CIRCE Foundation (Centre of Research for Energy Resources and Consumption) was established in 1993 as an independent Research Centre to create and develop innovative solutions and scientific/technical knowledge and to transfer them to the business sector in the field of energy. CIRCE’s mission is to drive forward improvements in energy efficiency and to spread the use of renewable energy by means of the development of R+D+I activities and formative actions, thereby contributing to a sustainable development.
Over 190 professionals with a broad variety of profiles compose the team of people working at CIRCE. Since 1993, CIRCE has conducted more than 2.500 R&D&I projects at national and international level and has trained more than 1.850 professionals from 47 countries within the postgraduate courses CIRCE promotes. In year 2001, CIRCE was recognized as National Centre of Innovation and Technology. CIRCE maintains a national leadership position in the field of Energy Efficiency, being the third national Research Centre getting more projects in competitive calls during period 2004-2007 in Spain. The main research topics in CIRCE are: energy efficiency, wind and solar power, natural resources, biomass, electrical substations, smart-grids and storage, thermal power systems and emissions reduction, sustainable mobility and energy socioeconomics.
EDEFU – New Design of Ecological Furnaces (FP7; June 2010 – June 2014) http://www.edefu.eu/
EFEVE – Development of a new high performance material associated to a new technological Energetic, Flexible, Economical, Versatile and Ecological process to make super strong and lightweight components (FP7; Nov 2012 – April 2016). http://www.efeve.eu/
MAGNHEAT – Induction oven with rotating permanent MAGNets for energy efficient aluminium HEATing (LIFE+ – LIFE13 ENV/IT/000538; July 2014 – Dec 2016).
NIWE – New induction wireless manufacturing efficient process for energy intensive industries (FP7; Jan 2013 – Dec 2016). http://niweproject.eu/
DISIRE – Integrated Process Control based in Distributed In-Situ Sensors into Raw Material and energy Feedstock (H2020; Jan 2015 – Jan 2018). http://spire2030.eu/disire/
VALOR – Assessment of waste from steelworks with electric arc furnaces in the field of building materials: integral and sustainable management (National Project – Spanish Government; July 2010 – October 2013).
SICOPIE – Simulation, control and optimization on energy intensive processes (National project – Spanish Government; Jan 2014 – Dec 2016).
E-GLASS – Advanced monitoring technologies for the combustion in glass melting furnaces (National Project – Spanish Government; Jan 2014 – Dec 2017).
Main tasks and responsibilities within VULKANO
CIRCE is the Coordinator of VULKANO, being responsible for all management activities and the creation of the web of the project in the dissemination activities related to the project. In addition to leading the management and coordination activities in the project, CIRCE will also lead tasks related with the analysis of requirements and specifications definition for the design of the furnace, design of energy recovery solutions based on PCMs, CFD simulations, development and implementation of an in-house predictive tool and techno-economic impact analysis and technology acceptance of the developed system.