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Please provide a short description of the state-of-the-art and/or current trends in the field? How does the result fit into it?
Nowadays there is more and more attention to energy issues and high efficiency cogeneration is an effective way to help achieving Kyoto protocol goals through the distributed generation of renewable energy. As for The European Directive 2004/08/CE, the promotion of high-efficiency cogeneration based on a useful heat demand is a Community priority given the potential benefits of cogeneration with regard to saving primary energy, avoiding network losses and reducing emissions, in particular of greenhouse gases. Consequently, some local regulations encourage final energy users the employ cogeneration thanks to government contributions  calculated on production basis. The proposed project fits perfectly in that scenario. The target of the project is a micro-CHP suitable for residential or small commercial final users where the most of the energy need is thermal and the electrical power represent a smaller fraction of total energy need. Furthermore, residential plants represent the most distributed way to produce energy suitable to be self consumed on site.







What is the problem/need/knowledge gap that the research result is responding to?  How was it addressed before?
The research is trying to apply existing concepts and components in an original way with the aim to reach a target non yet covered by commercially available devices. The research result is the basis on which the new application is considered viable. Other devices on the market are based on similar concept but with other core components.






What is the potential for further research?
The potential is essentially related to the development of a new numerical models for the small scroll expander based on the experimental results given by the prototype.








What is the proposed method of IPR-protection? (patent, license, trademark etc.)
At the moment a patent search has not been performed on the subject. Patent opportunities will be considered in conjunction with the University of Udine, if necessary. On the other hand, there is a scientific publication about the research activity that analyze micro-CHP units based on Rankine cycles using numerical models.







What are the steps that need to be taken in order to secure the IPR-protection? What is the cost of IPR-protection?
To cover the IPR on national base by a patent, the cost is in the order of 2.5k€.






What is you overall assessment of the scientific maturity of the research result?
In literature, there are contributions about the issues faced by the research activities, what is missing is the validation of the theoretical models. On the other side, the research result is not focused on inventing new components but on targeting that components on a new application not yet covered by commercial products. Consequently, the research result  has a good level of maturity and it will be even better after the validation of the numerical models. From the synergies view point, the value of the research result is high, since energy policies and market still not well covered market may push the adoption of the micro-CHP to a wide range of residential buildings taking the place of conventional heat generators.






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