Initiated by the Air Liquide R&D and the French start-up Poly-Shape, specialized in additive manufacturing, the collaborative project FAIR aims to offer, in the next 3 to 5 years, intensified equipment (reactors-exchangers) that is more compact, more energy efficient and more cost- effective for many industries (chemical, petrochemical, aerospace, automotive) and tertiary services (heat pumps, cogeneration). Adisseo and Auer, along with five academic partners, are also involved in the project intended to create and sustain a genuine French industrial sector.
FAIR has received EUR 10.5M in financial support for a total cost of EUR 35M over 4 years, in connection with the PIA Future Investments Program operated by Bpifrance. The FAIR project is developing skills and expertise in the field of additive manufacturing by incorporating, for the first time, constraints that are mechanical, thermal, fluidic, and chemical. It covers design, manufacturing, functionalization, integration, and the uses of this new “intensified” equipment. This collaborative project is further illustration of the Air Liquide group’s open innovation strategy.