VULKANO project continues with the II General Assembly

The second General Assembly of VULKANO project took place at the city of Celje (Slovenia) on 5-6th July 2017.The meeting gathered 30 members from the consortium in order to review the general status of the project after the first twelve months of execution.


Along this time, the project has accomplished its objectives according to the working programme, providing consistent results:

  • Definition of the technical specifications and conceptual designs of the furnace for the two demos (steel and ceramic)
  • Conceptual designs for the energy solutions with high temperatures PCMs
  • Report on compositions of the new refractories blend
  • Feasibility of the natural gas substitution by the different syngas sources
  • Description of user requirements specifications for MC&S in industrial furnaces
  • Functional design specification for MC&S in industrial furnaces
  • Preliminary market analysis

With all these developments, the tasks to adapt the demo sites to the new solutions have already started. In fact, the meeting enabled the discussion between the demo sites leaders about the integration and implementation of the respective solutions at each demo.

As Task leader on WP5: Designing and validating of Co-firing systems, CIDAUT presented the results obtained in the feasibility assessment of natural gas substitution by alternative fuels (Co-firing) in furnaces. Several syngas streams were considered from biomass gasification and process off-gases from steal sector. The results of the assessment will be the input for CFD burner simulations of syngas/natural gas co-firing in following tasks.

The meeting ended the second day with a visit to Bosio’s factory and to Valji´s production plant, where the partners had the chance to know on site the existent conditions at the demo. In addition, they could also verify the manufacturing process of an industrial furnace for the steel sector.

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CIDAUT participates in the round table “The future of the automotive sector” organized by Hyundai, Bosch and El Español.

Madrid, 6th July 2017. The digital newspaper El Español, together with Hyundai and Bosch, organized a round table to discuss the multiple challenges of the automotive sector. Under the title “The future of the automotive sector” the meeting gathered more than ten experts that went into deep analysis of aspects related to the innovation, connectivity and disruptive technologies in the sector. The working day was divided in two main topics: Electromobility and Connectivity and Autonomous Driving.


From left to right: Ricardo Olalla (Bosch); Carlos de la Cruz (CDTI); Javier Arboleda (Hyundai); Felipe Jiménez (INSIA); Roberto Álvarez (University  of Nebrija); Susana Gómez (DGT); Zaira Unzue (IBIL); Javier Romo (CIDAUT); Cecilia Medina, (SERNAUTO) and Miguel Ángel Uriondo (EL ESPAÑOL).

CIDAUT participated in the Connectivity and Autonomous Driving round table where the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of the automated driving were analyzed from different points of view. CIDAUT’s representative highlighted the opportunities to enhance the driving safety and the inclusion of elder population and disabled people to be included in the mobility of the future. The importance of the autonomous vehicles to reduce the time-out and to improve the exploitation of the urban space was also explained. It was indicated that the development of the autonomous vehicle has to run in parallel and in a balanced way with the development of the connectivity, but not only the long range communication based on mobile application but also the short time communication based on emerging technologies. The seamless connectivity is a must to advance in the different levels of automation defined by SAE J3016.

Also CIDAUT`s representative highlighted the importance of the infrastructure for the transition phase to the automated mobility. Vehicles of different automation levels are going to share the roads for several decades and the infrastructure is the main responsible actor to homogenize this traffic. Another aspect to be taken into account is the acceptance by the users of the different Advanced Driving Assistance Systems, they should be friendly and in some cases transparent to the users.

Project Valorcomp started his journey

The kick-off meeting of project VALORCOMP took place on the 25th of July 2017. This project is co-financed by the programme of cooperation INTERREG V-A Spain-Portugal (POCTEP) 2014-2020 and will run until September 2019.


Project VALORCOMP aims to contribute cooperatively to solve cross-border problems in the valorisation of waste generated in the treatment of the organic fraction of municipal solid waste.

With this goal in mind, the project will make it possible to find innovative technological solutions to the valorisation of compost and other residues from the organic fraction of municipal solid waste. These solutions will be based on three vectors: thermochemical valorisation, application in the production of materials and production of agronomic compounds.


The kick-off meeting of VALORCOMP was held in the Auditorium of the Parque Ambiental do Nordeste Transmontano (Resíduos do Nordeste) and counted with the presence of all partners: Instituto Politécnico de Bragança (Principal Beneficiary), Fundación CIDAUT, Universidad de Valladolid, Resíduos do Nordeste and Nertatec.

