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Recording of Transforming Foundation Industries Conference available now

Our partner Oliver Milling, from Materials Processing Institute, presented the So WHAT Project and the tool we are developing at the online conference Transforming Foundation Industries organized by KTN in partnership with TFI Network+ and TransFIRe, on 3 November from 9:30 to 12:30.

The session was part of a three-day online conference that aimed to find solution providers to address the challenges of the Foundation Industries (FIs) and to discuss innovation opportunities for newer types of heat capture technologies, improved ways for moving heat energy, techniques to better match varying demands and heat streams, opportunities for co-location and methods for quicker evaluation of opportunities.

More information and recording on this link

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Giovanni Manente, from our consortium partner the University of Birmingham, participated to the 15th International Conference on Energy Storage ENERSTOCK 2021, which was organized by the University of Ljubljana – Faculty of Mechanical Engineering – and the National Institute of Chemistry in Slovenia on June 9-11. 

On Thursday 10, Giovanni presented during an online session entitled “An algorithm for optimal selection of thermal energy storage options in industrial waste heat recovery applications.” During the talk, Giovanni introduced his work within the framework of the SO WHAT project to develop an algorithm that can be used as an effective tool for choosing among thermal storage options in waste heat recovery applications.

You can see the full abstract at this link.

At the conference, many other distinguished experts presented the latest scientific and technological achievements as well as future trends and prospects related to materials, applications and systems for thermal and electrical energy storage, power-to-gas or heat applications, climate change and other related disciplines. In addition to two plenary and five keynote lectures, participants had the opportunity to present their work in oral presentations and short oral poster presentations.

Alliance for Energy Cooperation in European Industries

New Alliance for Energy Cooperation in European Industries created

● The Alliance has been set by five Horizon 2020 projects: EMB3Rs, INCUBIS, R-ACES, SO WHAT and S PARCS, which together have received a total of €14.5 million in funding from the European Commission.

● The main goal of the alliance is to maximise the projects’ impact and improve the quality and relevance of their outputs, ultimately contributing to boost energy efficiency, waste heat recovery, and energy cooperation in the European industries.

Brussels, Belgium, 13 April 2021; Five European projects working on waste heat recovery and industrial energy cooperation have joined forces and created an Alliance for Energy Cooperation in European Industries, setting up a common collaboration agreement that seeks to maximise their impact and improve the quality and the relevance of their outputs.

The establishment of the cooperation was completed on 7 March, with the approval of the “Letter of Intent of Energy Cooperation in European Industries”, during an online meeting. The five initiatives forming it, EMB3Rs, INCUBIS, R-ACES, SoWHat and S-PARCS, are funded under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, and together they combine the efforts of 64 unique partners across 18 European countries, which have received a total of €14.5 Million in funding. The collaboration began back in November 2020, with a joint online workshop on waste heat recovery and energy cooperation in European industries. Further joint activities will include the cross-validation of public project outputs and joint communication, dissemination, and training actions.

The next public upcoming action is the participation in a joint workshop that the S-PARCS partners are organising as part of this project’s final event. The five initiatives will work together in a co-creation session to define the main barriers they have identified in the valorisation of excess heat/cold and energy symbiosis. After this workshop, the partners plan to invite stakeholders to contribute with further input, which will set the basis for a policy brief with guidelines on how to boost energy efficiency, waste heat recovery, and energy cooperation in the European industries.

EMB3Rs (User-driven Energy Matching & Business Prospection Tool for Industrial Excess Heat / Cold Reduction, Recovery and Redistribution; Grant Agreement N° 847121) is investigating the potential of recovering industrial excess heat and cold and designing a platform that explores how energy normally wasted by releasing it into the environment could be reused as a valuable source for other industrial processes, district heating, and cooling or further purposes.

INCUBIS (An Energy Symbiosis Incubator for Maximizing Energy Efficiency in Industrial Parks and Districts; Grant Agreement Nº 894800) will develop a set of tools and support services to help key stakeholders in Industrial Parks and Districts in the development and implementation of Energy Symbiosis projects. Energy Symbiosis involves the use of the excess heat/cold produced by one or more industries, to provide heating, cooling, or electricity for other industries or buildings. INCUBIS will deliver its tools and services through the Virtual Incubator model, supporting and building capacity in key organizations that are ideally
positioned to facilitate Energy Symbiosis projects and drive the project development process.

