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Highly efficient production of ultra-lightweight clay-aerogel materials and their integrated composites for building insulation

Objective

40% of energy consumption and 36% CO2 emissions in Europe are directly related to the buildings due mainly to inefficient insulation materials and systems. Currently required insulation performance may only be achieved either by installing extremely thick ordinary insulation materials and sacrificing living spaces or by using unaffordable the state-of-the-art insulation materials (e.g. silica aerogel). Of European building sector, more than 99% are SME and buildings construction market reached over 1 trillion equivalent to about 9% of European GDP, representing a total workforce of 25 million jobs.
The ICECLAY project aims at creating a new generation of low cost and most efficient insulation materials for EU building construction and hence enhancing the competitiveness of SMEs in EU construction sector. The project is to develop nano-structured ultra-lightweight clay-aerogel and its integrated composites by using harmless and inexpensive nano-scale minerals, water and eco-friendly or soluble/dispersible low-cost polymers, through innovative and cost effective freeze-drying processes. The ICECLAY will provide, due to their extremely porous structure and reduced thickness, the superior thermal insulation specially designed for highly energy efficiency building’s retrofit and advanced HAVC systems. The developed innovative thin and flexible lightweight ICECLAY board and film will claim to be an excellent and cheaper alternative to the unaffordable high-performance insulation materials like the space oriented supercritical-dried silica aerogel and vacuum insulation panels. The developed powder based ICECLAY will be used as superior enhancing thermal insulation fillers for a broad range of building products like concrete, drywalls, bricks, plasters and coatings.

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2012
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Coordinator

ACTIVE AEROGELS LDA
Address
Rua Pedro Nunes - Instituto Pedro Nunes
3030 199 Coimbra
Portugal
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 241 472,41
Administrative Contact
Bruno Ramos De Carvalho (Mr.)

Participants (7)

DEVAN CHEMICALS NV
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 206 640
Address
Ninoofsesteenweg 539
9600 Ronse
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Laurence Flamand (Mrs.)
ECOTERRA DESARROLLO SOSTENIBLE SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 152 181,60
Address
Calle Arana 15 3 B
01002 Vitoria Gasteiz
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Antonio Reales Moya (Mr.)
CONSTRUCCIONES GARCIA RAMA SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 172 203
Address
Calle Ramon Areces 20 Bajo
33211 Gijon
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Susana García Rama (Ms.)
SLOVENSKI GRADBENI GROZD, GOSPODARSKO INTERESNO ZDRUZENJE
Slovenia
EU contribution
€ 135 449,75
Address
Vase 41A
1000 Ljubljana
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Vladimir Gumilar (Mr.)
INSTITUTO PEDRO NUNES ASSOCIACAO PARA A INOVACAO E DESENVOLVIMENTO EM CIENCIA E TECNOLOGIA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 6 200
Address
Rua Pedro Nunes
3030-199 Coimbra
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
João Paulo Mouta Dias (Mr.)
BRUNEL UNIVERSITY LONDON
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 6 132,80
Address
Kingston Lane
UB8 3PH Uxbridge
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Teresa Waller (Ms.)
Active Space Technologies, Actividades Aeroespaciais S.A.

Participation ended

Portugal
EU contribution
€ 28 605,84
Address
Parque Industrial De Taveiro Lote 12
3045 508 Coimbra
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Dina Gaspar (Ms.)