Enginering & Upscaling is any activity that is required to take a technology to Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs) required for commercial products in the relevant markets.
Fragmentation in Europe is seen as a key barrier to fulfilling the potential of engineering and upscaling in industry and a barrier to the uptake of promising results of collaborative research projects funded under the FP7 programme.
In 2014, the European Commission RTD Unit in “Advanced Materials and Nanotechnologies” therefore launched a cluster initiative with the following aims.
- Probe current activities for completeness and identify gaps.
- Help projects to support their individual and common innovation and exploitation activities.
- Identify obstacles to engineering & upscaling and pathways to overcome them.
- Support policy making.
With support from Goldbeck Consulting and Cambridge Nanomaterials Technology a survey of more than 100 projects included in the Cluster was conducted in 2014 and a workshop was held in February 2015 in Brussels.
Towards a Roadmap for Engineering and Upscaling,a discussion document of key topics for Engineering & Upscaling has now been published. It summarises findings from the Cluster survey and workshop and identifies barriers, requirements and potential actions in the following areas:
- Characterisation and testing for engineering and upscaling
- Pilot lines and manufacturing/processing facilities
- Modelling and Simulation
- Life Cycle Analysis
- Standards, Certification and Regulatory approval
- Management of the emerging product towards commercialisation
- Funding and Financing
- Brokerage and infrastructure supporting industry and academia relationship.