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Better Upscaling and Optimization of Nanoparticle and Nanostructure Production by Means of Electrical Discharges

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 280765

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 February 2012

  • End date

    31 January 2016

Funded under:

FP7-NMP

  • Overall budget:

    € 10 423 897,40

  • EU contribution

    € 7 799 929

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITAET DUISBURG-ESSEN

Germany

Objective

The BUONAPART-E project aims to demonstrate that a physical nanoparticle synthesis process can be economically scaled-up to yield 100 kg/day production rate, which is the target rate mentioned in the Call Topic. The process is simple, versatile, and reliable. It avoids chemical precursors and solvents, while fully recycling the necessary inert carrier gas, resulting in a minimal impact on the environment. The process does not necessitate external heating of the inert gas, thereby keeping energy consumption low.

The main goal of the BUONAPART-E is to increase the production rate of a single basic unit in which the evaporation of the raw material is done by electric means by a factor of 10 to 100 and to implement necessary monitoring and collecting tools to ensure high quality product delivery.

Experimental results as well as literature data indicate that an energy efficiency of 100 kWh/kg has been reached for a single unit. The challenge addressed in BUONAPART-E, which can only be met with new knowledge of the hitherto unknown fundamental mechanisms taking place, is to obtain an increase in the production rate, while retaining energy efficiency. The process allows for the synthesis of different materials using the same production platform. The basic evaporation unit (called hereafter the Optimal Single Unit or ‘OSU’) is a set of electrodes. A large number of these units can be placed in a single housing, contributing to the cost-effectiveness of the process. The use of many single production units in parallel, which can be thoroughly optimized and tested on a lab scale for a given material, ensures that a highly-effective scale-up of the synthesis process in terms of cost and energy consumption is possible. Further equipment, such as pumps, power supply to the OSUs and the particle collection unit, can be scaled-up as single units leading to additional cost benefits.
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITAET DUISBURG-ESSEN

Address

Universitatsstrasse 2
45141 Essen

Germany

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 1 495 897

Administrative Contact

Sandra Kramm (Ms.)

Participants (20)

LUNDS UNIVERSITET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 472 480

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 613 957

TTY-SAATIO

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 312 046

KARLSRUHER INSTITUT FUER TECHNOLOGIE

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 774 719

SZEGEDI TUDOMANYEGYETEM

Hungary

EU Contribution

€ 138 000

ABO AKADEMI

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 164 000

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

France

EU Contribution

€ 267 960

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT EINDHOVEN

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 402 674

INSTITUT FUR ENERGIE UND UMWELTTECHNIK EV - IUTA

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 281 760

THYSSENKRUPP STEEL EUROPE AG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 142 899

RAMEM SA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 221 107

METAL NANOPOWDERS LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 411 633

SOL VOLTAICS AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 127 342

FUNDACION PARA EL FOMENTO DEL SECTOR TEXTIL DE LA COMUNITAT VALENCIANA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 211 800

PALAS GMBH PARTIKEL- UND LASERMASSTECHNIK

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 278 255

AVANZARE INNOVACION TECNOLOGICA SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 306 388

STIFTELSEN SINTEF

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 469 293

COORSTEK MEMBRANE SCIENCES AS

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 331 718

UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE VALENCIA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 208 281

DAS PHOTONICS SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 167 720

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 280765

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 February 2012

  • End date

    31 January 2016

Funded under:

FP7-NMP

  • Overall budget:

    € 10 423 897,40

  • EU contribution

    € 7 799 929

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITAET DUISBURG-ESSEN

Germany