Newsletter 5 - November 2017


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Editorial by Project Coordinator

Welcome to our fifth newsletter!

XERIC is now entering the finishing straight to reach its objective of developing an energy-friendly climate-control system for electric vehicles capable to reduce by more than 50% the energy used for passenger comfort all over the year.

We just had our 6th project meeting last week in Genoa, followed by the 2nd Strategic Advisory Board (SAB) meeting and the 3rd XERIC Workshop. [...]

Now the prototype is real, the members of the project are ready to present their work to potential industrial partners, in order to move with their help from the lab (TRL4) to the systems validation in real-world working conditions and, hopefully, to the market.

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Enjoy this issue !

Nino Gaeta - GVS spa - XERIC's Coordinator


Successful workshop during the Genoa Smart Week !

XERIC took the opportunity to organize its 3rd workshop in the frame of the third edition of the Genoa Smart Week, which took place from 20th to 24th November 2017 and received over 200 participants each day from local, national and international institutions.

After a short reminder of the Horizon 2020 context, the XERIC technology and its applications in various fields (e.g. for cars, boats, buildings) have been presented, as well as heating and smart preconditioning systems developed for electric vehicles in the frame of JOSPEL and OPTEMUS.

This workshop allowed to reach a large targeted audience and even to initiate contacts for new collaborations between research and industry. Now that the XERIC prototype is real and functional, the objective is to find industrial partners interested to move from the lab to the market!

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(with links to upload the presentation materials & watch a short video in italian)


Clustering around Dissemination Activities

The European Commission has created a new EU-funded dissemination service to help projects maximize their impact on market: the Common Dissemination Booster (CDB) offers free of charge services to clusters of projects and shows them how best to disseminate to end-users, with an eye on exploitation opportunities.

XERIC, together with JOSPEL and OPTEMUS applied for 3 CDB services: Portfolio Identification Service, Stakeholder/End-user mapping and Portfolio Dissemination Plan Development. The applications have already been accepted and services are expected to begin in early 2018!


Get to know the XERIC team members - INTERVIEWS


Dr Claudia CATTANEO works at TICASS since 2011,
with the role of project manager. She is currently in charge for the general management of the activities leaded by TICASS in the frame of XERIC

In her opinion, "one focal innovative point in the project is bringing together research labs and industry, encouraging the technology transfer and the interdisciplinary approach."

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Fraunhofer ITWM, Germany
With more than 30 years of experience in Mathematical Modeling and Computer Simulation for academic research and solving industrial problems, Pr. Dr. Oleg ILIEV is a senior scientist at ITWM and Adjunct Professor at the Faculty of Mathematics at the Technical University of Kaiserslautern.

He witnesses that "with the creative and collaborative efforts of all involved partners, the bottlenecks are overcome".

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GVS S.P.A, Italy
Dr Fausto LENTINI is an expert in filtration media and in automotive filters. Involved in the frame of XERIC, he is in charge of assembling the 3F-CMC.

"I really like to work collaboratively to solve problems, developing filters in my actual position."

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Discover XERIC partners’ expertise


The Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics (ITWM - Germany) is one of the more than 60 institutes of the Fraunhofer Society for applied research. The ITWM has gained a high reputation in mathematical research for industrial and commercial applications.

ITWM’s participation in XERIC is mainly driven by the department of Flow and Material Simulation (about 30 employees). ITWM is responsible for the design of a small scale prototype of the climate control system. ITWM is also involved in modelling efforts aiming at understanding, quantifying and thus preventing frost formation.

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