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Dieses von der Gebert Rüf Stiftung geförderte Projekt wird von folgenden weiteren Projektpartnern mitgetragen:
ETH Pioneer Fellowship; BRIDGE Proof of Concept; Venture Kick; Climate KIC
Project no: GRS-054/18
Amount of funding: CHF 150'000
Duration: 07.2019 - 06.2020
Area of activity: InnoBooster, seit 2018
Dr. Etienne Jeoffroy
Department of Materials Science
8049 Zürich (Schweiz)
- etienne.jeoffroy@mat. ethz. ch
Today’s materials used for building insulation are mostly flammable, toxic and having a marked carbon footprint. After the London Grenfell fire in 2017 and the Paris agreement on Climate change in 2015, the introduction of new regulations on building insulating materials has been leading to an urgent demand for non-flammable and eco-friendly solutions. Remarkably, buildings account for 38% of the total energy consumption and 30% of the global greenhouse gas (GHG) worldwide. To reduce this detrimental impact, novel and high-efficient materials are needed to limit heat transfer and losses. Additionally, thermal insulation materials are expected to reduce by 20% the total energy costs of buildings by 2030. The proposed solutions must fulfill stringent regulations, namely the use of non-flammable, non-toxic and environmental-friendly materials. For those reasons, it is crucial to find safe and cost-effective solutions able to prevent fire tragedies and reduce the energy costs involved in the thermal management of buildings.
FenX mission is to provide innovative and high impact solutions which involve transversally the society, prevent new fire tragedies and improve the current market offer with high-tech and cost-efficient insulating materials. Based on a scientific breakthrough developed at ETH Zurich, FenX transforms mineral waste into highly porous foams with unprecedented and tunable porosity level that can be produced through advanced processing methods, such as extrusion or 3D printing. This enables FenX to design highly porous materials with excellent thermal properties by simply exploiting devalued and widely available raw materials. More importantly, FenX’s foams can be fabricated at ambient temperature yielding to minimal CO2 emissions.
What is special about the project?
This project is expected to have significant and tangible implications for the thermal management of buildings and it can be applicable worldwide in a decentralized fashion using local and sustainable sources. In fact, FenX's solutions will be affordable and applicable to different kinds of buildings, equipping them with an efficient and safe insulating technology. Therefore, fire tragedies like the London Grenfell tower will be prevented and the overall thermal efficiency of buildings enhanced. Remarkably, this technology is applicable to both newly constructed or to-renovate buildings. Taking benefit from the huge and evolving insulation market, this new generation of inorganic foam products are destined to become a lasting revolution in the building insulation.
FenX is currently focusing on the new prototype of insulation panel before going to certification.
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Persons involved in the project
Last update to this project presentation 11.10.2019