On March 18th, during 2nd General Assembly, held online because of the COVID-19 outbreak, the participants actively presented the status of the different developments and set the action plan for the coming months.
Among the different innovations which will be implemented to improve processes efficiency, the high-temperature heat pump planned to be installed in ArcelorMittal plant in Avilés (Spain), and the Organic Rankine Cycle, set up in TÜPRAS Izmit refinery (Turkey), have started their detailed engineering activities, after finishing modelling and system definition. Next steps involve final designs, component purchase and prototypes manufacturing.
Regarding the developments about the combustion of alternative fuels, a wide simulation campaign has been carried out during the last months. Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulations results are leading to a final design of a Low NOx burner for an existing kiln in the partner Grecian Magnesite in Yerakini (Greece). CFD calculations are also supporting laboratory trials and flame monitoring system engineering which will be deployed in the ArcelorMittal experimental facilities in Gijón (Spain).
Thanks to the thorough analysis of the demo-sites performed during the first months, new opportunities in the paper sector have arisen. These chances, focusing on the growing interest in increasing renewable energy sources within partner UPM facilities, may shift the initial BAMBOO scope for paper&pulp sector towards the conversion of the plant in an innovative seasonal-long-term battery.
Thus, BAMBOO project faces the next months within a challenging scenario, where most of the solutions keep on moving forward including, on the one hand, final demo-site implementation and, on the other hand, virtual modelling to feed decision support system tool for flexibility management.
Cristina Gonzalo Tirado