D.1.1 Interim first year report on project management

Executive Summary

The present deliverable D1.1 Interim first-year report on project management, hereafter named interim report (IR), contains the necessary information for the Hycool to evaluate the state of implementation of the project, mainly the work plan, the timely review of the scheduled milestones and deliverables will allow an efficient project implementation as well as concrete options for adjustments of management procedures, compliance with the provisions of the EC, finances, and monitors each partner’s costs, the financial situation of the project and all administrative matters. The technical part contains a concise statement of the tasks undertaken and a forecast for the next reporting period. Any problems encountered during the period and possible deviations from project plans. This deliverable set by the Consortium, is the first IR planed in the WP1 at M12, jointly with the other two IR planned at M18 and M36, at the end of the project. These deliverables are differentiated from the periodic reporting (PR) set by INEA and planned at M18 and M36. Basically, the PR includes the detailed description of the technical work carried out by beneficiaries, the work performed by the work package, the impact, and finally the deviations and the full financial information. This report covers the first period from M1 (May 2018) to M12 (April 2019).

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.

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.