During the meeting, each responsible partner of activity made a review of the tasks of the four major operational activities. The thermochemical valorisation will be responsibility of the Fundación CIDAUT, Instituto Politécnico de Bragança will be responsible for the exploitation in the production of materials, while the agronomic valorisation will be a task led by Universidad de Valladolid. Finally, will be performed a study of adaptation of waste treatment centres to the technologies assessed in the previous activities and presented a guide of good practices, task mainly held by Nertatec.


After the technical review of tasks, a visit was done to the installations of the Mechanical and Biological Treatment Unit (UTMB), where all the partners had the opportunity to check the operation of the process and the reality of the wastes object in the project.


ALMAGIC project kick-off meeting

The ALMAGIC consortium met in Munich last July 13-14th to kick-off the project. All partners gathered at “MTU Aereo Engines AG” facilities to present the working plan and the tasks to be carried out during the next 18 months.

ALMAGIC, Contract No. 755515  is a Clean Sky 2 funded Project, “Aluminium and Magnesium Alloys Green Innovative Coatings”, aims at contributing to the advance of substitution of hexavalent chromium in the aerospace materials by developing and manufacturing alternative conversion coatings for aluminium and magnesium, with a special focus on the characterization of these alternative coatings ensuring standards of quality required by the aerospace industry.


All partners introduced their companies, highlighting their respective role in the project: AKZO NOBEL, HELMHOLTZ, HENKEL, TUDELFT and UCM are coordinated by CIDAUT.

During the meeting, all work package leaders presented their work plan. At the same time a workshop was organized, where the project tasks were managed in detail for each of the work packages. For this, the Lean Project Management methodology was used.

In ALMAGIC, CIDAUT will lead the project and will also be responsible for the characterization and validation of the alternative coatings developed during the project.

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Automobile cockpit, various information monitors and head up displays. autonomous car, driverless car, driver assistance system, ACC(Adaptive Cruise Control), vector illustration

Automobile cockpit, various information monitors and head up displays. autonomous car, driverless car, driver assistance system, ACC(Adaptive Cruise Control), vector illustration


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What would happen if an overweight articulated truck crashed against a barrier at 70Kph?

Probably it would cause an accident with not determinate results for passenger and other vial´s users, due to the highest containment level installed on EU-roads is currently designed to vehicles up to 38tn at 65Kph and they are mostly made of conventional steel (Mild Steel).


The latest tests performed by HIPEBA project for very high containment level systems made of HPS (High Performance Steels), articulated Heavy Good Vehicles overweight at higher speed (It involves higher impact energy), open the door to the massive usage of HPS in road safety barriers to increase the containment levels in safety barriers.

HIPEBA, High Performance Steel for Safer and more Competitive Barriers, is a project funded by the European Union’s Research Fund for Coal and Steel (RFCS). Its main objective is achieveing more competitive road restraint systems performed by HPS in terms of both industrial costs and societal benefits.

Although the project is still ongoing, the results show some of the potential advantages of using the HPS in this kind of barriers.  The tests involved not only Heavy Good Vehicles but also light passenger cars (up to 900 Kg.). This is because the system must contain the biggest vehicles in a safe way and in case of impact with light vehicles must not be too severe for the passengers.

Therefore, it was shown that thanks to the use of the HPS, the limited deformation level of the barriers, the lack of potentially hazardous projectiles and fragments and the successful truck redirection without rolling over or hitting dangerous obstacles confirms the excellent absorption capabilities of the HIPEBA road safety barriers. Nevertheless, the tests showed that there are still possibilities to get an optimized system in terms of weight reduction. Therefore, the next steps will be devoted to this system optimization.

The Spanish public television La1, the private Spanish channel Cuatro and El Norte de Castilla local newspaper have covered a real scale demonstration of safety barriers crash test resulting from the latest findings of the HIPEBA Consortium research. The test, carried out at the CIDAUT Foundation facilities, shows a 44 tones truck impacting the road safety barriers at a speed of 70 km/h.


The HIPEBA Consortium will keep striving to achieve its objective in developing safer and more competitive road restraint systems by using high-performance steels.

