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Drastically reduced use of rare earths in applications of magnetocalorics

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We will examine the life cycle of rare earth metals used in magnetic phase change technologies. Our primary focus is on room temperature magnetic cooling, a near-market solid state alternative to gas compression in which a phase change “magnetocaloric” material is magnetised by a permanent magnet. We will address the fabrication, manufacture and use of the magnetocaloric material, aiming: (1) to reduce consumption and eliminate wastage of rare earths during the scalable manufacture of magnetocaloric parts; and (2) to drastically reduce the volume of rare earth permament magnet through a step-change improvement in the performance of low-rare earth or rare earth-free magnetocaloric materials.

Such developments will reduce both raw material use and future technology cost, providing the necessary bridge between state-of-the art prototyping activity and industrially scalable production of magnetic cooling engines. The project consortium includes materials physicists, researchers active in the industrial scale-up of parts manufacture, a magnet and magnetocaloric material supplier and an SME. This combination will provide feedback between fundamental magnetocaloric material properties, material performance under test, and potential impact on product design. A large-scale end-user partner will provide analyses of the life cycle, environmental and cost benefits of our research to the domestic refrigeration sector. The knowledge gained from our activities will be used in parallel for the development of magnetocaloric materials for a longer-term application: thermomagnetic power generation.

Zaproszenie do składania wniosków

FP7-NMP-2012-SMALL-6
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Koordynator

IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE
Adres
South Kensington Campus Exhibition Road
SW7 2AZ London
United Kingdom

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Rodzaj działalności
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Kontakt administracyjny
Brooke Alasya (Ms.)
Wkład UE
€ 813 500

Uczestnicy (7)

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAT DARMSTADT
Niemcy
Wkład UE
€ 670 380
Adres
Karolinenplatz 5
64289 Darmstadt

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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Kontakt administracyjny
Oliver Gutfleisch (Prof.)
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
Francja
Wkład UE
€ 785 486
Adres
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris

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Research Organisations
Kontakt administracyjny
Brice Kerber (Mr.)
ISTITUTO NAZIONALE DI RICERCA METROLOGICA
Włochy
Wkład UE
€ 285 000
Adres
Strada Delle Cacce 91
10135 Torino

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Research Organisations
Kontakt administracyjny
Vittorio Basso (Dr.)
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG EV
Niemcy
Wkład UE
€ 459 399
Adres
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen

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Research Organisations
Kontakt administracyjny
Christoph Schulte
WHIRLPOOL EMEA SPA
Włochy
Wkład UE
€ 81 800
Adres
Via Carlo Pisacane 1
20016 Pero

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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Kontakt administracyjny
Alessandro Pizzutti (Mr.)
VACUUMSCHMELZE GMBH & CO KG
Niemcy
Wkład UE
€ 155 012
Adres
Gruner Weg 37
63450 Hanau

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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Kontakt administracyjny
Thomas Both (Mr.)
CAMFRIDGE LTD
United Kingdom
Wkład UE
€ 456 566
Adres
St. John's Innovation Centre Cowley Road
CB4 0WS Cambridge

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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Kontakt administracyjny
Neil Wilson (Dr.)