TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION (TECNALIA) is a private, independent, nonprofit research organization as a result of the merge (1st January 2011) of eight Spanish research centers. TECNALIA is one of the main Research & Technology Organizations (RTO) in Europe with 1,450 highly qualified people (164 PhDs) of over 25 nationalities and its turnover is close to 110 million Euros (2012). TECNALIA’s portfolio has references of more than 4,000 clients from around the world: innovative SMEs, multinational global players and public entities related to innovation and technology policies.
TECNALIA’s goal is to generate and develop business opportunities through applied technological research and innovation, and does so in its seven Business Divisions: Energy & Environment, Health, ICT/European Software Institute, Industry & Transport, Innovation Strategies, Sustainable Construction, and Technological Services.
TECNALIA has a large expertise on various aspects of the urban environment, with competencies and laboratories in energy, construction and environmental fields. Regarding this initiative, the “Energy and Environment” Division has also a large experience on strategic actions for the sustainable development of regions, covering environmental, economic and social aspects. It has established different lines of research: energy efficiency in buildings and districts, renewable energy technologies, Life Cycle Assessment & Ecodesign, etc.
TECNALIA leads the e3s Joint Programme within EERA to strengthen SET-Plan strategies, with the participation of all major European research centres from the energy sector. This Joint Programme focuses on the economic, environmental and social impacts of the energy policies and technologies.
TECNALIA’s laboratory is accredited by ENAC (National Entity of Accreditation) to carry out tests on windows, acoustics, fire resistance and fire reaction, thermal transmittance, glazing properties, curtain walls, shading devices, etc.
Role in the project
TECNALIA will be the Coordinator of the Indus3Es and will be mainly involved in the development of the innovative Absorption Heat Transformer (AHT), in its optimization and performance at the demonstration site and, in particular, in the thermal design of the AHT for its operation.
TECNAKIA will also develop the Life Cycle Assessment and the material corrosion analysis for the technology, contributing to the definition of the optimized Indus3ES system and replicability.
TU Berlin is one of Germany’s largest and most internationally renowned technical universities with almost 31 000 students and circa 100 programs. Located in Germany’s capital city, outstanding achievements in research and teaching, imparting skills to excellent graduates, and a modern service-oriented administration characterize TU Berlin.
The scope of this projects fits to the aims of TU Berlin: In July 2012 the Academic Senate unanimously decided to actively promote a new vision in research and academics by designating six core research priorities by defining the related competencies and social obligation. Energy Systems and Sustainable Resource Management, is one of these six core research priorities at TU Berlin. TU Berlin participates with its chair of Energy Conversion Devices (Maschinen und Energieanlagentechnik) which belongs to the Institute for Energy Engineering within the Faculty for Process Science. The research work at this chair can be grouped into three main interlocked fields: heat and mass transport, heat driven cooling processes, and energy storage and heat recovery. In the heat driven cooling group, absorption chillers are the main research focus.
In this area research is done from fundamentals (absorption mechanisms, heat and mass transfer) over components development, control and testing, design of prototypes, up to integration of these devices into the entire energy supply system (monitoring, simulation, optimization).
Role in the project
TU Berlin will be the main responsible for the development and validation of the AHT prototype. TU Berlin will as well participate in the design and performance assessment of the pilot plant.
The Technion – Israel Institute of Technology is Israel’s primary technological university and the country’s largest center of basic and applied research. It is ranked among the leading technological universities in the world. The Technion has earned three Nobel prizes and has a worldwide reputation for its pioneering work in most fields of engineering. Within the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, great emphasis is placed on multidisciplinary research, which is carried out both within the department, and in collaboration with other scientific and technological departments. Research activities in the thermal sciences place the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at a focal point in current global research.
The group participating in the current project belongs to the Energy Engineering Research Center, forming part of the Faculty of mechanical Engineering. It is specialized in the thermal sciences (thermodynamics, heat transfer and fluid mechanics), and in particular in absorption technology. The group will contribute to the project using its experience in design and simulation, and can conduct experiments using existing test facilities. Numerous research projects involving waste heat recovery, absorption systems and energy efficiency in industry have been conducted at the Energy Engineering Research Center over the past three decades.
