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SuPREME: Final Conference in Jablonna, Poland

19.11.2018

Twinning project SuPREME, led by the IMP PAN, reached its Final Conference in Jablonna, PO, with rewarding outputs. In total, eseia has organised three Summer Schools during the lifetime of the project, which aligned with larger EU strategies in Energy Transition to introduce sustainable systems based on RES in Poland. SuPREME has successfully involved several external partners.

Twinning for a Sustainable, Proactive Research Partnership in Distributed Energy Systems project, SuPREME, held its Final Conference from 9 to 10 October at the KEZO Centre in Jablonna, PO. After three years intense collaboration between four European organisations from four different countries, the Consortium composed by eseia, Alborg University and University of Twente, and led by the Institute of Fluid Mechanics of the Polish Academy of Sciences (IMP-PAN), has successfully contributed to enhancing Poland’s Renewable Energy Systems field.

Knowledge transfer to local Polish stakeholders has played a key role in the project, strengthening networks across the EU and beyond: 4 cooperation agreements signed, 10 new project proposals submitted, and 21 international conference papers achieved. Moreover, besides staff-exchanges, the three Summer Schools organised by eseia in Alborg (DK), Enschede (NL) and Jablonna (PO) have been fundamental activities for a smooth and valuable collaboration among institutions. 

After the finalisation of the twinning project that has boosted IMP-PAN research capacity and staff competence, consortium members have highlighted the importance of EU funding programmes such as SuPREME to help organisations like IMP PAN increasing their expertise in various fields. The project has put to use the new IMP PAN facility, the KEZO research installation in the areas of E-mobility and transportation, energy storage and standardisation, education, promotion, and national cooperation in smart energy systems.

SuPREME has addressed during this time both micro and macro scale energy systems to advance from “simple” Building Management Systems to Smart Energy Systems. For this, a better understanding of the specifics requirements of energy systems in Poland was required by the project partners, who brought their expertise from the Netherlands (University of Twente) and Denmark (University of Aalborg).

On one hand, WP1 focused on the analysis of energy systems at the macro scale and studied different scenarios of implementation of renewable energy systems in the Warsaw region through the development of energy clusters. On the other hand, WP2 looked into energy systems at the microscale, where the integration of devices into energy systems was mostly achieved via specific code wrote in Python. Appliances included electric vehicles with chargers and a heat pump.

Altogether, KEZO has successfully built external partnerships with international businesses such as the Polish Energy Group (PEG) – the largest energy producer and distributor in Poland, Toyota – currently working with KEZO in the development of a green hydrogen Polish system, or Solwena – involved in diverse national projects with the new IMP PAN facility, among others. Next steps look to expand the energy cluster.

 

Additional info:

SuPREME website

 

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Third BioEnergyTrain Pilot Plant Course on Organic-Waste Exploitation

19.11.2018

From 17th to 19th October 2018 international students with a background in engineering had the opportunity to work at the :metalobon pilot plant installation in Germany and gained valuable hands-on experience with key technologies at the research lab.

Pilot Plant course participants/ Bergischer Abfallwirtschaftsverband, BAV

Along three days training, four students from two different European universities took part in the third edition of the BET Pilot Plant Course on Organic-Waste Exploitation hosted by the company Bergischer Abfallwirtschaftsverband (BAV) at the Leppe Waste Disposal Centre in Lindlar-Remshagen, DE.

The event aimed at providing participants with broader skills and valuable real-world technical practice at the :metalobon. The Waste Disposal site focuses on sustainable resource efficiency, material conversion, and site-related environmental technologies and techniques.

Coming from the Cologne University of Applied Sciences (TH Köln, DE) and the Saxion University of Applied Sciences (NE), the participants had different educational backgrounds ranging from bachelor to masters students and researchers with an expertise on engineering.

The four participants were encouraged to carry out experiments while supervised by academic and business experts. The pilot-scale plants on site are the Industrial Biogas plant, the Process Water Pilot Plant as well as the Pellet and Wood Chip Furnace. The experiments at the installations were organised in small groups of 2 students under the supervision of both BAV staff and academic instructors from TH Köln.

At the Biogas pilot plant, the students took substrate samples from primary and secondary digesters and analysed those for different parameters. Based on the results of their measurements the students were able to assess the current state of the pilot-scale plant. After a short introduction in the Leachate Water Treatment plant, they were trained to deal with bigger plants and unknown situations.

Altogether, the participant’s feedback was mostly positive. The groups were divided by their academic background and specialization so the skill level could be successfully adapted while experimenting and the working atmosphere was challenging.

 

Additional info:

Pilot Plant Course Flyer and Programme

BET website

 

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SuPREME International Summer School 2018 on Macro and Micro Scale ES

19.11.2018

SuPREME ISS 2018 on Macro and Micro Scale Energy Systems was organised by eseia on August 2018 gathering participants from different countries. For more than a week, students were trained by experts on the Energy Conversion and Renewable Resources Research Centre KEZO in Poland, building international networks and acquiring professional experience in order to advance their career profiles.

