The COPERNIC consortium consists of an interdisciplinary team from European research institutes (CEA, WRUT) and industry (SFC, RAIGI, Optimum CPV (ex Seifert Skinner Associates - SSA) and ANLEG). The research institutions and industrial companies have a long expertise in material design for industry and have been in several European and national collaborations. As a matter of fact the consortium contains EU research and industry organisations pioneering in composite type IV vessels on different aspects such as manufacturing processes, coupling devices and integration for on board storage.