DTI is the largest technological service provider in Denmark and one of the biggest in northern Europe. Founded over 100 years ago, the institute’s core business lies in providing technological services to industry, especially SMEs. The institute’s expertise is divided into eight sections covering production and innovation, building and construction, materials, life sciences, industrial management, production technology, energy and climate, meat research and technologies and agriculture. These together contain some 33 specialist competence centres with over 22 accredited laboratories providing testing and certification services. The institute is recognized as the leading training and educational institution with focus on industry in Denmark and abroad. DTI also advises SMEs in the electronics sector on new business development opportunities and assists in the transfer of new technologies.
The Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology ICT, founded in 1959, is one of the largest and long-established institutes of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, which currently has around 24,000 employees and a total turnover of 2.1 billion Euro. At Fraunhofer ICTs site in Pfinztal over 540 employees carry out research and development work in the core competence areas of chemical and environmental engineering, polymer engineering, energy systems and explosives technology. The institute’s facilities comprise 25,000 m² of laboratories, offices, pilot plants, workshops, test stands and other facilities. This exceptional research infrastructure, which includes high-volume pilot plants and industrial-scale equipment, enables Fraunhofer ICT to develop and implement new materials, processes and products up to near-industrial level. Well-equipped laboratories with cutting-edge safety features and energy-saving technology are available at the institute, as well as all the analysis and testing procedures needed for research in its specific fields.
SUSTAINABLE INNOVATIONS is a Spanish consultancy company which provides innovative services to a wide range of sectors across Europe: bio-based industry, renewable energy, advanced materials, among others. The core competencies offered by Sustainable Innovations are structured in three main pillars which bridge the gap between ideas to market: Innovation Management, Market Uptake of Innovative Solutions and Capacity Building
Vertech-Group (VER) is a French research-intensive SME that focuses its business on providing advanced environmental and sustainable solutions for different sectors such as new materials, ICT platforms, waste management, industry and biotechnology. Vertech Group is specialized in sustainability assessments of novel technologies and innovative materials considering the three pillars of sustainability (environmental, economic and social aspects). Vertech is also specialized in circularity analysis and risk management. Vertech has vast experience in several sectors such as advanced materials and high-performance, green components, waste management, green manufacturing, secondary raw materials recovery & recycling, energy efficiency at industrial level, etc. Vertech Group is member of the SPIRE platform, the BIC consortium, the ERRIN network, among other relevant boards in the field of sustainability at European and International levels.
Established in Cambridge, UK in 1946 and with several facilities across the globe, TWI Ltd is one of the world’s leading not-for-profit research and technology organisations with a turnover in 2016 of £60m (€69.8million). From bases in the UK, South East Asia, India, the Middle East, Central Asia and the USA, nearly 800 staff provide expertise in joining and fabrication, material science and structural integrity. Services include generic research; contract R&D; technical information; engineering services and advice; standards development; and training and qualification services. Since its inception, as the British Welding Research Association in 1946, TWI has been at the forefront of arc welding development. Achievements include developing carbon dioxide shielding for MIG/MAG welding, making the process viable for welding carbon steel, and building the first solid-state power sources, paving the way for thyristor and inverter technology.
DPS’ core business is to develop and manufacture Membrane Electrode Assemblies (MEAs) for high temperature PEM (HTPEM) fuel cells. DPS also has activities on electrolysis, gas separation and other energy related subjects. DPS is further working on several R&D projects and does consultancy work for industrial companies in many countries. DPS’s expertise is within development and manufacturing of polymers, electrodes, single fuel cells, materials chemistry and characterization. DPS produces and supplies MEAs on a commercial basis to many companies and institutions all over the world. These customers generally use the MEAs for systems in many different areas of application.
The Institute of Nonferrous Metallurgy and Purest Materials (INEMET) at the Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg (TUF) was founded in 1765, making it the oldest metallurgical institute in the world. Today students are educated in “Nonferrous Metallurgy” within the program “Materials Production”. Important topics in research and education are production, refining and recycling of nonferrous metals. Many research projects deal with the topic recycling. Moreover, the activities are focused on the development of new hydro- and pyrometallurgical processes and facilities to extract nonferrous metals and to recycle metal-based materials. For research and education high-tech equipment is available at the institute, for instance a TSL pilot plant and various furnaces with different gaseous atmosphere in pyrometallurgy, different leaching and solvent extraction facilities, electrolysis cells for electro winning and electro refining and also clean rooms for the production of semiconductor materials por For pyrometallurgical research and education high-tech equipment is available at the institute, for instance a TSL pilot plant and various types of furnaces like induction, resistance and radiation heated systems even small TSL furnaces are available
UB is a full university with more than 17.000 students enrolled. UB is involved in numerous FP7 and Horizon 2020 projects, which are managed by the Euresearch office. The nanoelectrocatalysis and electrochemical energy conversion group of Prof. M. Arenz at UB is active in the following areas: Synthesis, activity as well as stability determination and benchmarking of PGM and non-PGM catalysts for fuel cells and electrolyzers. Method development for testing and benchmarking electrocatalysts for energy conversion processes. Method development for stability testing of electrocatalysts. Electrocatalytic production of valuable chemicals. In-situ and in-operando spectroscopy (IR, Raman, XAS) studies of electrocatalytic processes.
PRUFREX is a SME from Cadolzburg, Germany. PRUFREX is an expert for electronic control and regulation systems with respect to given specifications and parameters. PRUFREX core competences include the development of customer specific software related solutions and electronic hardware components. The production, development and design of all products and solutions is based on our “robust design” philosophy. Amongst other things our “robust design” stands for mechanical stability and electronic safety with respect to electromagnetic compatibility. Regarding the system integration PRUFREX is the ideal partner regarding the electronic process side and with the respect to given specifications and parameters (chemical) for the operating strategy.
The HyCentA Research GmbH is the only extra-university research institution in Austria exclusively concerned with hydrogen technologies. Since its foundation in the year 2005, HCA is performing research and development projects in an international network with industry and academia regarding production, distribution, storage and application of hydrogen. HCA’s fields of expertise include engineering, simulation, testing and education of hydrogen technologies like electrolysis, gaseous storage systems, fuel cells, refuelling, measuring and safety systems. Moreover, HCA is supporting educational issues in cooperation with Graz University of Technology by supervision of academic theses (Bachelor, Master and PhD) and by offering hydrogen-related lectures.
Accurec is a German SME company, founded in 1995 with its primary target to constitute the consumer battery recycling market in Germany. Using first time vacuum thermal treatment technology for recycling, Accurec has implemented a zero-emission plant for recycling batteries containing hazardous elements (Nickel-Cadmium batteries). After upscaling and expansion, other battery types (Li-ion, NiMH) are also treated by Accurec. Today Accurec is a continuously growing, branch leading company. Accurec has been awarded several times for its innovative resource efficiency technology (Ecopol 2013, German Resource Agency 2012). Necessary continuous improvements of process technology, as well as fast innovation in energy storage system force Accurec to spend 10% of its turnover for R&D activities. Thus, several R&D projects were initiated in cooperation with international partners and/or universities to improve internal know-how and test newly developed recycling process.