Role in the project
Technion have the necessary expertise and knowledge to design the AHT together with Tecnalia and TU Berlin.
BS Nova is a family-owned company with a long lasting tradition especially in the development and construction of tube heat exchangers. The company belongs to the Baelz group which ranks among the leading companies in Germany in the field of measuring, control, and heat technology. It is particularly dedicated to solving complex tasks in industrial plants as well as in heating, ventilation, and air conditioning technology in general. One of its focuses is on saving energy and simplifying steam and hot-water installations.
With its know-how gathered in the latest research project for the development of absorption heat transformer, BS Nova has special skills for design, manufacturing and developing of those heat transformers. 20 qualified employees work for BS Nova, including engineers and design and manufacturing technicians. Technical education by means of in-service training provides qualified working personal. BS Nova products are supplied to key actors in the chemical, pharmaceutical or food industry, either in Germany or anywhere worldwide.
Role in the project
In the Indus3Es project BS Nova will be the manufacturer of the HT to be developed and he will be as well a consultant to the engineers in charge of optimising the design. In the last 2 years BS Nova built dozens of absorption chillers between 50 and 150kW according to a design of TU Berlin and 4 prototypes of absoption heat transformers.
Founded in 1999, AIGUASOL provides engineering, consultancy and research services, promoting innovative solutions to reduce the impact associated with energy consumption. Operating as a working cooperative, with a horizontal work structure and participatory management, AIGUASOL pursues organizational transformation and focuses on social responsibility, innovation, training and quality. The AIGUASOL team is made up of nineteen high-level scientific and technical professionals, including Phd, engineers and physicists, who have notable experience in the energy sector, both in private companies and in research centers.
Two of the main fields of expertise of AIGUASOL are, on one side, the engineering and integration of energy concepts (renewable, heat pumping, waste management, etc) into advanced applied systems, and on the other the background in projects that aim the commercialization of energy systems in a demonstration stage. This approach of integration of engineering, consultancy and research, is present in the background that AIGUASOL adds to the project, since its experience includes the design, integration and engineering of energy systems at demonstration scale to a real operational environment.
Role in the project
The team involved in INDUS3ES adds profiles developing a new concept of solar thermal collector and the integration demonstration on the copper processing for CODELCO (Chilean national copper company), and other working or development and commercialization of an anaerobic digester for a FP7 project, to cite two recent experiences with similar approach. Given the profile of the company, AIGUASOL contribution focuses on the development of the Indus3es system and the exploitation of the project results.
Tüpraş is Turkey’s largest industrial enterprise, with 28.1 mln ton crude processing capacity. Tüpraş has four refineries operating in four different cities with 4780 employees. Tüpraş has a certified R&D center which is given in line with Turkish Law “Supporting Research and Development Activities. R&D center is evaluated and monitored by Ministry of Industry. All R&D operations are coordinated by R&D center and the transformation of the R&D work at the refineries into R&D projects and implementation of these projects inside and outside of the corporation is ensured. Tüpraş R&D center has process development and management, product development, material development, catalyst management and development and project management branches. Tüpras R&D campus consists of management building, laboratory building and pilot facility. There are five high-tech laboratories dedicated to product development studies. The partnerships are established with universities, research centers and industrial corporations in the context of R&D strategy. Numerous projects have been initiated from diverse areas and subjects such as, modelling the mechanisms for exchanger fouling, distributed model predictive control of reaction/decomposition feedback systems, the mathematical simulation and modelling of refining operations, application of real-time optimization to refinery units, development of refinery simulation platform, development of Tüpraş data management and analysis system.
The research group has focus based on process development of refinery operations. This group has deep knowledge of energy management system, energy optimization and designing decision support systems applied in whole refinery are also perfection of this group. Up to the present, the research group that will be in this project has experience of projects providing cost minimization and high amount of energy saving.
