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Highly Sustainable and Effective Production of Innovative Low Cost Vacuum Insulation Panels for Zero Carbon Building Construction

Objective

While the world is experiencing a strong demand for energy savings measures, today still 40% of energy consumption and 36% CO2 emissions in Europe are directly related to the construction sector, due mainly to inefficient insulation materials and systems. On the verge of a major European building retrofitting action that must be put into practice within a deep economic crisis, inevitably traditional thick and cheaper insulation products are still the first consideration, as the best state-of-the-art solution, Vacuum Insulation Panels (VIP) is unaffordable for the majority of homeowners and householders. The building sector has to overcome the biggest dilemma of coping with high mandatory levels of energy savings, at reasonable costs, without losing considerable areas of living space left for insulation.
VIP4ALL project aims at developing a true technical and cost-effective VIP solution by using natural minerals and/or renewable organic by-products, as low cost VIP core materials through careful microwaving and doping of minor fumed silica, which will not only cut its final price by 50%, but also guarantee a superior thermal performance and eco-friendly status. The VIP4ALL proposes to bring to the market a new generation of highly sustainable and energy efficient solution for low budget renovation actions, creating an exceptional opportunity for SMEs (>99% in EU building sector) to increase their competitiveness before the current dominant US and/or Asian companies seize this market which represents around 9% of European GDP and a total workforce of 25 million jobs.
The VIP4ALL RTD results (products and technologies) will be scaled up through three SMEPs of the VIP4ALL consortium members and exploited by five SMEPs of the seven consortium members, who will hence lead the market entrance with a new and truly competitive superior insulation solution.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/sustainable economy
  • /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

CONSTRUCCIONES GARCIA RAMA SL
Address
Calle Ramon Areces 20 Bajo
33211 Gijon
Spain
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 234 384,50
Administrative Contact
Susana Garcia Rama (Mrs)

Participants (6)

VA-Q-TEC AG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 230 083,50
Address
Alfred Nobel Strasse 33
97080 Wurzburg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Wilfried Heppt (Mr.)
SOFALCA SOCIEDADE CENTRAL DE PRODUTOS DE CORTICA LIMITADA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 164 409,65
Address
Telhado En 2 Km 413.2
2205 213 Abrantes
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Paulo Estrada (Mr.)
NORDISK PERLITE APS
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 149 610,25
Address
Hammersholt Erhvevspark 1
3400 Hillerod
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jess Larsen (Mr.)
ECOTERRA DESARROLLO SOSTENIBLE SL

Participation ended

Spain
EU contribution
€ 130 002,55
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.)
INSTITUTO PEDRO NUNES ASSOCIACAO PARA A INOVACAO E DESENVOLVIMENTO EM CIENCIA E TECNOLOGIA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 7 250
Address
Rua Pedro Nunes
3030-199 Coimbra
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Jorge Corker (Mr.)
BRUNEL UNIVERSITY LONDON
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 7 166,40
Address
Kingston Lane
UB8 3PH Uxbridge
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Mizi Fan (Dr.)