UltraWire Project Partners
University of Cambridge
Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy
27 Charles Babbage Road, Cambridge, CB3 0FS, UK
University of Cambridge enjoys a leading position in all relative assessments of Universities, both nationally and world-wide. It is especially the case for science subjects. Department of Materials Science at the University of Cambridge is a top ranking department playing a central and major role in research and teaching in materials science. This department has a large and vigorous research school with laboratories well-equipped to characterize and fabricate all types of materials. The Department is structured to take materials research forward with world-class facilities for materials design, characterization, including state-of-the-art electron microscopes among the most advanced in the country. University of Cambridge will coordinate the project and lead the development of the carbon nanotube materials (including the metal wire core, the metal wire scaffold and the copper-carbon template system), and provide characterization and lab scale fabrication and testing resources. The work will be carried out mainly in the Electric Carbon Nanomaterials group of the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, one of the top materials science departments in the UK. The research team will consist of the PI, two Post-doctoral staff, one research assistant and one senior secretarial assistant.
KME Germany GmbH & Co. KG
Klosterstraße 29, 49074 Osnabrück, Germany
KME Germany offers an extensive and unique range of copper and copper alloy semi-finished products. Due to the wide range of mechanical properties, they are suitable for use in a wide array of finished goods and applications - in construction and industrial sectors, as well as for renewable energies, domestic heating and furnishings. KME Germany main products are rolled copper and copper alloys, copper tubes, copper & brass rods and special products for the steel industry. With the head office in Osnabrück and additional manufacturing sites in Berlin, Menden, Stolberg, Greven – KME Germany employs more than 3000 people. Beside the main foundry, also a research centre is located in Osnabrück, which offers a large variety of production and analysis tools from lab scale up to pilot plant production.
Broekstraat 31 Rue du Marais, B-1000 Brussels, Belgium
Watertorenstraat 35, B-2250 Olen, Belgium
Aurubis is an integrated copper group and the world’s largest copper recycler. The company produces yearly over 1 million ton of copper cathodes and a large variety of copper and alloyed copper products in forms of rod, shapes, bars, profiles and flat rolled products. Aurubis has 6,300 employees, production sites in Europe and the USA and an extensive service and sales network in Europe, Asia and North America. The core business of Aurubis is the production of copper cathodes from copper concentrates or copper scrap and the production of continuous cast wire rod (of and etp), shapes, rolled products, bars, profiles, strips and wire in copper and copper alloys. Other products are precious metals, sulfuric acid and iron silicate. Customers of Aurubis include companies in the copper semis industry, the electrical engineering, electronics and chemical industries as well as suppliers of the renewable energies, construction and automotive sectors.
Cambridge Nanomaterials Technology Ltd
14 Orchard Way, Cambridge, CB23 5BN, UK
Cambridge Nanomaterials Technology Ltd is a nanomaterials innovation management and nanotechnology consulting company based in Cambridge, UK. The CNT Ltd helps companies, academic and government institutions develop world-class innovative solutions for nanomaterials related R&D and IPR strategy, partnership, products, technologies, funding and markets. CNT Ltd is specialised in carbon nanomaterials R&D consulting and collaborative R&D project management, including exploitation and dissemination management, consortium and supply chain building.
Graf-Arco-Straße 36 , 89079 Ulm, Germany
The Wieland Group, with headquarters in Ulm, Germany is one of the world's leading manufacturers of semi-finished and special products in copper and copper alloys, such as strip, sheet, tubes, rods, wires and sections. Special products include slide bearings, finned tubes and heat exchangers. Wieland operates manufacturing sites and slitting centres in Europe, China, Singapore, South Africa and in the USA. The global workforce currently includes approx. 6,500 employees, 4,000 of which are located in Germany. The domestic plants are located in Ulm, Velbert-Langenberg, Villingen-Schwenningen and Voehringen/Iller. Wieland supplies customers in numerous markets with over 100 different copper alloys which are primarily used in the electrical and electronic industry. Other important sectors are the construction, automotive as well as the air conditioning and refrigeration industries. Wieland materials are used in a variety of everyday products such as contacts in electrical sockets, drinking water and heating pipes, door locks, slide bearings for engines, refrigeration units for cold stores and air conditioning units. Our materials also prove to be indispensable for high-tech applications in computer and telecommunications technologies. Wieland’s Central Laboratory is certified according to DIN EN ISO / EC 17025: 2005 and employs approx. 100 scientists, engineers and laboratory personnel. Their competence is based on many years of experience providing a high level of service to internal and external customers. It includes research and development activities for new and innovative products as well as routine quality control analysis to determine the compliance with customer and internal standards. Additionally the Central Laboratory personnel advise customers as well as in-house production departments regarding products and production processes. Wieland is active in the field of "electromobility" and particularly for electric and hybrid automotive powertrains. Wieland develops and manufactures custom-made system components for electric motors. The production includes stamping and bending processes as well as fully automated laser remote welding of copper parts. Especially in the field of laser welding of copper and copper alloys Wieland has gained a comprehensive knowledge base coupled with a vast practical experience within the last five years.
