SO WHAT at EUSEW’S Extended Programme

Our technical project coordinator Nick Purshouse, from IES Ltd., participated in an online workshop in the framework of EUSEW’s Extended Programme on Monday, 12 October 2021.

The session was organized in cooperation with the Alliance for Energy Cooperation in European Industries (Alliance4ECEI) and it aimed at exploring the role that industrial waste heat and cold recovery, as well as energy cooperation in Industrial Parks can play in the energy transition and in benefiting economic growth.

All the speakers that participated in this session have in-depth experience with cooperative, industrial solutions and talked about the challenges energy cooperation projects face from the perspectives of different actors. Moreover, they also presented the main barriers they are facing to boost the collaboration and possible pathways to overcome them, with a specific focus on the tools and concepts they are developing, as well as on the policy framework needed and real-life examples and best practices across Europe.


SO WHAT celebrates M30 General Assembly Meeting

The SO WHAT Project partners hosted an online General Assembly meeting on 6 and 7 October, to evaluate the work performed in the first 30 months of the project and coordinate the upcoming activities.

Until now the theoretical foundations of the project have been laid, including data handling, technologies and mapping; the specifications of the tool and the common IT framework were defined, and the economic focus of the project (contracts, barriers, CBA, financing model) was analysed.

At the moment, the tool development is undergoing, all the technologies are being implemented in the tool in different ways, and the integration of different modules is being performed.

Validation is also starting in this phase. The analysis of demo and case studies for the future testing and the replication are soon to be performed.

Last, but not least, the training modules are under development, aiming to ease the further replication and exploitation of the SO WHAT Tool.

In addition to analysing the activities carried out and planning the work ahead, the project partners also engaged in an Exploitation Workshop led by Sustainable Innovations to assess the project’s Key Exploitable Results and how to make the most out of them.

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SO WHAT at Sustainable Places 2021

The SO WHAT project participated, together with the Alliance for Energy Cooperation in European Industries, in the Industry 4.1 paper session at the Sustainable Places event in Rome, September 30.

Our project coordinator Francesco Peccianti from RINA Consulting, presented the Alliance4ECEI’s goals and objectives and each of the projects that form it. He also stressed out, taking advantage of the technical audience of this event, that the alliance is looking for new collaborators to join. In case you missed the presentation, you can find it here.

And, if you are interested in becoming a member of the Alliance4ECEII, you can contact ys by sending an email to info@alliance4ecei.eu.

The objectives of the Alliance4ECEI are to

  • enhance the collaboration to boost energy efficiency in European industries,
  • maximize the impact and improve the quality and the relevance of the outputs generated by each of the projects conforming the alliance,
  • boost industrial symbiosis as well as waste heat and waste cold recovery and reuse,
  • contribute to the 2050 goal of zero net carbon emissions.

SO WHAT hosts joint workshop as part of EUSEW’s extended programme

The SO WHAT project will host, together with the other four members of the Alliace4ECEI (EMB3RsINCUBISR-ACES and S-PARCS), an online workshop, as part of the Extended Programme of the EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW). The session, entitled Unlocking Energy Cooperation in EU Industries: Main Tools and Challenges, will take place on October 11, from 10:30 to 12:00.

The main goal of this workshop is to raise awareness on the opportunities of energy cooperation from the industrial perspective, encouraging collaboration among the different stakeholders and highlighting both the mutual benefits and how they can overcome specific barriers thanks to combined action plans.

The projects will present their accumulated experience and discuss the barriers encountered to energy cooperation and possible pathways to overcome them, with a specific focus on the tools and concepts they are developing, as well as on real-life examples and best practices across Europe. Free registrations are available on LinkedIn on this link: https://www.linkedin.com/events/unlockingenergycooperationineui6850696110550339584/



SO WHAT participates in the Horizon Results Booster

The SO WHAT Project held its first meeting with the Horizon Results Booster as part of its activities in the framework of the Alliance for Energy Cooperation in European Industries (Alliance4ECEI). Together with the other projects that form the Alliace4ECEI (EMB3RsINCUBIS, R-ACES and S-PARCS), we are looking at how to take our collaboration further and leverage all the European Commission tools to maximise our impact.

The Horizon Results Booster is a new package of specialised services to maximise the impact of R&I public investment and further amplify the added value of the Framework Programmes. It helps to bring a continual stream of innovation to the market and beyond. It will help to speed up the journey towards creating an impact, providing support to remove bottlenecks. The participating projects can benefit from “à la carte” tailor-made services designed to build their capacity for disseminating research results. They receive support to increase the project results’ exploitation potential and improve their access to markets.


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!