ACHIEVING NEAR ZERO AND POSITIVE ENERGY SETTLEMENTS IN EUROPE USING ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY
In ZERO-PLUS, a comprehensive, cost-effective system for Net Zero Energy (NZE) settlements will be developed and
SMART AND INNOVATIVE URBAN PAVING SYSTEMS FOR URBAN HEAT ISLAND MITIGATION
OBJECTIVES The SAFERUP! network is designed to achieve the following General Objectives: Train top-level researchers and professionals with high expertise in the fields of recycled, smart and durable paving materials, vulnerable users and road safety, pedestrians accessibility y and protection, water management and bioremediation systems, behaviour simulators and life cycle assessment tools, road geothermal energy, energy harvesting and self-sensing technologies. Increase the employability and help satisfying the rising demand for such qualified researchers and managers making them ready to join industries, companies, research centres, universities and local or national management institutions related to the SAFERUP! topics. Push forward the scientific frontiers of urban pavements design, construction and management to provide cities with more liveable environments and safer, more accessible and sustainable spaces for mobility. Consolidate and expand the network of collaborations among the partners through the creation of an integrated, long-term research and training base in the EU that brings together universities, research institutes, industrial companies and stakeholders active in key research, development and management disciplines. Enhance academia-industry Transfer of Knowledge in both directions and obtain full value from the network by disseminating results in open access peer-reviewed scientific journals, trade magazines and international conferences and developing innovative solutions for the urban pavements of the future.
PhD on Innovation Pathways for TES
Following the EC SET-Plan Education and Training Roadmap, the concept of this project is to develop a joint PhD programme between universities and research centres, on the topic of Thermal Energy Storage (TES). The goal of INPATH-TES (funded under the framework of the Horizon 2020 european research and innovation workplan, “Call: H2020-LCE-2014-2, Topic: LCE-20-2014, Type of action: CSA) is to create a network of universities and research institutes to implement a joint PhD programme on TES technologies. The final result of such a network is to educate professionals on these technologies for the European research and industry institutions. The consortium includes 14 universities that will implement the joint PhD programme, two research institutions (AIT and PROMES-CNRS), three companies and two SME (Arcelik, Abengoa Solar NT, KIC InnoEnergy, UFP and LAIF), that will cooperate in defining the programme and in its implementation and deployment. The specific objectives of the project will lead to the qualification of professionals for the European research and industry institutions, bringing Europe to continue being leaders in these technologies. The partners in the proposal will be the core of a future larger network of excellent R&D institutions, and industries for co-funding and industrial placement, sharing infrastructure capacities, and enhancing mobility of students. The overall approach of the project involves a work plan divided in six work packages, being either coordination or support activities. Coordination activities: WP1 – Management and coordination; WP3 – Developing, maintaining and updating a PhD programme in TES; and WP4 – Implementation of the PhD programme in TES. Support activities: WP2 – External communication and dissemination; WP5 – Stakeholder involvement and extension of partnerships; and WP6 – Framework for monitoring and evaluation of INPATH-TES as well as IPR and regulatory issues.