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Novel Nano-enabled Energy Efficient and Safe HVAC ducts and systems contributing to an healthier indoor environment

Objective

The NANO-HVAC project concept aims at developing an innovative approach for ducts insulation while introducing new cleaning and maintenance technologies, all enabled by cost-effective application of nanotechnology. The main concepts are:
1. Safe, high insulating HVAC-ducts enabling minimization of heat/cool losses: cost-effective, safe and extremely thin insulating duct layers that can be applied both to circular ducts (wet-spray solutions) and to square ducts (pre-cast panel). Insulation will be obtained using sprayable aeroclay-based insulating foams that can be automatically applied during manufacturing of ducts, avoiding manual operation needed for conventional materials. Such technologies, coupled with advanced maintenance systems (objective 2) will guarantee a 50% energy saving compared with conventional ducts.
2. Cost-effective pathogen and allergenic removal during operation and maintenance to reduce microbial growth: (a) development of anti-microbial, sprayable and self-adhesive photocatalytic coating, based on titanium oxide nanoparticles, for HVAC filters. (b) Development of an injectable liquid polymer matrix (epoxy resins with polyamine derived crosslinking catalyst) containing antimicrobial nanoparticles (silver oxides) for air ducts in situ maintenance activities. The liquid polymer will polymerize in situ creating a coating of thickness < 20µm which will cover the surface trapping dirt, debris and microorganisms, thus “regenerating” the duct inner layer. The procedure may be repeated over time without affecting HVAC energy performance.
Scientific and technological objectives within NANO-HVAC project can be organised in four areas: (1) high efficient and cost-effective insulation solutions for HVAC ducts (2) inhibition and removal of pathogens and allergenics (3) integration and lab scale characterization, (4) demonstration and validation.
The project duration is estimated to be 36 months, with tasks organized in 9 Work Packages.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/polymer science
  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/coating and films
  • /engineering and technology/mechanical engineering/thermodynamic engineering

Call for proposal

FP7-2012-NMP-ENV-ENERGY-ICT-EeB
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Funding Scheme

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

Coordinator

VENTO NV
Address
Bedrijvenpark Coupure 5
9700 Oudenaarde
Belgium
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 355 650
Administrative Contact
Bart Modde (Mr.)

Participants (10)

ASOCIACION DE INVESTIGACION DE LAS INDUSTRIAS DE LA CONSTRUCCION
Spain
EU contribution
€ 201 420
Address
Calle Benjamin Franklin 17 Parque Tecnologico Sn
46980 Paterna Valencia
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Patricia Galisteo (Mrs.)
INSTITUTUL DE CERCETARI PENTRU ACOPERIRI AVANSATE ICAA SA
Romania
EU contribution
€ 247 200
Address
Bulevardul Theodor Pallady 49A
032258 Bucuresti
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Valerica Labontu (Mrs.)
NATIONAL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS - NTUA
Greece
EU contribution
€ 300 710,40
Address
Heroon Polytechniou 9 Zographou Campus
15780 Athina
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Georgia Mertzelou (Mrs.)
SIRRIS HET COLLECTIEF CENTRUM VAN DE TECHNOLOGISCHE INDUSTRIE
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 258 368
Address
Boulevard Auguste Reyers 80
1030 Bruxelles
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Brenda Criel (Mrs.)
ACCIONA CONSTRUCCION SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 156 780
Address
Avenida De Europa 18 Parque Empresarial
28108 Alcobendas
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Miguel ángel Paris Torres (Dr.)
RINA CONSULTING SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 289 860
Address
Via Cecchi 6
16129 Genova
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Laura Giovanelli (Ms.)
FARBE SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 347 600
Address
Via Udine 63
33030 Majano Ud
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Raffaello Fabris (Mr.)
LABORATORIO IBERICO INTERNACIONAL DE NANOTECNOLOGIA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 207 200
Address
Avenida Mestre Jose Veiga Congredados
4715 330 Braga
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Paula Galvão (Mrs.)
NANOPHOS ANONIMI EMPORIKI ETAIRIA ANAPTIXIS KAI YPIRESION - NANOPHOS COMMERCIAL SOCIETE ANONYME OF SERVICES AND DEVELOPMENT
Greece
EU contribution
€ 211 200
Address
Lavrio Technological & Science Park
19500 Lavrio
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ioannis Arabatzis (Dr.)
POLITECNICO DI MILANO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 274 011,60
Address
Piazza Leonardo Da Vinci 32
20133 Milano
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Franca Di Censo (Dr.)