The European Commission presented the European Green Deal on Wednesday (11 December 2019), outlining the main policy initiatives for reaching net-zero global warming emissions by 2050 and Hydrogen will be a key instrument for meeting the Green Deal objectives.
In this sense, several events are taking place in Europe to promote and develop hydrogen-based technologies and CIDAUT has attended two of them.
Following the launch of the 2020 Call for proposals, the FCH JU held its annual Info Day in Brussels on 27 January 2020.
The Programme Officers introduced the various call topics on transport pillar, energy pillar and cross-cutting area. Rules for participation, call conditions and evaluation were presented. In addition, it was given advice for a good approach according to the evaluators’ vision, as well as a review on communication and dissemination of results. It was finally made an introduction to Hydrogen Europe Industry and Research and some National Contact Points.
The event gathered almost 400 participants from across Europe, both on site and online. The deadline for submitting the proposals is 21 April 2020.
Following on hydrogen in Europe, CIDAUT has participated in the HyVolution event that took place on February 4-5 2020 at the Parc Floral de Paris. The two-day show provided an opportunity for meetings, discussions and business appointments, where all the players involved in the field of hydrogen were able to present their range of offers to the sector’s developers and decision-makers: products, services and applications for production, storage, distribution, gas-related technologies, etc. Some 120 exhibitors and brands were present at the show. The aim was to accelerate the deployment of hydrogen solutions by bringing together players from every potential market.
This year HyVolution 2020 hosted the third plenary session of the Hydrogen Valleys Partnership, attended by regional and European delegations. CIDAUT, as co-coordinator of the Working Group of Production, Transport and Storage participated in the plenary meeting and presented several pitches of project ideas, one of them developed by CIDAUT.
The plenary session was attended by FCHJU director Bart Biebuyck and Christian Weinberger of DG GROW who offered their vision on the future of innovation and financing in Hydrogen in Europe.
On February 5th, AeH2 organized the Technical Conference “Hydrogen: a key to ensure climate neutrality” held within the framework of the Renewable Energy and Environment Fair, GENERA in Madrid. The full capacity of this conference shows the growing interest in these technologies that will be key in the path towards climate neutrality.
Both at national level, with the Law on Climate Change and the Integrated National Plan for Energy and Climate 2021-2030 (PNIEC), and at international level, with the Green Deal, objectives of renewable energy penetration and decarbonization of the economy are setting very ambitious to reach climate neutrality by 2050.
And that focused on the first part of the Conference: “Climate Neutrality in 2050: the European Green Deal and the Spanish PNIEC” with the participation of D. Alexandru Floristean, legal & project manager in Hydrogen Europe, D. Santiago González, of the department of Regulatory Framework and Corporate Strategy of IDAE and Mr. Javier Brey, president of AeH2. It was moderated by Mr. Antonio González, vice president of AeH2.
In the second part of the conference, moderated by Mr. Miguel A. Peña, secretary of the AeH2, partners of the AeH2 presented hydrogen-based solutions to achieve climate neutrality. It was at this time when CIDAUT, represented by José Ignacio Domínguez, presented its capabilities and work proposals in the production of hydrogen from renewable sources. The rest of the presentations also demonstrated that hydrogen has a great potential in Spain and the drive of projects based on these technologies represents a clear commitment to sustainability and an increasingly green future.
As a perfect ending of the Interreg-Poctep MOVBIO project, two closing events were held, one on each side of the border Spain-Portugal during the past month of December 2019.
On the Portuguese side, the closing event of the MOVBIO project took place in Guimarães on December 12, in which the main results and conclusions of the work developed during the project were presented.
Portuguese partners (CVR and AEdoAVE) showed the results of the work carried out during the last two and a half years. These results referred to the study of energy needs in the area of cooperation, the role of pruning of biomass as an energy resource and the analysis of current pruning biomass management models compared to more environmentally and financially sustainable ones. On behalf of CIDAUT, the pruning biomass observatory available on the project website (www.movbio.eu) was presented.
In Spain, it was on December 17 when the final dissemination of results of the MOVBIO project took place in the auditorium of the D.O. Rueda, in Rueda (Valladolid).
