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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Keywords: VULKANO, co-firing, syngas, furnaces

CIDAUT attended the EU-Brazil Workshop on Advanced Biofuels

The European Commission (EC), The Brazilian Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MCTI), the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) and the Brazilian National Council of State Funding Agencies (CONFAP) organized the EU-Brazil Workshop: Coordinated Call on Advanced Biofuels the past 9th of March where we had the opportunity to assist, and promote our project idea for the call H2020-LCE-22-2016.


This Workshop aimed to offer to Brazilian and European researchers an opportunity for networking, discussion and preparing joint activities under the call H2020-LCE-22-2016: International Cooperation with Brazil on advanced lignocellulosic biofuels. CIDAUT, as an expert in energy and biofuels, is interested in one of the three subchallenges within the call related with “gasification of bagasse to syngas and advanced liquid fuel production, including biofuels for aviation”. This item was developed in a previous call (H2020-LCE-08-2016) where CIDAUT submitted the project DELIA as coordinator and responsible of the Fischer-Tropsch unit design, construction and commissioning. Due to the synergies between both calls, it was an excellent opportunity to show the DELIA idea and to establish contact with stakeholders both in European and Brazilian industries and Research Centers.

One of our main objectives in the workshop was to show CIDAUT capabilities in pilot plant designing, construction and commissioning which involve catalytic reactors. Our expertise in pilot units for syngas upgrading and conditioning for biofuels production is remarkable, and includes our knowledge on auxiliary units in order to integrate the whole concept. We had the chance to meet the main European and Brazilian actors interested in the call H2020-LCE-22-2016 and share our capabilities and expertise with them. CIDAUT is open to collaborate with any of the consortiums that were taking shape during the workshop. It was a very interesting and fruitful experience!!

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