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Technologies for Synthesis, Recycling and Combustion of Metallic Nanoclusters as Future Transportation Fuels

Technologies for Synthesis, Recycling and Combustion of Metallic Nanoclusters as Future Transportation Fuels

Objective

COMETNANO project is an integrated approach of metallic-nanoparticles synthesis, their controlled combustion in internal combustion engines and regeneration of the respective metal-oxides via reduction by renewable means. The main objectives of COMETNANO project are the following: -The production of tailor-made metal fuel nanoparticles with controllable combustion rate. -The utilization of an environmental-friendly way for the regeneration of burned particles (oxides), employing 100% renewable hydrogen produced by solar-thermal dissociation of water in coated monolithic reactors. Under such a concept, metal particles become an energy carrier and a means of converting hydrogen-energy into a medium that can be stored and transported easier and safer. -The innovative exploitation of low-cost raw materials, such as discarded fractions/wastes or by-products of metal industries, for the production of the initial metallic nanoparticles. -The introduction of required modifications, based on the existing mature technology of conventional internal combustion engines (ICEs), for the definition of the first metal-fuelled ICE. -The elimination of NOx emissions by proper combustion tuning. -The investigation of potential environmental and health dangers stemming from metallic and oxidic nanoparticles and the introduction of basic protection measurements. The successful completion of COMETNANO project will provide the necessary answers concerning the feasibility and the environmental benefits of such an innovative concept, thus stimulating the interest of both automotive and metal industries. The COMETNANO consortium consists of 5 organizations from 4 E.U. countries, including 2 Industrial partners, 2 Research Institutes and 1 University.
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ETHNIKO KENTRO EREVNAS KAI TECHNOLOGIKIS ANAPTYXIS

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Charilaou Thermi Road 6 Km
57001 Thermi Thessaloniki

Greece

Activity type

Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 680 518

Administrative Contact

Costas Kiparissides (Prof.)

Participants (4)

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UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE VALENCIA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 365 759

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 515 647

MOLYCORP CHEMICALS & OXIDES (EUROPE) LTD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 121 900

AEIFOROS METAL PROCESSING S.A.

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 64 580

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 229063

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 May 2009

  • End date

    30 April 2012

Funded under:

FP7-NMP

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 407 859

  • EU contribution

    € 1 748 404

Coordinated by:

ETHNIKO KENTRO EREVNAS KAI TECHNOLOGIKIS ANAPTYXIS

Greece

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