Edition no. 8, 2016
Welcome to the  SPIRE Newsletter

Bringing you news, insights and success stories from within and about our  Public-Private Partnership  and the European Process Industry.
In this issue
SPIRE website has a new look !

A revamped,  user-friendly and intuitive SPIRE  new website is now online! New look also for SPIRE projects! Additional functionalities (such as an advanced funding search tool and an online brokering and partnering tool) will be available and launched soon.
SPIRE Projects Brochures Online
The  Sustainable Process Industry through Resource and Energy Efficiency (SPIRE) PPP published  two brochures cataloguing the research and innovation projects established under its calls in 2014 and 2015
>> The  2014 Projects Brochure  covers the following calls and associated projects:
  • SPIRE 1 - 2014 on 'Integrated Process Control': RECOBA, DISIRE, ProPATCONSENS, iCspec.
  • SPIRE 2 - 2014 on 'Adaptable industrial processes allowing the use of renewables as flexible feedstock for chemical and energy applications': SteamBIO, MefCO2,  MOBILE FLIP.
  • SPIRE 3 - 2014 on 'Improved downstream processing of mixtures in process industries': PRODIAS.
  • SPIRE 4 - 2014 on 'Methodologies, tools and indicators for cross-sectorial sustainability assessment of energy and resource efficient solutions in the process industry': STYLESAMT,  MEASURE.
  • EE 18 - 2014 on 'New technologies for utilisation of heat recovery in large industrial systems, considering the whole energy cycle from heat production to transformation, delivery and end use': TASIO.
  • Waste 1 - 2014 on 'Moving towards a circular economy through industrial symbiosis': RESLAG, CABRISSFISSACBAMB, RESYNTEX.

>> The  2015 Projects Brochure covers the following calls and associated projects:
  • SPIRE 5 - 2015 on 'New adaptable catalytic reactor methodologies for Process Intensification' : ADREMMEMERE, PRINTCR3DITROMEOTERRA.
  • SPIRE 6 - 2015 on 'Energy and resource management systems for improved efficiency in the process industries': EPOS, MAESTRI, SHAREBOX, SYMBIOPTIMA. 
  • SPIRE 7 - 2015 on 'Recovery technologies for metals and other minerals': ADIRREE4EUREMAGHIC. 
  • SPIRE 8 - 2015 on 'Solids handling for intensified process technology': IbD 
  • EE 18 - 2015 on 'New technologies for utilisation of heat recovery in large industrial systems, considering the whole energy cycle from heat production to transformation, delivery and end use': Indus3EsI-ThERMSUSPIRE.
A final stakeholder event of the projects SAMT and STYLE will take place on  6 October, in Brussels. Within the workshop, the findings of the projects will be summarised and a draft of a harmonised roadmap for sustainability assessment will be presented. The workshop will provide stakeholders a final opportunity to influence the outcome of the projects - recommendations to the European Commission for future development needs.
The workshop is open to all industrial actors and stakeholders (authorities, peer organizations, researchers, NGO's, etc.) applying or interested in sustainability assessment methods and future developments within the field.   The workshop is free of charge, but places are limited and registration is required.
Please register here latest by Friday, 23rd of September.   For more information about the workshop, please contact:
- Tiina Pajula, coordinator of the SAMT project -  Tiina.Pajula@vtt.fi
- Amy Peace, coordinator of the STYLE project -  amy.peace@britest.co.uk

For more information about the projects click here:  SAMT project and  STYLE project  
Open Demonstration workshop of Mobile and Flexible Industrial Processing of Biomass
The first reporting period of the MefCO2 project finished on the 31 of May (month 18th of the project). For that reason the Consortium meeting was combined with the Reporting meeting on the 28 and 29 of June in Ljubljana (Slovenia) hosted by the National Institute of Chemistry Slovenia, NIC. The meeting was attended by around 25 people including the Project Officer whose presence was key as it was the occasion to give updates on the project's progress. The p artners had the opportunity to present their technical report including the work carried out during the last 6 months, the results achieved within the first year and a half as well as the submitted deliverables and achieved milestones. 
A visit to NIC's facilities was included in the agenda so that all partners could see how NIC's team daily life is. In addition to this, a city tour was scheduled at the end of the first day so that everybody could learn a bit more about the history of Ljubljana and Slovenia. 

DISIRE newsletter #3 released
The third issue of the DISIRE Newsletter introduces Swedish partners LTU, ABB, ETEC, LKAB and Swerea MEFOS and describes the impact of the DISIRE project on the steel industry and the traceability of pellets in the logistic chain.

First RESYNTEX Newsletter online
The  core objective of the  RESYNTEX project  is to create a new circular economy concept for the textile and chemical industries.  Through industrial symbiosis, the project aims to produce secondary raw materials from textile waste.  Further info...

