DIMAS participates in a new european project: eCOCO2

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The microwave division of ITACA participates in the new European project eCOCO2: Direct electrocatalytic conversion of CO2 into chemical energy carriers in a co-ionic membrane reactor (H2020-LC-SC3-2018-NZE-CC).

With 12 partners covering 8 European countries, the aim of eCOCO2 is to set up a technology for conversion of CO2, using renewable electricity and steam, to carbon-neutral synthetic liquid fuels for use as transport fuel, and in particular as jet fuel.

The technology is based on an innovative electrocatalytic co-ionic membrane reactor to conduct the conversion at high energy efficiency, very high CO2 conversion rate and moderate-to-low cost.

DIMAS activities within the project aim to develop microwave technology for sintering the co-ionic electrolites to improve their conductivity and microstructural properties for this application. In addition, recent advances in dielectric characterization equipment will help the understanding of the factors that affect the properties of the produced electrolites and the benefits that microwave processing offers respect to more conventional methods.

To know more about eCOCO2 project please visit the project website or have a look to the first project video, presenting our challenge, solution and the consortium.

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DESTINY Project in AMPERE Newsletter

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AMPERE (Association for Microwave Power in Europe for Research and Education) is a non-profit association devoted to the promotion of microwave and radio frequency heating techniques for research and industrial applications. It has a world-wide membership domain which comprises industrialists, academics and consultants.

In the 101 issue of AMPERE newsletter, the Microwave Division published a description of H2020 project DESTINY, as an example of funded project including research and technology transfer activities. This combination plays an important role in the association’s interests, since co-operation between industry and academic institutions is a fundamental objective of the association.

AMPERE Newsletter covers various aspects related to RF and microwave heating technologies. The Newsletter publishes short topical articles, as well as R&D profiles, conference reports, events and news items. It also highlights on promising new research developments to emanate from academy and industry. As an open-access publication, all articles as well as the entire Newsletter issues, are fully available online.

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DIMAS participates in a new european project: DESTINY

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The microwave division of ITACA participates in the new European project DESTINY: Development of an Efficient Microwave System for Material Transformation in energy INtensive processes for an improved Yield (H2020-NMBP-SPIRE-2018).

With 14 partners covering 9 European countries, DESTINY pursues the introduction of the “first-of-a-kind” high temperature microwave processing system at industrial level, offering a variety of vital benefits to energy intensive sectors (ceramic pigments, steel and clay sectors): reduced energy consumption, lower lifetime operating costs and enhanced sustainability profile. DESTINY will give these sectors the chance to replace their standard heating technologies averagely cutting by 30% the required energy for production and decreasing the CO2 emissions.

DIMAS activities within the project aim to realize a functional, green and energy saving, scalable and replicable solution, employing microwave technology for continuous material processing in the considered energy intensive industries.

The DESTINY Kickoff meeting was held in Brussels (30th-31st of October 2018), being a great opportunity for the partners to get the key information needed to succeed and to demonstrate their enthusiasm and understanding of the new project.

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STEP project: Microwave Technology for Stone Eco-Efficient Production

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The production chain in natural stone factories involves a drying stage in natural gas kilns, followed by the application of reinforcement resins to seal cracks or fractures, and finally a curing stage to harden the resins in natural gas furnaces.

These are the 2 eco-innovations achieved thanks to the STEP Project:

  • The industrial scale validation of a new microwave on-line processing system for rapid and continuous curing resin reinforcement of flat semi finished natural stone products, replacing conventional thermal systems based on natural gas and electric support elements.
  • Validation of water-based eco-resins based on nano-composites with zero emission of volatile organic compounds.

DIMAS participated in the project with the development of the new on-line open system for continuous marble drying and resin curing process with microwave energy.

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Logo_EC_ECO_InnovationThe implementation of this development results in significant benefits for the natural stone sector in terms of efficiency, productivity and utilization of raw materials, as well as in health and safety aspects for employees of the production lines.

CALCERAM Project: innovative system for efficient calcination of silicates

CalceramThe CALCERAM project aims to develop an eco-efficient system based on microwave heating technology for the continuous calcination of silicates (clays and kaolins). Clays and kaolins are raw materials for the ceramic and cement sectors respectively and both are of great importance for the productive economy of the Valencian Community.

The calcination process or thermal activation of clays and kaolins involves heating the raw materials up to temperatures that can range between 650°C and 1200°C.

The solution developed in the project aims to improve the environmental impact of the ceramics and cement industry by introducing microwave technology to eliminate the use of fossil fuels, reducing global CO2 emissions. At the same time, it allows decreasing processing times with a robust and compact solution that considerably reduces the space requirements in the production plants.

INNCEINNMAT is the company in charge of the project within the line of the I+D Pyme program of IVACE (nº exp. IMIDTA / 2016/168). DIMAS-ITACA participates in the project with the dielectric characterization of the materials, as well as with the design of the microwave applicator to perform the continuous calcination of the silicates in the specific conditions required.

