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Profesor Jiří Klemeš s čínskými vědci

An excellent international research team is to commence research at the NETME Centre

PRESS RELEASE – An international research team supervised by Professor Jiri Klemes is starting a new project called Sustainable Process Integration Laboratory (SPIL) at the NETME Centre. The project is to last five years and is subsidized from the Operational Program Research, Development and Education. The research team aims to provide unique and practical results that will help increase the efficiency of process and power industries.

The alarming values of greenhouse gases lead the attention of the team to the minimization of the so-called carbon footprint as well as nitrogen, ecological and water footprints. The team strives to provide complex energy-saving solutions. Success of the future research is substantiated by the long-term, worldwide research activities of Professor Jiri Klemes, an international scientist.

Professor Klemes has worked at foreign universities for decades. He is also a frequent participant at important scientific conferences and has coordinated the PRES conference (Conference of Process Integration, Modelling and Optimisation for Energy Saving and Pollution Reduction), a prestigious conference dedicated to topics such as integration of processes and sustainability.

Professor Klemes has decided to relocate to the NETME Centre, within the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at the Brno University of Technology, to supervise the new research project. The professor’s goal is to make the SPIL a facility that is comparable to similar international laboratories and that is also able to compete with them.

“At the end of my career, I’ve decided to come back to Brno and use my reputation to bring some excellent foreign researchers with me. Research is a bit like genetics and new blood is always useful. I’m glad that in addition to researchers from the Energy Institute and Institute of Process Engineering from the Brno Faculty, there will also be researchers from New Zealand, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Malaysia and China in the team,” said Professor Klemes, Director of the new Laboratory.

The SPIL project will initiate cooperation with four renowned international universities: the University of Manchester from the UK, University of Maribor in Slovenia, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia in Johor Bahru, and Hebei University of Technology in Tianjin, China. The team will profit from common research, exchange of research knowledge, writing of expert publications, mobility and cooperation with PhD students. All of these activities will further strengthen the international nature of the NETME Centre.

FME and BUT will greatly benefit from the international nature of the research and its competitiveness as well as from an increase in the reputation of the Centre and the potential arrival of new, foreign PhD students.

“When deciding on a university, PhD students consider not only various charts comparing the quality of the universities; they also look for personalities working at those particular universities. This is the case especially for technical students. Starting a scientific career is thus much easier for them,” says Professor Klemes. And he continues: “Young researchers are an invaluable contribution. We must create excellent working conditions for them so that they may discover and invent something new. We at the NETME Centre have succeeded and created this environment for them.” Research at the SPIL project commences in February 2017 and will last five years. 

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SPIL project (Sustainable Process Integration Laboratory)

The project, established at the NETME Centre (Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at the Brno University of Technology), is guided by an international research team, supervised by Professor Jiri Klemes. The SPIL project has been drafted and developed at the NETME Centre and subsidized from the Operational Program Research, Development and Education. The project commenced on 1 February 2017, and will last five years. The project objective is to establish an international, competitive research facility, and to simultaneously provide both unique and practical knowledge which will promote an increase in efficiency of processes and power industries, in other words knowledge that will help minimize the so-called greenhouse, nitrogen, ecological and water footprints.

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NETME Centre

NETME Centre is a regional R&D centre built at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Brno University of Technology, Czech Rep. The Centre was established in 2010 and quickly became a modern R&D centre. The NETME Centre especially strives to innovate mechanical engineering and machine industry in the Czech Republic. The Centre further helps promote expert knowledge so that the mechanical engineering disciplines may thrive and be sustainable in the future.

The Centre focuses on four technical disciplines: aircraft industry, automobile industry, power industry and manufacturing technology.

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Research centres will present their activities to companies

NETME Centre, alongside the research centres AdMas and CEITEC – which also form an integral part of BUT, will present its activities at a workshop organised by The Regional Chamber of Commerce Brno. The presentation will be held on 1st March 2017 in Brno. The main goal of the meeting is to present all research centres of BUT and possibilities of cooperation between scientific institutions and industry. NETME Centre is the largest centre of mechanical engineering in the Czech Republic, and its technological capabilities and key facilities will be presented by research director Ing. Pavel Krečmer, Ph.D.

The meeting will be held on 1st March 2017 from 9 a.m. in the pavilion of The Regional Chamber of Commerce Brno at Brno Exhibition Centre. See the detailed programme and regisration options for participants. We are looking forward to meeting you!

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The project team of NETME Centre helped 17 projects in 2016

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In 2016 the project team of NETME Centre realized the internal audit of the FSI’s scientific potential, it also organized three informational seminars on Horizon 2020 and made 39 individual project’s consultations with faculty members. Based on these consultations, the faculty members submitted 17 international projects. The project team also attended in total five foreign professional trainings and 13 foreign business trips aiming at developing R&D cooperation with leading research organizations and other foreign partners.

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FabLab – innovation ecosystem

The Faculty of Mechanical Engineering (FME) at the Brno University of Technology (BUT), the Institute of Machine and Industrial Design and Computer Agency, o.p.s. organize two partner events FabLab – innovation ecosystem and Autodesk Academia Forum 2016. The project partner of the events is the South Moravian Innovation Centre (JIC). Both events will be held on December 1, 2016 at 9:00 at the FME. During the introduction of project FabLab lectures will be held on digital production and innovation. There will also be available a workshop for 3D modeling Fusion 360 and visits to workplaces for 3D printing metals (SLM) and industrial robot.

“If there is a tool to awaken young people´s passion for research and development, and innovation and entrepreneurship, it would be a shame not to use it,“ says associate professor David Paloušek, leader for FabLabNet project.

The presentation will be given by companies DEPO2015, JIC, Happylab, NETME Centre and Y Soft. Each company will present a short lecture to introduce themselves and familiarize participants with its activities.

Event FabLab – innovation ecosystem is held under the FabLabNet project funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) under the Interreg Central Europe (ICE). The project will better contribute not only to individual FabLabs and networking among themselves, but also between regional innovation actors. The Central European network of FabLabs that will be created, will lead to intense trade exchange and new prototypes produced in FabLabs.

Autodesk Academia Forum 2016

The event will continue with the sixteenth year of Autodesk Academia Forum, which is held annually for educators teaching technical subjects at secondary schools and universities. Participants will be familiarized with the latest software for teaching students. Through case studies they will learn how to connect theoretical learning with practical skills and what hardware is appropriate.

At the forum participants will also learn how CAD technology is taught in the UK and can participate in two expert workshops – Presentation of the cloud Autodesk Fusion 360 and a case study Linking CAD technology with 3D printing, which will be covered by the company Y Soft. The following day participants will visit specialized laboratories of the University of Defence engaged in aerospace engineering and aerodynamics research.

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