During the workshop, CIDAUT, as project coordinator, presented the main conclusions obtained from the project and Itacyl explained the study of pruning biomass potential carried out, as well as the conclusions of good practices obtained from the project. In addition, it was possible to see first-hand the initiatives that Somacyl is carrying out in the use of vine pruning as fuel for its thermal and electrical generation plants.
Finally, during both events, the manual of good practices for the viable collection of pruning biomass was distributed among the attendees.
Along March and April CIDAUT will be in charge of the user trials of the European Project SAFE STRIP. The trials will involve 20 drivers and 10 riders that will test different safety applications installed in autonomous vehicles and also in standard vehicles C-ITS equipped. SAFE STRIPS aims to introduce a disruptive technology that has achieved to embed C-ITS applications in existing road infrastructure, including novel I2V and V2I, as well as VMS/VSL functions into low-cost, integrated strip markers on the road; to make roads self-explanatory (with personalized in-vehicle messages) and forgiving (due to advanced cooperative functions) for all road users (trucks, cars and vulnerable road users, such as PTWs riders) and all vehicle generation (non-equipped, C-ITS equipped, autonomous), with reduced maintenance cost, full recyclability and added value services, as well as supporting real-time predictive road maintenance functions.
SAFE STRIP consortium is formed by 18 partners that have collaborated for three years in the development of innovative solutions to improve safety, mobility, efficiency, emissions and society. Some of the partners, Valeo, Continental and Certh are using their autonomous vehicles to test the applications developed. The scenarios to be tested are: vulnerable road users protection, wrong way driving detection, road wear level and predictive road maintenance, work zone detection, railway crossing detection, urban intersection support, motorway exit, virtual variable message signals, dynamic trajectory estimation, definition of lane-level virtual corridors, virtual toll and parking support.
Along the tests CIDAUT will make pre and post questionnaires to the users that together with the data registered in the trials and the traffic flow simulations made by the University of Trento will provide all the information needed to make an impact assessment about the influence of the solutions adopted in safety, mobility, efficiency and exhaust emissions. In parallel, a cost benefit analysis will be performed to determine the economic availability of the different solutions implemented.
The NEOHIRE Project continues its journey. A new meeting was held to monitor the status of the project at University of Birmingham (UOB) premises in Birmingham (UK) last 22nd and 23rd October 2019.
NEOHIRE aims to reduce the dependence on scarce magnet materials for the manufacture of electric motors and generators. As part of Cidaut’s contribution to the project, the status of the Work Package 3 was presented, which is related to the design, modeling and simulation of a novel full-scale wind turbine generator using the magnets developed in the project. For more information on NEOHIRE, please visit http://neohire.eu/
Hydrogen is an essential key in Europe’s energy transition and its efforts to cut carbon emissions and tackle climate change. It is therefore expected to play an important role in the European Commission’s Green Deal. The FCH sector is also a valuable source of future jobs and growth in a green economy and CIDAUT is focused on this strategy.
Different events have taken place in Brussels at the end of November in relation to hydrogen technologies and fuel cells. CIDAUT had the opportunity to be there.
Programme Review Days 2019
The Programme Review Days (PRD) 2019 took place on the 19th and 20th of November in Brussels preceding the FCH JU Stakeholder Forum on the 21st of November
The Programme Review Days, organised annually, aims to provide an overview on the progress of the FCH JU funded projects. It constitutes an excellent visibility platform for the projects and the technological developments achieved in the sector and provides networking opportunities for the participants.
A number of 27 projects and 3 studies as well as other FCH JU initiatives, were featured this year, gathered around the following main sessions: Hydrogen for Sectoral Integration, Fuel Cell Applications for Energy, Fuel Cell Applications for Transport and Support for Market Uptake.
FCH JU Awards 2019
The Awards were presented at a ceremony at the Royal Museums of Fine Arts in Brussels on 20 November 2019, attended by about 300 industry, research and EU representatives. The winners were chosen by public vote, which mobilised the European Fuel Cells and Hydrogen community around the 24 nominees – 12 for each category (success stories and innovation).
This year’s Best Success Story, ‘Driving forward fuel cell technologies’, is looking at a series of projects (VOLUMETRIQ, INSPIRE, CRESCENDO, GAIA and PEGASUS) which are making fuel cells more affordable and competitive.