Role in the project
The main role of Tüpraş in this project is to be the end user of the developed technology, where Tüpraş will provide inputs as an end-user and stakeholder, detailed information about the owned plants and the related processes, and the required data for the realization of the pilot plant. Tüpraş is responsible for installing, testing and evaluating the final system on its premises. As a part of energy management system development, efficient usage of low temperature waste sources present in a large part of the refinery is one of the main concerns of the research group. Similar waste heat recovery researches that Tüpraş have conducted can be sorted as Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC), Waste Heat Boilers, Absorption Chiller, and Stirling Heat Engine & Thermoelectric Generator.
Repsol is an integrated global energy company with vast sector experience. Repsol carries out Upstream and Downstream activities across the world. Repsol believes that through innovation it can create a new energy model. That is why Repsol is present in areas of high energy potential such as Brazil, Russia and the U.S. Thanks to a steady, consolidated growth strategy, Repsol developed new and attractive areas of business within the company. Repsol carries out activities in Upstream (Exploration and Production of hydrocarbons) and Downstream, which includes Refining -where Repsol is European leaders with products and services that respond to the highest quality and safety processes, Marketing, Liquefied Petroleum Gas, Chemicals and New energy. Repsol is committed to technological innovation as the key to building a more efficient, secure, competitive and sustainable energy model. This commitment is embodied in the Repsol Technology Center: a leading European center where R&D+i is promoted with investment of nearly €100 million annually, all under the slogan: let’s invent the future. Repsol, as an energy company that engages with society and is responsible for its surroundings, is tackling the double challenge of responding to ever-increasing energy demand whilst maintaining a high level of commitment to the environment.
Without doubt, R&D&I is the most valuable tool with which to achieve this objective, and through which Repsol study and develop alternative forms of energy and take full advantage of all production processes. Technology is the science that allows to put R&D&I into practice. For this reason the company’s main assets are the technological capability and knowledge of the almost 400 technicians and researchers of the Repsol Technology Centre. These individuals are responsible for short, medium and long-term development, as well as the continuous improvement of the environmental and technological efficiency and quality of processes and products, through which significant achievements have been made in all energy sectors.
Role in the project
The presence of the Repsol (together with Tüpras and Fertinagro) as direct beneficiary and end-user of the developed system will be essential to ensure a successful development of the envisaged systems, guarantying from the very beginning that all the requirements and particular boundary conditions that are given in the industrial processes are taken into account.
FERTINAGRO is a Spanish company, based in Teruel. It was founded in 2001 with the name of Iniciativas Agroindustriales de Teruel, SL (INAGRO) which in 2007 merged with Turol-Química, SA, in a process for the reorganization of the structure of various agrochemical companies group (looking for synergies and efficiency gains) and to strengthen its market position.
Fertinagro is a company belonging to the business group Tervalis Desarrollo, which is a leader supplier of fertilizers for agriculture in Spain, with production plants in Spain – Teruel province (Teruel, Utrillas, Escucha, Sarrión), Castellón and Huelva- , and in France –Misson-. The group’s strength lies in the experience, professionalism and availability of a technical sales service team that provide training, consulting, sales support and field trials, to create a common added value, besides the strong commitment to R & D that is being done by the Directorate.
Fertinagro is the Division of Plant Nutrition which groups the industrial and commercial subsidiaries related to fertilizers, present in more than thirty countries. All our products are developed and manufactured in one of the 18 floors to the Group, with total guarantee of quality and traceability.
Fertinagro has a triple activity. On one side, directly supporting the manufacture and/or the commercialization of its 10 productive centers. In turn, from its trading department manages alternative raw materials which improve its competitiveness and on the other side, taking part in 18 subsidiaries. The current volume of direct sales activity exceeds 450,000 Tms, with more than 60% of them (270,000 Tms) corresponding to special products with higher returns, having a manufacturing capacity to reach 600,000 Tms without major investments in their production centers. Other subsidiaries concentrate sales of other 500,000 Tms with significant ability to generate future marginal benefits, while maintaining the same structure by simple effect of economy of scale, regardless of a reasonable improvement in unit margins as its parent.
