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Projects and collaborations

Projects

TIGR4smart (2016-2019)

Programme TIGR4smart - Sustainable and innovative construction of smart buildings - connects 16 companies and research institutions with an overall budget of 9.184.425,00 EUR. TIGR4smart is involved in Smart buildings and home, including wood chain priority area of Slovenia’s Smart Specialisation Strategy (S4). The main goal of the TIGR4smart programme is the development of products and technologies, which enable the establishment of a healthy living and working indoor environment, by combining the research and development potential of companies and research organisations. Technologies and products, which will be developed, are divided into three groups of interrelated products: (I) wooden construction systems, (II) intelligent controls and building blocks and smart building management, and (III) building envelope products. All will be integrated into the TIGR4smart demonstration modular living unit. TIGR4smart started on 1.9.2016 and will last until 28.2.2019. Programme is coordinated by Slovenian company Trimo d.d, whereas M SORA coordinates one of three main pillars -  wooden construction systems.

XtremelY (2017-2018)

The goal of XtremelY project - Numerical modelling of reinforced slender wooden window elements – is development of parametric numerical model of reinforced slender wooden window elements, which will lead to future development and production of oversized openable window systems with extreme height. A PhD or equivalent expert is financed by European commission for a period of 1 year in the scope of XtremelY project which is supported under Horizon 2020, SME Innovation Associate call. Innovation associate is a part of M SORA R&D team with a focus on XtremelY project which start on 1.9.2017 and will last for 12 months. Vacancy notice can be found here.

Thermo- and photo-active coatings for windows (2016-2019)

Nowadays, a great amount of energy is consumed for heating and cooling of buildings. Windows remain the weakest point in terms of heat losses and therefore there is a strong need for further improvement of existing windows by applying new coatings that enable smart light and heat management. Goal of project is synthesis of new materials based on transition metal oxides as functional coatings on glazing surfaces to make “green” windows: environmental and energy efficient. Realisation of goals will be done through several research directions: (I) preparation of thermochromic coatings on glass and plastics, (II) preparation of photocatalytic coatings on glass and plastics and UV-protective coatings on wood, (III) their application in design and modelling of a window and (IV) exploring their physicochemical properties in order to relate them with functional characteristics of a window – illumination and thermal comfort, pollutant removal, self-cleaning, self-sterilizing and anti-fogging surface. University of Nova Gorica, National institute of chemistry and University of Ljubljana are a part of this project co-funded by Slovenian research agency and will last from 1.3.2016 until 28.2.2019.

InnoRenew (2017-2021)

Renewable Materials and Healthy Environments Research and Innovation Centre of Excellence (InnoRenew CoE) was established in January 2017. An objective of InnoRenew CoE is improved, innovative and efficient use of renewable materials for building products and materials and development of new techniques for cascade use, reuse, and recycling of wood products, residues and waste. Coordinator is Universtiy of Primorska with close collaboration of Fraunhofer WKI institute from Germany. M SORA is a part of Living Laboratory (LL InnoRenew) which goal is to gather stakeholders representing industry, consumers, and researchers to collaboratively explore, design and validate themes, opportunities, and risks for new innovative renewable material based products, services and systems.

WINTHERWAX (2015-2017)

WINTHERWAX project was the first Horizon 2020, SME Instrument project coordinated by Slovenian company. The value of the project consortium wass 1.85 mio € and was structured by M SORA and the Slovenian company Silvaprodukt. Other partners in the project were University of Ljubljana (Biotechnical faculty, Department of wood science and technology), University of Hannover, SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden, the Inspiralia company from Madrid, the Kambič company from Slovenia, and the Slovenian Wood Industry Cluster. Timber windows (the main focus of the Nature Optimo XLT passive window) made of Silvapro® thermally modified spruce and surface treated with a special, naturally based Silvacera® wax was developed and tested in the scope of the project. Windows were installed in 5 test objects, and sent to 5 different locations in Europe (2 in Slovenia, 1 each in Germany, Spain and Sweden) and their performance characteristics were measured. Alongside this an accelerated ageing chamber was be developed to test windows in extreme climatic conditions and simulating an aging process of several years. More about the project can be found at website of WINTHERWAX and M SORA windows website.

CaReWood (2014-2017)

Since 1.5.2014, M SORA has been working with the European project CaReWood (Cascading Recovered Wood), a large international project coordinated by the Technical University in München (TUM). Participating project partners come from Germany, Austria, Finland, France and Slovenia. Alongside M SORA the other Slovenian partners are the University of Primorska and the company Abelium d.o.o. The project, lasting 3 years, will see intensive work on the recycling of wood after its normal lifespan with special emphasis on wooden windows.

ReWin (2015)

M SORA, in collaboration with the University of Ljubljana, Biotechnical faculty, Department of wood science and technology, and the University of Primorska, Andrej Marušič Institute, organized a student competition called the “ReWin – M SORA talent competition”. Students, together with their mentors, developed different products out of older waste timber windows. More about ReWin can be found at: www.m-sora.si/si/rewin

ECO-S (2011-2014)

M SORA windows are marked with an eco-innovation label on the European market. Natural wood insulation with special air cavities represent a genuine alternative to synthetic insulation materials, resulting in lower CO2 emissions (carbon footprint) and higher thermal insulation.

Determination of crucial properties of building joinery quality with innovative methods (2014)

Three students, M SORA and the Department of wood science and technology, University of Ljubljana, collaborated on a project in which four different coating systems form seven different producers of window coatings were tested. The project was financed by the Slovene human resources development and scholarship fund and lasted 6 months.

ENERGYViLLab (2011-2014)

M SORA joined the international ENERGYViLLab project in 2013. The aim of the project is to build a network of so-called “live laboratories called “EnergyViLLab (Energy Virtuos Living Lab) or virtual laboratories. In these laboratories various private and public organizations interested in innovative applications and solutions based on using energy from renewable sources, energy saving and sustainable mobility methods are participating.

EURL3A

In 2013, M SORA joined the European Union pilot project EURL3A (European Real Life Learning Lab Alliance), aimed at strengthening collaboration between universities, research institutions and companies. Partners from Czech Republic, Netherlands and Slovenia will organize multidisciplinary teams of students in the planning and monitoring of buildings with low energy consumption. M SORA participates as an industrial partner on the project idea of energy-driven renovation of older city buildings. The pilot project will take place in main building of University of Ljubljana at Kongresni trg.

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