The K-12 Project
Focusing on developing a new insulating technology to offer 20% energy improvement for domestic appliance insulation.
The domestic household sector is one of the largest consumers of electrical energy in the EU, consuming around 30% of the total electrical energy supply. The total energy consumption of EU households in 2010 was about 840 TWh/yr, with a per capita consumption of 6.2 MWh/yr, distributed over 140 million households. In the past few years, the development of new green technologies has helped to reduce the energy consumption of individual electrical devices.
However, at the same time, the number of such devices has increased dramatically, as has the amount of time they are typically in use. Thus, overall energy consumption has still increased. Cold appliances - refrigerators and freezers - accounted for 14.5% of household energy consumption in 2010. Currently, most households still use old, energy-inefficient cold appliances.
The domestic household sector is one of the largest consumers of electrical energy in the EU, consuming around 30% of the total electrical energy supply. The total energy consumption of EU households in 2010 was about 840 TWh/yr, with a per capita consumption of 6.2 MWh/yr, distributed over 140 million households.
In the past few years, the development of new green technologies has helped to reduce the energy consumption of individual electrical devices. However, at the same time, the number of such devices has increased dramatically, as has the amount of time they are typically in use. Thus, overall energy consumption has still increased.
Cold appliances - refrigerators and freezers - accounted for 14.5% of household energy consumption in 2010. Currently, most households still use old, energy-inefficient cold appliances.
- A new manufacturing process at pilot scale - with optimized foaming injection parameters and an new injection mix-head - for the production of an innovative, open cell PU foam;
- A 30% improvement in the thermal conductivity performance of the new foam, compared to the current best in class with closed cell PU foams;
- A 20% reduction in the energy consumption of cold appliances, with respect to the current best in class labeled A+/A++;
- Demonstrated feasibility of applying the novel insulation material with a zero ODP (Ozone Depletion Potential) and minimum – reduced to 1 - GWP (Global Warming Potential);
- Progress Report June 2016
- Progress Report October 2016
K-12: Project Partner Companies
Dow Italia S.r.l.
Dow Italia S.r.l. is owned by The Dow Chemical Company (TDCC), global leading chemical company. TDCC has one of the largest R&D investment programs in the industry with combined spending of $1.7 billion for 2010. Dow Italia S.r.l. R&D centre located in Correggio is the global centre of excellence of Dow for the development of PU foams. The centre has been leading the innovation in PU insulation foams, by developing and offering PU system solutions suitable for the Construction, Cold Chain and Water Heaters industries.
The research activity has led to the publication of numerous patents in the field of thermal resistance, fire properties and thermal insulation, followed by the commercialization of the related technology. DOW combines the power of science and technology to passionately innovate what is essential to human progress.
The Company connects chemistry and innovation with the sustainability (www.dow.com/sustainability) to help address many of the world's most challenging problems such as the need for clean water, renewable energy generation, energy efficiency, and increasing agricultural productivity. DOW's diversified industry-leading portfolio of specialty chemical, advanced materials, agro-sciences and plastics businesses delivers a broad range of technology-based products (www.dow.com/products) and solutions (www.dow.com/solutionism) to customers in approximately 160 countries and in high growth sectors such as building and construction, electronics, water, energy, coatings and agriculture.
In 2011, DOW had annual sales of $60 billion and employed approximately 52,000 people worldwide. The Company's more than 5,000 products are manufactured at 197 sites in 36 countries across the globe. DOW operates in Italy as of 1960. The several legal of TDCC in Italy, with about 760 employees, and an annual turnover of 1.084 million euro in 2011, have production sites located throughout the Country. Italian Head Offices of DOW are based in Milan. http://www.dow.com
AFROS is part of (owned by 92%) the CANNON Spa holding (www.cannon.com), an international, independent group providing a range of industries world-wide with dedicated to engineering solutions. The group’s main fields of activity are plastics processing technologies (for polyurethane, thermoplastics, composites and thermoforming), equipment for energy efficiency and ecology, aluminum die-casting machines and electronic control systems for industrial processes. With more than 900 people employed in 12 Manufacturing facilities and over 40 branches, the AFROS Group supports over 15.000 customers worldwide.
