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:

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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.


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.

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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.


The SO WHAT tool presented in the Digital Solutions for Industry webinar

The SO WHAT Project coordinator RINA hosted a webinar entitled Digital Solutions for Industry on February 22, 2021.

The session showcased different innovative digital solutions that are being used or developed by four different European research projects: SHIP2FAIRSO WHATRETROFEED and ECOFACT, which tackle different steps of the value chain.

You can watch the recording in the video below!


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!