SO WHAT at the S-PARCS Final Event in collaboration with the Alliance4ECEI

SO WHAT participated in the S-PARCS project final event, which was celebrated in collaboration with the Alliance for Energy Cooperation in European Industries (Alliance4ECEI) on June 15, 2021. The SO WHAT Project Coordinator Francesco Peccianti, from RINA Consulting, and the SO WHAT Communications Manager Ana Martinez, from Sustainable Innovations, presented at the online session.

The EMB3Rs, INCUBIS, and R-ACES, all members of the Alliance4ECEI, also joined the event, where they introduced different tools for energy efficiency and discussed the main challenges for energy cooperation and industrial symbiosis in Europe. 

In addition to the project’s contribution, the event counted on an introduction by Ian Hodgson, Policy Officer at the European Commission DG ENERGY, and Silvia Vivarelli, Senior Project Adviser at CINEA – European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency.

All the presentations of the event are available on the S-PARCS website: https://www.sparcs-h2020.eu/final-event/


Visit to LIPOR demo site in Portugal

On 1 June, Francesco Peccianti and Giorgio Bonvicini, from RINA Consulting, the entity coordinating the SO WHAT Project, visited LIPOR’s facilities in the Greater Porto Area in Portugal. There, they discussed with our partners from LIPOR about Waste Heat recovery opportunities and assessed monitoring infrastructures.

LIPOR, the Intermunicipal Waste Management Service of Greater Porto, was founded in 1982 as Municipality Association and it manages, recovers, and treats the municipal waste produced in eight municipalities of the Greater Porto Area: Espinho, Gondomar, Maia, Matosinhos, Porto, Póvoa de Varzim, Valongo, and Vila do Conde.

LIPOR is participating in the SO WHAT project mainly with respect to its Energy Recovery plant located in Maia, Portugal, treating 380,000 tons of waste per year. The plant is composed by high temperature gases that go through an energy recovery boiler, which uses the heat to produce steam for power production. In this framework, a study was developed in 2017 to assess the technical-economic feasibility of recovery waste heat of LIPOR’s Energy Recovery plant and the implementation of a district heating system connecting LIPOR and the Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport, in Oporto. Multiple different options were considered, such as additional burning of waste in the boiler, additional drawing of turbine steam in medium pressure extraction, heat recovery of the exhaust gas from the boiler. With its involvement in SO WHAT, LIPOR will go further in waste heat and cold WH/C valorisation investments related to Oporto Airport.

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SO WHAT celebrates month 24 General Assembly meeting

The SO WHAT Project celebrated its fifth General Assembly meeting online on 30 April, 2021, when all the partners gathered to assess the work carried out during the first 24 months of the project, and to plan on the next steps.

The new SO WHAT Project Officer Olav Luyckx, Project Manager at the European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA), also joined the meeting to introduce himself, greet all the partners and do a brief follow up on the work progress and upcoming activities. 

The main activities performed during this period laid down the theoretical framework of the project regarding data handling, technologies and mapping, and defined the architecture and functionalities of the tool. This set the basis for the tool development, which is currently undergoing, and for the composition of the different modules, which are being integrated.

The upcoming tasks were also presented, and their implementation discussed. They mainly revolve around finalising the development of the tool, its testing and validation, which will be boosted through the promotion and enlargement of the stakeholders community involved in the project. Moreover, an assessment will be carried out to understand the impact of the SO WHAT tool and a set of lessons learnt from different perspectives in its development will be collected. This, together with a refinement of the exploitation strategy, will enhance the replicability of the project outcomes and the continued utilisation of the tool once the project is completed.


Successful Intermediate Review for So What

The SO WHAT project is on the right track! That was the overall conclusion from the review meeting that we held on February 23 with our Project Officer and the European Commission representatives.

Over 18 months, the consortium members have worked hard to research and leverage previous existing knowledge and an already existing tool, to set up the basis for the development of the SO WHAT integrated tool.

The software has now entered the development phase, and later it will be tested across the different demo sites that are active part of the project.

The tool is expected to 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.

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The SoWhat tool to be presented in the webinar Digital Solutions for Industry

The So What Project coordinator RINA is hosting a webinar entitled Digital Solutions for Industry on February 22, 2021, from 11:00 to 12:30 (CET).

The session will showcase different innovative digital solutions that are being used or developed by four different European research projects: SHIP2FAIR, SO WHAT, RETROFEED and ECOFACT, which tackle different steps of the value chain.

