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Novel integrated refurbishment solution as a key path towards creating eco-efficient and competitive furnaces

Objective

The main goal of VULKANO is the retrofitting of two types of industrial furnaces, namely preheating and melting, applied on three energy–intensive sectors (steel, ceramic and aluminium) with a huge number of potential users in Europe. Thus, this project aims to design, implement and validate an advanced retrofitting integrated solution to increase the energy and environmental efficiency in existing industrial furnaces fed with NG; through the combined implementation of new solutions based on high temperature phase change materials, new refractories, optimised co-firing of NG and syngas from biomass or process gas, an advanced monitoring and control system and an holistic in-house predictive tool. All together will achieve a 20% increase in the energy efficiency of furnaces.
On top of that, the realistic and powerful holistic tool will also able to optimize the integration of the solution with upstream/downstream perspective, following a life cycle and cost thinking. This predictive tool will support plant operators and decision makers to select most suitable retrofitting strategy for their plants, fostering overall efficiency, increase in competitiveness and circular economy and reducing the environmental impact of the product value chain from an LCA and LCC perspective.
The retrofitting solutions will be tested at TRL 7 in two real facilities in Ceramic (Spain) and Steel (Slovenia) sector, validating the replicability of such solutions in a third sector (Aluminium-Turkey). VULKANO addresses the main challenge when facing furnaces retrofitting, which is tackling the problem from an overall and cost thinking perspective, which will enable overcoming the barriers for energy efficiency improvements. A well balanced consortium formed by end-users, technology solutions providers and research organizations ensures successful achievement of objectives, which will allow a wide spreading replication strategy towards furnaces retrofitting towards modern and efficient designs
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FUNDACION CIRCE CENTRO DE INVESTIGACION DE RECURSOS Y CONSUMOS ENERGETICOS

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Parque Empresarial Dinamiza, Avda. De Ranillas, 3d
50018 Zaragoza

Spain

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Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 1 114 687,50

Participants (11)

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BOSIO PROIZVODNO-TRGOVSKO PODJETJE DOO

Slovenia

EU Contribution

€ 980 625

FIVES STEIN

France

EU Contribution

€ 587 823,75

RINA CONSULTING - CENTRO SVILUPPO MATERIALI SPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 697 188,75

PHASE CHANGE MATERIAL PRODUCTS LTD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 321 952,50

VALJI PROIZVODNJA VALJEV IN ULITKO DOO

Slovenia

EU Contribution

€ 601 750

FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 453 312,50

INSTYTUT ENERGETYKI

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 836 130

TORRECID SA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 587 187,50

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 268 750

ASAS ALUMINYUM SANAYI VE TICARET ANONIM SIRKETI

Turkey

EU Contribution

€ 252 500

FUNDACION CIDAUT

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 238 906,25

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 723803

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 July 2016

  • End date

    31 December 2019

Funded under:

H2020-EU.2.1.5.3.

  • Overall budget:

    € 6 940 813,75

  • EU contribution

    € 6 940 813,75

Coordinated by:

FUNDACION CIRCE CENTRO DE INVESTIGACION DE RECURSOS Y CONSUMOS ENERGETICOS

Spain