Eddytec is the newest spin out of Hogeschool van Amsterdam (HvA) and University of Amsterdam (UvA). It develops sensing solutions for detection of defects in carbon fibre composites. Cracks and imperfections can make these materials less strong and thus reduces their lifetime. Eddytec offers a fast, reliable, and affordable technique which for instance can be used to build windmills and airplanes. Both industries in which any defects have great implications. It’s technique derives from research of Dr. Rudolf Sprik (UvA) and dr. Christiaan Schoemaker (HvA), two of the three co-founders.
Windmills, planes, ships and cars
Cracks and imperfections can make carbon fibre composites less strong and that reduces their lifetime. With the fast, and affordable technique of Eddytec the manufacturing process benefits and extend the lifetime of materials. With that it strives to contribute to efficient use of resources and less waste. Further, Eddytec offers an innovative and potentially superior product that can compete existing alternatives in many application areas. The market in which the technology can be applied is relatively large and includes aviation, shipping, the automotive industry and windmills. This year, dr. Alina Chanaewa joined the founding team to bring this valuable technology to the market. As the former Chief Technology Officer at Skytree, she brings product development experience to Eddytec.
Valorisation funding, infrastructure, and support
Eddytec is an excellent example of research transforming into a product by deploying the university’s valorization facilities. Eddytec first working prototype was developed with a Proof-of-Concept grant, granted by IXA in 2018. At academic incubator Demonstrator Lab Amsterdam the team behind Eddytec developed their technology further, with support from IXA’s team of experts and funding from NWO (Dutch Research Council). The final step for Eddytec towards becoming a spin-off was bridged with pre-seed funding from HvA | UvA Ventures Holding BV.
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