NANOLEAP project aims at the development of a coordinated network of specialized pilot lines for the production of nanocomposite based products for different civil infrastructure and building applications.
The goal of this infrastructure is to support the research activities of European SMEs in the Construction sector in nanocomposite products enabling the progress of the product to next steps of technology deployment such as installation of industrial lines and enter in the commercialization stage.
For the creation of the network, ten pilot plants dealing with the most promising applications of polymeric nanocomposites in the construction and engineering sector have been selected. This project will support these pilot lines for the scaling up and production of these nanocomposite based products in order to facilitate their further adoption by the entire construction chain
In order to implement and demonstrate this approach, NANOLEAP project brings together a European Network of pilot production facilities focused on scaling up nanocomposite synthesis and processing methods.
The governing structure for the Open Pilot lines network (legal, financial, technical management) will be set during the project to guarantee the success of the operation of the Network. Moreover, an "open call for tenders" targeted to SMEs will be launched during the project to validate and demonstrate the concept of "Open Access" and to step forward further collaboration after the end of EU financial support. The idea of this open call is to deploy a set of use cases where SMEs external to the Consortium and interested in developing or testing any of their technologies will be given the opportunity to use any of the pilot plants of the NANOLEAP network. Thus, the governing structure and business plan of the NANOLEAP concept will be validated.