LightCoce Kick-off meeting, NTUA (Athens)

LightCoce H2020 project

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 journeys 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.

Under LightCoce Creative Nano will be one of the end users of the ecosystem that in collaboration with Titan and NTUA will bring to the ecosystem a test case dedicated to lightweight ready mix concrete and prefabricated components with lightweight aggregates under WP4. Cnano has great expertise in surface modification and functionalization, and will work on the early stage of the projects providing necessary specification for the pilot scale development. Aiming to the preparation of the testcases they also participate in WP3. Furthermore, they have been involved in nanomaterials development and characterisation and will also participate in WP7. Finally, they will be involved in LCA/LCC analysis as well health and safety and regulatory aspects under WP9, as well as in dissemination and exploitation activities taking place in WP10 and 11.

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The LIGHTCOCE project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement 814632.