FORTH/ICE-HT at the 4th Patras Innovation Quest (PatrasIQ)
FORTH/ICE-HT participated in the 4th Patras Innovation Quest, Patras IQ, which took place in the “Pampeloponnesian” sport center of Patras, from 7 to 9 April, 2017. The Research and Development activities of the Institute were presented in its own booth, highlighting recent technological achievements with emphasis on the following three applications:
- Cold plasma to clean heavily contaminated soil: The process involves a plasma reactor for the complete, fast, and inexpensive destruction of even the most persistent subsoil pollutants. The research work was funded by the European Union and the General Secretariat for Research and Technology in the framework of the Project “Soil Pollution with Plasma Discharge Technologies – SOIL PLASMA” (2012-15) and was awarded the 2nd Prize for Applied Research (23/2/2016) in the 3rd Competition of Applied Research and Innovation “Greece Innovates” organized by SEV and Eurobank.
- High pressure H2O electrolysis array: It concerns a compressor of small size & weight, for the production of pure hydrogen and oxygen under high pressure (80 bar), for space & terrestrial applications. The research work was funded by the European Space Agency (ESA) under the contract “Development of a Closed Loop Regenerative HT PEM Fuel Cell System” (2014 – 19)
- Lightweight, Flexible, Intelligent Textiles for Citizen Protection Services: The aim of this effort is the development of flexible & light textile panels that are resistant to ballistic tests and / or knife, reduced maintenance needs, increase the sensitivity/warning, comfort and acceptance by the users, and implementation and evaluation of the prototypes
During the opening ceremony, the booth was visited by Alternate Minister of Education, Research and Religions, Professor Costas Fotakis, the Regional Governor of Western Greece, Mr. Apostolos Katsifaras, and several national and regional authorities. The Director of ICE-HT, Dr. Vasilis Burganos, explained the latest technological achievements of the institute.