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An Open Innovation Ecosystem for upscaling production processes of lightweight metal alloys composites

Project description

Lightweight metal alloys: shortening their path to commercial availability

Over the last two decades, a high number of research projects have focussed on the development of new lightweight metal alloys for industrial applications. However, a limited number of products have reached the market end users. Lack of funding for further development and upscaling and the unwillingness of end users to adopt non-validated and non-standardised technologies in their processes are some of the reasons that account for this phenomenon known as 'valley of death'. The EU-funded LightMe project aims to overcome these barriers. To that end, it will offer an open innovation ecosystem that will help technologies with a high level of maturity reach a technology readiness level (TRL) of 7.


LightMe project targets on the setting up of a self-sustainable open innovation ecosystem for the upscaling of industrial processes concerning lightweight metal alloys (aluminum, magnesium and titanium) composites. It is evident that although the last two decades a high number of research projects has been dedicated in the development of new composite lightweight metals for industrial applications (e.g. according to Scopus, more than 1000 publications concerns this field in the last 5 years), only a very limited number of such cases has been finally commercialized and reached the market end users. There are many reasons that these technologies have not been adopted by the market (e.g. lack of funding for further development and upscaling and the unwillingness of end users to adopt in their processes non-validated and non-standardized technologies) and this phenomenon is usually described as ‘valley of death’. LightMe project aspires to overcome these barriers by offering an open innovation ecosystem, in which technologies that have been developed up to TRL4-5 will be able to be upscaled and validated up to TRL 7.

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Net EU contribution
€ 1 207 175,00
20133 Milano

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Nord-Ovest Lombardia Milano
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Total cost
€ 1 207 175,00

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