• WP1 ECRIA Consortium Coordination
  • WP2 Technology and applications to low temperature SHIP (80ºC to 150ºC)
  • WP3 Technology and applications to medium temperature SHIP (150ºC to 400ºC)
  • WP4 Technology and applications to high temperature SHIP (400ºC to 1500°C)
  • WP5 Hybrid energy systems and emerging process technologies
  • WP6 Integrated SHIP research infrastructures
  • WP7 Integration of EU resources and Dissemination
  • WP8 Advanced Networking Activities

INSHIP concept and relation to the Work Plan

WP1 ECRIA Consortium Coordination

The main objective of this work package is to supervise and coordinate the adequate implementation of the Work Plan (overall project management and coordination to ensure a proper development of the project and collaboration among the partners to guarantee the quality and delivery of results in a timely, cost-effective and scientifically sound way) and, in parallel, to define, implement and construct all considered needed basic elements to the creation of the integrated structure which will operate “beyond” INSHIP, ensuring the sustainable maintenance of the European Research Excellence in SHIP technologies research by the pooling of research capacities in order to favour the promotion and the exploitation of more complex research results and also sharing of the access among ECRIA participants to their own relevant intellectual property (IP) assets (foreground and background).

WP2 Technology and applications to low temperature SHIP (80ºC to 150ºC)

This Work package aims at investigate a better integration between stationary or quasi-static solar collector technologies in low temperature SHIP (80ºC – 150°C), bridging the actual gaps, the main of which are below reported:

  • Improve the solar components for better SHIP application: the main scope will be related to the collectors. For low temperature applications, these could be in form of standard flat plate, evacuated or heat pipe receivers. For the SHIP, there is still a tailored design to be developed for the SHIP;
  • The above element can open the way for more efficient solution, under both aspects of technology and costs, tailored for process heat applications. At low temperature, drying (e.g. for textile) or sterilization (e.g. for agro-food) can be considered as priorities;
  • Leverage the durability of the proposed SHIP technologies and improve the modular profile is important to reduce the OPEX and realize more flexible solutions for the potential applications;
  • Improve the dynamic behavior of SHIP is a necessary element to satisfy the user requirements in terms of energy supply, time of supply, use of the solar resource maintaining a high quality of the product manufactured;
  • Introduce advanced ICT controls with predictive analysis, maintenance and self-learning algorithms embedded, to safely and precisely manage the solar field considering the connection to industrial processes.

WP3 Technology and applications to medium temperature SHIP (150ºC to 400ºC)

Presently, process heat applications are suited by a growing range of solar thermal concentrating technologies, all of them presenting products already in pre-commercial or commercial stage (TRLs 8 and 9). Yet, the adoption of such technologies in industrial production still poses technical questions either at integration (supply or process level integration) and system design levels (in both existing and new industrial plants). This work package aims at the development of research activities tackling the most pressing obstacles currently faced by solar thermal technologies on this regard, aiming the development of technological solutions coping with reliability, low O&M and low energy cost requirements, namely:

  • the integration of solar driven direct and indirect steam generation in industrial steam networks;
  • the development of standardized and modular Balance of Plant concepts;
  • the development of technical solutions enabling the use of restricted installation areas;
  • the study of collector degradation conditions in industrial environment;
  • integration of solar process heat in the design of New Industrial Capacity;
  • aiming not only the achievement of suitable Solar Collector technology designs and components coping with the specificities of industrial end-users but also their swift and reliable integration in the overall heat production system at the end-users’ site.

WP4 Technology and applications to high temperature SHIP (400ºC to 1500°C)

Solar thermochemical processes make use of concentrated solar radiation as the energy source of process heat to drive endothermic reactions. Three categories of high-temperature energy-intensive processes are considered: i) solar metallurgy, ii) solar lime, and iii) solar fuels. To provide the high-temperature solar reactors with highly concentrated sunlight, specific solar optics technologies are required. This work package aims at advancing the development of hightemperature/ high-flux solar chemical reactor technologies and concepts. The following objectives can be summarized:

  • Feasibility assessment of solar chemical reactor technologies for metallurgical processes.
  • Feasibility assessment of solar chemical reactor technologies for lime production.
  • Feasibility assessment of solar chemical reactor technologies for solar fuels production.
  • Integration of thermal energy storage and/or hybridization in the processes listed above for round-the-clock continuous operation.
  • Conceptual design of large-scale implementation, economic analysis, and potential for CO2 mitigation of the processes listed above.
  • Conceptual design of efficient and scalable high-concentration solar optics.

Whereas the specific topics addressed in this WP feature concrete applications in the metallurgical, chemical ad pretrochemical sectors, the results attained within the scope of technical-economic assessments and/or suitable optical designs are likely to be of further use in the development of applications in other sectors, such as e.g. the glass sector.

