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)
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
• Ability to show the amount,
quality and reliability of waste heat/cold
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.
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.
Last November 15th, SO WHAT project partners from Environment Park and RINA visited Martini & Rossi’s (M&R) Pessione plant in Turin, Italy, where all the products of the company, such as Martini, sparkling wines and liquors, are produced.
This industrial site is particularly relevant for the SO WHAT project, since many heat recovery options are already in place and thus it represents a challenging situation for the project to test its efficacy. In addition, a remarkable amount of thermal processes, including heat and cold, are in place during the production of the beverages.
M&R is currently implementing different waste heat recovery processes and the integration of renewable energy sources (RES) – solar thermal collectors – is ongoing, which turns them into an optimal test case for the analysis of RES integration and its direct impact on the production.
As one of SO WHAT’s demosites, M&R will test and validate the project’s tool to analyze those Waste Heat and Cold valorisation processes.
Last November 5th, SO WHAT project members from
CARTIF, FAEN and
ELEUKON visited the
ENCE Pulp Mill in Navia, Spain, one of the project’s validation sites.
is Spain’s leading producer of renewable energy using biomass, with a
production capacity of more than 950,000 tons per year of high quality
eucalyptus pulp through its plants in Navia (Asturias) and Pontevedra.
Pulp mills are relevant producers of waste heat, and as such ENCE has
already identified a first project, consisting in the heat recovery from
bleaching and causticization stages to exploit
it in a biomass dryer.
one of SO WHAT’s demosites, ENCE will use the project’s tool to analyse
its manufacturing processes and it will benefit the experience of
some consortium partners in Waste Heat valorisation processes.
conference is part of the event Smart District Heating
in Antwerp and it is intended for everyone involved in heating, both
from the public and private sectors. The session will count with the
participation of top speakers from Ireland, the Netherlands, Germany,
Don’t miss this chance and join us there!
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