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Development of an innovative translucent concrete sandwich panel with dynamic control of light transmission

Objective

The BrightWall consortium – comprising a value chain of three European SME manufacturers and distributors of light guide technology, building materials and technology embedded concrete, together with an architecture SME and an SME specialized in sustainable construction – aims to pursue a major market opportunity through the development of an innovative concrete material tailored for building applications, which allows for controlled transmission of daylight into buildings. BrightWall targets the development of a new building material – translucent concrete – in the form of a sandwich panel intended for façades and load bearing applications, which has high architectural potential and also meets important considerations for both energy efficiency and indoor climate through the supply of natural light. The concept targets radical innovations enabling dynamic control of daylight transmission through liquid crystals and addresses S&T barriers related to the production of prefabricated wall sandwich panels with embedded optical guides and thermal insulation. BrightWall allows entirely novel applications and enables a range of benefits and unique selling propositions to a very large group of potential end-users in construction and creative industries – most notably mitigation of environmental problems; improved indoor climate and the promotion of energy-efficient buildings. At the same time, BrightWall represents an attractive business case and will entail increased competitiveness for the SME value chain and for the EU as a whole.
The SME consortium has the capabilities to produce and market the new product, but lacks the financial resources as well as the expertise in photonics, building materials and electronics to enable the required technological development. Therefore, the group has identified the Research for SMEs programme as the suitable vehicle for overcoming the technological and financial barriers associated with the achievement of the objective.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2013
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinator

TEKNOLOGISK INSTITUT
Address
Gregersensvej 1
2630 Taastrup
Denmark
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 48 932
Administrative Contact
Dorthe Mathiesen (Mrs.)

Participants (8)

CONFAC AS
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 396 865,50
Address
Frederiksdalvej 16
8940 Randers
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Erling Holm (Mr.)
DUPONT LIGHTSTONE APS
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 418 437,75
Address
Lindhovedvej 18 Helnaes
5631 Ebberup
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Bo Jacobsen (Mr.)
POLYMER OPTICS LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 364 760,75
Address
Kiln Ride 6
RG403JL Wokingham
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Christopher Ferrari (Mr.)
VAN BERKEL EN BOS U.N. STUDIO BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 246 963,25
Address
Stadhouderskade 113
1073 AX Amsterdam
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Harm Wassink (Mr.)
ECO CHOICE SA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 163 040,75
Address
Estrada Da Estacao 9 A 11
2400 Leiria
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Liliana Soares (Ms)
CENTRE D ETUDES ET DE RECHERCHES DEL INDUSTRIE DU BETON MANUFACTURE
France
Address
Rue Des Longs Reages
28230 Epernon
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Philippe Francisco (Mr.)
DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET
Denmark
Address
Anker Engelundsvej 1 Bygning 101 A
2800 Kgs Lyngby
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Karsten Rottwitt (Mr.)
AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
María ángeles López Vázquez (Ms.)