METALLO participates as a partner in the European project CIRMET (Number of G.A 820670) financed by the H2020 program (call SPIRE-03-2018 Energy and resource flexibility in highly energy intensive industries). The project will have a total duration of 42 months, with a budget of more than ten million euros. The consortium consists of 15 European partners from various fields of activity (universities, technology centers, SMEs and electro-intensive industries).

The Project aims to design, develop and validate an innovative solution to provide energy and resource flexibility to Energy Intensive Industries. This will be achieved through the combined implementation of main innovations on industrial waste treatments, waste heat recovery concepts and smart monitoring, control and data analytics tools.

The CIRMET solution will be validated and the replicability of the solution will be assessed in three additional energy intensive sectors (steel, cement and water).

For this purpose, three new demonstrators will be build up, plus the retrofitting of existing industry process unit:

  • A new concept of flexible and modular metallurgic furnace for the processing of industrial metallic wastes. It can be integrated in any process unit of Energy Intensive Industries with the idea of providing a second life to their wastes.
  • A heat recovery unit for flue gas and transformation into compressed air to re-used in the same plant, having also the possibility of storing the excess energy in a mechanical device.
  • Analytic for Factory 4.0 platform, to improve process plant competitiveness, by ensuring the best mix between raw materials and by-products to maximize final product repeatability and waste re-valorization, increase resource use efficiency by controlling and optimizing process units.

To achieve this main goal of the project specific objectives have been defined:

  1. Process cost reductions of at least 10%
  2. Re-utilization of energy and material waste streams to improve process efficiency 15%
  3. CO2 emissions reductions by at least 50%
  4. Reduction of environmental impacts in terms of KPIs (greenhouse emissions, waste, coal and metal) by at least 15%
    The effective dissemination of project outcomes to the current and next generation of citizen and employees through the development of learning resources with flexible usage to be carried out by education/training experts within the consortium is eventually also an important objective of the consortium.

A well-balanced consortium formed by academia, research organizations, SMEs and energy intensive industries ensure the whole value chain needed to achieve Project objectives and paves the way for future exploitation of the solution.