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On the 30 & 31 August 2018, international researchers from 20 countries, 6 continents and 29 universities and companies gathered in Brno for the 2nd SPIL Scientific Conference on Energy, Water, Emission and Waste in Industry and Cities, at Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of Brno University of Technology (BUT).
The conference adopted an intensive two-day format with plenary lectures, supplemented by panel and group discussions and poster sessions. The conference was organised by the Sustainable Process Integration Laboratory (SPIL), which is led by Professor Dr Ing Jiří Jaromír Klemeš, DSc, dr h c (mult).
Guest delegates joined BUT staff and student delegates to have the privilege to learn from and interact with internationally recognised authorities. The delegates represented countries including Austria, China, Germany, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Poland, Russian Federation, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan ROC, United Kingdom, and Ukraine. Among the delegates were Editors-in-Chief of high impact international journals – Journal of Cleaner Production and Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews (Elsevier).
To bridge the gap between industry and academia research, the managing director of CALGAVIN, UK (an international high-tech heat transfer intensification company) and representatives of local industry joined the conference. Delegates also had the opportunity to visit the laboratories of UPI – Institute of Process Engineering and EI- Energy Institute of BUT.
The conference generated substantial external exposure for Brno University of Technology, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, NETME Centre and SPIL. Since the 1st SPIL Conference last year, several noticeable results have developed including joint publications in high Impact Factor journals and several joint EU Project applications.
SPIL project, and its conference, is co-funded by the European Union and the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, via grant No. CZ.02.1.01/0.0/0.0/15_003/0000456 of the “Operational Programme Research, Development and Education”, Priority 1: Strengthening capacity for quality research. More information here.
The world of mobility solutions is spinning faster every day, defining another role for the automotive industry. Today, winning in this very competitive market is not about brands nor the prevalence of a means of transport, it is about building mobility ecosystems in certain geographies that attract investment and foster innovation.
Currently, we see mobility hubs mainly created in China and the United States – what does it take for Europe to keep up with pace? Looking east in Europe might be a good bet. CEE, including Slovakia, has historically been a popular destination for investment into the automotive industry but does it offer the infrastructure and framework and the resources that are needed?
In a breakfast panel discussion organised by CMS and Pedersen & Partners, experts from across industry will discuss what the future holds for the car industry in Central-Eastern Europe.
Wednesday 10 October, Radisson Blu Carlton Hotel Bratislava, Slovakia
This event is free of charge and by invitation only. Please register no later than 21 September with Silvia Jasurkova, on email@example.com or +421 911 541 694.
Wednesday 10 October, 2018, 8:30am – 11:15am
Venue: Radisson Blu Carlton Hotel, Hviezdoslavovo námestie 185/3, Bratislava, Slovakia
Confirmed speakers include
Visionary, mobility enthusiast, entrepreneur and Liftago founder with the ambition to create conditions in the Ústí nad Labem region (Northern Bohemia) that would attract a global autonomous mobility player.
Former president and vice-president of the Slovak Automotive Industry Association (ZAPSR). He is an engineer with nearly 40 years of experience in the automotive industry. He has held positions of board member at Volkswagen in Slovakia and VW companies abroad.
Joined Aeromobil as Quality and Vehicle Programme Manager in 2016 bringing more than 30 years of experience in the automotive sector with Rover, BMW and Rolls-Royce.
Active member and previous chairman of the Slovak Electric Vehicle Association, he is co-founder and managing partner in GreenWay – a leading Charging Service Provider for EV in Central Europe – and co-founder in Voltia, which deploys electric vehicles into logistic fleets.
Idea generator and leader at the Innovation Centre of the Ústí nad Labem region (Northern Bohemia). With years of experience acquired from the Slovakian Government Office and the non-profit sector, he is working to create an ecosystem for innovation in Northern Bohemia.
Dr. Saul Reichman
Innovation expert with more than a decade experience in technological investments, entrepreneurship and work with multinationals. Previously, he established Renault’s Open Innovation Lab in Israel while founding the Israel Multinational Automotive Forum (IMAF). He is currently Global Innovation & Corporate Venturing Director at Maxion Wheels.
Active in Hungary, Slovakia and Czech Republic, Martin is co-head of the CMS Auto-Tech Group and mainly advises multinationals, both OEMs and suppliers, on their greenfield investments across Central and Eastern Europe.
