LIGHTCOCE kick-off-meeting in Athens (Greece) on 23-24 January

The kick-off meeting of the LightCoce H2020 project was held in Athens, on 23-24 January at the premises of the project coordinator, the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA). The project focuses on building an Ecosystem for the up-scaling of lightweight multi-functional concrete and ceramic materials and structures. During this two-day meeting, the consortium has discussed the overall project objectives and tasks, including detailed presentations of the five pilot lines provided by the project partners, as well as the test cases that will be implemented by pilot users for the validation of the ecosystems’ operation. A number of services have been considered in order to create an attractive and win-win innovation journey for customers, scaling-up in size and ambition and fully enabled by the project’s pilot plants. Possible barriers which could be encountered during project implementation as well as after the pre-competitive stage were discussed, covering both technical and non-technical issues, with a special emphasis on the creation of a dedicated Non-Profit Organisation which is instrumental to ensure financial sustainability after the project completion. Overall, 26 partners from 9 EU countries will collaborate during the next four years in the LightCoce project, representing 5 Large Enterprises, 8 Research and Technology Organisations (RTOs), 12 SMEs and 1 Association.

IDENER play a role in the activities dealing with process modelling including the integration with material modelling results as well as the development of a monitoring and optimization platform to be integrated in an industrial environment (leading Task 8.3). Moreover, IDENER is involved in WP2 dedicated to the ecosystem set up, including the pricing policies, access to finance and the data mapping and handling. IDENER also leads T3.4 in WP3, related to the set up of cross-sectorial services of the ecosystem, including, modelling, standardisation, safety and environmental assessments. As a core partner IDENER is involved in market replication activities aiming to lead products developed under the ecosystem closer to the market. Finally, IDENER is involved in marketability assessments in WP 10 and dissemination and exploitation strategy development inWP11.

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 814632.