Today (20th December 2022) we had the kick-off meeting of our new project “PCES, Photonic Concrete for Environmental Solutions” (TED2021-132074B-C33), funded by the Agencia Estatal de Investigación (AEI). Here we seek a reduction of the energy related with concrete following three main lines:
- Changing the cement recipe to ease microwave clinkering at a reduced temperature, reducing the carbon fingerprint.
- Developing a photonic concrete compatible with radiative cooling by doping the concrete matrix with micro/nanoparticles of different materials, reducing the energy consumption of conventional cooling systems like air conditioning.
- Exploiting the radiative cooling properties and engineering surface microscale texture to produce water by ambient dew water harvesting.
Project’s Principal investigators are Jorge S. Dolado (CFM-CSIC), Andrés Ayuela (CFM-CSIC), Juan José Gaitero (TECNALIA), Miguel Beruete and Iñigo Liberal Olleta (UPNA). No doubt we are the best team to achieve all these ambitious goals!