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Innovative and efficient solution, based on modular, versatile, smart process units for energy and resource flexibility in highly energy intensive processes

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - CIRMET (Innovative and efficient solution, based on modular, versatile, smart process units for energy and resource flexibility in highly energy intensive processes)

Reporting period: 2018-10-01 to 2020-06-30

CIRMET project addresses one of the main problems that is facing nowadays the process industry. This industry, in which different industrial sectors can be included (chemical, engineering, minerals and ore, non-ferrous metals, steel and water) contributes over half of European industrial production and is responsible of huge amounts of electricity consumption, GHG emissions and waste generation.
An increase of the energy and resource efficiency of these processes are then critical for the competitiveness of this industry, but also for the environmental sustainability. This is why technologies to improve the waste management, increase the heat recovery and reuse and reduce emissions are being developed in the project.
The main objective of the project is to design, develop and validate the CIRMET solution, an innovative solution to provide energy and resource efficiency and flexibility to Energy Intensive Industries (EIIs).
The work carried out in the first period of the project has been focused in the definition of the specifications of the different demonstrators (3 demonstrators) that are being developed to demonstrate and validate the complete CIRMET solution at operational environment Once those specifications were defined, the design and development work of the demonstrators started. For the EFFIMELT demonstrator, a metallurgical furnace for industrial metallic waste valorisation, some experimental trials have been carried out with different wastes from project partners in order to define the detailed engineering and all the auxiliary components of the demonstrator. For the RECUWASTE demonstrator, a waste heat recovery unit, the main components (ORC, CVT and energy storage systems) have been designed and are being manufactured and assembled to carry out the laboratory trials and pilot scale tests early in the following months. And for third demonstrator, the digital AAF4.0 platform or set of tools for the optimization of process parameters to increase the process resource efficiency, three of the tools that integrate this platform have been already developed (soft sensor, process unit optimization tool and the CIRMET Monitoring and Control (M&C) tool).
A preliminary communication and dissemination plan has been prepared in this period. Different communication channels are active since the beginning of the project and periodically updated: the project website (https://www.spire2030.eu/cirmet) and project accounts in social media such as Twitter and LinkedIn. Learning resources are also being developed in order to disseminate the knowledge built up in CIRMET. An online course is being prepared divided in different modules addressed to different target groups such as policy markers, industry and educational community.
Concerning the exploitation plan, the key exploitable results (KERs) have been defined and a preliminary version (pre-exploitation plan) of these results has been already prepared.
The complete CIRMET solution represents and innovative and flexible solution that can be implemented in different industrial sectors with high consumption of resources, raw materials and energy. It is capable of revalorizing industrial metallic wastes and recovering and transforming waste heat in an efficient way using monitoring, control and data analytic tools to improve process plant competitiveness. This circular economy-based solution will be demonstrated at TRL7 at the end of the project and will have a direct impact in the sustainability of industrial processes. Moreover, the knowledge generated will reach students, policy makers and industry experts through the development of an education plan based in online modules.