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SO WHAT hosts meeting, co-creation workshop and panel in Antwerp

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.

On the following day, December 11th, some of the partners participated in the District Heating Workshop in Antwerp, organized by one of the project partners, the Province of Antwerp, together with ISVAG, DBDH, EnergyVille, ODE Vlaanderen and Interafval (VVSG).

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.

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SO WHAT visits Martini & Rossi’s demosite

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.

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SO WHAT visits ENCE’s demosite

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. 

ENCE 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.

As 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. 

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So What Upcoming workshop and panel!

The SO WHAT project is holding a Design Thinking Session at the YUST hotel in Antwerp, Belgium, on the evening of Tuesday, December 10th!

This event aims at bringing together European players active in the energy and industrial sectors, public authorities, ESCOs, and energy agencies.

Participants will help to define, via a participatory approach, the requirements for an integrated software to audit and map energy processes and to recover heat and cold wasted to match local demand.

In addition, there will be a networking session with drinks after the workshop, so that all the assistants can meet and interact with stakeholders.

The event is free upon registration through this link: http://bit.ly/SOWHATworkshop

And on the following day, December 11th, we are participating in the panel Smart District Heating networks as part of smart cities, at the Provincial Government Building in Antwerp.

This 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, and Denmark. 

Don’t miss this chance and join us there!

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