On 25 september 2019, the First Regional Forum on Cybersecurity for SMES and entrepreneurs took place in Salamanca (Spain).

The 1st Regional Cyber Security Forum was organized CIDAUT Foundation, as well as, the Interreg Europe CYBER project partner Institute for Business Competitiveness of Castilla y León (ICE) under the training and support Program for R&D Business Centr@Tec, in collaboration with the General Foundation and the BISITE Research Group of the University of Salamanca, the VIEWNEXT Innovation and the National Cybersecurity Institute (INCIBE). This Forum had aimed to facilitate the development of the regional cybersecurity ecosystem, to encourage the regional entrepreneurship and the attraction of talents to the cybersecurity field. Finally, it also aims to promote the activities of the Regional Cybersecurity Pole.

The official opening of this event was carried out by Mrs. Beatriz Casado (Chief of Innovation and Entrepreneurship of Institute for Business Competitiveness of Castilla y León) and Mr. Enrique Cabero (Vice-rector of Academic Policy and Social Participation at the University of Salamanca).

Next, Mr. Deepak Daswani (Chiefs Security Ambassadors of ELEVENPATHS) presented a global view of the cybersecurity for a competitive industry. Mr. Faustino Nieto (CEO of Productos Ibéricos FANISA SL) showed that cyber-attacks exist across his own personal story. This was followed by a presentation of different successful cases in the cybersecurity context. Different cybersecurity solutions used by the automotive industry and food sector was showed, respectively, by Mr. Álvaro Villarino and Mr. Eduardo Sanz (R&D Project Managers of CIDAUT Foundation) and Mr. Juan Manuel García (CISO of Cerealto Siro Foods). While, Mr. José Alberto García Coria and Mr. Victor Flores (VIEWNEXT) made an applied demonstration of ethical hacking. Subsequently, Mr. Daniel Fírvida (Project Manager at National Cybersecurity Institute – INCIBE) made a presentation on “Industrial cyber-security vs Industry 4.0” and Mr. Miguel Carriegos (Professor at University of Leon) spoke about “Competences, skills and talent management in cyber-security”.

After lunch, Mr. José Francisco de Diego (Regional Manager of Institute for Business Competitiveness of Castilla y León at Salamanca) showed the Interreg Europe CYBER project, and Mr. Tomás Castro (president of the Spanish Cybersecurity Innovation Cluster) made a presentation on the Cybersecurity Innovation HUB.

The Forum proceeded with a discussion panel in which all attendees were encouraged to take part: Mr. Antonio Sahagún (ELEVENPATHS), Mr. Juan Manuel García (CEREALTO SIRO FOODS), Mr. Fernando Pérez (AETICAL), Mr. Manuel Domínguez (UNIVERSITY OF LEÓN), Mr. Benjamín Sahelices (UNIVERSITY OF VALLADOLID), Mr. Javier Martín Limorti (UNIVERSITY OF SALAMANCA) and Mr.  Álvaro García (CIDAUT Foundation).  Finally, Mrs. Beatriz Casado (Chief of Innovation and Entrepreneurship of Institute for Business Competitiveness of Castilla y León) closed the Forum and invited the attendees to participate in the next workshops and events organized under the training and support Program for R&D Business Centr@Tec.

In addition to thematic workshops and panel discussions, a cyber-exercise “Capture the Flag” (CTF) took also place on the day of the event. This cyber exercise provided a forum for the local cybersecurity talents to demonstrate their skills and to be recognized by the cybersecurity stakeholders.

ReFreeDrive Consortium meets at Coiltech 2019

Coiltech hosts the World Magnetic Conference, chaired by Prof. Marco Villani (University of L’Aquila one of the partner of ReFreeDrive project), the biggest conference in its field. WMC offers both visitors and exhibitors and excellent opportunity to update one’s knowledge about innovation of materials, methods and technologies for further improvement of efficiency in production, distribution, transformation and consumption of electrical energy.

ReFreeDrive’s partners had an excellent experience last year at Coiltech 2018. For this reason, they have met again at Coiltech 2019. During the Conference the partners presented the most relevant technical results of the project that is starting its third and last year. The session, specially dedicated to the ReFreeDrive project, started with the general overview of the project presented by Cidaut as Coordinator. After the introduction, Jaguar Land Rover, Motor Design Limited, IFPEN, L´Aquila University, Breuckman and European Copper Institute explained some of the technical details of the project.

ReFreeDrive has been funded by the European Commission in the H2020 Frame Programme and it aims to avoid the use of rare earth magnet through the development of a next generation of electric drive trains, ensuring the industrial feasibility for mass production while focusing on the low cost of the manufacturing technologies.

