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Polymeric composite materials with enhanced thermal conductivity properties for heat exchangers applications

Objective

The main goal of the project is to develop a new family of low cost polyolefin based components (sheets, pipes and fittings) to be used in the manufacture of flat-plate solar thermal collectors. These components are expected to be a viable alternative to current collector’s metallic components. However, due the current limitations of thermoplastics materials (low thermal conductivity and low resistant coatings) two main developments will be claimed in this project: • Polyolefin nanocomposites by using different nanoparticles with high thermal conductive properties as additives. • A novel and specific surface treatment based on SAM technology to provide an energy absorber flexible coating (based on metallic oxides, e.g. TiO2 or ZnO) to the different components. These developments will allow novel low cost and low weight components design’s with enhanced thermal conductivity and high solar energy absorption to develop high efficiency thermal collector designs. The use of plastics components instead of metallic ones offers additional advantages: folding and easy assembling structures design, low energy consumption in motorized thermal collectors (follow sun light), corrosion resistance, low friction coefficient (less pump energy consumption), prevent theft or vandalism (due the low cost of components in comparison with copper). The solar thermal collector parts to be substituted by the new thermal conductive materials and flexible absorber coatings will be the extruded pipes and injected fittings of the collector heat absorption circuit and extruded sheets which will be used as absorber plate. In this context, the polymeric materials appear as a real alternative to develop new low cost procedures in which a wide variety of component’s designs could be obtained to optimize the thermal energy obtained per thermal collector surface. Due to their properties, plastics permit to produce any type of part with a free design at very competitive cost.

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2010-1
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Coordinator

AIMPLAS - ASOCIACION DE INVESTIGACION DE MATERIALES PLASTICOS Y CONEXAS
Address
Valencia Parc Technologic Calle Gustave Eiffel 4
46980 Paterna Valencia
Spain
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 37 166,67
Administrative Contact
Valentin Polo Ramirez (Dr.)

Participants (7)

A.P.T. ARCHIMEDES POLYMER TECHNOLOGIES LTD
Cyprus
EU contribution
€ 166 751,15
Address
Nikirorou Lytra 4
3095 Lemesos
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Christopher Price (Mr.)
CMB Colorex Master Batches B.V.
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 197 609,02
Address
Achterdijk 12
5705 CB Helmond
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Henry Van Tilburg (Mr.)
ABN PIPE SYSTEMS SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 148 865,96
Address
Ctra.banos De Arteixo 48
15008 A Coruna
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Manuel Lopez Lopez (Mr.)
RESENERGIE S.L.
Spain
EU contribution
€ 167 901,26
Address
Plaza Del Poble 12 - Puerta 12
46131 Bonrepos I Mirambell
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Vicent Garcia Llorens (Mr.)
Proform Ipari és Kereskedelmi Kft.
Hungary
EU contribution
€ 304 404,44
Address
Teve Utca 60
1139 Budapest
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Izabella Illes (Ms.)
AVANZARE INNOVACION TECNOLOGICA SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 11 072,88
Address
Avenida Lentiscares 4 6
26370 Navarrete
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Julio Gomez (Dr.)
SMITHERS RAPRA AND SMITHERS PIRA LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 22 388,62
Address
Shrewsbury Road
SY4 4NR Shrewsbury
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Gary Foster (Dr.)