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.



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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:


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.


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:

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:

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Two papers presented at the Rankine 2020 Conference by our partner the University of Birmingham

Our SO WHAT consortium partner the University of Birmingham participated in the online Rankine Conference 2020 with the presentation of two papers that included some of the findings and work of the SO WHAT Project:

  • Organic Rankine cycles combined with thermochemical heat transformers to enhance the power output from waste heat.
  • Latent heat and thermochemical storage as enablers for waste heat-to-power and heat-upgrade: a general approach.

The first presentation took place on July 28, and it was carried out by Giovanni Manente, while the second one happened on July 30 and it was presented by Adriano Sciacovelli.

Both talks mentioned the preliminary findings of the SO WHAT Project and the expected impacts of the work ahead.

The IIR International Conference Rankine 2020 – Applications of Cooling, Heating and Power Generation, was an interactive online event held over 5 days. Delegates explored research and developments in the closely related fields of power cycles, working fluids and refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump (RACHP) applications. They took away insights into new opportunities to deliver efficient, sustainable and environmentally friendly solutions.