SAFE STRIP ready to start the trial phase

Safe Strip is a European Project funded in the H2020 Frame Programme. It started in May 2017 with the aim to introduce a disruptive technology that will achieve to embed C-ITS applications in existing road infrastructure following a low cost – high impact approach. For the last two years and a half the technical development of the strips and the definition of the different use cases have been achieved. The performance of the different parts of the system have been tested in laboratory and open road conditions, but now the trial phase has reached to the critical point.

The 35 scenarios, classified in 9 uses cases defined in the project are going to be tested with real users in five different test tracks: Centro Ricerche Fiat and A22 in Italy, Thessaloniki and Atiki Odos in Greece and Cidaut in Spain. For the tests different vehicles will be used, motorcycles and cars, with different levels of automation.

Trials sites and some of the vehicles to be used

The results of the tests will be quantitatively and qualitatively analyzed, through vehicle instrumentation, surveys and questionnaires in order to assess the impact of the applications developed in Safe Strip in the safety, environment, society, traffic, economy and the users’ acceptance.

Cidaut presents STEEL S4 EV’s results in the International Symposium on Impact Engineering 2019

The international Symposium on Impact Engineering, ISIE 2019, aims to establish a professional dialogue between cultures, scientists and industry engineers on the field of experimental and computational mechanism with focus on impact and other dynamic problems.

The 2019 edition was hold in Gmunden in Upper Austria on 2-5th July 2019, the location offers a relaxed atmosphere, a beautiful environment, and a high-class service for the conference. Cidaut was there as Coordinator of Steel S4 EV project, presenting the preliminary results obtained in this project funded by the European Commission in the frame of the H2020 initiative. The presentation was focused on the crash results taking advantage of the participants’ expertize in impact engineering, mainly coming from Asia and Europe, but also with representative from America. The advances on the vehicle structure design and the evolution of the crash behavior from the starting of the project to the nowadays situation was presented.

The project has covered the first year out of three, its main target is putting high strength steels at the forefront of a new trend in electric vehicles: light vehicles with three or four wheels that comply with crash regulation and with more restrictive Euro NCAP demands. Weld joint design and welding methodologies research to maintain the material properties in the weld area, assuring the robustness and long term durability.

Cost effective low-investment manufacturing will be achieved by a modular and flexible structural design: a complex 3D skeleton frame of welded tubes, bent with high accuracy using programmed laser cuts will enable the production of different vehicles sharing the same tooling.

CIDAUT participates in the ECOS Congress presenting its progress in the ECOGATE project

ECOS 2019 is the 32nd International Conference on Efficiency, Cost, Optimization, Simulation and Environmental Impact of Energy Systems which has been taken place in Wroclaw (Poland) between the 23rd and the 28th of June.

Main topics discussed during the conference have been exergy as a process optimization, ORC, thermal recovery, fuel cells, energy storage, renewable energy, combustion, etc.

Under ECOGATE Project it has been presented a CIDAUT’s paper entitled “Natural gas accumulation technology by adsorption (ANG): set-up of a measurement installation for charge and discharge processes in natural gas vehicles”: This paper gathers a wide study about the storage natural gas (ANG) with a novel technology in this field: adsorbed natural gas (ANG), which enables storing more energy per unit volume at the same pressure as the storage of compressed natural gas (CNG). This innovation allows the use of tanks that work at lower pressure (60 bar) with the consequential advantages: greater flexibility in the design of the tank, greater formability, lower refueling costs, the possibility of home refueling and greater security.

CIDAUT has carried out the characterization of the charging and discharging processes of this type of adsorbed natural gas storage systems in an experimental facility also developed within the scope of the ECO-GATE project.

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More info about ECOS conference in: http://www.s-conferences.eu/ecos2019

More info about ECOGATE project: https://eco-gate.eu/

ReFreeDrive Midterm review meeting

ReFreeDrive project reached half of its length last March. This means it was time to hold the Midterm review meeting. To this end, all project members and the Project Officer met last 22nd and 23rd of May in Brussels, at Aurubis facilities.

During the meeting, the main achievements of the project were noted, and the results of the different tasks carried out by each consortium member were discussed. At this point, the motor design stage is finished, so the results obtained give an accurate idea about what can be expected from the final prototypes. Fortunately, all projects KPIs and milestones are being successfully accomplished; hence our expectations remain the highest for the second half of the project.

In the following months the optimized motor designs for both configurations (induction and synchronous reluctance) and power levels (200kW and 75kW) will be manufactured and tested.

Dissemination activities on VULKANO H2020 project

Two new different diffusion actions have been carried out within VULKANO H2020 Project.

The first one was the assistance to the 9th European Combustion Meeting between 14th and 18th of April in Lisbon (Portugal). It was presented the poster entitled: “Natural Gas replacement by syngas in Resource Energy Intensive Industries (REII) burners: numerical CFD evaluation”. This poster gathered the theoretical study for the natural gas substitution by syngas as well as the burner modifications required to achieve the VULKANO objective of co-firing syngas from 10% to 40% of substitution. More than 180 posters in combustion topics were presented by 120 different authors speaking about topics such as: laminar flames, turbulent flames, reaction kinetics, gas turbines, etc.