An engineer by training, Maymoon has a career in strategic management positions at globally operating technology companies. He is currently responsible for R&D and Operations at the Driving Assistance Systems operations of Valeo in the Czech Republic.
Magnus Wied, Principal, Pedersen & Partners (Frankfurt)
Laurence Kalman, Partner, CMS (London)
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We participated in the first Maker Faire in the Czech Republic, where we presented strojLAB, the first university in the Czech Republic, and FabLabNet network through presentation and exhibited prototypes, created under support of strojLAB.
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A bicycle frame printed on a 3D printer, large-format 3D printers but also a formicarium or a board game where players shoot at the game-board squares with a miniature catapult – these are some of the prototypes created by students of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of the Brno University of Technology during the first year of the operation of strojLAB, the only university FabLab in the Czech Republic. On Friday, April 6, the students introduced their prototypes at the University 3D print festival – FabFest.
“Last year, when strojLAB was opened, we were curious to see how the students would accept it. It turned out that they had missed such a place at the university and that they really have a lot of creative ideas for innovation using 3D printing and digital technologies. 130 students across the BUT registered at strojLAB during the first year of its operation and we believe this number will continue to grow in the future. Therefore, within FabFest, we opened a second strojLAB laboratory to give students more room for work,” said David Paloušek, Head of Department of Reverse Engineering and Additive Manufacturing at the Institute of Machine Design. The laboratory is equipped mainly with 3D printers.
From the technical point of view, the most demanding prototypes created in the 3D print laboratory were 3D printers which were designed, constructed and tested by the students themselves. One of them was created by Josef Březina.
“The development of the large-format printer took several months. My printer is exceptional in having a large printable area, 52 x 52 x 50 cm. Thanks to such a large area, I was even able to print components for a bicycle frame,” said Mr. Březina. And so the road bike belongs to one of the most interesting prototypes which have been created in the lab. The aim of his work was to explore the possibilities of innovation in construction of both devices.
In strojLAB, equipment and machines can be also used by people with an interesting business idea. For example, young innovators have created a prototype of an entertaining board game where the dice is replaced by miniature catapults. Also, they have devised magnetic formicariums, i.e. aquariums for ants. “Abroad, fablabs along with hubs and other open workshops are among the places where interesting projects are born and some of them are even able to penetrate the market. The advantage of fablab at our faculty is that the students gain top knowledge since they have the possibility to consult researchers about their projects and they have an opportunity to take a close look at scientific work. You will not find that in another fablab,” added David Paloušek.
Registration and use of FabLab is free of charge for BUT students. In cooperation with more experienced users and researchers, they first undergo necessary training and then they may start working on their projects. The students acquire skills to be able to work with a 3D printer, basics of vacuum forming, machining and the most advanced may work with cutting-edge equipment such as the metal 3D printer or the Kuka robot for machining and large-format 3D printing. StrojLAB is also used by student teams which design a Formula or a pneumobile and they compete in international races.
FabLabNet – the European network of FabLabs helps spread the know-how
StrojLAB opening as well as organizing the festival was possible thanks to the involvement of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of Brno University of Technology in the European project FabLabNet. Since 2016, the project has brought together nine European FabLabs in order to promote shared know-how in this dynamically growing field. Brno University of Technology is the only representative of the Czech Republic and also the only university in Europe involved in the project. Other partners are workshops focused on high-tech craftsmen or designers located in Germany, Austria, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Poland, Hungary or Slovakia.
The first year of The SPIL Scientific Conference is behind with more than 170 participants from all over the world. The invited experts talked about their researches and experiences from The United States of America, Colombia, Ireland and also from New Zealand, China or The Philippines.
We would like to thank all participants for the amazing atmosphere and great networking opportunities. We hope you enjoyed the first year of The SPIL Scientific Conference, organised by the SPIL team from NETME Centre and Faculty of Mechanical Engineering Brno University of Technology. See you next year in Brno!
The main focus of the SPIL Scientific conference is to share new knowledge and implementation progress from all areas of Process Integration and Sustainability research.
The keynote presenters are world-leading researchers, who will provide unique insights into their team’s latest focuses and developments.
The conference includes keynote lectures, interactive workshops, and ample opportunity to strengthen research collaboration and meet with the leading experts. The conference fee is free. See detailed information on www.conferencespil.com.
The SPIL project is co-funded by the European Union.