SO WHAT Project Exploitation Workshop

Sustainable Innovations (SIE), one of our consortium partners, conducted an exploitation workshop earlier last May to assess the project’s requirements regarding exploitable results and Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)

The session was led by Marina García, Sustainable Innovations’ Marketing and Business Specialist, and attended by several partners who contributed with their inputs on key exploitable results that could be generated during the project.

The outcomes of this workshop will serve to elaborate an exploitation plan and a business strategy that allow the consortium to take the most out of the tool that we are developing.

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The consortium partners speak about the importance of the SO WHAT project

The consortium partners speak about the importance of the SO WHAT project

During our consortium meeting in December, we interviewed our partners to get a better understanding of their involvement in the project. Three of them, Francisco Javier Morentin Gutiérrez from CARTIF, Giorgio Bonvicini from RINA and Stan Verdonck from POM Antwerpen – talked about the relevance of the So WHAT – Project and mentioned the following key points:

➤ Waste Heat recovery presents a great opportunity to improve energy efficiency.

➤ The tool being developed will allow deeper interaction of the industrial sites with their surroundings and maximize the integration with District Heating and Cooling in the area.

➤The So WHAT Project will ease feasibility studies to recover Waste Heat and Cold, and it will enhance the collaboration needed to achieve a greener world.

Watch the video below to find out more, a visit our consortium section to find out more about our partners: https://sowhatproject.eu/partners/


SO WHAT hosts online consortium meeting

The SO WHAT partners celebrated its second General Assembly Meeting on April 15. This gathering was meant to take place in Constanta, Romania, but due to the restrictions related to COVID19 it was hosted online.

All the partners connected to an online session during which they presented the project’s progress, activities performed and forthcoming ones, as the first year since the project started nears.

In addition, different working sessions were held as well, to discuss the upcoming work and strategy. Despite the session being held remotely, there are great ideas and inputs coming up!


User requirements for the SO WHAT tool

The main objective of SO WHAT is to develop and demonstrate an integrated software which will support industries and energy utilities in selecting, simulating and comparing alternative Waste Heat and Waste Cold (WH/C) exploitation technologies that could cost-effectively balance the local forecasted H&C demand also via renewable energy sources (RES) integration.

It’s key to understand the specific needs of the industry and energy utilities, so the tool can be design according to their requirements. In order to gather the most important features that the software should have, we carried out a research based on a design-thinking workshop, interviews and an online survey. We involved industrial sites and stakeholders to understand the main user requirements for the software.

The inputs from the interview, questionnaires and workshop responses have been analysed and grouped into technical requirements from a user perspective. The below shows areas that are common to all users:

• Simple and standardized input formats

• Ability to show the amount, quality and reliability of waste heat/cold

• Exergy analysis

• Cost benefit and life cycle analysis

• Environmental benefits calculation (CO2)

• User-friendliness

• Demand and supply matching

If you would like to learn more about the methodology and the results of the research, check our public deliverable: https://sowhatproject.eu/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Report-on-end-users%E2%80%99-current-status-practices-and-needs-in-waste-HC-recovery-and-R_compressed.pdf


SO WHAT hosts meeting, co-creation workshop and panel in Antwerp

The SO WHAT project celebrated its first General Assembly meeting in Antwerp, Belgium, on December 10th.

The session was hosted at the YUST hotel, where the consortium partners assessed the progress of this project, six months after its kick off.

In addition to presenting the activities carried out, the partners held three working tables to discuss the project’s upcoming developments. Moreover, Sustainable Innovations Europe, with the support of RINA and CARTIF, organized a co-creation workshop in the evening. During this design thinking session, the consortium members and external guests joined in a dynamic exercise to define the requirements for the tool that SO WHAT is developing. They had to put themselves in the shoes of the potential end users of the SO WHAT tool: ESCOS, industries and municipalities, and determine which features would be essential, important and interesting to have.

On the following day, December 11th, some of the partners participated in the District Heating Workshop in Antwerp, organized by one of the project partners, the Province of Antwerp, together with ISVAG, DBDH, EnergyVille, ODE Vlaanderen and Interafval (VVSG).

There, Nick Purshouse, from IESVE, had the chance to participate in a panel about smart district heating in smart cities, and to present the project’s main goals and objectives.

Europe is wasting enough heat to almost cover the current heat demands in all its buildings. To avoid all this energy going wasted and to boost a smarter, more efficient and sustainable sector, the SO WHAT project is developing an integrated software tool. Once running, it will allow easily auditing, mapping and simulating energy recovery and reusing processes. The tool will support industries and energy utilities in selecting best options to recover heat wasted to match local demand. Ultimately, it is expected to boost the transition towards a low-carbon heating and cooling system.


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