Etekina - logoETEKINA – Thermal recovery at energy intensive industries

ETEKINA is an EU funded research project aiming to recover 57-70 % of the waste heat stream in energy intensive industries. ETEKINA stands for “heat pipE TECHnologies for INdustrial Applications” and officially started October 2017.
 
Ten companies and institutes from across Europe have joined forces to improve the energy performance of energy intensive processes. Their solution is based on heat exchanger technology (HPHE) using heat pipes for thermal recovery. As part of the project, three HPHE prototypes will be built and tested for three different production plants in the aluminium, steel and ceramics sectors. The different industrial environments produce different exhaust streams with different waste heat quantity and quality (chemical composition, different particles coming out along with the gases, temperature and pressure of the flue gases, …), and provide different processes where the recovered heat might be utilized. The challenge: the recovery solution should be adapted increasing the overall efficiency and being cost-effective.

Learn more about the project at www.etekina.eu

 

 

logo grecoGRECO - Fostering a next generation of European photovoltaic society through open science

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IRIS - Integrated and Replicable Solutions for Co-Creation in Sustainable Cities

IRIS is a HORIZON 2020 EU funded project beginning October 2017 for a duration of five years.

The project has been developed around three lighthouse cities - Utrecht (The Netherlands, coordinator), Nice (France), and Gothenburg (Sweden) - who will work as collaborators and test-beds for follower cities Vaasa (Finland), Alexandroupolis (Greece), Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Spain) and Focsani (Romania).

Each city will draw upon a mix of universities and research organisations, local authorities, innovation agencies and private expertise to accelerate entire communities to adopt ambitious energy, mobility and ICT initiatives.

Find more info at www.irissmartcities.eu

 

 

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Laser4Surf – Nano patterns for industrial applications

LASER4SURF is an EU-funded research project aiming to remove technical and economic barriers that prevent the use of laser technologies for obtaining functionalized metallic surfaces with textures ~1μm or less on mass production. This objective will be achieved in particular by developing an integrated laser texturing prototype that comprises a laser texturing device, an in-line monitoring system and simulation tools. Three use cases will demonstrate an increased product performance: advanced batteries, linear encoders and medical components.

Eight organizations from five different countries have joined forces, bringing together the skills and resources necessary to achieve the goals of Laser4Surf.

Find more info at : www.laser4surf.eu

 

 

NEXTGEN – Next Generation of Water Systems and Services for the Circular Economy

…more info coming up soon…

 

 

logo RubizmoRUBIZMO - Replicable business models for modern rural economies

Rural economies play an important role in Europe, with the agricultural sector in particular supporting millions of jobs throughout the EU. However, rural areas face numerous challenges. Global competition, changing markets and environmental challenges all impact upon traditional rural activities. Additionally, young, educated people are being drawn to urban areas, where better paid and diverse employment opportunities are available. This requires the development and implementation of new business models to maintain, and improve living standards.

The challenge is to instigate growth and job creation in highly diverse rural areas through a wide scale uptake of emerging new business models in the food sector, bio-based value chains and eco-system services as well as ICT application and decentralised energy solutions.

In this context, the main objective of RUBIZMO is to foster the modernisation and sustainable growth of rural economies by bridging the gap between specific, localised innovative business models and value chains, and their large-scale deployment in other geographical areas. This deployment will increase resilience in rural communities via a significant potential to create added-value, social cohesion and jobs, and contribute to more sustainable use of resources including the environment.

 

 

 

logo SaferUpSaferUp! – Creating safer, more attractive & smarter streets

SAFERUP! aims to provide cities with innovative solutions that will form the future urban paved environment, by training talented researchers in the fields of: smart, recycled and durable paving materials; provision for vulnerable users (e.g. elderly & disabled) accessibility and protection; studying user behaviour; life cycle analysis; wash-off water management and bioremediation; tempered and acoustic pavements; energy harvesting and self-sensing technologies.

The SAFERUP! Consortium believes in this future and has created a unique team of world leading commercial and academic research engineers and scientists, with the diverse range of expertise needed to develop the novel solutions required to deliver this future and its anticipated benefits. Fifteen ESRs will undertake their PhDs in a research and training programme designed to optimise their multidisciplinary and cross-sectoral experience through secondments and a variety of SAFERUP!-wide fora.

SAFERUP! will create a new generation of professionals with multidisciplinary expertise in urban pavements and allied fields appealing to employers, who will expand the social benefits of the new urban pavements well beyond the end of SAFERUP!

 

 

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sCO2-flex – Making fossil fuel more flexible and environmentally friendly

The Supercritical CO2 Cycle for Flexible & Sustainable Support to the electricity system (sCO2-Flex) aims to adapt fossil-fuel power plants to the future energy system requirements. Conventional plants could foster the integration of renewable energy sources (such as wind and solar) by off-setting their intermittent nature providing fluctuating back-up power and helping stabilize the grid. However, these plants are not currently fit to undergo huge power output fluctuations, as requested in future scenarios with increasingly higher shares of renewables.

The sCO2-Flex consortium addresses such challenge by developing and validating a scalable/modular design of a 25MWe Brayton cycle using supercritical CO2 that will enable an increase in the operational flexibility (fast load changes, fast start-ups and shut-downs) and in the efficiency of existing and future coal and lignite power plants, thus reducing their environmental impacts, in line with EU targets. sCO2 based technology has the potential to meet EU objectives for highly flexible and efficient conventional power plants, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions, residue disposal and, above all, water consumption. The project aims at building expertise on sCO2 for electricity generation and EDF is also interested in investigating its possible application to renewables such as CSP (Concentrated Solar Power) and biomass.