- Upscaling Lighter Than Air Technology
Over the last several years, since 2012, Europe has seen a resurgence in Lighter than Air (LTA) technology development initiatives. Many new initiatives for unmanned aerial vehicles/drones for commercial purposes have inspired new LTA developments due to the availability of low-energy intense lift.
The goal of the U-LTA platform is to facilitate financing the next phase in LTA development, and improve the safety of testing programmes, while at the same time contributing to an improvement in procedures for authorisation and certification. In addition, studies with a strong common interest are initiated after discussion with the partners, for example regarding business cases and market aspects, as well as regarding the improvement of operating under various meteorological conditions and additional common issues as ground operations and propulsion.
For more information, visit https://u-lta.eu/
- Upscaling of Innovative Green Hydrogen Applications
In recent years, production of green hydrogen (hydrogen produced without associated greenhouse gas emissions) has received growing support from European Union policy bodies, in order to establish and develop a hydrogen economy and to aid in security of energy supply for Europe. One method of producing green hydrogen is of course, electrolysis of water, but there are also other ways to produce this vital chemical.
Plastic and organic wastes from households (municipal solid waste) are mainly composed of carbon and hydrogen, with small amounts of other chemicals. Through processes that can collectively be known as “Waste-to-Hydrogen” processes (one of whose key steps is pyrolysis of municipal solid waste), hydrogen can be produced with lower emissions than the conventional route of steam methane reforming.
- INES Salinity Gradient Energy
The Integrated Network for Energy from Salinity Gradient Power (INES) was initially only focused on sharing knowledge on methodologies to generate power from mixing salt and water by Pressure Retarded Osmosis (PRO), Reverse Electro Dialysis (RED), mostly. Since 2014 also nanotechnology is in focus as well as knowledge sharing on simultaneous mineral and metal harvesting from the highly saline water stream. The project includes academic and industrial partners from the EU 27 countries as well as from Latin America (Colombia), South East Asia (Japan, Singapore and South Korea) and Canada (Quebec).
Besides facilitating upscaling by experience exchange and joint factfinding, the network aims also to develop demonstration projects and in order to do so there is a strong need to further scientific cooperation. Besides, the stakeholders co-operate on common problems of salinity gradient energy production, which are amongst others:
- Fouling of membranes, stacks, production configuration.
- Pre-treatment issues.
- Other issues related to membrane technology | membrane performance – quality -durability- ability to produce large amounts of membrane in a short time.
- Ecological aspects.
For more Information, also see www.salinitygradientpower.eu
- RoCHE – Environmental Maritime Robotics
The Aquatic Drones project is focused on the use of such drones for exploring martime heritage, surveillance, Environmental/biodiversity monitoring and preservation and protection of maritime infrasructure. A demonstration project is developed with Dutch (Zeeland), Belgian and Italian partners. Just prior to the Blue Investment Seminar of DG Mare, a workshop was organised with participation of European Environmental Stakeholders and JPI Ocean to introduce these stakeholders to aquatic robotic and drone technology that in a cost-efficient way can monitor (INDYMO, Aquatic Drones) and even remove plastics from marine environments (RanMarine).