Hycool’s 3rd General Assembly in Rimini

Rimini, a beautiful Italian city on the Adriatic coast served as the center of operations for the third meeting of the Hycool consortium, celebrated between November 5th and 6th. This location was chosen to also boost the project’s dissemination activities at the Ecomondo fair, especially under the KeyEnergy section; one of the two main exhibition events on renewable energy and energy efficiency in Italy. 

 

 

During the meeting, technical advances regarding the installations that will be made at the pilot sites were discussed. Those advances concerned the choice of the absorber material, the monitoring of the material’s degradation, as well as the integration of the system CSP including energy management tools. The consortium also discussed the system integration for the high-performance solar heat pump components. Decisions were also made regarding the demonstration activities to be made in the future.

 

 

 

R2M presented Hycool to Ecomondo’s attendants thanks to a workshop held at the Girasol Room on November 6th. This workshop included a conference and round table, where more or less 40 participants had the occasion to learn about Hycool’s technology and potential.

The project’s partners CNR ITAE, Givaudan, and R2M Solution presented very interesting information raising interest among the attending technical stakeholders responsive to offer energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions to their customers in the future.

The round table offered the participants the opportunity to learn more about the state of the art of energy efficiency in industry and concrete best practices of business models to finance energy audits and continue investing in efficient and renewable energy with a focus on the Italian market.

It must be said that organisers and attendees were quite happy by the workshop’s success in such a huge fair where the project competed for attention with big names like Shell and well known Italian institutions. 

 

 

 

Additionally, R2M also set up a booth inside the Key Energy section as a way to share more information to the fair’s public and to raise awareness on the benefits of Hycool’s industrial solar heating solutions.

 

 

HyCool’s 2nd General Assembly in Austria

The HyCool Consortium visited Feldkirchen a.d. Donau, near Linz, Austria On May 28th and 29th for its 2nd General Assembly. The meeting was hosted by Ecotherm and held in the picturesque Schloss Muehldorf hotel.

The two-day meeting allowed all partners to evaluate the progress and work done with each work package and see where the project stands after it’s first year. Highlights included the status of design and test of the HHP prototypes for the demo sites, the protocols for testing the adsorber materials, the final design and time table for deployment and execution of the technologies in the demo sites, and a review of the exploitation and communication activities to date.

The proximity to Ecotherm’s premises also allowed the consortium the opportunity to do a technical visit. The consortium had the opportunity to see first hand how they produce the water tanks and take a look at the solar panels installed in their rooftops, which include the Fresnex soalr collectors that will be deployed at HyCool’s demo sites.

The meeting ended having established clear goals for the next 6 months and looking forward to the work ahead.

HYCOOL General Assembly in Messina

The HYCOOL consortium successfully held the 1st General Assembly on 22 and 23 November 2018, in Messina, Italy. The meeting was kindly and efficiently organized by CNR – ITAE.

As a presentation, Andrea Frazzica from CNR – ITAE opened the General Assembly meeting on the 22nd with a brief introduction about the institution’s activities and the city of Messina, and right after Ferran Abad from Veolia presented a note on the general project status in relation to the designs of the pilots and the specification of the technical solution.

After the presentation, during the first day, all partners got an overview of the HYCOOL project and its different work packages and had several meetings to clarify some technical points and also some issues related to the management of the project, closing the long day with a truly pleasant social dinner organized by the partners of CNR-ITAE.

During the second day, partners were able to review the project’s dissemination and communication activities and also attended a presentation on the Open Access principles, very useful for future project publications.

Silvia Jane and Ferran Abad from Veolia closed the meeting by reviewing all tasks, responsibilities and deadlines and summarizing the most important issues raised during the meeting.

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.