VULKANO project continues with the III General Assembly Meeting

The third General Assembly Meeting of VULKANO project took place in Warsaw on 4-5th July 2018 in presence of the Project Technical Advisor of the European Commission. The meeting gathered more than 30 members of 11 companies located in 6 different countries, in order to review the general status of the project after the first twenty four months of execution.

The project has satisfactorily achieved its objectives throughout this time, obtaining useful results:

  • Operating conditions of the two demo site furnaces (steel and ceramic sector) and the requirements from the new technology solutions to be implemented at the furnace have been defined.
  • Development of Phase Change Materials (PCM) high temperature (up to 900ºC). After the simulations and the laboratory tests, the production of new PCM has started as well as it pre-implementation in ceramic furnace.
  • Development of new refractories with the use of byproducts for the production of innovative materials. For steel furnace, materials based on alumina are used, while based on zirconia materials have been employed for the ceramic furnace.
  • Feasibility of the natural gas substitution by the different syngas sources and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulation of syngas/natural gas mixtures with adapted co-firing burners. Two different burners have been developed: dedicated burner for 100% of syngas combustion and hybrid burner for 0-100% of syngas / natural gas combustion.
  • Optimization of the furnace monitoring and control system through metaheuristics algorithms and implementation. Steel case: automatization of gasifier&co-firing system. Ceramic case: control of PCM system.
  • Presentation of a flexible holistic in-house predictive tool prioritizing the critical parameters for each sector with a video explicative.
  • Start the construction of the replica furnace.
  • Updated market analysis presentation.

With the results of the assessment, IEn as Task leader on WP5.2, 5.3 and 5.4, presented the co-firing CFD simulations, jointly undertaken by IEn and CIDAUT for the unmodified burners. It has been designed, simulated and experimentally tested two new burners: a hybrid one to operate between 0 to 100% of syngas substitution and a dedicated one to operate at 100% with syngas.

Furthermore, VULKANO project partners have already generated seven scientific publications and with an estimated number of 13 to 15 during 2019. CIDAUT has already presented one paper in ECOS Conference in Guimaraes entitled “Application of the CFD simulation to the evaluation of natural gas replacement by syngas in burners of the ceramic sector”.

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Keywords: VULKANO, CFD, co-firing, syngas, furnaces


Meeting of Biourb Natur consortium in Fermoselle

The consortium team of the project “Biobuilding diversity, bioclimatic architecture, sustainable rehabilitation and its application in natural areas” held a meeting in the House of Park Arribes del Duero in Fermoselle (Zamora) on the last 2nd of August.

The BIOURB NATUR project is mainly aimed to extend the use of bio-building solutions in energetic and constructive rehabilitations of non-residential buildings in natural areas, to train the cross-border construction sector in the new opportunities of sustainable building, to promote energy and environmental sustainability in buildings as a technical-scientific tourist attraction in natural areas and to reactivate the use of buildings in these cross-border natural areas. This project is co-financed by the programme of cooperation INTERREG V-A Spain-Portugal (POCTEP) 2014-2020 and will run until December 2019.

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  the Municipality of Bragança.

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

Activity 1, in which CIDAUT participates, is ongoing and corresponds to the characterization of the buildings and their surrounding environment; it includes, among other information, data about the current conditions of buildings and their energy consumption.

Within Activity 2, CIDAUT has developed a methodology aimed to determine energy savings of different bioclimatic solutions (Sunspaces, Trombe walls or Canadian wells) when it is applied to tertiary buildings. Results are shown at the SCB Cal-02 tool, available to users on the project website.

Activity 3, which is also ongoing, consists of the physical implementation of several bioclimatic solutions in eight specific buildings, five of them located in natural parks in Castilla y León (Spain) and the other three located in Montesinho Natural Park (Bragança, Portugal). Results will be monitored by CIDAUT in some of them.

Finally, the Communication Activity includes the project web development, handbooks, video images, briefings and technical sessions in order to train building professionals about the implementation of bioclimatic solutions. It was agreed that it will be carried out throughout the project.

Tags: BIOURB NATUR, bioclimatic architecture, sustainable building, POCTEP


ChemPlastExpo, organized by Nebext in collaboration with Ainia Centro Tecnológico, is a 3-day Congres that will take place in Madrid during the 6-8th November 2018.

CHEMPLAST is a space to discover the latest emerging technologies and the most innovative solutions for the industry 4.0 in chemical and plastics sectors, a mandatory meeting for any professional who wants to boost their factory to the maximum level of competitiveness and innovation. CIDAUT will be one of the exhibitors at CHEMPLAST, at our stand you will be able to meet our material development experts, discuss circular economy highlights, composite developments and know more about our latest innovation projects and prototypes. Meet us there and let’s discuss new collaboration opportunities!

