Explore the words cloud of the Polaris project. It provides you a very rough idea of what is the project "Polaris" about.
The following table provides information about the project.
|Coordinator Country||United Kingdom [UK]|
|Total cost||2˙481˙062 €|
|EC max contribution||1˙736˙743 € (70%)|
1. H2020-EU.3. (PRIORITY 'Societal challenges)
2. H2020-EU.2.1. (INDUSTRIAL LEADERSHIP - Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies)
|Duration (year-month-day)||from 2018-08-01 to 2020-07-31|
Take a look of project's partnership.
|1||NETCOMPOSITES LIMITED||UK (CHESTERFIELD)||coordinator||1˙092˙437.00|
|2||MF TECH||FR (ARGENTAN)||participant||413˙043.00|
|3||OPTIMUM CPV||BE (ZONHOVEN)||participant||231˙262.00|
There are currently 1.3 million Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) vehicles on Europe’s roads, expected to rise to 15 million by 2030. Customers such as Audi, Daimler and Volvo have set a target 10% weight and cost reduction for CNG tanks, to increase efficiency and reduce vehicle cost.
Most CNG tanks are made from a metal or polymer liner, over-wound with a carbon/epoxy composite, but:
• Wet-winding of carbon/epoxy is slow, so limits cost-effective production • Their properties vary by up to 10%, so excess material is used to compensate
To meet the customer targets, Plastic Omnium has developed a new process for the fast, efficient production of CNG tanks, using 8-axis robotic tape placement cell from MF Tech, and high quality carbon/polyamide tape developed by Coventive Composites.
Together, these technologies can reduce CNG tank weight by 10% and cost by 20%. The technologies are currently at TRL 6, and the objective is to overcome the 3 remaining barriers to demonstration at TRL 7/8:
1. Materials: Optimise and upscale the carbon/polyamide tapes to meet cost, accuracy and property needs 2. Process: Enhance the vessel-winding process to meet performance, weight and quality requirements 3. Product: Upscale the manufacture of carbon/polyamide CNG tanks, to enable economic production
Overcoming these barriers will trigger our customers to start certification of the carbon/polyamide CNG tanks, as the next step in our commercialisation plan.
The USP is that no other CNG tanks can offer the required weight and cost savings. Our customers have a requirement of 150,000 tanks per annum, and Plastic Omnium forecasts sales of 20,000 tanks (€11.7m) by 2025/26. MF Tech will supply robotic placement cells worth €2.1m, and Coventive Composites will supply tapes worth €6.2m.
This proposal fits the FTI work programme, as it takes the tape manufacture and winding technologies from TRL6, and addresses the last steps needed to reach commercialisation and sales within 1 year.
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