The second one was the assistance to the 11th Mediterranean Combustion Symposium from 16th to 20th of June in Tenerife, Spain. There, the last part of VULKANO progress was presented in the paper entitled “CFD approach in natural gas hybrid burners adapted for syngas combustion in REII”. This paper goes one step further in the design of new hybrid burners to achieve 100% of natural gas substitution by renewable gases such as process-off-gases and bio-syngases. Both works have been carried out in close collaboration with the Institute of Power Engineering of Warsaw (Poland).

ALMAGIC project last Review Meeting

The ALMAGIC Project, led by CIDAUT and granted by European Commission’s Clean Sky 2 Programme (Contract No. 755515), held its last review meeting on 16th May 2019 at CIDAUT´s premises in Valladolid (Spain).

Coinciding with the end of the project research activities, all Consortium partners and the Topic Leader (MTU Aero Engines) met to analyze in depth the general project results. To this end, during the meeting, the tasks performed along the project were discussed, and their main outcomes were evaluated. A showroom was organized, exhibiting all tested samples, in order to ease the inspection and evaluation of the testing results, encouraging fruitful discussions between the attendees. The meeting ended with a guided tour through CIDAUT’s facilities.

The different tests (corrosion, electrical conductivity, paintability and fatigue testing) performed on the Chromium(VI)-free innovative coatings for Mg- and Al-alloys suggest that there is a clear potential of substitution of these Cr(VI) pernicious coatings in the following years by means of further development of novel coating and paint formulations. From the discussions, the main improvement areas were also defined, as well as future lines of work.

It has been an awesome experience for CIDAUT to take part in ALMAGIC project as leader. Not only the project results have been of great interest for both the project partners and the topic leader, but also strong relationships with the rest of the partners have been built. We are looking forward to exploring future collaboration opportunities in the future and continue progressing in the development of innovative Cr(VI)-free coatings.

New workshop of the MOVBIO project

A new Technical Conference within the dissemination work of MOVBIO Project took place in the Noble Hall of the Intermunicipal Community of Ave, in Guimarães (Portugal) on June 26th.

The event was co-organized by the Ave Energy Agency and the CVR (Center for waste valorization), and topics such as the energy valorization of biomass from agricultural and urban prunings were discussed. A certain emphasis was put on the results of some project activities, good practices for the valorization, the challenges in logistic solutions and the state of the art regarding to the existing technologies for the collection and treatment of this raw material.

CIDAUT Foundation expose the lecture entitled: “Gasification as an alternative for the valorization of pruning biomass”, in which different options of energy valorization of the pruning biomass were using thermochemical processes for the decomposition of said biomass in gaseous streams. These biomass gases could be used as fuels in cogeneration applications or, after their reforming and purification, as high added value renewable gases such as hydrogen.

During the technical conference, a Round Table was also carried out with the participation of specialists and professionals from the sector, including Coelho Guedes (BriquetasRaro), Eduardo Ferreira (UM / VIMASOL) and Primitivo Málaga (GEBIO / BIOHOT), this session was moderated by the Executive Director of the CVR, Jorge Araújo.

In this forum, topics such as the demand and supply of the product, the relationship between producers and consumers, the logistical and economic viability challenges for the energy valorization of biomass and the future of the sector were discussed.

In the afternoon, a briquette manufacturing demonstration session was held at the facilities of the CVR (Center for Waste Valorization), as a demonstration of the research actions developed within the MOVBIO project.




Meeting of BIOURB NATUR consortium in Bragança

The consortium team of the project Biobuilding diversity, bioclimatic architecture, sustainable rehabilitation and its application in natural areas” held a new meeting in the “Balcão Único” building of Câmara Municipal de Bragança on May 27th.

Representatives of all the partners attended the meeting with the presence of the Regional Energy Agency of Castilla y León (EREN, Main Beneficiary) Polytechnic Institute of Bragança (IPB), CIDAUT Foundation, Natural Heritage Foundation of Castilla y León (FPNCYL), Construction Institute of Castilla y León (ICCL) and Municipality of Bragança.

The main objective of the meeting was to review the progress of the technical activities, as well as the communication and the project coordination activities.

Within the project, five specific buildings located in natural parks in Castilla y León (Spain) and three located in Montesinho Natural Park (Portugal) are being rehabilitated with bioclimatic solutions in order to get better comfort and higher energy efficiency. The monitoring phase, conducted by CIDAUT, is just starting at this date. The project is co-financed by the programme of cooperation INTERREG V-A Spain-Portugal (POCTEP) 2014-2020 and will be further developed until December 2019.

Regarding Communication Activities, several technical workshops, informative sessions and a promotional video film are being developed.