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Enabling wide industrial take-up of high-performance nanomaterials

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - PROnecto (Enabling wide industrial take-up of high-performance nanomaterials)

Reporting period: 2018-06-01 to 2018-09-30

SP Nano is an innovative Israeli SME who owns a game changing Key Enabling Technology (KET) (carbon nano-complexes) that unleashes the industrial potential of nano-carbon technologies in high performance applications. Nano-complexes will significantly contribute to the uptake and deployment of carbon nano-particles (carbon nano-tubes (CNT), graphene (GNP), carbon nano-fibers (CNF) and nano-carbon black grades (CB)) in a wide range of industrial applications (composites, conductive textiles, water based coatings and adhesives, heat transfer fluids, printed electronics and energy storage …).
With the PROnecto project execution, SP Nano aims to accomplish the scale-up, route to market and the first industrial uptake trials on selected end-users facilities of the carbon nano-complexes technology in first marketable products (enhanced interlaminar properties composites and conductive/anti-static yarns and fibres manufacturing).
PROnecto technology, carbon nano-complexes, a high stability is a Key Enabling Technology (KET). Due to its KET nature, one of the key tasks in nano-complexes route to market is the identification of markets and marketable products within the different potential applications to create sustainable, scalable and replicable business models. The activity, that was carried out during the Feasibility Study (FS), concluded that enhanced interlaminar properties composites and conductive/anti-static yarns and fibres will be targeted as first market impacts. The selection was done according to the following criteria: The higher maturity level (TRL 6-7 and 30 to 33 months forecasted time to market), the SP Nano network, facilities and team skills, same manufacturing industrial processes and the market opportunity enhanced interlaminar properties composites and conductive/anti-static yarns and fibres represent (75 M€ accumulated revenue sales by 2024)
Task 1. FTO and IPR analysis (Month 1-2) Task manager: Erez Maor. Considering our end users (their countries of operation, specific production and material properties requirement) and our preliminary FTO study, an extensive FTO will be carried out to produce a report evaluating regulations in EU, US, Israel, Turkey and Japan for composite materials used in automotive and aerospace industry. We are also going to evaluate the possibility of protecting the scaled-up SP1 production process.

Task 2. Technical analysis (Month 2-3) Task manager: Asa Eitan. From the FTO analysis produced in Task 1, a database with the legal requirements specific to each region (US, EU, Israel, Turkey and Japan) will be made to accurately define the KPI required by our customers to shape technical plan for phase II related to the production scale-up. In this regard, we will analyse production-specific parameters which control the stability, rate of fermentation and batch repeatability using data from the pilot production.

Task 3. Business plan (Month 2-3) Task manager: Jon Lippin. With the legal requirements for exploitation and clearly identified regulation-related needs of each area in mind we will develop a business plan. It will include a more detailed situation analysis of the market sector (including its structure, size, drivers, market, and technology trends) and will also evaluate target pricing, main competitors, PESTEL, SWOT and DAFO analysis, timeline, route-to-market, penetration strategy, market inception, full-scale commercialization, and the specific barriers to overcome for successful commercialization. The business plan will also include a detailed plan for dissemination activities and a list of potential partners/customers for product commercialization. It will be done considering achieved the improved production yield in the scale-up.

Task 4. Financial feasibility. (Month 3-4) Task Manager: Jon Lippin. Based on the business model developed during Task 3, a financial viability analysis will be carried out at this point. The financial projection for the first five years presented will be validated here and we will search for new key stakeholders via our existing business contacts and new client communication channels to secure the advancement of our project. The financial feasibility analysis will indicate pricing and costs, forecast sales, EBITDA, Return of Investment, dissemination strategy, timeline to reach each target sector and their respective risk analysis.
SP Nano has been able to develop a protein (SP1-L3) won from natural resources that has the ability to form complexes with nanoparticles that can easily be embedded into materials to drastically improve its performance propertiesCarbon nano-complexes technology is itself a KET; an industrial biotechnology (the SP1-L3 protein, the core of our technology, is manufactured by bacteria-based fermentation processes) and also a nano-technology (nano-complexes are the combination of the SP1-L3 and carbon nano-particles).
The unique selling point of carbon nano-complexes technology is the ability to produce highly stable nano-particles dispersions that enable the integration of carbon nano-particles in final marketable goods by standard industrial processes and equipment.
Resulting materials are stronger, lighter and more durable, all at an affordable price for its customers. The technology is now protected by six families of patents.