Since 1962 AFROS has gained a worldwide experience in the engineering and design of dosing, mixing and foaming machines and systems for polyurethanes and installed more than 11.000 metering units all over the World. AFROS metering machines are specifically designed for the PU Industry and can be tailored to suit various production configurations. Moreover, throughout the years, AFROS have developed in-house cutting-edge technologies and related processes for the production of high quality composites (mainly PU and Carbon Fibre). The main specific competences which will be implied in the present project by AFROS are:
- Epoxy High Pressure mixing and impregnation Injection (ESTRIM);
- New skills in precision airless spraying;
- Vacuum assisted injection system;
- High efficiency, self- cleaning solvent-less Mixing heads;
AFROS through its R&D team and facilities carries out an intense research program for continuously improving its products and technologies, resulting in the development of more than 100 international patents for the PU industry. AFROS has its production facilities and R&D center in: Via Galileo Ferraris, 65. - 21042 Caronno Pertusella (VA), Italy Web site: www.afros.it, www.cannon.com
Whirlpool Europe S.r.l.
WHIRLPOOL EUROPE S.r.l. (WHEU) is an Italian company belonging to the WHIRPOOL group. The group has production sites around the world, with a 2008 net sales of 18.907 billion U.S. dollars, has approximately 83,000 employees and has 60 manufacturing and technology research centers.
WHIRLPOOL EUROPE S.r.l. is the only company of a multinational group with its European decision-center located in Italy; the European area in fact is managed by Comerio headquarter in the province of Varese (Lombardy), where the strategic lines for the entire continent are defined.
The company has five plants in Italy and employs more than 4.000 people of whom more than half are employed in the two locations in Lombardy: the seat of Cassinetta, where there are both the Research and Development Division –Whirlpool R&D S.r.l.- which is the centre of excellence in research and the manufacturing plant which is the biggest in Europe. In Cassinetta, where there are more than one hundred researchers coming from Europe and the rest of the world, has advanced laboratories, develops innovations transferred to all European businesses of the group. The Research Division has acquired over the years expertise in numerous areas such as materials, mechanical design, thermodynamics, energy transmission, energy efficiency, etc.. that enable the company to achieve significant and challenging research projects.
The function Operation's Center of Excellence (WOCE) of Whirlpool, based in Cassinetta, coordinates all activities of industrial engineering for all European factories contributing, through solid expertise and multidisciplinary development of technologies for manufacturing process. The WOCE, moreover, has extensive experience in the Industrial Automation and Testing system, thanks to which it has been able to implement advanced systems of automatic testing for all factories of competence. http://www.whirlpool.it/
Whirlpool R&D S.r.l.
Whirlpool R&D S.r.l. (WHRD) is a newly established Italian subsidiary of Whirlpool Corporation and has its Headquarter in the European Centre of Excellence for Research in Cassinetta of Biandronno (Va). WHRD is also an affiliated company of Whirlpool Europe S.r.l., both having the same parent company; Whirlpool is present in Europe with 14.000 employees, a sales presence in more than 30 countries, manufacturing facilities in 7 countries and a high conception of the power of innovation. Whirlpool’s culture embracing values like sustainability, diversity and innovation is continuously seeking for better solutions for enhancing the resource efficiency of its products and innovative more sustainable technologies. WHRD is the heart of research and development in Europe for Whirlpool Corporation and it aims to increase the level of innovation and competitiveness of Whirlpool through activities of technological transfer and collaborative research initiatives at national and international level. WHRD aims to strengthen and extend this wealth of know-how with the new areas of advanced development for all product groups (Refrigeration, Cooking and Washing Machines).WHRD is made up of about 50 specialized researchers engaged in research on materials, product engineering, technologies of storage and preparation of food and advanced electronic, with also a specific team responsible for management of funded research projects.
A central role in WHRD is played by the research center on global food technologies, that is the strategic heart in terms of specialized resources, facilities and laboratories. In Cassinetta, WHRD develops and experiments with new technologies of food preservation and processing, and generally for all the products that Whirlpool sells worldwide (EMEA,NAR, ASIA, LAR regions). http://www.whirlpool.it/
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