Nexans Research Centre, Bd du Marais, 62301 LENS Cedex, France
As a worldwide leader in the cable industry, it offers an extensive range of cables and cabling systems to raise industrial productivity, improve business performance, enhance security, enrich the quality of life, and assure long-term network reliability. With energy as the basis of its development, Nexans is a global player in the infrastructure, industry, building and Local Area Network (LAN) markets. With an industrial presence in 40 countries and commercial activities worldwide, Nexans employs 24,500 people and had sales in 2011 of 7 billion euros.
Warwick Technology Park, Gallows Hill, Warwick CV34 6DA, UK
National Grid owns and manages the grids to which many different energy sources are connected. In Britain the National Grid runs systems that deliver gas and electricity across the entire country. In the North Eastern states of the US, the National Grid provides power directly to millions of customers holding a vital position at the centre of the energy system.
AGH University of Science and Technology
A. Mickiewicza 30 Ave, 30-059 Krakow, Poland
AGH University of Science and Technology is at present one of the oldest (established in 1919), biggest, and best Polish technical universities. AGH University of Science and Technology employs over 2000 university teachers, including 480 independent scientists, who carry out research in different technical fields. Over 30,000 students study in the 15 faculties as well as at the Interfaculty School of Energy and the Interfaculty School of Biomedical Engineering. PhD courses are also conducted - there are about 600 PhD students in 11 faculties. Currently AGH University of Science and Technology realize 47 projects in 7th Framework Program, 13 Strategic Research Projects, more than 500 national targeted and research projects per year and many international research projects.
Outotec (Finland) Oy
Outotec Research Centre, Pori
Riihitontuntie 7 D, FI-02200 Espoo, Finland
Outotec provides solutions for the whole chain of processing minerals to metals. In the area of electrolytic base metal production, Outotec offers a wide range of tankhouse technology including permanent cathodes, double contact bus bars, cathode stripping machines, cranes, cell hoods for acid mist control, anode bag technology for nickel electrowinning and tankhouse information management system (TIMS).The Outotec research centre (ORC) is located in Pori, Finland. Staff working in the tankhouse technology area is involved both in research work related to process optimisation and also in the development of tankhouse equipment.
Aalto University - School of Chemical Technology
Corrosion and Materials Chemistry laboratory
Vuorimiehentie 2, FI-02150 Espoo, Finland
Corrosion and Hydrometallurgy Research Group (Prof. Olof Forsén)
The Group provides high-level teaching in corrosion, corrosion prevention, surface engineering and electroplating and hydrometallurgy for both graduate and postgraduate students. The Group’s area of expertise is divided in two parts, supporting manufacturing and production and actual industrial production. Corrosion prevention is an example of the former whereas hydrometallurgy and surface engineering are examples of the latter. The main focus of research includes technical electrolysis processes, corrosion prevention in marine technology and process industry, surface engineering, and development of electrochemical measuring methods. The Group’s expertise is based on knowledge of properties of metallic materials and understanding of the electrochemical phenomena which are the main factors of the corrosion theory. Depending on the application, the theory is complemented using process and manufacturing techniques.
