“The project entitled Framework of Innovation for Engineering of New Durable Solar Surfaces (FRIENDS2) consists of two academic partners Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden – Rossendorf e.V., a research institution from Germany which coordinates de project, and Cranfield University from the United Kingdom, Profactor, an applied research company from Austria, and two Spanish SME, Metal Estalki and Nano4Energy.
The FRIENDS2 project is a new Marie Curie scheme within Horizon 2020, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, promoting international and inter-sectorial collaboration through staff exchanges. The development of a shared culture of research and innovation, as well as sharing of knowledge are the most important goals of this scheme. In the course of the next four years, more than 20 researchers from each institution will be seconded to a partner organization to collaborate with the host in advancing the project objectives. As the mutual exchanges will be carried out between academia and industry, the resulting generation and transfer of know-how will serve both sectors.
FRIENDS2 aims at developing new coating designs in order to improve the performance of Solar Thermal Energy (STE) key component materials. It includes computer modeling, multi-technique coating deposition, use of advanced characterization techniques, and the possibility of scaling-up new coating developments.”