Can Heavy induStry Become more sustainable?

Flexibility, energy savings and better information

Innovative technologies to increase the industrial competitiveness through the flexibility of industrial processes.

The energy transition towards a secure, competitive and decarbonised energy system is among the main environmental challenges that energy intensive industries are currently facing. They must adapt their current consumption and production patterns to a higher share of fluctuating renewable energy supply. To meet this goal EU plants need to:

  • access to better information to integrate variable and non-programmable energy sources
  • improve their flexibility on electricity supply
  • decrease the consumption and dependence on fossil fuels while improving energy saving

BAMBOO will move this way. New technologies addressing energy and resource efficiency challenges will be tested and integrated in 4 intensive industries: steel, petrochemical, minerals and pulp and paper.


These technologies will be adapted, tested and validated under real production conditions focus on three main innovation pillars: waste heat recovery, electrical flexibility and waste streams valorisation. BAMBOO will empower intensive industries to take better decisions to become more competitive in the use of natural resources in a broader context.


Finally, BAMBOO contributes to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. The Goals are the blueprint to get a better and more sustainable future for all and address the global challenges we face:

  • Goal 7: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy
  • Goal 9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

Innovation pillaRs

Innovation Pillar #1

electrical flexibility

Flexibility in electricity consumption offers industries the possibility to benefit from lower electricity prices and potentially provide grid services, as well as enabling the potential integration of renewable energies. BAMBOO will develop an innovative hybrid process for sludge drying to allow the plant to consume electricity according to the grid conditions, provide grid services and facilitate the integration of renewable energy.

Innovation Pillar #2

waste stream valorisation

Many waste streams have a valuable calorific content and can be valorised as fuels for other processes, thus being a potential revenue stream for the industries. Therefore, BAMBOO will deploy technologies and processes that allow the upgrading of these streams and their valorisation (through improved combustion monitoring systems that enable the replacement of fossil fuels by off-gases).

Innovation Pillar #3

waste heat recovery

Waste streams usually have a valuable energy content associated to its exhaust temperature that is wasted in most cases. Hence the goal is to develop technologies to valorise this energy content and use it where it is required within the process. BAMBOO will study relevant streams in terms of waste heat recovery potential and its different uses, thus contributing to increase the flexibility options of the plant.

the sister projects


The project will guide the EIIs and their organisations in their path for a total decarbonization towards 2050 by providing vision and guidance to establish their long-term strategy for a coherent and more secure retrofitting an integration of current and future RE solutions in their facilities and processes.


RETROFEED main objective is to enable the use of an increasingly variable, bio-based and circular feedstock in process industries through the retrofitting of core equipment and the implementation of an advanced monitoring and control system, and providing support to the plant operators by means of a DSS – Decision Support System – covering the production chain.


CO2OLHEAT’s main ambition is unlocking the potential of industrial waste heat and its transformation into power via supercritical CO2 power cycles. Highly innovative and cutting-edge technologies will be used to design and demonstrate the EU-first-of-its-kind 2 MW sCO2 plant in a real industrial environment. The project will have six virtual replication sites through its Partners active in Resources and Energy Intensive Industries.

CIRMET project

The goal of the CIRMET project is to develop and validate an innovative and efficient solution to the energy intensive process industries for energy and resource flexibility, the CIRMET solution. For this purpose, CIRMET develops three modules for metallic waste valorization, waste heat recovery & storage, and for digitalization of industrial processes.