SO WHAT main objective 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.

The SO WHAT integrated tool will be designed to support industries, and energy utilities in

1) auditing the industrial process to understand where WH/WC could be valorised

2) mapping the potential of locally available RES sources to be integrated with WH/WC potential

3) mapping the local forecasted demand for heating and cooling

4) define and simulate alternative cost-effective scenarios based on WH/WC technologies also leveraging RES introduction

5) evaluate the impacts (in terms of energetic, economic and environmental KPIs) that the adoption of the new scenarios will generate against the current situation (i.e., baseline) both at industrial and local level

6) promoting innovative contractual arrangements and financing models to guarantee economically viable solutions and less risky investments.

To do so SO WHAT will capitalize already existing tool and knowledge from previous research experiences.






SO WHAT will ensure a maximum prediction error in energy recovery estimate and CBA results between 5% and 10%.

SO WHAT will reduce the cost and time related to Energy Audits, and thus WH/C recovery projects, up to 0.4 €/m2 and 3-5 day/audit (number of visits reduction)

SO WHAT will progressively increase the number of new project on industrial WH/C recovery, resulting in 27,705 accumulated projects by 2030.

SO WHAT will reach at least 36 industrial sites, including 24 SPIRE industries, 4 industrial parks, 12 public authorities, including 16 energy agencies, 12 DHC operators (energy companies), 24 associations and 4 RTO by 2021.

SO WHAT is expected to trigger the creation of around 2,815 new jobs between 2023 and 2030.



WP1 Industrial sites assessment and technology database

WP2 Specification of the tool and common IT framework

WP3 SO WHAT tool outcomes: business model analysis

WP4 SO WHAT tool development

WP5 SO WHAT tool validation in real industrial democases

WP6 SO WHAT impact analysis and maximisation of lessons learnt

WP7 SO WHAT tool promotion and exploitation

WP8 Project Coordination and Management