“These projects are delivering results that enable Europe to be a leader in the fuel cell technology and have a strong impact on the clean energy transition. The aim is to pry open market potential, ensuring a greener future for the EU’s transport sector” said FCH JU’s Executive Director Bart Biebuyck.
BIG HIT project was presented with a special award for Best Outreach Hydrogen achievements in Scotland (Orkney Islands).
Stakeholder Forum 2019
“The green energy transition is not an option but a necessity. I see a pivotal role for clean hydrogen…it is an area where Europe is still leading. Why not extend the lead on something that could be one of the most important solutions for clean energy?” said Frans Timmermans, First Vice-President of the European Commission, in the opening session of the 2019 Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) Stakeholder Forum, on 21st November. ‘The most important thing is that you help us to find ways to make relatively quick successes to show people that it works’ continued Timmermans,” addressing the forum – energy and climate experts from industry, research, EU institutions and local and regional authorities.
Discussions among more than 500 Forum participants in Brussels’ Charlemagne building focused on how to tackle the remaining hurdles to deployment, the importance of promoting an innovation culture in activating new markets, and the impact of synergies and international scale-up efforts on growth and jobs. Delegates explored the latest developments in the sector, showing how Europe is capitalising on new FCH developments and forging ahead towards a zero-emission economy.
Participants could also download the event app to stay up date with the conference programme and also join us on social media by following @fch_ju on Twitter – #PRD2019 #SF2019 #CleanHydrogen.
S3P HYDROGEN VALLEYS Working Groups
And to close the week, CIDAUT attended the meetings organized by the S3P Hydrogen Valleys working groups that took place on Friday the 22th November.
The working groups have been organized based on themes that arouse common interests for the development of interregional projects. Thus, CIDAUT as a representative and supporting the region of Castilla y León attended the meetings of the Hydrogen Production, Transportation and Storage groups, as well as Mobility uses. The objective of these groups is the approach of projects in the different themes that can be presented at the Hyvolution event that will take place on February 4 in Paris. CIDAUT will co-coordinate Production working group with Aragon Hydrogen Foundation and University of Bologna.
The past 14th November 2019, VALORCOMP consortium met in CIDAUT facilities to monitor all its activities before the end of the year. As usual and close to the end of the project, representatives from the entire consortium attended the meeting: Polytechnic Institute of Bragança (IPB, Principal Beneficiary), CIDAUT Foundation, University of Valladolid (UVa), Resíduos do Nordeste (RN) and Nertatec.
The Coordination commission started the meeting with the objective of evaluating common management aspects. The most significant data was the project request extension agreement until mid-2020 with the objective of disseminating the results of the project. For this purpose, two workshops were agreed, one in Valladolid (Spain) in March 2020 and the other in Mirandela (Portugal) organized by Residuos do Nordeste in April 2020. The project is scheduled to close in June 2020 at the facilities of IPB.
Within the Technical commission, the main objective of the meeting was to share the progress in each of the aspects compost use under study in the framework of the project. CIDAUT presented the results obtained in the pelletization and gasification tests in the pilot plant. Pelletization shows very satisfactory results. The gasification results are under evaluation, but a priori it seems that the low quality of the compost causes the gas obtained to have limited applications. Combustion test in updraft boiler are pending.
IPB presented the conclusions of the adsorption process modeling for CO2 separation using activated carbon from activity 2. The results of compost carbonization were also shown using two different techniques: hydrotreatment (HTC) and functional carbonization using TEOS and EDTA. Activity 2 concluded with the advances in the use of compost in construction materials and the results of temperature tests.
Within the framework of agronomic valorization in activity 3, the UVA presented the results of the technical-economic balance of the nutrient extraction process studied. On this activity, IPB showed a final review of the characterization of the leachates obtained in the Residuos do Nordeste plant to be used as fertilizer.
Nertatec presented the tools developed in activity 4. Two simple tools have been developed for the evaluation of compost quality as a fertilizer and as a fuel for energy use based on the characteristics of the compost. Work is being done on these tools in order to show them to the administrations and entities interested in the project workshops that will be held next year.
