NMP-2008-1.2-3 Development of technologies for the controlled combustion of nanoparticles
Technical content/scope: The Implementation Action Plan of the European Technology Platform for Sustainable Chemistry highlights the potential of nanoparticles for the realisation of improved and/or novel solid fuels. For instance, by making use of high oxidation and redox processes, metallic nanoparticles have a great potential as a source of energy in the form of solid fuels. The Implementation Action Plan also states that at present this idea is theoretical, therefore preliminary research into the viability is necessary, which will hopefully lead to a first generation of solid fuels for the mass market. The expected projects should be focused on and address such research with the view of possible future use in various fields of transportation. Topics that may be addressed are e.g.: how to control the burn rate; production of the most appropriate nanometal clusters; waste oxide recycling; etc. The expected projects may also explore the use of metal oxides as combustion catalyser in engines in various fields of transportation. Safety (including possible explosion) and sustainability issues will also be addressed.
Funding scheme: Small or medium-scale focused research projects.
Specific features: In order to ensure industrial relevance and impact of the research effort, the active participation of industrial partners represents an added value to the activities and this will be reflected in the evaluation.
Expected impact: (i) Solutions going well beyond the state-of–the-art; (ii) stimulation and acceleration of industrial change; (iii) support to European policies; (iv) sustainable development;
(v) priority will be given to proposals having appropriate industrial partnership in order to achieve the targeted objectives.

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