HYCOOL Held Its (Virtual) General Assembly on 17th November 2020

After two years and a half since the start of the project, HYCOOL partners met for its 5th General Assembly. The leaders of each on-going Work Package had a presentation about the progress of their work and planned for the next period, considering risks, opportunities and challenges.

The HYCOOL team is excited on announcing that pilot implementation has already started. The construction of the technical rooms at the Givaudan demo site are nearly completed, which will allow to start the installation of the technology provided by FAHRENHEIT, AIT and ECOTHERM in the upcoming weeks. At the Bo de Debò demo site, the civil works for the technical room have already started and will be completed shortly.

We will keep an eye on the pilot progress for the next months!

Start of the works to launch the pilots

At the end of last September, the pilots of the HyCool project (Industrial Cooling through Hybrid system based on solar heat) began their way to start-up. In this initial phase of project execution, the two demonstration sites have started the civil works with which the necessary infrastructures are built to house the equipment and all parts of the system. These works are developed on the following fronts: 

    1. Givaudan: installation of the solar field on a plot adjacent to the plant; construction of a prefabricated technical room next to the solar field that will provide water vapor to the production plant from solar energy and with the technology supplied by Ecotherm; construction of the technical room that will supply cold to the plant, using absorption pumps built by Fahrenheit.

      Solar Field place at Givaudan pilot site

       

      Slab for the Solar field Equipment Room (Ecotherm)

       

      Construction of the Fahrenheit Equipment Room

       

  1. Bo de Debó: installation of the solar field on one of the warehouses of the production plant; construction of the technical room that will house the hot and cold water production system using Fahrenheit absorption and hybrid pump systems and Ecotherm solar technology.

Bo de Debó Technical Room works

The construction works are expected to be completed by the end of November 2020, giving way to the installation and commissioning stages of the HyCool systems, whose commissioning is expected in mid-June 2021. 

HYCOOL scientific poster and paper for EuroSun 2020

 

On September 1st , 2020, HYCOOL partner, CNR ITAE, presented the project at EuroSun 2020.

EuroSun 2020 offers a platform to discuss the latest developments with leading solar energy experts as well as policymakers and industry representatives. CNR ITAE presentation included:

  • A poster on ‘Experimental evaluation of a hybrid adsorption-compression cascade chiller for solar cooling applications in industrial processes’.
  • And the publication of the scientific paper ‘Experimental evaluation of a hybrid adsorption-compression cascade chiller for solar cooling applications in industrial processes’, which will be included at the ISES Conference Proceedings Database.

Download the paper here and the poster here.

Further information about the event is available here.

 

We have been showcased @CORDIS_EU

Our project aiming to increase the use of solar heat in industrial processes has been featured at cordis.europa.eu, the European Commission’s primary source of results, news, and information on EU-funded research projects. The article shows how we are boosting the concept on the cheap and easy-to-install linear Fresnel system, which basically consists of many mirrors in parallel rows, that imitate a large Fresnel Lens, to augment solar energy acquisition. This concentrated solar power system (CSP) is coupled with tailor-made hybrid heat pumps (HHPs) that enable “both industrial heating and cooling powered by the sun” as our project coordinator, Silvia Jané, has explained.
Quoting the article:
“At the Spanish production site of consortium partner Givaudan, a flavors and fragrances company, the HyCool concept has been applied to several processes with either heating or cooling needs. Givaudan’s current cold installation makes use of a glycolic water chiller to keep the water entering the liquid ring of the vacuum pumps at 7 °C, with a thermal demand of 125.5kW. ”For the use cases considered, the electrical consumption of the compression chiller will be reduced by 29 % (spring) and 44 % (summer), respectively, by using HyCool technology,” says Jané This efficiency gain is even higher if compared to common refrigeration systems”.
We are advancing this technology and systems to promote energy efficiency for industries.