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CIDAUT and BASF presented their solutions to meet the next automotive trends

Boecillo (Valladolid, Spain), June 13 2017

CIDAUT Foundation, in conjunction with the chemical giant and global automotive supplier BASF, presented on June 13 their last capabilities and solutions to meet the new challenges posed by new mobility systems. The solutions shown were plentiful and opened a wide variety of alternatives.

The Workshop, celebrated at CIDAUT’s premises in Boecillo Technological Park (Valladolid, Spain), was attended by more than 100 people, mainly technical product managers and technicians and professionals from the main companies of Castilla y Leon´s automotive sector. In this way, car manufacturers as Renault España or Nissan Motor Manufacturing and automotive suppliers as Grupo Antolin, Faurecia, Flex-N-Gate, Gestamp, IAC Group, Reiner, Reydel Automotive, ZF-TRW, Repsol, Casple, Treves, Safran engineering, Vulcanizados Álvarez, Grupo Ubiplast, Grudem, etc. were fully represented.


The technical workshop was chaired by the president of CIDAUT Foundation, Mr. José Oliveri Gandarillas, and by the BASF Commercial Manager Mrs. Katarzyna Byczkowska. During the workshop, representatives from BASF´s QEHS Product Stewardship Division, Performance Materials – Engineering Plastics Division, Performance Materials – Polyurethane Systems Division, Performance Materials – TPU Division, Dispersions Division, and Coatings Division explained about: “Sustainability applied to automotive product”; “Electronic and electrical systems; Ultramid® Advanced N plastics for sophisticated components and applications”, “Polyurethane in Automotive sector:  acoustic advanced applications, and new used of Cellasto® foams”; “Thermoplastic Polyurethanes (TPU) in automotive sector”; “New development and applications of BASF´s Acrodur® for composite in automotive sectors”, and “Presentation of the new BASF’s iGloss® clearcoat technology”.

In the second block, Mr. Javier Romo, R&D Project Manager of CIDAUT Foundation, explained about the vision of this Research Centre related to new materials and processes applied to the vehicles of the future. On this concept, Javier Romo delved into several European research projects carried out by CIDAUT in collaboration with other partners (significant companies of automotive sector and other research centers). Such is the case of e-LIGHT Project (Advanced Structural Light-Weight Architectures for Electric Vehicles), URBAN-EV project (Super Light Architectures for Safe and Affordable Urban Electric Vehicles), or PLUS-MOBY Project (Premium Low weight Urban Sustainable e-MOBilitY), in which different materials are combined to achieve superior performance in terms of strength, weight, and volume utilization. Finally, Mr. Raúl García Esparza from the Spanish Center for Technological and Industrial Development (CDTI) informed about its programs to support R&D initiatives inside automotive sector. The event was closed by the assistant deputy of the national government in Valladolid Mr. Luis Antonio Gómez Iglesias.

In addition, the conference featured a wide exhibition area in which CIDAUT and BASF showed some of their solutions and products explained during the different sessions of the Workshop. In this way, more than 50 plastic solutions both automotive sector than aeronautics sector were shown. By way of example, some of the solutions exhibited were: a grille open reinforcement 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 (first to market resistant implant-welded, closed-section composite structure); innovative snow chains based in different BASF´s elastollan® product; a front bearing of VW Golf VII manufactured in PA6-GF40 (BASF´s Ultramid B®); BMW i3 seat with backrest in polyamide (PA BASF´s Ultramid®) and integral structural part for carbon body (PBT); Daimler´s rare axle transmission crossbeam manufactured in PA66-GF50; a VOLVO´s Engine Cover manufactured in PU (Polyurethane); a PSA´s injection pump cover  manufactured in BASF´s Elastollan® C85A15HPM + PA6 40%GF; a VW´s door handle in different materials; a roll bars protector; a Land Rover´s, Audi´s and PSA´s shift levers manufactured in different materials,; a Ford´s steering wheel manufactured in BASF´s PU/ESA Elastofoam® I; a VW Golf VI´s central console manufactured in TPU/ESA; an AUDI´s cockpit manufactured in BASF´s  PU/ESA Elastoflex®; a Citroën C4 Cactus´s rear tailgate cover manufactured in polyester-polyurethane elastomer (BASF´s Elastollan AC 55D10 HPM), etc.

