Fire Workshop, Sustainability Workshop and Financial Opportunities Workshop.
−Organization of Thematic Areas’ workshops: in LCA by “Lightweight Components” area and in energy efficient buildings-novel construction materials and processes by “Embodied Energy” area.
−Participation in EeB-PPP Impact Workshop.
−Participation in large scale events, such as CompIC 2015 and ICAE 2015 Conferences.

WP4: Cross-platform Business-up Strategies and Exploitation road map
FASADA, the exploitation manager, leads WP4 and coordinates all exploitation activities described within the respective work package. During the first period, several actions have been performed aiming to exploit the research results of the cluster projects and to develop an interactive business roadmap in nanotechnologies and advanced materials for energy efficiency in buildings. The following objectives have been accomplished within the period M1-M12:
−The Industrial Advisory Board (IAB) has been set up by key industry members representing main thematic areas of AMANAC cluster.
−The IAB Workshop has been organized in Brussels on 6th November 2015 to discuss about obstacles and bottlenecks that slow down the market implementation of the results from the EeB and AMANAC research projects. The output of the workshop will be a reference point for deliverables D2.2 Plan for integration of projects outcomes and D.4.2 Business Roadmap and Market Plan.
−The First Plan for Use and Dissemination of Foreground including a dissemination and exploitation strategy has been prepared by CBI and submitted as Deliverable 4.1 in July 2015 (M7). This document will be revised and extended to formulate the Exploitation Road Map (D4.3) of the project until M23.

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

Buildings are responsible for 40% of the total energy consumption and 36% of the total CO2 emissions in Europe . Lowering the energy spending needed for heating and cooling building spaces is an effective multi-facet principle ensuring direct economic and quality of living benefits for the energy consumers but also contributing to actions against climate change and decreasing EU´s energy import dependence. The realization of this principle requires development of new materials and technologies that target reduction of all potential sources of thermal losses in existing and new buildings, ranging from losses through building envelopes to new space heating and cooling technologies and their distribution systems. To reach “energy positive” buildings, it is necessary to ensure effective collaboration of building components with energy production and distribution systems, not only at building level but potentially also at district level. In this direction, the objective of “Energy-Efficient Buildings Public-Private Partnership, EeB-PPP” is to speed up research on key technologies and develop a competitive industry in the construction sector, with the focus on energy-efficient processes, products and services.
However, economic and social benefits from investments in related research worldwide are not yet so apparent, as it would have been expected, probably due to :
•Gap between research efforts and industrial and user needs: more market driven efforts should be made to bridge the existing “valley of death” between the knowledge-based science and the successful commercial (nano)material products.
•Dispersion and fragmentation of efforts: European public and private spending in e.g. nanotechnology is currently dispersed in a large number of EU, national and regional projects and initiatives.
•Broader challenges going beyond sectorial technological gaps which hinder the commercialization of project results. Among these there are safety, regulation, standardization, innovation, financing and technology transfer issues.
Under this umbrella, the scope of the AMANAC-CSA is to create an effective and long lasting collaboration and coordination platform within all the Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology projects (AMANAC), approved in the frame of the EeB-PPP, whose activities address development of (nano)materials, components and systems for the improvement of the energy efficiency in the built environment. AMANAC-CSA aims to maximize the impact of the cluster participating projects towards the European Industry and Society and hence effectively support the objectives established by European Commission and the EeB-PPP by addressing in a holistic way the relevant technical/technological, industrial, economic, societal, organizational and regulatory challenges.
The AMANAC-CSA (the Coordinated Support Action) has managed to streamline (identify and review) all common needs of the involved projects and to optimize the use of resources that can be shared among participating projects. These actions have accelerated the implementation of sustainable solutions and exploitation activities and have maximized the impact of the AMANAC-Cluster projects for the benefit of the European Industry and Society. The AMANAC-CSA has been open to all AMANAC projects, current or future H2020.
AMANAC is one of the four CSA’s funded within H2020 along with EeB-CA2, EEBERS and SWIMing. The EeB-CA2 initiative (http://www.e2b-clusters.eu/) aims to provide the right set of instruments supporting technology-clustering and geo-clustering upon the whole set of PPP EeB EC-funded projects related to energy efficiency in the built environment, with the following primary ambition: to enhance and rationalize coordinated and broader dissemination, technology transfer and future exploitation activities of clustered projects, so as to help them better promoting and marketing their achievements and deliverables. The projects will be clustered along the value-chain approach used in the PPP EeB Roadmap. The EE ICT clusters (EEBERS - http://EeBers.eu/) mission is to identify opportunities for synergies in ICT related RTD in the EeB (energy efficient buildings) domain. The aim is to effectively engage stakeholders in networking for future RTD and exploitation of results. The ‘SWIMing’ project will support EeB projects to enhance the impact of their results by making their data models open and accessible. It will develop a data modelling cluster where projects can share their use cases, data modelling requirements and get access to expertise in the area of open data models.
The four CSA’s have organized two meetings (on 5th February 2015 and 23rd September 2015) in an attempt to identify and coordinate common actions and avoid duplicate activities.
AMANAC has established an Industry Advisory Board (IAB), consisting by representatives of SMEs and Industries, from the different thematic areas that will help/review in the preparation of a Business Roadmap and Market plan giving some remarks about what need to be done in research in the next years. The 1st IAB Workshop has been organized and held in Brussels, on 6th November 2015. The main goal of the workshop was to have a discussion about obstacles and bottlenecks that slow down the market implementation of the results from the EeB and AMANAC research projects. Remarks and conclusions from the interactive discussion were reported in minutes of the workshop.

Related information

Record Number: 186373 / Last updated on: 2016-07-11