In particular, the following solutions will be presented:

  • the SHIP2FAIR Replication Tool that supports the design phase of solar heat technology in industrial processes and the development of techno-economic feasibility studies;
  • the SO WHAT Integrated Tool that supports industries and energy utilities in selecting, simulating and comparing alternative waste heat and waste cold exploitation technologies for the heat and cold processes demand reduction;
  • the tool that allowed to carry out the RETROFEED industrial sites energy audits even during the first Covid-19 pandemic lockdown;
  • the ECOFACT platform built in a multi-service approach providing an innovative holistic combination of functionalities for advanced energy-efficient, sustainable process / product design and manufacturing management.

The webinar is open to all European and worldwide industrial players, as well as researchers, representatives of companies, associations, actors in the manufacturing sector.

Register in this link and discover with us the innovative digital solutions for industry!

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Webinar on waste heat and energy cooperation in European Industries

Last week, the SO WHAT Project hosted a webinar on waste heat and cold (WH/C) recovery and energy cooperation in European Industries, together with the EMB3RsINCUBISR-ACES and S-PARCS projects.

The five sister initiatives, funded under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, presented their work on industrial WH/C recovery, the tools they are developing to empower it, and potential synergies between industrial parks and the surrounding community.

We discussed on the importance of boosting a more sustainable energy in Europe and highlighted the common goals of all five initiatives:

– Lower energy costs

– More sustainable & efficient energy

– CO2 reduction

– EU cooperation boosted

In addition, there was some time dedicated towards the end of the session for audience questions.



R-ACES to join SO WHAT webinar on waste heat recovery and energy cooperation

The two sustainable energy projects SO WHAT and R-ACES held a videoconference on November 5 to discuss potential synergies and collaboration between both initiatives.

One of the most inmediate outcomes of the talks was the addition of the R-ACES project to an upcoming webinar organised by SO WHAT: Waste heat recovery and energy cooperation in European Industries.

The session, which will take place on November 18, from 11:00 to 12:30 (CET) will count with the participation of five projects revolving around industrial waste heat and cold valorization, energy cooperation and energy symbiosis: SO WHATEMB3RsINCUBISR-ACES and S-PARCS

You can register now for free:  http://bit.ly/sowhat-webinar


SO WHAT hosts webinar with related projects

Genoa, Italy, November 3, 2020. The smart and sustainable energy projects SO WHAT, EMB3Rs, INCUBIS, R-ACES and S-PARCS, are organizing a joint webinar: Waste heat recovery and energy cooperation in European Industries, to be held on November 18.  

These five sister initiatives, funded under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, will present their work on industrial WH/C recovery, the tools they are developing to empower it, and potential synergies between industrial parks and the surrounding community.

The aim of the session is to explore different solutions to enhance a smart and sustainable energy use in industrial contexts, as well as WH/C recovery and reutilization, to find synergies between the work the different projects are carrying out, and to raise awareness among stakeholders on the new tools under development. Likewise, the webinar will include time for discussion and questions from the audience.

Register for free now: http://bit.ly/sowhat-webinar

Download the full press release here


SO WHAT holds consortium meeting

The SO WHAT partners celebrated its third General Assembly Meeting via teleconference on October 28 and 29.

All the partners connected to an online session during which they discussed the project’s progress, activities performed and forthcoming ones. During the first day, they presented the work carried out and analyzed the status of the project, while the second day focused on the work at the demo sites and included a workshop to discuss on the key exploitable results and outcomes of this initiative.

It’s great to see all the So WHAT partners, even if just online, and take the time to evaluate together the work we are carrying out!


The consortium partners speak about their work in the SO WHAT project

During our consortium meeting in December, we interviewed some of our partners to get a better understanding of their involvement in this project that aims to support industries and energy utilities in auditing and mapping their energy processes.

Adriano Sciacovelli, from our partner entity the University of Birmingham explains that they are developing a technology database and studying the role of thermal energy storage and how it can integrate waste heat and waste cold recovery. After these models are developed, they will integrate them in the SO WHAT tool.

José María Cuartas Alonso from ELEUKON Global SLU, talks on their involvement as one of the demo sites. They seek to reuse the waste heat produced in the factory in Navia for district heating. 

Sabina Fiorot from Environment Park, speaks about their involvement in cluster activities and in the development of the training plan linked to the tool.

Last, but not least, our project coordinator from RINAFrancesco Peccianti explains that they are looking at the industries and at the surrounding areas to match both their needs in a way that heating and cooling becomes more sustainable and waste heat is recovered.

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