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One of the powerful solutions shown was a leading edge of Airbus A320 development by CIDAUT in epoxy RTM6 + satin 5 using a RTM technology in a closed mould, as well as a BASF´s concept of electric velocipede called ‘concept 1865’. This e-velocipede counts with 24 different polymer applications, such as bearingless all-plastic pedals made of “ultrason®” and puncture-proof tires made of “infinergy®” (a closed cell expanded thermoplastic polyurethane).

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It was also very interesting to display Cidaut´s innovative “hybrid IP beam concepts” for automotive sector manufactured in different materials: metal and PA30%GF using a press-on-metal technique; PP30%GF + TEPEX using an injection technology over structural thermoplastic (TEPEX); frames Airbus A400M also manufactured by CIDAUT in epoxy RTM6 + satin 5 using a RTM technology in a closed mold; aesthetic pieces of vehicle interior parts with different vegetal fiber contents (PP-PE + sisal fiber) and colours; door panel´s baguettes manufactured in PP-PE using a direct monochrome film injection process with 150 micron thickness; a fuel tank manhole cover of Airbus A-380 manufactured in Polyether ether ketone (PEEK) reinforced by carbon fiber (PEEK 30%CF). This is an external non-structural part for which the critical issues were weight, chemical resistance and fuel resistance, which represents the largest piece ever manufactured in those materials.


Some CIDAUT´ solutions (Left: leading edge of Airbus A320. Right:  A380 HTP Manhole Cover); aesthetic pieces PP-PE + sisal fiber; frames Airbus A400M; A380 HTP Manhole Cover made of PEEK30%CF) were also part of the showroom.

Great participation in the HYACINTH Workshops in Spain

The Hyacinth project comes to an end with two workshops in Spain where CIDAUT participated very actively.

More than 50 people participated in the first of the workshops held on 9th May at the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness (Madrid): “What does Europe think about hydrogen technologies and fuel cells?” The event, organized by Hydrogen National Centre (CNH2-Hyacinth coordinator), the Spanish Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology Platform (PTE HPC) and Hydrogen Association (AeH2) presented to the audience the main results of the HYACINTH project whose objective is to gain a better knowledge of the social acceptance of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies and of two applications (stationary and transport) at European level.

The workshop began with a welcome to the audience from CNH2 and a short explanation by the PTE HPC representative who explained to the audience the objectives, organization and activities that the PTE HPC develops.

Mr. Daniel Sopeña (CIDAUT) presented to the audience the comparative cross-country analysis of the policies and projects developed in recent years. Mr. Christian Oltra (CIEMAT CISOT) explained the methodology followed in the project, as well as the results of the report on the public acceptance of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies and Mrs. María Jaen (CNH2) the results of the report on the stakeholders acceptance.

One of the most expected moments of workshop came when Mr. Adrian Morris (from the University of Sunderland-UK) showed case studies of the toolbox developed within the project with the aim of providing practical information to manufacturers and developers of hydrogen technologies and fuel cells. This toolbox provides them information regarding the opinion of 7,000 respondents among the general public of 7 European countries and 250 respondents among business interest groups, the scientific community and public administrations In 5 European countries.

The tool shows results organized according to key issues within the framework of technology acceptance (such as Knowledge and Experience, Confidence, Costs, Risks and Benefits, Consequences of its implementation, Attitude or Initial Acceptance.


The second workshop of the Hyacinth project in Spain took place on 31st May at CIDAUT’s facilities (Boecillo). On this occasion, CIDAUT hosted the conference organized jointly with the CNH2 and titled: “Acceptance of Hydrogen Technologies and Fuel Cells in Europe. Impact in Castilla y León”.


On this workshop, in addition to presenting the results regarding the acceptance studies carried out in the Hyacinth project by CIDAUT and CNH2, there was a remote online presence of Mr. Adrian Morris who showed the developed toolbox to all the assistants. Besides, the most interesting part of the day was the fact of bringing together those authorities and local entities of Castilla y León related to Hydrogen and Fuel Cell technologies. The event was attended by personnel from the Development Agency of Castilla y León (ADE), the Regional Energy Agency (EREN), the Municipal Energy Agency of Valladolid (AEMVA), the University of Valladolid (UVA), as well as several companies related to the automotive industry.


