Meet the Team

Uniting an excellent range of academic institutions, research centres and small to medium businesses, each of the partners bring valuable and unique expertise to the NanoHex project. These include:

Thermacore Europe Ltd (Lead Partner) NORTHUMBERLAND, UNITED KINGDOM

Lead Partner in the NanoHex Project and technology leaders in the field of advanced cooling, Thermacore Europe Ltd specialise in bespoke thermal management solutions, offering custom design, development and manufacturing of highly engineered systems and components for a variety of OEM applications.

They specialise in Military, Medical and Telecoms applications, but their work is also featured in Communication equipment, Aerospace, Power, Industrial, Sealed Box, Consumer, and Automotive.

Responsible for the overall management of the project, Thermacore Europe will also lead the development and understanding of industrial needs, heading up the redesign of bespoke cold plates and the development of new heat management components for server blades and IGBT converter modules. They will also direct the construction of a demonstrator system and supply the components for a new type of Data Center cooling systems. Originally invited by ISIS to join the NanoHex consortia, Thermacore, as an industrial partner, was elected lead in order to maximise the project’s chances of success.

Meet the Thermacore Team

The Centre for Process Innovation (NetPark) County Durham, United Kingdom

The Centre for Process Innovation acts as a UK wide resource to stimulate and drive innovation within the Process Industry. Working with global industry partners and leading research universities CPI is committed to delivering world-class, groundbreaking applied research and development.

As a part of the NanoHex Project, CPI will operate the Programme Management Office, leading activities to determine the economic viability of the coolant and working closely with industrial partners Thermacore and Siemens to establish the end-to-end requirements for Data Centre and Power Electronics cooling. They will also help to collate information regarding the risks and uncertainties of nanoparticles and support ENEA as they carry out Risk and Life Cycle Assessments, in order to generate an accurate economic analysis for the application of nanofluids.

Leading the project’s exploitation and dissemination, CPI hopes to evolve a viable commercialisation strategy for the NanoHex nanofluid coolants in both data centres and power electronics as well as alternative cooling applications.

Ingegneria Sistemi Impianti Servizi (ISIS) Rome, Italy

ISIS is a young Research and Development SME operating in aerospace and energy, which boasts researchers with several years experience of modelling reactive fluid dynamics, heterogeneous catalysis and transport properties, and the physics of turbulence at very fine scales.

ISIS will strongly contribute to develop understanding of energy transport in stable nanofluid coolants, integrating theoretical and modeling analysis, simulation data and supporting experiments preparation and data reduction. They will also develop and use dedicated models of the key factors that may explain and predict the nanofluid thermal conductivity behavior for the high performance nanofluid selected for further investigation in the industrial application demonstrators.

In addition, ISIS will work in collaboration with the industrial project partners to establish the specific scale-up industrial requirements of cooling in next-generation Data Centres and Power Electronics, and support the consortium effort to evolve and comprehend the implications that nanoparticles and the selected target nanofluid pose to Health, Safety and the Environment throughout its entire Life Cycle.

Technical University of Eindhoven (TUE) Dept. Mathematics and Computer Science Eindhoven, Netherlands

Technical University of Eindhoven was established in 1956 as a Technische Hogeschool (Technical College). The TU/e has established a partnership with the Delft University of Technology and the University of Twente in the form of a Federation of Universities of Technology in the Netherlands. The Centre for Analysis, Scientific Computing and Applications (CASA) combines all activities related to analysis at the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science of Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). Its major research objective is to develop new and improve existing mathematical (both analytical and numerical) methods for a wide range of applications in science and engineering, commonly known as Computational Science and Engineering (IAM-CSE).

Using numerical simulation expertise TUE will assist ISIS in the development of the predictive model for the thermal performance of nanofluids.

The University of Birmingham, School of Chemical Engineering (UBHAM) Birmingham, England

The University of Birmingham is in the top 5 research universities in the UK with the School of Chemical Engineering ranking in the top three university departments in the UK.

Led by the School of Chemical Engineering, a number of departments, including Chemistry, Materials, Bioscience and Physics, are collaborating in Nano-particle study across the campus. From these departments, the University has created an Institute for Nanotechnology which brings together a wide range of scientific expertise relevant to this project. The main areas of expertise include nano-particle processing, characterization and applications.

Leader’s of WP 2, ( Nanofluid Characterisation and Optimisation ) UBHAM will drive the development of NanoHex’s characterisation test campaign and test rigs together with the lab-scale preparation and characterisation of the nanofluids.. Alongside Siemen’s, UTW and KTH, UBHAM will also help to identify additives in order to strengthen the dispersion stability of the candidate nanofluid systems and lead the final optimisation of the chosen NanoHex nanofluids. They will also contribute to the development of the models describing heat transfer in nanofluids.

The Weizmann Institute of Science Rehovot, Israel

The Weizmann Institute of Science (WIS) is the foremost scientific research institution in Israel, possessing experimental and theoretical research in all the areas of modern science, from mathematics to biology. Nonlinear fluid mechanics is studied by world experts in the Department of Complex Systems and the Department of Chemical Physics and both the Department of Condensed Matter Physics and the Department of Materials and Interfaces, push the boundaries with research in nano-physics and nano-chemistry.

