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Technologies for Synthesis, Recycling and Combustion of Metallic Nanoclusters as Future Transportation Fuels

Objective

COMETNANO project is an integrated approach of metallic-nanoparticles synthesis, their controlled combustion in internal combustion engines and regeneration of the respective metal-oxides via reduction by renewable means. The main objectives of COMETNANO project are the following: -The production of tailor-made metal fuel nanoparticles with controllable combustion rate. -The utilization of an environmental-friendly way for the regeneration of burned particles (oxides), employing 100% renewable hydrogen produced by solar-thermal dissociation of water in coated monolithic reactors. Under such a concept, metal particles become an energy carrier and a means of converting hydrogen-energy into a medium that can be stored and transported easier and safer. -The innovative exploitation of low-cost raw materials, such as discarded fractions/wastes or by-products of metal industries, for the production of the initial metallic nanoparticles. -The introduction of required modifications, based on the existing mature technology of conventional internal combustion engines (ICEs), for the definition of the first metal-fuelled ICE. -The elimination of NOx emissions by proper combustion tuning. -The investigation of potential environmental and health dangers stemming from metallic and oxidic nanoparticles and the introduction of basic protection measurements. The successful completion of COMETNANO project will provide the necessary answers concerning the feasibility and the environmental benefits of such an innovative concept, thus stimulating the interest of both automotive and metal industries. The COMETNANO consortium consists of 5 organizations from 4 E.U. countries, including 2 Industrial partners, 2 Research Institutes and 1 University.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/sustainable economy
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/theoretical physics/particles

Call for proposal

FP7-NMP-2008-SMALL-2
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

ETHNIKO KENTRO EREVNAS KAI TECHNOLOGIKIS ANAPTYXIS
Address
Charilaou Thermi Road 6 Km
57001 Thermi Thessaloniki
Greece
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 680 518
Administrative Contact
Costas Kiparissides (Prof.)

Participants (4)

UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE VALENCIA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 365 759
Address
Camino De Vera Sn Edificio 3A
46022 Valencia
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
José Antonio Pérez García (Mr.)
CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 515 647
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Carlo Beatrice (Dr.)
MOLYCORP CHEMICALS & OXIDES (EUROPE) LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 121 900
Address
Barton Lane Abingdon Science Park Unit 3 The Quadrant
OX14 3YS Abingdon
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Karen Brown (Ms.)
AEIFOROS METAL PROCESSING S.A.
Greece
EU contribution
€ 64 580
Address
12Th Klm. Thessaloniki-veria Old National Road
57008 Thessaloniki
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Andreas Chasiotis (Mr.)