The Technological Centre of Components Foundation (CTC) is a Spanish Technology Centre which was created in the year 2000 as a non-profit foundation. Its main objective is to bring value to companies through research and development projects, contributing to the enhancement of their competitiveness and sustainability, and becoming their technology partner, by being the meeting point between their needs and research activities. CTC develops its R & D activity in the following fields: Industrial Systems and Nuclear Components, Marine Renewable Energies, Industrial Automation and Robotics and Advanced Materials and Nanomaterials. This last is very focused on nanocomposite development with new or improved functionalities of interest for industry. CTC participates in the project as coordinator and developer of technology in the field of organic base nanocoating for protection of habitat materials against weathering (UV light, rain and wearing).
Automotive Technology Centre of Galicia is a Spanish, private, non-profit R&D technology centre devoted to support the automotive industry in its research, development and innovation needs. CTAG was created in 2002 thanks to a joint initiative of automotive enterprises within the region. CTAG is present in all the stages of product development, from initial advanced research to product life. The key fields of competence where CTAG concentrates its activities are: new materials, novel manufacturing processes, mathematical calculation and simulation, component testing and analysis of performances, environment, electronics, ergonomics, comfort and innovation management.
With a team of more than 550 professionals (75% of them being engineers and PhDs), CTAG is an ideal partner for developing new innovative products for the automotive sector. On validations side, CTAG has three buildings equipped with the ultimate testing laboratories: climatic, vibration & acoustics, fatigue, materials, engine, electronics and ergonomics, fitted with cutting-edge technology and equipment such as two triaxial shakers integrated in acoustic and climatic chambers, several climatic chambers including a complete car sunlight radiation and weather resistance chamber, etc.
From 2004, CTAG has a research team focused on exploring novel applications for new materials in the transport sector as well as enhancing the efficiency of plastic transformation processes. This team, the Materials Innovation Area, will be involved in KrEaTive Habitat project and will apply their own patented smart materials technology over 3 different materials (natural stone, cork and ceramic) to obtain new added value products with integrated multi-functional abilities (i.e. capacitive sensing ability and heating up properties).
The materials investigation group, UC3M, is mainly focused on the corrosion and adhesives. On corrosion the work is developed on corrosion and protection mechanisms through organic coatings. On the adhesives field the focus is on surface pre treatments, the adhesive and its durability and also reinforcements on commercial adhesives. Another area of specialization include the abrasion, composite materials, powder metallurgy and acidification.
In what concerns the project, UC3M will develop reinforced thermoplastics resistant to abrasion and fire, with reinforced coatings resistant to metals’ corrosion.
With a vast experience in civil engineering and processes, La Rochelle also relies on biomaterials work for the development of cellulosic materials or starch. La Rochelle also work on analytic methodologies to verify the suitability between the characteristics of innovative materials and its development as habitat materials.
In the project La Rochelle will be responsible for adapting and validating the developments based on biomaterials mainly reinforced fibres for the industry materials of habitat in order to best improve its performance.
The University of Minho is one of the most prestigious Portuguese higher education institution. The research group 3B (Biomaterials, biodegradable and Biomimetic) has a long experience on the development of polymer material and biodegradable ceramic.
In the project the university will develop cork materials and ceramic particles with marine waste origin.
IrRADIARE was created in 1995 as a spin off of Lisbon’s Technical University. It focus on development, innovation and integration of projects in sectors where the ability to optimize and integrate are key (energy, energy efficiency, climate, environment, industry, among others).
Specialized in technology transfer for the industrial fabric it is the partner responsible for the project communication, dissemination, web development and social media, promotion of technologies, materials and actions to increase the projects’ visibility.