CIDAUT will also participate actively at the European Congress of Plastics Engineering. Our colleagues Karina Núñez will be presenting “Thermoplastic pultrusion as promising recycling technology”; Manuel Herrero will be presenting his research in “bio based polyamides for industrial applications”; and Blanca Araujo will present “Opportunities and challenges for structural thermoplastic composites”. Blanca will also moderate one of the parallel sessions: “Plastic innovations applied to the automotive and aeronautics industries”.

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CIDAUT takes part at the European Aluminium Workshop

Last June 20th European Aluminium held a workshop for its members in which CIDAUT was invited to take part. Around 60 industry and research experts attended European Aluminium’s Innovation Hub workshop, jointly organised with Professor Herman Terryn from SURF group at the VUB university in Brussels. The agenda covered general presentations from SPIRE (sustainable process industry) and “Factories of the Future” public-private partnerships focusing on the current and upcoming European funding Programmes. Later parallel sessions on Circular Economy and Digitalization took place. The workshop aimed at encouraging collaboration with aluminium industry and to initiate project ideas, potentially under the Horizon 2020 framework programme.

CIDAUT presented in the Circular Economy sessions its currently patent pending technology on molten aluminium purification. CIDAUT developed a technology able to remove impurities from molten aluminium, and validated it with iron removal. Starting with samples contaminated with different levels of iron, ranging from 0.8% to 3.5%, reductions up to 0.5% were achieved at the lab for all the different samples and contamination values. This technology was upscaled to a pre industrial device in which a 40% of Fe removal has been measured.

This technology is framed in one of the pillars driving CIDAUT’s innovation, the Circular Economy. In this field, not only aluminium is recycled, as presented in this event. CIDAUT also coordinates the Remaghic project in which magnesium and rare earths are recovered from different streams to create new alloys. The efforts also reach the plastics field, in which many different projects have covered the treatment of unused plastic fractions to find new market applications and promote the development of new sustainable materials.

Visit European Aluminium to know more about the Innovation Hub, here.

CIDAUT presents VULKANO in ECOS2018

ECOS 2018 is the 31st International Conference on Efficiency, Cost, Optimization, Simulation and Environmental Impact of Energy Systems which has been taken place in Guimarães between the 18th and the 21st 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 VULKANO Project CIDAUT’s paper entitled “Application of the CFD simulation to the evaluation of natural gas replacement by syngas in burners of the ceramic sector” has been presented.This paper gathers a wide evaluation of the alternatives in the reduction of fossil fuel consumption, such as natural gas, promoting its substitution by an alternative fuel (Co-firing). A revision of the types of syngas with potential for use has been carried out, as well as the evaluation of the physical properties of the mixtures from the combustion operation point of view. The feasibility study has taken into consideration parameters such as the low heat value, the Woobe index, adiabatic flame temperature, air preheating temperature, total flue flow and laminar flame velocity. The modifications for SG co-firing have been evaluated using CFD simulations to establish the proper design of the mix zone to ensure the mixture between the air, syngas and natural gas. Moreover, despite the initial objective was to replace 40% of natural gas energy by syngas in an industrial ceramic furnace, new dedicated burners for 100% of syngas substitution have been designed and simulated.

The Institute of Power Engineering (IEn), as partner of CIDAUT in VULKANO, also presented a paper entitled “CFD analysis of natural gas substitution by syngas in industrial furnaces” which evaluated the integration of new burners in the whole furnace system and simulating the real heating process in steel sector.

Furthermore, the VALORCOMP project partners have also been involved attending to different technical presentations in topics related with biomass, energy use and combustion, gasification, reaction engineering and CO2 mitigation.

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Keywords: VULKANO, ECOS2018, CFD, Burner, VALORCOMP

ALMAGIC project continues with their Second Review Meeting

The ALMAGIC Project led by CIDAUT and granted by the Clean Sky 2 programme (Contract No. 755515), held its second review meeting on 15-16th May 2018 at HENKEL´s premises in Düsseldorf (Germany).

The progress of the project in the study of the substitution of hexavalent chromium in the aerospace materials by developing alternative conversion coatings for aluminium and magnesium was shown. Each partner exposed the results obtained and the next actions.

Finally, a review of the transversal activities such as management and dissemination activities was conducted. And the meeting was completed with a workshop about on paintings presented by Peter Visser of AkzoNobel.

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Valorcomp consortium meets in Braganza for results review

This time, the headquarters of the follow-up meeting of Valorcomp project was the Polytechnic Institute of Braganza, institution that hosted the meeting on June 12. Representatives of all the partners attended the meeting with the presence of the Polytechnic Institute of Bragança (IPB, Principal Beneficiary), CIDAUT Foundation, University of Valladolid (UVa), Resíduos do Nordeste and Nertatec.