Institute of Occupational Medicine
Research Avenue North, Riccarton, Edinburgh, EH14 4AP, UK
The IOM is a major independent centre of scientific excellence in the fields of occupational and environmental health, hygiene and safety. SAFENANO is a business unit within the IOM, established in 2006, and has grown to be an international centre of excellence on nanotechnology hazard and risk. IOM has established a leading presence on nanotechnology risk issues through a strong reputation in assessing the risks of small particles (e.g. coal dust, asbestos, metal oxides), by leading or participating in several of the key reviews commissioned by the UK Government. IOM staff participate in many of the major networks linked to nanoparticle risk issues, including ISO 229 WG3 Nanotechnology: Safety, Health and Environment; Task Forces set up by the UK Government Nanotechnology Research Co-ordination Group; the EU Framework 7 Programme Advisory Board; numerous other industrially focussed groups. IOM is a WHO Collaborating Centre in Occupational Health and is contracted to provide reviews for policy support on emerging occupational heath issues for the European Commission and Parliament. The IOM has expertise in exposure, toxicological modeling and risk assessment for workplace and environmental hazards, including nanomaterials and nanotechnology. IOM has an established track record in research projects assessing nanoparticle risk issues in support of industrial innovation. Projects include: NANCORE (EC FP7, 2008-2012) – Microcellular nanocomposite development; NANOMASTER (EC FP7, 2011-2015) – Graphene based thermoplatic masterbatches for conventional and additive manufacturing processes; ELECTROGRAPH (EC FP7, 2011-2014) – Graphene-based Electrodes for Application in Supercapacitors; NANOSAFEPACK (Research for SMEs 2011-2014) – Development of a best practice guide for the safe handling and use of nanomaterials in packaging industries, NANOMICEX (EC FP7 2011-2014) – Mitigation of risk and control of exposre in nanotechnology based inks and pigments. The IOM is well placed to provide overall risk management expertise to the project, in the context of the activities associated with development of the new processes and products envisaged. Results will culminate in an assessment of the risk and measures necessary to mitigate exposure to carbon nanotubes, documented through the development of good practice approaches to safety and necessary control measures required to minimise the risk to human health across the life cycle stages of the Ultrawire product.
PSA Peugeot Citroën
Centre technique de Vélizy
Route de Gisy, F-78943 Vélizy-Villacoublay Cedex, France
Backed by more than 200 years of manufacturing history, PSA Peugeot Citroën has proven expertise in all areas of automobile manufacturing, from the drawing board to the production line to the showroom. This expertise is nurtured by three essential qualities for a major carmaker: a high level of innovation, extensive know-how and a continuous commitment to excellence.
Each year, PSA Peugeot Citroën devotes more than 5% of its Automotive Division sales and revenue to R&D. In 2011, the Group filed 1,237 patents, the largest number by a single filer in France for the fifth year in a row. R&D sets the foundation for our technological leadership in the years ahead, allowing us to respond to consumers' mobility needs while reducing the automobile industry's environmental impact.
Hauptsrasse 111-113, 70771 Leinfelden-Echterdingen, Germany
PE INTERNATIONAL provides a broad scope of services, from sustainable strategy development to Life Cycle Assessment for products or product groups. PE INTERNATIONAL’s activities are all centered on product and corporate sustainability. PE INTERNATIONAL’s topics comprise: Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and Life Cycle Engineering (LCE), Ecodesign/Design for Environment, Energy Efficiency benchmarks and Material Flow Analysis (MFA), Environmental Risk Management, Environmental Communication and Environmental Product Declarations, Environmental Management and support for issues from WEEE, RoHS, ErP, ELV and other regulations, Emissions management, Life Cycle Assessment, Corporate Social Responsibility, Energy efficiency studies, Carbon Footprints / Offset / CDM, Compliance and risk management, Supply Chain Management, Sustainability information management and reporting (e.g. GRI, UN Global Compact, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18000, CDP), Key Performance Indicator (KPI) systems, Corporate Carbon Footprint and Supplier Monitoring and Evaluation.
PE INTERNATIONAL has a proven capability working on multi-company, international studies and is committed to the highest standards of quality and professionalism. Our target is to offer one-stop solutions and tools, with the ideal combination of excellence in methodology and significant facilitation of routine tasks. We support our clients in successfully mastering their economic, ecological, technical and social challenges.
University Gate East, Park Row
Bristol BS1 5UB, UK
Invro Ltd is a micro-enterprise run by Dr Duncan Grant that was founded to promote the use of power electronics in broadcast receivers and it broadened its interest into other areas of power electronics. It is working with Oxford Technology Venture Capital Trust to expand the business, first in the service sector by supporting other power-electronics-based businesses and then by moving into the manufacturing sector where appropriate opportunities arise. The company has established a strong and growing network of relationships within the power electronics industry.