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‘Next-generation’ maritime technology, following €1million pan-Euro project

The International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL) located in Braga is the lead partner in the €1million ‘KETmaritime’ project backed by the European Regional Development FundA pioneering science centre based in northern Portugal is releasing details of a major pan-European project showcasing ‘next-generation’ technology to meet future demands of the Atlantic maritime industry.
The International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL) located in Braga is the lead partner in the €1million ‘KETmaritime’ project backed by the European Regional Development Fund. Founded by the governments of Portugal and Spain, the INL is a world-wide hub for the deployment of Nanotechnology addressing society’s grand challenges.

The initiative is being delivered by a consortium of seven partners across Europe. The aim is to unite world-class public, private and educational bodies to identify ‘Key Enabling Technologies’ which will meet the future needs and demands of the Atlantic maritime industry.

The widescale project is focusing on five key areas. These include Advanced Manufacturing Shipbuilding Applications, Nanotechnology Marine Applications, Marine Industrial Biotechnology, Photonic Marine Applications and MEMS (Micro Electro Mechanical Systems) Marine Applications.

The KET maritime consortium delivering a major pan-European project showcasing ‘next-generation’ technology to meet future demands of the Atlantic maritime industry“The KETmaritime project has enabled us to build a cooperative network across Europe to promote the transfer of advanced ‘new age’ technology to the Atlantic maritime sector,” said Ana Vila, the project coordinator from INL. “Our mission is to increase knowledge and awareness of ‘Key Enabling Technologies’ which will benefit a multitude of products, services and processes across the maritime industry, and in turn drive innovation, international partnerships and economic growth.

“We have been working with a world-class consortium of partners from Spain, Portugal, France, Ireland and the UK. Each member is a key stakeholder within its own region helping inform our transnational maritime manufacturing network. The strength and depth of the network has been pivotal to its success and each of our partners has played an instrumental role in the program.”


Key partners include French multidisciplinary research laboratory CIMAP (CEA group), Portuguese maritime economy association Fórum Oceano and Spanish industrial design centre IDONIAL. In addition, Ireland’s national centre for marine and renewable energy MaREI and UK marine cluster organisation Marine South East have provided major input. The consortium is completed by Spanish non-profit research association AIMEN focusing on highly specialised photonic Marine Applications.

The consortium will be releasing detailed findings from its five key areas of study over the coming months.

“The KETmaritime project began in 2017 and has undergone a series of important stages,” said David Santos, from IDONIAL. “We initially had to build awareness of the network before carrying out extensive research of the existing ecosystem. This involved mapping out R&D&I projects, to understand how we could best increase capability, skills and knowledge on KETs. We then developed a ‘technology roadmap’identifying future priorities based on stakeholder surveys, along with best practices. Further engagement involved training sessions, workshops and pilot projects across Europe.”

The next event will be a workshop on “Key Enabling Technologies (KETs): Innovation Drivers for the Marine Sectors” held in Gijón, Spain, at the Fundación IDONIAl premises, on October 29.

“Our work has ultimately led to the development of five highly detailed and comprehensive case study documents. These have been built around real industrial cases highlighting the benefits of KETs – which we consider to be 'next-generation' technology. We are gearing up to officially release these case studies over the coming months, in line with relevant maritime trade shows and events taking place across the international community,” added David.

“The findings will be of great interest to the Atlantic maritime sector illustrating how industry can harness the power of future technology to drive greater advances across products, services and processes.”

For more information on the KETmaritime project visit the website http://ketmaritime.eu or phone+351 253 140 112.
For more information on INL email Ana Vila on Ana.Vila@inl.int visit the website https://inl.int or call +351 253 140 112.

About International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL)

The International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL) is located in Braga, north Portugal. It was founded by the governments of Portugal and Spain. The centre’s mission is to become a world-wide hub for the deployment of Nanotechnology addressing society’s grand challenges. The centre accommodates scientists and engineers from around the world in an interdisciplinary environment. Its research programme comprises of four strategic fields in the application of nanoscience and nanotechnology. These include Food and Environment monitoring, ICT, Renewable Energy and Health. The full-fledged nanotechnology laboratory enables leading research of the highest international standard. INL is lead partner in the European Interreg Project KETmaritime. The main focus of this project is to bring ‘Key Enabling Technologies’ to the maritime sector, whether it be via products, processes or services. INL is working alongside a series of other international partners to deliver the project including Marine South East, Aimen Technology Centre, CIMAP, MaREI, Forum Oceano and Prodintec.

 

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