The Institute, who have been working extensively in the fields of nano-chemistry and nano-physics researching the fundamental particle-particle interactions that feature in nanofluid heat transfer mechanisms will support the development of the analytical model and simulation of heat transfer in NanoHex nanofluid coolants.

The University of Twente, Faculty of Science and Technology Twente, Netherlands

Both the research chair Energy, Materials and Systems (EMS) and the Thermal Engineering group of the University of Twente will work together to characterise the thermal performance of NanoHex engineered nanofluid coolants.

The research of EMS is application oriented and greatly benefits from its internationally recognized expertise and unique infrastructure on applied superconductivity and cryogenics. The main focus is on sustainable energy, with the ambition of developing technologies, materials and systems that play a key role in our future energy chains. The group has an excellent track record in international pioneering projects on sustainable energy (such as ITER on nuclear fusion), but also in non-energy related, but very challenging, projects at CERN and ESA.

The research in the Thermal Engineering group of the University of Twente is concerned with questions related to industrial applications of thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and heat and mass transport. Using a combined approach of theoretical analysis, numerical calculations and experimental investigations, the group aims to develop new or advanced knowledge for applications in industrial design. Priority is given to the efficient use of energy and minimization of environmental pollution.

UTW has been researching the thermal performance of nanofluids extensively and has established expertise which will be used to experimentally investigate the performance of nanohex NanoHex nanofluid coolants.

ItN Nanovation AG Saarbrücken, Germany

ItN Nanovation AG is one of the leading nanotechnology companies in the world, developing innovative ceramic products, such as filtration systems and coatings, for large industrial customers and manufacturing the nanoscale powder needed for such products.

ItN Nanovation manufacture nanoparticles of consistent quality and homogeneous size that do not aggregate. They also have the capacity to process particles into innovative products and manipulate the size of individual particles in order to give them the desired properties.

A leading European player in the manufacture of nanofluids ItN possess innovative methods for the single stage synthesis of nanofluid dispersions using wet chemistry. They shall therefore lead WP5 (Single Stage Production Pilot Line) in the design, development, test and optimisation of a small-scale pilot line based on wet chemistry for the production of nanofluid coolants. They will also manage the supply of the coolant to other work packages in the project and perform scale-up tests in conjunction with WP09 for the subsequent development of an industrial pilot line.

Siemen’s AG, Corporate Technology Munich, Germany

Siemens businesses are focused on six core areas: Information and Communications, Automation and Control, Power, Transportation, Medical and Lighting. Siemens is the world leader in Power Electronic applications and market leader for large electric drives in Europe, with designs achieve high reliability in challenging operating conditions.

Leading WP08 (Demonstrator for Power Electronics) in the design, development, testing and optimization of a high power electronic demonstrator using the NanoHex nanofluid coolants. The performance of the unit will be bench marked against known current cooling methods, technologies and trends to establish the potential viability of the new NanoHex High Power heat management system.

Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development (ENEA) Rome, Italy

The Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development (ENEA) promotes activities targeted for research and innovation technology and offers advanced services in the fields of energy – particularly nuclear energy – and sustainable economic development.

They possess material-science-oriented physicists and chemists with comprehensive expertise regarding the development of new materials, in particular nanopowders and nano-composites, for advanced solutions in the energy sector.

ENEA will produce small batches of well characterized nano-particles for optimisation of nanofluids for the NanoHex project. They will also establish a test facility to study the thermal and fluid mechanic behaviour of the nanofluid coolants in the demonstrators, as they possess wide ranging expertise in thermal-fluid dynamic characterization of fluids in channels and microchannels.

The Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and Ecodesign team of ENEA is expert in development and application of methodologies for the sustainability assessment of new technologies. As leader of WP10 (Health, Safety, LCA and Economics), the team will evaluate the relevant aspects and impacts of the nanofluid coolants, in both Data Centre and Power Electronics, on the environment, health and safety (EHS), across their entire life cycle. Using both Risk Assessment (RA) and environmental Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) independently, results will help to determine the overall economic viability of the NanoHex nanofluids.

Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) Stockholm, Sweden

KTH accounts for one-third of Sweden’s technical research and engineering education capacity at university level. They possess skills in the formulation and optimization of nanofluid coolants using several types of nanoparticles and have developed nanofluid coolants on a laboratory scale using both wet chemistry, single stage methods. Researchers at KTH involved in nanofluid coolant development and testing , have expertise in the modelling and simulation of metal, oxides and composite based nanofluid coolants and have experience in the industrial use of heat exchange equipment, particularly in the electronics industry.

Supporting each of the work packages, KTH will propose candidate nanofluids for WP1, and help to prepare and supply sample volumes of nanofluid coolant for characterisation and optimisation testing in WP2.
As well as taking part in the thermal characterization of suggested nanofluids, KTH will also be running heat transfer tests in single phase and flow boiling. Supporting the design and testing of heat exchange devices, KTH will also help to develop the pilot line for the both the single-stage and two stage production of nanofluid coolants. Finally KTH will participate in the design, testing, evaluation and optimisation of the data centre and power electronics demonstrators.