On 19-26 August, the IMP PAN’s Energy Conversion and Renewable Resources Research Centre KEZO in Poland held the third SuPREME International Summer School. During more than a week, participants were encouraged to tackle macro and micro scale Energy Systems issues in order to advance their expertise.

Each day was introduced by wrap-up presentation for all participants that later were divided into two different groups according to their background and interest. On one side, the macro-scale group focused on EnergyPLAN. After a first day introduction to the topic and a number of practical exercises, the participants worked on real data for a given region. In the other side, the micro-scale group trained on new insights of optimisation techniques and control of micro-grids in a parallel workshop.

The event was organised to conduct different types of training. While specific workshops in energy systems were divided into specialised groups, a more generic training was also provided for all participants at a time. The non-technical workshops examined issues such us academic career profile of young people, preparation of articles and publishing, how to profile yourself on the web or entrepreneurship of researchers.

Altogether, participants to the SuPREME International Summer School 2018 gained additional practical skills to enhance their curricula, apart from specific knowledge on macro and micro scale energy systems to boost improve their expertise.  

The closing of the Summer School gathered the presentations of both macro-scale and micro-scale groups on the work undertaken during the whole programme at the KEZO facilities.

 

For more information on the project:

SuPREME Website

 

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Phoenix main features. Ensuring international research capacity

19.11.2018

Phoenix partnership presented an overview of the project achievements during the last Progress Meeting in Brussels. Since its start, 24 experienced researchers, 16 early stage researchers, and 2 managerial secondees have taken part on the Phoenix project.

Under the People for the European bio-energy mix Phoenix project, 42 secondees have participated in staff exchanges until the end of 2018. The group is represented by 24 experienced researchers, 16 early stage researchers, and 2 managerial representatives from 6 European academic partners, 3 European business and 2 Third-Country Partners. The majority of the participants are young secondees aged between 25 and 35 years old.

Phoenix, that held its last Project Progress Meeting 14th of November in Brussels, brings together 16 partners from 14 European countries and two Third-countries partners to enhance its collective expertise in bio-energy and provide training at a post-graduate level.

To date, both hosting and sending institutions have ensured an equal number of women and men participating in exchange and training activities. According to the completed exchanges, 16 female out of 42 staff members have been involved in the project. This represents 41% of the total staff.

Phoenix project addresses the development of energy-related technologies to reduce Europe’s reliance on non-renewable fossil fuels. From renewable-energy infrastructure management to new energy materials and methods, Europe needs qualified people to lead the challenge.

To do so, Phoenix, project funded by H2020, continues promoting staff exchanges and training ensuring future research excellence and expertise in the development and adoption of renewable and sustainable forms of energy. The project is coordinated by eseia.

 

For more information:

Anna Gabbert

eseia Project Manager

anna.gabbert@eseia.eu

 

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4th China Forum

25.10.2018

From 23 to 24 of October the Confucius Institute, University of Graz and TU Graz held the fourth China Forum to celebrate the success of the EU-China cooperation. Aiming to make a reflection on the ways in which both countries can work together to enhance innovation and development, the European Sustainable Energy Innovation Alliance –eseia- presented its vision and main projects during a workshop on Sustainability.

The 4th China Forum under the title Europe-China: Cooperation and Innovation brought together experts from both world regions to discuss digitalization, sustainability and quality of life. The afternoon workshop on Sustainability was chaired by FH Joanneum Professor and Senior Researcher Dr Martijn Kiers. The topics covered current and future challenges of smart cities innovation concentrating on sustainable mobility, efficient buildings and urban policy.

Attended by students, professionals and experts from China and Europe participants were encouraged to reflect on the impact climate change has on citizens’ life and the importance to undertake serious action from every angle. As eseia Director Brigitte Hasewend claimed during the introduction of the workshop ‘we all need to contribute as individuals with the right and responsibility to participate and as institutions with the tools to make the change come true’.

To encourage innovation from a bottom-up process, the eseia Director presented the two European master programmes offered to students from all over the world on Biorefinery Engineering (TU graz) and Bio-resources Value Chain Management (Utwente). Furthermore, the eseia led proposal for an EIT WeMove2Zero KIC Urban Mobility was presented, which aims to radically re-build cities of the future through participative tools such as a European citizens Platform for Urban Mobility.

Workshop on Sustainability

Among the speakers, Xuesong Cai from Shanghai Industrial Technology Institute presented service technology for smart cities. Architect Erwin Kaltenegger presented approaches for more self-efficient buildings in urban areas, and Dr. Ting Zhao from East China University of Political Science and Law introduced the development of NPOs in China considering its governance, on a more general approach. 

After the coffee break, the workshop continued with a panel on smart urban mobility. Prof. Mario Hirz from TU Graz gave an introduction to autonomous driving concepts. Dr Karl-Heinz Posch CEO of FGM-AMOR presented future trend in urban electric mobility. Finally, Dr Robert Schmied, CEO of Energie Agentur Graz expanded on the case of the City of Graz presenting an overview of smart mobility infrastructures.