In conclusion, this workshop achieved the main objectives of the day: disseminate Hyacinth results and communicate and discuss with the most important entities interested in boosting the development of Hydrogen and Fuel Cell technologies in the region of Castilla y León.


Hyacinth Project information is available in and the toolbox can be accessed through

CIDAUT Foundation attended the technical workshop on “JTI Clean Sky2: 6th call for proposals” at the Fundación Centro Tecnológico De Miranda De Ebro on 4 may 2017

The aim of the workshop was to provide practical information on the overall functioning of this European initiative to support transnational cooperative R&D on automotive sector (Clean Sky 2), in particular the 6th call for proposals.

Clean Sky is the largest European research programme developing innovative, cutting-edge technology aimed at reducing CO2, gas emissions and noise levels produced by aircraft. Funded by the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme, Clean Sky contributes to strengthening European aero-industry collaboration, global leadership and competitiveness.  This 6th Clean Sky call for proposals is the biggest Call ever launched by Clean Sky 2: 74 topics with a funding of 68.8M€. The deadline is 21 June 2017.

In this Workshop, CIDAUT Foundation exposed its experience in Clean sky programme. Inside the aeronautics sector, CIDAUT Foundation has a long tradition working for leading companies in programmes for the development of components and structures for commercial and military airplanes, focusing on those projects that involve the introduction of new materials or processing technologies. Cidaut Foundation´s offer moves around three concepts: Development Engineering, Advanced Engineering, and Prototyping and Manufacturing.


During the workshop, CIDAUT Foundation deepened its experience in some of the most representative projects, which this technological center has carried about, both on its own and in combination with other partners. In particular, the Cidaut’s representative addressed on those projects financed under the Clean Sky programme:

  • PLIT Project. Development of advanced Liquid Infusion Technology for regional wing panels structure: numerical simulation of the process and validation through an innovative test bench.
  • NEMESIS Project. New trends and market survey for the end of the life of aircrafts. Eco design guideline.
  • REMART Project. Recycling of metallic materials from rotocraft transmissions.
  • ACID Project. Advanced composite integrated skin panel structural testing.
  • Project. Development of an innovative welding process for the rapid assembly of thermoplastic brackets to thermoset-matrix composite structures.
  • ACCUBLADE Project. Low cost design approach through simulations and manufacture of new mould concepts for very high tolerance composite components.
  • ALMAGIC Project. Aluminium and Magnesium Alloys Green Innovative Coatings.


Final Event Udrive (European Naturalistic Driving Study)

The preliminary results from the 3 year naturalistic driving project have been presented at the UDRIVE final event – the UDRIVE Experience – which took place on 7 June 2017 in the Hague, the Netherlands. Around 100 participants attended the final event and participated in the interesting rotating sessions covering different naturalistic driving topics such as risky driving, distraction, cyclists and pedestrians, eco-driving, motorists and trucks. Cidaut was present as the motorcycle Operation Site and doing the vehicle demonstrator for the motorcycles. Two UDRIVE equipped vehicles – a motorcycle and a car – showed the participants the UDRIVE Data Acquisition System (DAS) and how is it integrated in the vehicles.

UDRIVE Data Collection

The data was collected during the European research project UDRIVE. In 6 different European countries, lorries, passenger cars and motorcycles were equipped with measuring equipment and cameras. The vehicles and their drivers have been “followed” for 2 years in daily use.

Efficient driving

The UDRIVE research also looked at the different driving styles. This showed that the so-called ‘ecodriving’ within the built-up can lead to 25% less fuel consumption and emissions.


The UDRIVE project has provided a comprehensive database of data about everyday rides and how drivers behave during those rides. In total, nearly 90,000 hours of driving data were collected from almost 300 drivers. The vehicle includes, among others, cameras outside and inside, and a smart camera that recognizes and locates other road users, and, for example, calculates the distance to a driver or a cyclist approaching.

“This is the big difference with an experimental environment, or a rhythm simulator research,” says UDRIVE project coordinator Nicole van Nes.  “After a week, the majority of participants in the research have lost the idea of being filmed, and one can see the ‘natural driving behavior. Therefore this method is also called naturalistic driving. With this method, we get a better picture of actual behavior in daily traffic than with questionnaires or driving simulator research. “

UDRIVE final results and highlights will be published soon on Keep an eye on the website in the upcoming weeks.