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INSERTRONIC Report Summary

Project ID: 711324

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - INSERTRONIC (Development of highly-efficient low-emission log wood-fired closed fireplace INSERts thanks to an automated elecTRONIC control system)

Reporting period: 2016-02-01 to 2017-01-31

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

INSERTRONIC project aims to develop a new closed fireplace insert technology. With this technology RIKA, one of the European market leaders regarding log wood and pellet stoves, will distinguish itself from competing products by significantly reduced emissions, increased efficiency as well as increased user comfort, RIKA will become a complete supplier for wood based room heaters. Thereby, RIKA aims at strengthening its position as European technology leader as well as to double its turnover until 2022

The technical concept of the INSERTRONIC, which builds on RIKA’s innovative log wood stove technology, will be improved. The new technology shall be developed, tested and optimised in order to pass type testing at project end. A number of innovations (world-wide novelties for fireplace inserts) shall be implemented, of which the most important are
(i) the utilisation of novel insulation materials as well as materials with catalytic coatings for emission reduction,
(ii) the application of modern computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulation tools for process design and optimisation,
(iii) the implementation of an automated control and ignition system as well as
(iv) the development of a flexible insertion frame and modular panelling system which provide a high flexibility regarding installation and outer appearance.

Techno-economic analyses in order to keep the final product costs at a competitive level as well as dissemination, communication and commercialisation measures shall ensure a quick market introduction after project end.

Since the European closed fireplace insert market amounts to about 850,000 units/year, the new technology will have a significant impact on a more efficient utilisation of biomass resources as well as a reduction of CO2 emissions (substitution of fossil fuels) and therefore will be of great relevance to the Work Programme.

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

Work develop till the moment has been centered in:

- Development of an optimized 3d model of the technology and its components based on CFD simulations. Development of a test stand 3d model of the technology. Integrate the test stand 3d model into the CFD simulations.

- Construction drawings of the first prototype have been prepared and have been used to manufacture 2 prototypes and 2 test stands. Both prototypes and test stands have been taken into operation. One at the subctontractor-BIOS test laboratory in Graz and one at the RIKA test laboratory in Micheldorf.

- A deep market research concerning potential surrounding materials have been done. With obtained results the definition of selection criteria of surrounding materials have been set. First ideations of the surrounding (outer appearance) based on the 3d model of the technology have been proposed.

- A project website has been launched to promote and disseminate the project

- Exploitation and Dissemination events will be one of the most important tasks in the second period of the project.

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)

The main achive in this period have been the CFD results (low emission level and high efficiency) which have indicated a very high potential of INSERTRONIC technology.

First test runs at RIKA's test laboratory were promising. It seems the quite good CFD results can be replicated at the test stand.

The new technology will have a deep impact on the whole log wood insert sector.

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