Work packages

The ECOPRESSWOOD project started in March 2014 and is divided into several work packages and consortia members who are responsible for particular package is shown in the following table:

A detailed 3 year Work Plan has been carefully divided in 8 Work Packages (WP). As the GANTT shows, it work plan has been structured with 28 specific, measurable and time-bound Deliverables (D) assigned to Task in order to achieve 6 verifiable Milestones (M).

Tasks dealing with ECOPRESWOOD technologies for the 3 complementary objectives of

a) synthesizing a bio-based resin from biodiesel residues,

b) evaluation of the effect of adding oxide ceramic nanoparticles to the resin mix in the wood panel properties and

c) preparing wood panels with formaldehyde emissions at natural wood levels, will be included in WP 1 to 6 for a better integration and a closer monitoring.

Our project comprises 5 WPs devoted to R&D activities and one devoted to Demonstration activities, designed to ensure the correct timing of the technology developments whilst minimizing the project risks.

Two additional WPs have also been included to run throughout the project.

One is devoted to Other Activities, including Training, Dissemination, IP protection and Exploitation. The second is a Management WP related to the Project Coordination.

The participants involved in each task have been selected to obtain an optimal allocation of resources and expertise in order to ensure the achievement of the project objectives.

In order to provide a general vision of the timing of ECOPRESSWOOD project, we will better explain, which WPs are involved for the achievement of each of the 3 main technological objectives

1.)   To develop a thermosetting resin using biodiesel residues as starting material for its synthesis

2.)   To define the optimal chemical composition, concentration and dispersion rates  of oxide ceramic nanoparticles to be used as wood resin additives for improving wood panel performance

3.)   To develop wood based panels with emission levels similar to natural wood and the same properties than the analogous products produced using formaldehyde resins

The activities related to Training, Dissemination, IP protection and Exploitation are gathered in WP7, led by the Dissemination Manager will be responsible for orchestrating the dissemination. The Exploitation Manager will be responsible of IPR protection and exploitation activities. The Dissemination Manager will also set up to look after the definition and the implementation of the training sessions. This will ensure an effective transfer of knowledge, initially from RTDs to SME-IAGs and, subsequently, from SME-IAGs to member SMEs. Finally, activities related to Project Management are addressed in WP8 led by the project coordinator.

In order to maximize the success of the project, best Project Management Policies recommend performing a risk assessment study, which should include technical and managerial risks. This study considers for each individual risk, an assessment of its probability (possibility of happening), the impact (the dimension of the potential consequences if the risk actually happens), and a risk matrix which graphically shows the how this two values combined result in a final risk rating.

Risks in the green part of the risk matrix can be considered of very low importance and with low impact on the project. Risks in the yellow part of the risk matrix are perfectly normal in an R&D project and will be monitored during the project and re-assessed at every milestone. Risks in the orange part of the risk table would imply a need for an alternative route to get to the final objectives. The overall potential impact of all combined risks will be continuously revised by the Project Board (particularly at milestones), to ensure that the substantial results and objectives of the project are not endangered.