FISSAC joins the European Demolition Association (EDA) Annual Convention
The SteamBio project aims at providing an adaptable industrial process that allows the use of assorted agricultural and forestry residues as a flexible feedstock for biochemical and bioenergy use. Confidence in this project delivering to the market is high as it approaches its mid-term stage. This has been reflected by the project exploitation lead, Network New Europe Ltd incorporating Steam Bio Ltd as a new company which will be the primary vehicle for the commercial exploitation of the Steam Bio project results. 
Further info...  
First year achievements of CABRISS
The main vision of the  CABRISS project is to develop a circular economy mainly for the photovoltaic, but also for electronic and glass industry. Its aims are the implementation of recycling technologies to recover In, Ag and Si for the sustainable PV technology and to develop a solar cell processing roadmap, which will use Si waste for the high throughput, cost-effective manufacturing of hybrid Si based solar cells and will demonstrate the possibility for the re-usability and recyclability at the end of life of key PV materials.
In the first phase of the project, results have been achieved in respect with the production of Si ingots fully based on the recycled silicon. The Si scrap originating from broken Si based solar cells was purified after extraction of Ag and Al based metallization. Chemical purification is done to remove SiNx based layers, the highly doped phosphorous based emitter and the Al diffused region on the backside of each piece of broken Si cell. Also, perfect multi-crystalline Si ingots have been grown from Si waste originating from wafers that are broken during solar cell processing.
Another route was the extraction of Si pieces using waste from the photovoltaic cell and module industry based on crystalline silicon. Si pieces were demetalized and purified. The first results show that the content of impurities is sufficiently low for using the recycled silicon as raw material for production of PV wafers. Hence, good quality multi-crystalline ingots have been grown, cut into wafers, and currently are being used for the fabrication of solar cells based on the recycled silicon. Additionally, investigations to grow Si ingots from Si powder collected from wafer sawing (Si kerf) are being carried out.
REE4EU project: High Temperature Electrolysis Engineering Strategy Meeting
On 20-22 June, the responsible partners for the high temperature electrolysis (HTE) step in the REE4EU project, met in Trondheim (Norway) for discussions on the engineering strategies and design of the HTE reactors to be build up at Elkem's (Norway) and LCM's (UK) premises.
The meeting, hosted by the HTE leader (SINTEF), aimed to share knowledge with the team from the Laboratoire de Génie Chimique of the University of Toulouse on the technology employed at SINTEF for conversion of rare earth (RE) oxide mixtures to valuable rare earth alloys. The Idener team led the discussions regarding the strategies for preparing the conceptual engineering documents and PFD of the HTE step in the REE4EU pilots.
The HTE reactor in the REE4EU project will afford the direct conversion of RE oxide mixtures, derived from a variety of RE-containing wastes, into RE alloys in a cost and environmental friendly way. This will allow a closed recycling loop of critical RE elements for permanent magnets and Ni metal hydride battery electrodes. Europe could then be fully independent of imports on the specially critical and costly dysprosium alloys used in special applications like permanent magnets for off-shore windmills.

SPIRE Brokerage event
The 4th SPIRE brokerage event  was held with great success on 15 June,  in Brussels.  A.SPIRE members had the opportunity to  exchange information on the Horizon2020 work programme for 2017 and present 22 project proposal ideas  innovative ideas to the SPIRE audience. Furthermore, the networking and face-to-face brokerage session has been enriched with the presence of different innovative SMEs from across Europe.

This year's Information Day on contractual PPPs - Sustainable Process Industry, Factories of the Future, Energy-efficient Buildings, Green Vehicles - will take place on  14 October 2016   in Brussels.  Register now!

A specific session dedicated to the SPIRE PPP will take place in the afternoon of 14 October. It will be followed by a brokerage and networking event, supported by the SPIRE Association, during which interested stakeholders will have the opportunity to present their initial project ideas for the 2017 SPIRE calls and meet potential partners.

Should you be interested in presenting a project idea, please send an email to  info@spire2030.eu  by October 5,   indicating your name, the name of your company, the title of your project and the reference of the call topic addressed.

For this issue of the Setis magazine, Loredana Ghinea , A.SPIRE Executive Director, Sophie Wilmet , from Cefic and member of the SPIRE Partnership Board, and Michel Gimenez, from LafargeHolcim and active member of the SPIRE Association, contributed to the debate on carbon capture and utilization.   
Carbon dioxide is naturally present in the atmosphere as part of the Earth's carbon cycle. However, perceived as the planet's public enemy number one, how to deal with it is a subject of great controversy. 
Still, what should not be a controversy is that CO2 is the only abundant non-fossil carbon resource available in Europe; and, with technological innovation making it possible, starting to actually valorise CO2 could play a vital role in the decarbonisation of industry and in establishing a truly circular economy in Europe through industrial symbiosis. The SPIRE PPP has taken on this angle and has built up a comprehensive roadmap showing how to address resource and energy efficiency in the process industry up to 2030, including giving CO2 a value....

Extension of the services of the European sustainable chemicals support service (ESCSS) 
The Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) has launched  an invitation to tender for the extension of the services of the European Sustainable Chemicals Support Service (ESCSS) to additional Model Demonstrator Regions.
This phase two of the ESCSS follows up on   Phase 1 launched in February 2016 with a special emphasis on facilitating the recovery of Gaseous Industrial Effluents (GIEs) as non-fossil feedstock for sustainable chemicals production. Phase 1 aimed to help regions establish and further develop sound strategies towards sustainable chemical production in Europe by taking advantage of domestically available feedstock, such as biomass, waste or CO2. 

This extension of the services of the ESCSS will focus on how recovery of GIEs as an alternative to fossil feedstock can be best exploited to produce sustainable chemical products.
For more information on the Call, please consult the  Extension of the services of the European sustainable chemicals support service (ESCSS) - phase 2
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