Pilot Projects

A fundamental part of the knowledge transfer realized by the CarbonInspired network relies on the exhibition of the added value that provide technologies based on the use of carbonaceous particles. To this purpose, three exhibition prototypes are being developed and validated, each one being related to an application in a key industrial sector:

  • Demonstrator for an application in the automotive sector

Technology to be developed: electromagnetic shielding

Description: electrical propulsions being currently designed point out important needs for electromagnetic shielding because of the elevated tension their alimentation systems work on. The use of shielding housings made of metals or reinforced with metallic fibres does not constitute a viable solution, as they increase considerably the car’s weight and therefore reduce its autonomy. Similarly, the use of conventional conductive particles is not compatible with the required level of shielding. However, the excellent conductive properties inherent in carbonaceous nanoparticles help contributing to this objective.

  • Demonstrator for an application in the construction sector

Technology to be developed: electrostatic discharge and fire-retardant feature

Description: in office or industrial buildings, where numerous electronic equipments and machinery can be found, it is essential to prevent the accumulation of electrostatic charges to lower the elevated risk of fire by spark. The use of a sandwich structured panel including carbonaceous nanoparticles contributes to the electrostatic discharge of the exposed surfaces and additionally provides an increased resistance to fire, thanks to a fire-retardant layer.

  • Demonstrator for a transversal application (automotive and construction)

Technology to develop: phase change materials

Description: this kind of materials can store surplus heat and release it when required. This feature may be used to regulate the temperature to a comfort level, in a bedroom or inside a vehicle, which will result in optimized energy consumption. The addition of carbonaceous nanoparticles improves the material thermal efficiency and provides it with fire resistance.