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NANOFOR Project: Microwave reactors for advanced synthesis of nanoparticles

The NANOFOR nanoparticula_webproject aims to obtain colorless nano-fluorophors with high optical response by excitation and up-conversion at pre-designed wavelengths. To this end, the synthesis will be developed by new microwave reactors in continuous, also including the systems of identification and recognition for the control of the process.

From the scientific point of view, it brings a new advance in the synthesis processes to obtain nanocrystals with special optical properties. Technologically it involves increasing the production capacity to levels well above the state of the art, as well as improving the optical properties obtained with the existing processes.

The consortium consists of CEINNMAT as a developer of the procedures, the ICMol-UV that brings its knowledge in design and synthesis of nanocrystals, and DIMAS-UPV group for the design of microwave reactors. The partners will address the major challenges proposed through collaboration between nanoscience, materials science, new technology developments and results marketing.

ThLogo_conjunto_MINECO_FEDER_2is project RTC-2016-5114-5 has been financially supported by Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad (MINECO) -Spanish Government- and  by European Regional Development Funds (ERDF) of European Union.

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DIMAS participates in COSMIC european project

DIMAS is participating in the COSMIC (European Training Network for Continuous Sonication and Microwave Reactors) european project.
The kick-off of the project was held in Leuven (Belgium) in March 2017, where all the 12 partners (beneficiaries and partner organizations) participated and exchanged discussions about the future of the project.
All the 15 students that will be devolping their PhD in the frame of this project also participated in the kick-off meeting and also discussed with the host partners the activity to be done during their visits along the duration of the project.
DIMAS will host four of these students: two of them will arrive from KU Leuven (Belgium), one from UCL (UK) and the last one from Universidad de Zaragoza (Spain).
The student hosted by DIMAS will perform experiments with the microwave facilities available at DIMAS laboratory.

The project science and technology objectives are to develop:

1.-Resource-efficient multiphase reactions in the fields of organic synthesis (C–H, C=C and C=C bond activation) and nanoparticle synthesis (for use in catalysis and health applications);
2.-Intensified reactors that efficiently integrate milliflow technology with ultrasound and/or microwave actuation;
3.-Knowledge-based assessment and decision methodologies to evaluate and select process-intensification technologies.

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DIMAS participation in BRAVO EIP

Logo_BavoBRAVO is a European Innovation Partnership focused on advanced metal recovery, with the following objectives:

  • To boost the innovation capacity of the aluminum value chain with respect to secondary raw materials recovery
  • The creation of new value chains for the recovered raw materials from by-products of the manufacturing process
  • To test the viability of solutions and holistic processing concepts
  • To increase the impact of research , innovations and achieve technology transfer
  • To promote socially acceptable, environmentally responsible and economically viable technologies
  • Waste as a resource: generation of a more valuable waste which can be processed to recover critical raw materials

DIMAS contributes with a wide expertise in the development of low and high temperature continuous-flow processing of rotary1materials with electromagnetic energy. This can be applied in the following BRAVO key areas:

  • Al-Source: Microwave technology for aluminium extraction from bauxite.
  • Al-Ore: Microwave-assisted extraction of iron and high added value metallic concentrates.
  • Al-Build: Microwave technology for artificial aggregate manufacturing and ceramic based materials.

You can find more information at the DIMAS profile within the BRAVO site.

DIMAS at EuroNanoForum Riga 2015

EuroNanoForum_2015The Microwave Division of ITACA will participate in the Brokerage event within the EuroNanoForum 2015 Conference that will be held in Riga, Latvia from the 10th to the 12th of June.

The EuroNanoForum 2015 brokerage offers us an excellent opportunity to disseminate and EuroNanoForum_02discuss on the new possibilities of microwave technology in the fields of nanomaterials development and application.

Our ultimate goal is trying to identify the challenges encountered in this field. We would like to support with our technology an innovation driven strategy for the sustainable and safe production of added value products using nanomaterials.

DIMAS participated in the EIP on Raw Materials High Level Conference and Horizon 2020 Brokerage Event on Raw Materials

DIMAS research group participated last January 14th, 2015, in the event EIP on Raw Materials High Level Conference and Horizon 2020 Brokerage Event on Raw Materials, as part of their activities in the field of Raw Materials and the possibilities of Microwawe Power technology in this topic.

The short presentation of the DIMAS capabilities and facilities can be downloaded here. There DIMAS showed different equipements developed for materials characterization and materials processing at high temperatures, including other possibilities like Raman spectroscopy.

Connected with this reasearch topic, DIMAS has recently published a technical article about Graphene possibilities entitled “Fast route to obtain Al2O3-based nanocomposites employing graphene oxide: Synthesis and sintering“.