The main objective was the technical review of the progress in those ongoing activities, as well as communication and project coordination activities.

The review started with CIDAUT´s presentation of the densified compost results. The different tests carried out and satisfactory final results were shown. The use of a mould specially designed for the densification process of refining and rejection of stabilized biowaste samples was highlighted. IPB continued with the progress in the synthesis of adsorbent materials and the need to modify the experimental installation to achieve a better performance. Subsequently, IPB presented the advances in obtaining catalyst materials and the clear problem of excessive loss of material. IPB was also in charge of exposing the results in obtaining ecological bricks, the problems associated with the odor of compost in the bricks and the results of fire resistance tests. Finally, the UVa showed the results of extraction of nutrients for the agronomic use of the compost by means of extraction techniques using water, KOH and HNO3 and evaluating the organic carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus recovered. Within this task, IPB concluded with the presentation of the work done in the use of leached water and the need to reduce heterogeneity, alkalinity and certain metals such as Cr and Cd.

Once the technical review of the tasks was completed, a review of the most relevant issues of project coordination and the launch of the COOPERA 2020 coordination platform was made. The last part of the meeting was about dissemination activities of the results. It is important to note the presence of VALORCOMP in the 4th International Congress on Water, Waste and Energy Management (EWWM) to be held in Madrid from 18-20 July 2018 and the 15th European Workshop on Lignocellulosics and Pulp (EWLP 2018) which will take place in Aveiro from June 26 to 29, 2018.

To conclude, all the partners were summoned to an upcoming meeting in September at the facilities of Resíduos do Nordeste, and on behalf of IPB, a visit was made to their laboratories and facilities, which allowed the Spanish partners to learn more about their capabilities.

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.

Tags: VALORCOMP, compost, residues, POCTEP

CIDAUT has become associated partner of CARTRE

CARTRE is a Coordination and Support Action to accelerate development and deployment of automated road transport by increasing market and policy certainties. To achieve this, CARTRE supports the development of clearer and more consistent policies for EU Member States in collaboration with industry players, ensuring that automated road transport systems and services are compatible at EU level and are deployed in a coherent way.

cartre_1The Project objectives are:

  • Establish European leadership through public-private collaboration for development and deployment of ART
  • Support international cooperation activities in the area of road automation at global level, in particular with the US and Japan
  • Support Strategic alignment of national action plans for automated driving
  • Ensure that stakeholders are well informed of past, current and future ART activities through a comprehensive knowledge base on project results
  • Actively support ART pilots and test beds
  • Report on progress of ART projects on enablers and thematic areas
  • Facilitate exchange of data, experience and knowledge for comparing and deploying results from pilots
  • Foster a common evaluation framework across ART projects
  • Describe possible deployment alternatives and evaluate their impacts
  • Reach out to stakeholders, decision makers and wider public
  • Establish annual international conferences, and workshops in Europe

Other objectives include: the creation of a solid knowledgebase of all European activities, to support current activities and structure research outcomes by enablers and thematic areas; to setup a platform for sharing and re-using data and experiences from different automated road transport systems; to actively support Field Operational Tests (FOTs) and pilots carried out at National and European levels; and to work on future visions, potential impacts and research gaps in the deployment of automated road transport.

CARTRE is coordinated by ERTICO and integrates the efforts of 36 partners from 9 different countries.


Together with its partners Cidaut has presented the results of URBAN-EV

From 16th to 19 April, Wien has become the focus of mobility solutions thanks to the celebration of TRA 2018. TRA 2018 is an arena for researchers, companies and public authorities active in the field of transport. It welcomes policy makers and stakeholders framing research and transport policy. Together they have shared and discussed new ideas, research results, technological solutions and new business models. Together they have experienced and shaped the future of transport and mobility for people and goods.


Key focus areas have been:

  • How digitalisation is transforming transport & mobility systems
  • Decarbonisation & future growth – how to change our mobility system & remain competitive
  • Shaping the new mobility landscape – a vision for transport & mobility for Europe

In this scenario, Cidaut presented one of the three prototypes of the URBAN-EV project. The target of the project is to apply innovative manufacturing technologies and materials to produce prototypes of a two seats urban electric vehicle with enhanced range and similar occupant safety level than a standard passenger car.

In the actual moment three prototypes of the vehicle are being built, one of them for functional testing and the others for lateral and frontal crash tests. The unit shown in Wien was the frontal crash test one and it created high expectation mainly due to the complex design and join technologies used to bring together different advanced material such as magnesium, structural thermoplastic, aluminum and high strength steel.