Technical feasibility

PART B: VALORISATION PLAN

SECTION I: Testing

 

1

Has the R & D result been tested?

YES

X

NO

 

 

The following question is replied according to the reply in question 1

 

If yes

 

1a

In what mode has the result been tested?

•             Prototype

•             Pilot Application

•             Alpha/BETA testing

 

At the current level of development, the result has been tested in a laboratory context.

The development of the catalyst has been made following a request of an industry which was interested in the production of a special gas mixture to be used for soldering processes. The research result was aimed to produce a catalyst material able to perform a well known process slowing down the deactivation of the catalyst itself. The deactivation is obviously affecting the efficiency of the process that is directly linked to  the cost of production of the gas mixture.

The research result is a method to obtain a performing catalyst rather then new at all product at all. The method was tailored to the specific target applying the know-how of the research unit. Certainly it is applicable to other targets but some customization are necessary in relation to different reactions to be performed.

The method has been fully tested in laboratory in small reactors, to complete the validation a tests should be made in an engineered production plant.

This is the reason why the R&D result is considered at a prototype level.

 

 

1b. Please describe and discuss the testing result
The proposed method showed the expected results in the laboratory environment. This is the extent to which the research team is able to perform test. Deeper test activities should be made in collaboration with industrial partners willing to afford engineering activities and plant implementation.

 

If no:

 

1c

Describe what type of testing does the R&D result need?
N/A

 

 

 

1d. What is the time needed for testing?
N/A
1e. What is the cost needed for testing?
N/A

 

SECTION 2: Current Stage of Development

 

2a

To what extent does the development team have technical resources for supporting the production of a new product? (Researchers, human resources, hardware, etc. )
The research team has the ability to apply the proposed method to prepare special catalysts to be used in industrial processes. In that case, the product is something to be used by industrial partners that have the need for a certain chemical reaction to be performed in their plants. Surely, the development team may support the final user but the engineering activities and the construction of a possible plant should be made  under the responsibility of an external partner. In other words, the method is not considerable a product apart from the plant in which is employed.

 

 

2b

What are the technical issues that need to be tackled for full deployment, if needed?
As for the point 2a, engineering and plant implementation by third parties are necessary for the deployment.

 

 

2c

What additional technical resources are needed for the production of this new product?
See 2b.

 

 

2d

Overall assessment of the current stage of technical development.
The steps needed to complete the development are mainly about engineering activities followed by test and validation activities in real plants.

Provided that the research result is a method validated in a laboratory environment,  and given the applicable resources and the experience of the team, it can be stated that the R&D result is almost ready from scientific view point but is in a early stage of development from a “production” viewpoint.

 

SECTION 3: Deployment

3a

Define the demands for large scale production in terms of
  • Materials
chemical substances depending on third parties

 

  • technologies, tools, machineries
chemical plant by third parties

 

 

 

  • Staff effort
Given the integration on a system made before the deployment, the staff may be involved in some supporting activities or some tuning and/or tutoring for the final customer during the engineering phase.

 

 

 

SECTION 4: Overall Assessment

 

1

What is you overall assessment of the technical feasibility of the research result?
Looking to the research result itself, laboratory tests demonstrated the feasibility. Looking to a production perspective, the technical feasibility is strictly related to a collaboration with an industrial partner that need to perform a certain chemical reaction in a production plant. To that extent, the feasibility is only potential because, even if the scientific result has been validated in lab, the path to an industrial product need important engineering activities and plant implementation.

Provided the third party activities to be made in co-operation with the research team, the level of confidence about feasibility is considered good.

 

KEYWORDS QUANTITATIVE ASSESSMENT (0-5).

 

Please put X as appropriate. 1 2 3 4 5
Adequacy of testing activity undertaken so far     X    
Adequacy and availability of technical resources of the development team   X      
Current development stage   X      
Overall technical feasibility     X    

 

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