Agenzia Nazionale per le Nuove Tecnologie, l´Energia e lo Sviluppo Economico Sostenibile (ENEA)

ENEA is the second major Italian public research agency. Its main aim is to undertake and provide research and innovation services in the field of new technologies and energy to PA, Industry and SMEs for a sustainable development. ENEA operates with 13 research centers (>2500 empl.) and representative offices in several foreign countries. ENEA-UTTP is an ENEA technological unit (>140 researchers) that coordinates research activities of 5 laboratories that are active in the fields of Solar TD and PV systems, Sensor and Sensor Networks, Environmental monitoring and Nanotechnologies. Core mission of the participating lab (UTTP-MDB) is the research and development in intelligent chemical and physical sensing technologies ranging from single sensors development to smart multi-sensor modules embedding computational intelligence capabilities. As one of the primary enablers, Statistical Data analysis and sensor fusion methodologies are investigated and developed addressing the extraction of semantic contents from the raw sensors data stream. These technologies have been developed for applications in several scenarios: Environmental and infrastructure monitoring, Industrial NDTs, Building safety, Energy efficiency, etc., during funded projects or specific cooperation with industry partners, generating prototypes and patents. ENEA UTTP-MDB researchers have a long record of activity in the artificial olfaction field with particular expertise matured in air quality and geochemical monitoring, food quality and, specifically, NDT in aerospace industry. Involved researchers participate in several EU research programs (e.g. COST, EERA, JTI), projects (e.g. FP7 DIESIS, FP6 BONSAI, FP7-ENCOMB, JTI-CleanSky-ICARO, etc.) as well as national projects with ENEA UTTP-MDB being a key research partner of the Campania Aerospace district (e.g. MAVER, MISTRAL).

Role in the project

During project ENCOMB, ENEA researchers have investigated the application of artificial olfaction tools (i.e. e-noses) to the CFRP surface contamination detection. Results encourage further investigation and development towards and ad-hoc e-nose solution for this application in COMBONDT. To this aim, ENEA will exploit its relevant facilities and specifically Sensor fabrication and characterization lab, Electronic nose development lab, and computational intelligence lab.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 636494.

This project is endorsed by the European Aeronautics Science Network - EASN.

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