//Vulkano and the road to success

June 27th, Warsaw (Poland)

On the 27th of June 2017 in the Institute of Fundamental Technological Research Polish Academy of Sciences (IPPT PAN, Warsaw, Poland) there was held a workshop entitled How to effectively apply for competitions NMBP 2018-20. Maria Kaska (IEn, CENERG) participated in the meeting, delivering the presentation Road to Success – VULKANO project. The workshop was organized by the National Contact Point for Research Programmes of the European Union.

The aim of the workshop was to present details of NMBP competitions (Nanotechnology, Advanced Materials, Production Processes, Biotechnology) in the years 2018-20 in the light of the implementation documents prepared for these years. The strengths and weaknesses of project proposals were highlighted in the perspective of evaluation documentation and SPIRE issues (results of 2014-2016 competitions), as well as important elements of the proposals in the context of evaluation – the perspective of project evaluator. Workshops were summarized in discussions on ways to increase their chances of success based on reflections of successful Horizon 2020 projects, such as the VULKANO project.

VULKANO – Novel integrated refurbishment solution as a key path towards creating eco-efficient and competitive furnaces was presented as a success case example of an international collaborative project, involving 12 partners from Spain, France, Italy, Germany, Poland and United Kingdom and mobilizing 6.9m€ that have been financed by the European Commission under the Horizon2020 program.

The project aims to contribute to update the mainly old-aged European furnaces of the intensive industries and to create a path to follow in order to ensure a successful design in case of new furnaces.

For this reason VULKANO will design, implement and validate an advanced retrofitting integrated solution to increase the energy and environmental efficiency in existing preheating and melting industrial furnaces, currently fed with natural gas. This will be achieved through implementing combined new solutions based on high-temperature phase change materials (PCMs), new refractories, optimized co-firing, advanced monitoring and control systems and a holistic in-house predictive tool.