The NanoCaTe project is focused on the development of new, efficient, cost-effective, durable and easy-to-process thermoelectric (TE) and energy storage materials based on nanocarbon materials.
It is seen as essential for future exploitation and advancement of cleaner energy technologies in Europe not only to test the characteristics of the developed materials, but also to proof their performance in harvester and storage demonstrators.
The project is therefore structured in three main parts: material research and development, device integration and the device demonstrator.
Between the device development and the integration two main milestones for the thermoelectric generator and the energy storage have to be passed.
The WPs are further structured into tasks clearly indicating the activities and responsibilities.
The project plan is based on a parallel development of new thermoelectric and storage materials for specific applications, corresponding to the focused research approach of a small or medium-sized collaborative project.
The applications defined by all partners offer a high exploitation potential. The material development will be mainly carried out by leading experts from fundamental science and RTD, but also in close collaboration with the industry partners. Due to the multidisciplinary approach a strong cooperation between the partners is necessary to achieve the project aim.
The final goal is an integrated device with TEG, secondary battery, wireless communication, energy management and sensor interface for self-sufficient wireless smart sensor applications as well as for increase of power efficiency & improved thermal management of electronic components. The device integration is responsibility of the industrial end users, ensuring the interoperability of the developed platform. Both the material development and the device development will represent a big step beyond the state of the art.
In the first part of the project, efficient and durable materials will be developed for the intended applications. After evaluation of the corresponding material and processing techniques and passing the milestone criteria, demonstrators will be developed for batteries/ supercapacitors, TEGs, and finally the integrated device platform, allowing a cost analysis for production, materials, chemicals etc. by the partners. Also a life cycle assessment will be carried out based on these demonstrators, considering environmental impacts associated with all the stages of the platform’s life from-cradle-to-grave (i.e., from raw material through materials processing, manufacture, distribution, use, repair and maintenance, and disposal or recycling).
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