Finally to conclude the meeting it was made a visit to the combustion test facilities in CIDAUT. This experimental pilot plant will be used to carry out the combustion test for thermal valorization of compost. The purpose of the visit was to show VALORCOMP members the test capabilities of CIDAUT and the facilities for such test.
The consortium team of the project “User empowerment for intelligent management of energy and indoor air quality through innovative forms of consumption and control” (ENERUSER) ” held its Kick-Off meeting in the “Lucía” building of Valladolid University on Nov 6th.
Representatives of all the partners attended the meeting with the presence of the Construction Institute of Castilla y León (ICCL, Main Beneficiary), Polytechnic Institute of Bragança (IPB), Natural Heritage Foundation of Castilla y León (FPNCYL), Municipality of Bragança, National Federation of Energy Promoters (FENAGE) and CIDAUT Foundation.
The main objective of the project is to propose a change in the form of energy consumption and control in homes, as well as air quality. Results will have a significant impact on climatic change and they will come through new consumption habits and citizen empowerment on energy control.
An innovative energy control methodology will be developed, specializing in housing and social rent. Two pilot buildings will be analysed, monitored and evaluated, thus resulting in proven models and solutions that could be applied in the development of near zero energy buildings.
The project is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) through the programme of cooperation INTERREG V-A Spain-Portugal (POCTEP) 2014-2020 and will be further developed until June 2021.
As part of the preparation of the first call for proposals under the Innovation Fund (IF), the European Commission has invited sector associations and Member States to organize workshops in all European countries. Last 19th November, the Spanish workshop took place in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism where the Commission presented the Innovation Fund and the essential elements to be developed for the first call.
The Innovation Fund is one of the world’s largest funding programmes for demonstration of innovative low-carbon technologies. The Innovation Fund focuses on 4 pillars of work: EEI, renewable energy, energy storage and carbon capture.
General scheme for Innovation Fund Programme
17 industrial and energy partners such as Repsol, Enagas, ArcelorMittal, Fertiberia and Saint Gobain exposed different low carbon solutions related with future eligible projects in IF. CIDAUT, together with the Spanish Bioethanol Association (Bio-E), proposed the most important lines of work for this renewable fuel. Solutions are focused on increasing the production of bioethanol per hectare of crop, eg: increasing the added value of co-products obtained in alcoholic fermentation processes; or focused on increasing the use and presence of bioethanol in different sectors: transport (extensive use of E10 and E85 gasoline vehicles), cogeneration or use in dedicated engines for nZEB (nearly Zero Emission Buildings).
More in detail, CIDAUT and Bio-E exposed a project approach focused on using CO2 emitted by bioethanol manufacturing industries together with renewable hydrogen to increase the synthesis production of chemicals such as methanol.
CIDAUT exposition and proposal overview
On June 25, THE SPANISH ASSOCIATION OF BIOETHANOL, Bio-E, was officially constituted. This association aims to carry out all those actions aimed at
promote the use of biofuels substitute for gasoline (renewable gasoline) in the mobility sector.
Bioethanol is a renewable fuel produced from sustainable crops. It provides undoubted environmental improvements, contributes to the development of the rural economy and the maintenance of jobs in the agricultural sector and is a transition towards a low carbon economy.
One of the first objectives of the association is to advocate that in Spanish service stations the user could find the so-called E85 (85% bioethanol), so popular in other countries such as France. A balanced policy should align the objectives of decarbonization with the taxation of fuels. Additionally, it still does not have an advantageous labeling.
The elected Board of Directors is composed of the following companies: BIOETANOL GALICIA, S.A.; BERNABÉ CAMPAL, S.L.; CEFERINO NOGUEIRA, S.A.; ERSHIP S.A.; ADM AGRO IBÉRICA S.L.; COFCO INTERNATIONAL AGROCOMERCIAL S.A.; AGROALIMENTACION MENDOZA PEREZ SL, NOVOZYMES y COOPERATIVAS AGROALIMENTARIAS.
CIDAUT is part of this association as Institutional founding partner and we have been designated as coordinators of the R&D Working Group within the association. This Working Group will meet on November in order to stablish future R&D actions and evaluate potential projects within the partners of the association and other stakeholders.