WP5 Hybrid energy systems and emerging process technologies

Solar heat has the potential to play an enormous part in industrial energy supply infrastructure if its integration is optimally embedded in a future hybrid energy supply system of industrial companies. Solar heat will not be a stand-alone solution to the thermal energy demand of industry and interactions with other energy carriers are therefore a key for successful SHIP project implementations. Solar process heat design is heavily related to the required temperature level and heat load, thus it is also strongly interlinked with energy efficiency measures and choice of process technologies.
The development of innovative 100% renewable energy supply solutions for industry with solar process heat as a core energy supply technology is the overall objective of this work package.
The following objectives can be summarized:

  • A comprehensive integration of Energy Efficiency measures (as combination of waste heat utilization and the application of emerging process technologies) and optimized solar integration layouts;
  • Interaction between energy related optimization software and solar simulation software
  • Identification of emerging process technologies ( process intensification) to increase the potential of SHIP
  • The integration of thermal storage and dynamic heat network management enabling the matching of variable heat sources and variable load profiles;
  • The development of 100% Renewable production concepts, after optimized hybrid energy supply systems in combination with Biomass/biogas, heat pumps and/or PV, suitable to local resource potentials and load requirements in combination with new storage concepts and technologies;
  • The development of heating/cooling networks in industrial parks, enabling centralized integration of Solar Process Heat, exchange and valorization of waste heat streams and integration of Power to heat strategies;
  • The development of interfaces of industrial heating/cooling networks with district heating (heat exchange) and electrical grid (power to heat).

WP6 Integrated SHIP research infrastructures

This work package aims at further developing the cooperation between the SHIP research community at full European level (within the EERA JP-CSP) by targeting two specific requirements of the call: a) Extensive sharing of existing research facilities, models and databases to optimize Research Infrastructures (RI) capacity; b) Definition of an exchange program of key staff researchers to use the previously indicated shared facilities as well as to facilitate co-operation and substantially reinforcing the partnership among the whole consortium.
Both previous initiatives will be defined in the context of scientific research activities previously defined into WP2, WP3, WP4 and WP5. Additional objectives of this WP are:

  • To create a formal European network of SHIP facilities.
  • To provide further national or in-kind funding to the INSHIP ECRIA.
  • To provide selected additional research ideas and activities, on top of defined WP2, WP3, WP4 and WP5 ones, to further increase the outcome and foreground of INSHIP ECRIA.

WP7 Integration of EU resources and Dissemination

INSHIP aims to define a European Common Research and Innovation Agenda (ECRIA) in the context of the SET Action Plan, and in particular the SET Integrated Roadmap , engaging major European research institutes, with relevant and recognized activities on SHIP, into an integrated structure that could successfully achieve the following coordination objectives:

  • The coordination of a more effective and intense cooperation between the EU research institutions participating in INSHIP;
  • Alignment of different SHIP related national research and funding programs, avoiding overlaps and duplications and identifying gaps, so that activities funded by national and Commission programs can be synchronized in order to achieve much better and more effective results (with the support of the most relevant public funding bodies at national level, as stated in the Letters of Support gathered among the related Ministries in the countries participating in the Consortium: Austria, Cyprus, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland and Turkey);
  • Acceleration of knowledge transfer to the European industry, at both end-user sector and technology supplier levels, in order to ensure the industrial European leadership on SHIP;
  • The reinforcement and expansion of the joint activities amongst research centres also offering researchers and industry a comprehensive and complete portfolio of research capabilities, bringing added value to innovation and Industry-driven technology;
  • To be the reference organization to promote and coordinate the international cooperation in SHIP research from and to Europe,

To achieve these objectives, the consortium will build on the previous achievements of the FP7 STAGE-STE IRP (Integrated Research Programme), and in particular using as a starting point the National Working Groups already set up in Cyprus, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Spain and Switzerland by STAGE-STE, national task forces will be established in the field of SHIP, bringing together national authorities, funding agencies, and research partners. In Austria, Greece, and Turkey, these task forces will have to be established without the umbrella of an existing National Working Group. These task forces will then implement the activities described below.

WP8 Advanced Networking Activities

Main objective of this Work Package is to build the large transnational critical mass required by the call. To this goal, the rest of organizations belonging to the EERA JP-CSP are added here in order to provide a clear European added-value around the SHIP topic. This WP is also considered a needed complement of all previously defined ECRIA activities to make possible to lay the strongest foundations for long-lasting future cooperation on SHIP by involving the large majority of existing research capabilities in Europe. Besides ECRIA research activities are focused on TRLs from 2 to 5, another objective of this WP is to create the needed pillars to, later on, translate the developed foreground to the industry (i.e., moving the know-how to higher TRLs), creating in parallel a consolidated European structure on SHIP research. The enlargement of ECRIA consortium to address this WP is also considered an essential element. Such goal will be achieved through:

  • Wide collection of inputs from relevant defined stakeholders with regard to existing and optimized innovation strategies and socio-economic impact scenarios
  • Assessment of existing and improved interaction models between research actors and key European stakeholders on SHIP technologies
  • Definition of a long-term framework to active collaboration between research actors and the industry.