Fertinagro has sales offices in various countries such as Portugal, Italy, Ukraine, Argentina, Uruguay, Mexico, Brazil, Peru, Guatemala, France, UK, South Africa, Kenya, Morocco and Lebanon, so that we can supply all markets.
Role in the project
The presence of the Fertinagro (together with Repsol and Tüpras) as direct beneficiary and end-user of the developed system will be essential to ensure a successful development of the envisaged systems, guaranteeing from the very beginning that all the requirements and particular boundary conditions that are given in the industrial processes are taken into account.
CIRCE was established in 1993 as an independent Research Centre to create and develop innovative solutions and scientific/technical knowledge and to transfer them to the business sector in the field of energy. CIRCE’s mission is to drive forward improvements in energy efficiency and to spread the use of renewable energy by means of the development of R+D+i activities and training actions, thereby contributing to a sustainable development. Over 190 professionals with a broad variety of profiles compose the team of people working at CIRCE. Since 1993, CIRCE has participated in more than 1.500 R&D&I projects at national and international level and has trained more than 1.850 professionals from 47 countries within the postgraduate courses CIRCE promotes. In 2001, CIRCE was recognized as National Centre of Innovation and Technology. The main research topics in CIRCE are: energy efficiency, wind and solar power, natural resources, biomass, electrical substations, smart-grids and storage, thermal power systems and emissions reduction, sustainable mobility and energy socioeconomics.
CIRCE is co-founder of the association Sustainable Process Industry through Resource and Energy Efficiency (SPIRE), member of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Process work group. CIRCE is member of the Spanish Energy Efficiency Technology Platform (PTE-EE). At European level, CIRCE is member of platforms and associations related to Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy such as: the European Renewable Energy Centres Agency (EUREC), European Energy Research Alliance (EERA), Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), European Zero emissions Platform (ETP ZEP), European Association of Research and Technology Organisations (EARTO).
Role in the project
Circe will contribute to the replication studies of the Indus3Es system in different industries, aiming at developing an optimized low temperature waste heat recovery system based on AHT technology suitable for different industrial processes. In this sense, CIRCE will accomplish a thermoeconomic analysis to assess the potential performance of the technology and to the development of an assessment tool for industry integration. In addition CIRCE will develop the socioeconomic and the market analysis of the technology.
PNO is specialised in Innovation Management and funding, providing support services to private and public organizations in Innovation processes, Technology Transfer, IT solutions and funding for research, development and innovation. PNO is a European group, made up of a pool of around 250 professionals including scientists, engineers, consultants, a Brussels policy advisory service, as well as financial and legal experts, with consolidated experience in innovation processes and funding in international working environments (Europe, Latin America, and USA). Created in 1985, PNO is a high-growth knowledge intensive company, operating in 12 European countries. The growth is explained by a unique combination of services, based on profound insight in research, innovation and funding strategies, up-to-date knowledge and over 25 years of hands-on expertise with real-life European innovation projects and more than 500 funding programmes in most EU countries. The company has the proven capability to link innovation suppliers and adopters from a unique Europe- wide client network in multiple sectors, using advanced methodologies, ICT solutions and proprietary on-line networking. PNO has its own community building, management and dissemination tools, the core one being Innovation Place © www.innovationplace.eu. With Innovation Place, PNO offers its clients an innovative service concept, up-to-date web-based tool, knowledge base and European wide communities to manage their own innovation, projects, funding knowledge and networks, combined with the best consultancy support.
As key advisor to the European Technology Platform (ETP) SusChem, the European Council for the Chemical Industry (CEFIC) and Association SPIRE PNO supports the development of medium to long term research and innovation agendas for resource efficiency.
Furthermore, PNO recently co-managed the process of developing a Public Private Partnership and the SPIRE 2030 Innovation Roadmap (www.spire2030.eu) for the sustainable process industry, as input to HORIZON 2020.
Role in the project and main tasks
PNO, as innovation and technology transfer organisation, will lead dissemination and communication activities and will support companies in exploitation issues, ensuring the project impact among the stakeholders and preparing a favourable framework for future exploitation of the project results, assuring alignment and smooth flows of information and providing close integration with Europe’s research and innovation programmes, platforms and organisations.