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Open Access Single entry point for scale-up of Innovative Smart lightweight composite materials and components

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - OASIS (Open Access Single entry point for scale-up of Innovative Smart lightweight composite materials and components)

Reporting period: 2019-01-01 to 2020-06-30

The introduction of nanotechnologies in aluminium and polymeric composites in today’s industrialized systems as part of advanced materials and manufacturing processes in different sectors depend very much on understanding all basic processes that will contribute to overcoming the barriers that materials are currently facing to be introduced into the market. The main objective OASIS project pursues is to develop and organize a sustainable Open Innovation Test Bed for innovative scale-up of smart lightweight aluminium and polymer-based composite compounds and products to which Companies - and more precisely SMEs - can gain access through a Single Entry Point to develop, test and adopt, new lightweight, high performance, multifunctional, safe and environmentally friendly high value materials, components and structures in a cost-effective and sustainable way. The Open Innovation Test Bed will give access to an ecosystem of 12 nanotechnology manufacturing pilot lines, operating under a sustainable manufacturing framework. Technological services including Material selection, Manufacturing processes, Product and process Design, Modelling & simulation, Characterisation & testing, Sustainable-manufacturing diagnosis, Environmental and nanosafety, Safe-by-design approaches and Life cycle analysis as well as business support services for access to finance and optimised business plans definition associated to the 12 pilot lines close OASIS one-stop full package offer.
In this 18 month period 6 WPs out of 9 started and are due to finish during the second period. The following section details work performed in each of the Work Packages as well as the degree of completion.

1 The starting point of the OASIS project is 12 PLs to provide qualified nano-materials, nano-intermediates and nano-enabled products to meet industrial needs and accelerate market uptake of innovative lightweight multifunctional nano-enabled products. During this period the pilot lines (PL) upscaling (production rate) and upgrading (in-line control) activities have been initiated in order to overcome initial gaps identified for each PL and address identified breakthroughs in order to reach expected results.

2 The 12PLs will operate under a sustainable manufacturing framework. During this period the Sustainable nano-manufacturing framework (OASIS-SNF) has been created together with a supporting software tool to support the implementation and development of the OASIS-SNF in the Pilot lines. Based on the SNF and the supporting software tool created, a diagnosis of the PLs has started and will result in customized improvement plans.

3 OASIS ecosystem gathers the 12 PLs and associated technological services and business support services. A high added-value catalogue accessible to industries and users through the project website and promoted with organisations and webinars and workshops has been created. The public catalogue is a high-value document that contains what OASIS OITB members can offer which proves the high potential and quality of services the SEP can offer.

4 OASIS ecosystem aims to become a Single entry point (SEP). With that purpose partners have been working to establish the operation of the SEP, its strategic direction, the way it is going to create and provide value and the organisation structure, appropriate legal entity and governance rules. This establishment passes through the consideration of the needs and expectations from all internal and external stakeholders that will end with the definition of the detailed list of activities as well as the establishment of the necessary qualification scheme for ensuring the required quality to meet the customer’s requirements.

5 One of the strengths of the Project is the 6 Showcases, lead by global leaders representing high impact sectors (mobility/transportation, construction and energy) that will implement in real cases the developed tangible materials and components through the 12 PLs and associated services. During the period ACCIONA, THALES, VDL, AIRBUS, PLEIONE and FORD have started to work on the development of the Showcases, defining specifications, identifying pilot lines and services. A set of key performance indicators for mechanical performance, functionality and cost is made for each Showcase.

6 An open call for Democases to validate the SEP and ensure the sustainability of the OITB ecosystem has been prepared and launched. The aim of the open call is to open OASIS PLs and associated services to industry, SMEs, individuals, academia and RTOs. Applicants can get access to the open call through the application module for creation and submission of Democase proposals available at the project’s website. During this period the processes and the necessary guidelines for contractual templates for the applicants were described. Evaluation criteria, selection and assignment process for the applications as well as a Democase Collaboration Agreement and Service Delivery Plan templates were created.
The open call was successfully launched and it was presented in a webmeeting. Two more webmeetings are expected for the second period. The Showcases are part of the open call presentations as examples.

7 The quality assurance and approval process of dissemination was established. Guidelines for dissemination and publication of the project contents, with reference to the EC Open Access policy, were provided to partners.
Early on in the project the logo and the project website was created as well as a Linkedin account.
OASIS was already presented at 12 different dissemination events in the M1-M18 period. The Covid-19 situation has temporarily shifted the focus from physical to digital events and tools which required adapting the overall dissemination strategy to the new global situation.

8 As part of the analysis of the applicable standardisation landscape the identification of the relevant standardisation technical bodies developing standards relevant to nanotechnologies and to a sustainable manufacturing framework was accomplished.
In addition, the OASIS-SNF developed will be proposed to CEN and CENELEC for a development of a CWA (CEN Workshop Agreement) to scale it up. Formal actions and contacts with the relevant CEN and CENELEC Technical Committees will start after the OASIS-SNF is presented at NANOSAFE 2020 (November 2020 – M23), and in coordination with further dissemination actions.
ThInnovation brought by the OASIS project
- Unique combination of European PLs, technological & non-technological services throughout the entire value chain in one OITB.
- Access via a SEP providing direct connection to a set of relevant actors for easier and accelerated innovation and product commercialization.
- Open access to multiple actors: companies, SMEs, individual, academia, RTOs.
- “Right material at the right place” approach for optimized design by combination of materials: products based on metal or/and on polymers.
- User involvement: OASIS will not only deliver direct services but will also, in the whole development process, deliver the “education” on nanotechnologies to prepare future technology transfer. Adapting to the user’s company size and experience on nanotechnology will be at the core of business management by the SEP.
- Sustainable manufacturing ecosystem, involving demanding common rules for quality, environment, safety and productivity.