Concentrated Solar Power H2020 clustering meeting

The Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA) which was created by the European Commission in 2006 to manage the technical and financial implementation of Smart, green and integrated transport + Secure, clean and efficient energy programmes, invited the HyCool coordinator to the 2nd clustering meeting on Horizon 2020 projects in the area of Concentrated Solar Power. The meeting was held on June 26th 2018 in the INEA premises (Brussels).

 

 

The projects reported on their current results and will explore possibilities for collaboration and synergies, including the organisation events or workshops. In this sense, Hycool project manager presented the project and the main objectives with the aim to update the European Commission officials and to discuss the advancements in the sector; the progress achieved so far will be shown after the first year of the ongoing project.

The meeting started with a INEA presentation and a short presentation of each 16 projects focusing on project objectives and challenges, project concept, project results and impacts (expected and/or achieved). The projects involved are Wascop, MinwaterCSP, Pegasus, Mosaic, CAPTure, Next-CSP, Solpart, Gridsol, ORCPlus, Socratces, Mustec, Polyphem, Solwatt, Ship2Fair, Inship and HyCool.

After this, a discussion on potential synergies/overlaps & opportunities with the objective to develop ideas for further joint activities, identified from the project presentations, took place, as well as a discussion in the working groups with mixed representatives of different types of projects.

The different groups will work together in the next 18 months with the action points defined during the meeting where Hycool identified two projects with synergies & opportunities: the Ship2Fair and Inship projects.

HyCool Kick-Off Meeting

The 1st HyCool General Assembly was held on May 17th and 18th in the HOTEL FIRA CONGRESS (Barcelona). Ferran Abad from Veolia Serveis Catalunya, as a Coordinator, opened the meeting at 9:00 following with the presentation of partner’s institutions, the main working interests detailing the interest in HYCOOL and the related activities and the expectations concerning project actions and outcomes.

It was a pleasure to have the participation of Daniel Maraver as a Project Officer from INEA, who explained the administrative issues to the Consortium and helped to better understand the aspects related to the European Commission programmes, the INEA and Horizon2020 and the implication and roles concerning the grant agreement and the expectations on the works to be carried on.

 

Following this, Silvia Jane as a Project Manager from the Coordinator entity presented the project overview and structure, understanding the general objectives of the project including the submitted proposal mission, the general objectives and specific technical objectives, the key equipment, the risk monitoring and measures and some other general issues. Each leader of the work packages presented the major objectives and deliverables, what the WP expects from the partners, the immediate objectives (6-month plan) and the potential risks detected.

During the meeting of the two days of work, several topics were discussed for the start of the project, but the best opportunity was to meet the partners personally and be able to discuss all the concerns and peculiarities of the project. There was also time to get to know the city and converse in an environment outside of work.

 

Thank you all for the participation and collaboration during these two days. It has been a good start of the project that will continue during the three years of the young HyCool project.