R-ACES (fRamework for Actual Cooperation on Energy on Sites and Parks; Grant Agreement Nº 892429) is supporting industrial clusters and business parks in becoming ecoregions that reduce their CO2 emissions by at least 10%. To achieve this, ecoregions are created where multiple stakeholders engage in energy cooperation by exchanging heat/cold streams, investing together in renewable energy solutions, or managing energy streams through smart energy management platforms. R-ACES is further drawing on and combining the knowledge and experience gathered throughout H2020 into a set of three specific
tools embedded in selected support actions: an assessment tool, legal decision support for joint contracts, and the smart energy management platform for clusters.

SoWHat (Supporting new Opportunities for Waste Heat And cold valorisation Towards EU Decarbonization; Grant Agreement Nº 847097) is developing an integrated software to identify and simulate how industrial WH/C could cost-effectively balance with the local community’s forecasted energy demand, and how this could be integrated with renewable energy systems. The tool, designed to support different stakeholders in auditing and mapping their energy processes, will assess the impact of energy processes on both a technical and non-technical level and help to reduce the cost of energy audits. This will be validated by 11 demonstration sites that will test the software in real operating conditions in industrial facilities.

S-PARCS (Envisioning and Testing New Models of Sustainable Energy Cooperation and Services in Industrial Parks; Grant Agreement Nº 785134) presents a sound concept for reducing energy costs and energy consumption in industrial parks, while, at the same time, increasing renewable on-site energy production. It aims at moving from a single-company energy-efficient intervention approach to cooperative energy-efficient solutions, enabling higher energy savings and the subsequent increase of competitiveness of the companies located in the parks. S-PARCS will systematically analyse technical, economic, regulatory, legal, organisational, environmental, and social barriers to energy-efficient park design and operation on all levels and will provide innovative, market-ready solutions to overcome them.


So-What tool presentation

SO WHAT releases presentation about the tool being developed

SO WHAT’s main objective is to develop and demonstrate a market-ready integrated software that will support industries and energy utilities in simulating and comparing alternative Waste Heat and Waste Cold (WH/C) technologies, and simulate how to balance the local forecasted Heat and Cold demand and supply, including renewable energy sources integration. This is expected to reduce the cost and time related to energy audits and boost Waste Heat and Cold recovery and reuse.

To do so, SO WHAT is capitalizing already existing tool and knowledge from previous research experiences, and it will test the software in a set of demo sites across Europe that are active part of the project.

The project is now entering the software development phase and the consortium partners have prepared and launched a presentation providing an overview of this tool and including the following information: 

  • Overview of the tool and its functions
  • A comparison between the online (free) and advanced (commercial) versions
  • The industrial sectors that could be covered 
  • The user workflows
  • A tentative timeline and current progress

This presentation is available in the documents’ section of this website and in this link.


SO WHAT’s webinar featured by EASME

The Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) featured the webinar organised by SO WHAT in cooperation with other four European projects: EMB3RsINCUBISR-ACES and S-PARCS.

The session, which took place on November 18, 2020, revolved around WH/C recovery, the tools they are developing to empower it, and potential synergies between industrial parks and the surrounding community.




SO WHAT at Sustainable Places

Our SO WHAT consortium partner the University of Birmingham participated in the online conference Sustainable Places, where Adriano Sciacovelli presented a paper: Kinetic modelling of thermochemical energy storage reactions for storage of solar heat and waste heat.

The presentation included some of the preliminary results of the SO WHAT project, such as the main barriers identified, and a shortlist of thermochemical energy storage material options.

Sustainable Places 2020 was held over four days in digital event format and it explored sustainability themes such as: circular economy, digital twins, BIPV, local energy communities, sustainable digital infrastructure, and more.

Watch the video below with the SO WHAT presentation starting from minute 37:14.