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The overall goal of the EU-funded FAST-SMART project is to apply novel manufacturing techniques on a large scale which are recently developed by project members for synthesising smart nanomaterials for energy harvesting. The development of piezoelectric (PE) and thermoelectric (TE) materials using earth-abundant elements and highly efficient synthesis/manufacturing processes is expected to enhance material-supply resilience, reduce impacts on the environment, improve processing efficiency and reduce overall material costs.

During the first project period, the consortium has updated its technological development strategy, based on the updated information on the user needs and market opportunities. To better guide the project’s developments in materials, manufacturing and harvester designs, the consortium has performed first life-cycle analysis and life-cycle cost analysis on the benchmark smart-materials and energy harvesters. These generated useful information on the key factors to be taken into account as well as further opportunities for the project to improve its design and development works relating to the PE and TE materials and energy harvesters being developed.

Besides continuing making progress in the project, FAST-SMART consortium has a continuous roadmapping activity during the project life to monitor the state of the art of the scientific and technological developments and applications in the fields relevant to the project, which is to ensure, by the end of the project, our progress is still beyond the state of the art in both smart materials, structures and systems for energy harvesting applications.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

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Project Acronym: FAST-SMARTProject
Title:  FAST and Nano-Enabled SMART Materials, and Systems for Energy Harvesting

This project is supported by the European Commission under the HORIZON2020 Framework Programme