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INSHIP Report Summary

Project ID: 731287

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - INSHIP (Integrating National Research Agendas on Solar Heat for Industrial Processes)

Reporting period: 2017-01-01 to 2017-12-31

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

Gathering the participation of 28 European R&D institutions from 12 countries, Project INSHIP aims at the establishment of a European Common Research and Innovation Agenda (ECRIA) engaging major European research institutes into an integrated structure while developing coordinated R&D TRLs 2-5 activities.
R&D activities are framed in coordination actions aiming the alignment of policies, networking activities or dissemination, but including also a Research Infrastructures Access Scheme fostering Joint Research activities aligned with the ECRIA’s specific research topics and open to Consortia involving INSHIP partners and Industry.
Besides the coordination objectives, research objectives have the ambition of progressing Solar Heat to Industrial Processes (SHIP) beyond the state-of-the-art through:
• An easier integration of low and medium temperature technologies suiting the operation, durability and reliability requirements of industrial end users;
• Expanding the range of SHIP applications to the EI sector through the development of suitable process embedded solar concentrating technologies, overcoming the present barrier of applications only in the LT and MT temperature ranges;
• Increasing the synergies within industrial parks, through centralized heat distribution networks and exploiting the potential synergies of these networks with district heating and with the electricity grid,
thus aiming at a full-fledged exploitation of SHIP potential across sectors and temperature levels in both existing and new industrial capacity.

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

Along this first reporting period, covering the first 12 months of the project, the main progresses were related to:
- The development and implementation of project coordination and support procedures within the Consortium: document templates, reporting rules, project management tools, besides the implementation of the project website;
- Set up of coordination activities, such as the National Stakeholders Groups and ruling of the Stakeholders Group, the definition of Research Infrastructures, the implementation and operationalization of the Infrastructure Access and Research Mobility Schemes, implementation of the IP Repository or the deployment of a formal alignment of the project activities with the EERA JP CSP;
- As well as on a clear definition of concrete Research Activities and Consortia, based on both EC and in-kind contributions, aligned with each of the Tasks defined in the different Coordinated Projects.

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

Alignment of R&D activities in SHIP, as proposed in the ECRIA, will pursue concrete objectives ambition of progressing SHIP beyond the state-of-the-art regarding:
• Technology integration aspects: supporting the integration of LT and MT solar thermal technologies in industrial applications (reliability and durability of components, integration into existing heat distribution networks, integration into industrial processes);
• Solar technology development aspects: through the development of HT solar thermal technologies or low TRL designs for LT and MT technologies aiming an efficient use of available area for the installation of solar fields in industrial sites;
• Energy system integration aspects: through the development of hybridization concepts, centralized heat distribution networks, thermal storage management or process intensification related activities.
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