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Plastic nanocomposite insulation material enabling reliable integration of renewables and DC storage technologies in the AC energy grid

Objective

In the GRIDABLE project we will introduce novel thermoplastic polymer composite materials to enhance performance of essential components of smart grid infrastructure. We have proven in laboratory scale that the polypropylene-silica nanocomposite brings considerable improvements especially in dielectric breakdown strength.

When applied as insulator in high-voltage direct current (HVDC) cable and in DC capacitors, the composite will bring significant enhancement at device level compared to the state-of-the-art. Cost and physical size of the capacitors will be reduced. Thermoplastic composite will enable cost effective production of cables by extrusion. Additionally, enhanced dielectric properties will increase HVDC transfer capacity. This will result in more efficient use of energy and materials.

In the GRIDABLE project we will up-scale production of novel dielectric nanocomposite for electrical insulation applications. We will transfer material’s high performance from laboratory scale to pre-production scale. This will be proven by relevant demonstrators and prototypes. The technical advances gained with novel dielectric material will facilitate to enhance power supply reliability. The new level of dielectric characteristics will help to manage volatility of the grid considering variety of power sources. Thus grid efficiency can be increased. The new HVDC cables will allow efficient electricity transfer over very long distances, e.g. from remote low-carbon power plants. This will also ease utilisation of distributed and intermittent renewable energy sources.

Call for proposal

H2020-NMBP-2016-2017

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Sub call

H2020-NMBP-2016-two-stage

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Coordinator

TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT OY
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€ 1 525 027,95
Address
Tekniikantie 21
02150 Espoo
Finland
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
Region
Manner-Suomi Helsinki-Uusimaa Helsinki-Uusimaa

Participants (12)

GRID SOLUTIONS OY

Participation ended

Finland
Net EU contribution
€ 30 705,26
Address
Kaapelikatu 3
33331 Tampere
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 13 159,40
Region
Manner-Suomi Länsi-Suomi Pirkanmaa
 
Third-party

Legal entity other than a subcontractor which is affiliated or legally linked to a participant. The entity carries out work under the conditions laid down in the Grant Agreement, supplies goods or provides services for the action, but did not sign the Grant Agreement. A third party abides by the rules applicable to its related participant under the Grant Agreement with regard to eligibility of costs and control of expenditure.

UK GRID SOLUTIONS LIMITED

Participation ended

United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
St Leonards Building, Harry Kerr Drive
ST16 1WT Stafford
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
Region
West Midlands (England) Shropshire and Staffordshire Staffordshire CC
 
TERICHEM TERVAKOSKI AS
Slovakia
Net EU contribution
€ 217 712,50
Address
Sturova 101
059 21 Svit
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 93 305,36
Region
Slovensko Východné Slovensko Prešovský kraj
 
TAMPEREEN KORKEAKOULUSAATIO SR
Finland
Net EU contribution
€ 846 500,00
Address
Kalevantie 4
33100 Tampere
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
NEXANS FRANCE
France
Net EU contribution
€ 478 750,00
Address
4 Allee De L'arche
92400 Courbevoie
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 205 178,57
Third-party

Legal entity other than a subcontractor which is affiliated or legally linked to a participant. The entity carries out work under the conditions laid down in the Grant Agreement, supplies goods or provides services for the action, but did not sign the Grant Agreement. A third party abides by the rules applicable to its related participant under the Grant Agreement with regard to eligibility of costs and control of expenditure.

NEXANS DEUTSCHLAND GMBH

Participation ended

Germany
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€ 0,00
Address
Kabelkamp 20
30179 Hannover
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
Region
Niedersachsen Hannover Region Hannover
 
Third-party

Legal entity other than a subcontractor which is affiliated or legally linked to a participant. The entity carries out work under the conditions laid down in the Grant Agreement, supplies goods or provides services for the action, but did not sign the Grant Agreement. A third party abides by the rules applicable to its related participant under the Grant Agreement with regard to eligibility of costs and control of expenditure.

NEXANS ITALIA SPA
Italy
Net EU contribution
€ 306 250,00
Address
Via Piemonte 20
20096 Pioltello
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 131 250,00
ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - UNIVERSITA DI BOLOGNA
Italy
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€ 823 515,00
Address
Via Zamboni 33
40126 Bologna
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
SO.F.TER. S.R.L.

Participation ended

Italy
Net EU contribution
€ 53 927,41
Address
Via Mastro Giorgio 1
47122 Forli
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 23 111,75
UNIVERSITEIT TWENTE
Netherlands
Net EU contribution
€ 815 391,25
Address
Drienerlolaan 5
7522 NB Enschede
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
INNOEXC GMBH
Switzerland
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€ 0,00
SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Address
Bellerivestrasse 11
8008 Zurich
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 832 201,25
Region
Schweiz/Suisse/Svizzera Zürich Zürich
 
ELECTRONICON KONDENSATOREN GMBH
Germany
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€ 476 376,88
Address
Keplerstrasse 2
07549 Gera
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 204 161,52
Region
Thüringen Thüringen Gera, Kreisfreie Stadt