Development of Nano-Porous Materials for the Production of Vacuum Insulation Panels (VIPs)

Start Date and End Date

01 February 2012
01 February 2016

Turkish Partner(s)

Arçelik A.Ş.

Coordinator

Dr. Yusuf YUSUFOĞLU

Budget

100,000 Euro

Programme

Horizon 2020 Marie-Curie

Project Web Page

Scientific Outputs

It’s aimed to develop cost effective novel porous core materials with high thermal insulation properties that can be used as core insulation filler in VIPs. The proposed work demonstrates novel methods for the development of mesoporous materials with high density of pores and large surface areas. With the proposed novel methodology, the pore size of core insulation materials can be controlled, which is very crucial parameter in the performance of the VIPs. Thermal conductivity of VIPs produced in this study are 3.9 mW/m.K and the cost of VIPs is reduced approximately 75%, which will help for the widespread usage of VIP for applications in cold appliances and building insulations. Moreover, 30% energy savings can be obtained when these VIPs are applied on the refrigerators. Since VIP can reduce energy consumption significantly, this project will contribute for developing much more energy efficient cold appliances. 

Tackling ‘grand’ or societal challenges

The aim of this project is to develop new generation of Vacumm Insulation Panels (VIP), which has approximately 10 times higher thermal resistance than the conventional insulators. The rapid depletion of fossil fuel reserves and the increase in green house gas emissions necessitates the development of technologies which enable efficient utilization of current energy sources. In the European Community, more than 30 % of the total energy consumption is made in buildings and refrigerating appliances are one of the biggest power consumer in many households at which typically make up over 15 % of total residential electricity consumption. In this regard, there is a big potential for VIP technology, which can directly contribute in the reduction of energy consumption in refrigerating appliances and buildings. For instance, in refrigerating appliances, each year 60 billion kWh could be saved (after replacing old cold appliances with new energy efficient ones), which is production of about 6 nuclear power plants. Needless to say, VIPs provide excellent thermal resistance properties that can enhance the energy efficiency of the insulating systems and have a big impact on reduction of green house emissions and will contribute to efficient utilization of energy resources.

VIP-based systems are thinner and their recycling is economically attractive; therefore the resource intensity will be lower than the conventional solutions. This project will be complementary with the European Union objectives and contribute EU to achieve 20% energy saving target in 2020. The proposed study will also contribute to Kyoto Protocol, aimed at fighting global warming.

Industrial Innovation (including innovation in services as well as products and processes)

Arçelik has provided full support at all stages of the project and Dr.Yusufoglu had a chance to establish his research group at Arcelik R&D Center with the help of Marie Curie Grant. He obtained a full-time permanent position and he started working full-time as a senior specialist at Arcelik R&D Center. Starting by 2016, Dr.Yusufoglu has promoted to Technology Team Leader at Polymer&Chemicals group (Arçelik R&D Center, Material Technologies Department) after obtained successful and outstanding results from his research. Currently, Dr.Yusufoglu has 7 scientist, 6 technician and 5 project engineers in his research group. 

To help the re-/integration of the fellow, Arçelik provided a detailed orientation program (lasted 10 days) and Dr. Yusufoglu took various career development and education programs such as 6 Sigma Black Belt and TRIZ.  A long term career build plan was established to maintain the stability of the researcher in Arcelik. Moreover, Arçelik also gives special importance to “Turning Technology into Business (TTIB)” program, which helps to bring people from varios disiplinse to create disruptive innovation in Arçelik. With the helps of this program, innovative cultures are created in Arçelik and TTIB program also contributed very much to the Marie Curie project studies.

Arcelik owns more than 1/3 of the international patent applications from Turkey and Patent Office team supported the project at all stages. As a result, Dr. Yusufoglu published 6 patents and 2 International Papers during the project studies. By using the outcomes of this project, Arcelik built a new manufacturing plant, in which 25 employee are working, and started to produce its own VIPs for refrigerators. An optimized combination of VIPs with other energy efficient technologies can allow Arcelik to create cost-effective solutions that meet the growing pressure from energy legislators through improving, increasingly stringent energy requirements. 

Research-influenced changes in policy, agenda-setting

The provision of Improved Public Goods

The improved exercise of professional skill

Human capital development

By using the outcomes of this project, Arcelik built a new VIP manufacturing plant and 25 employees have started to work in this plant. Moreover, a master student, who has been working as a project engineer during the project, was hired as a “R&D Specialist”.