SOCRATCES CONSORTIUM

UNIVERSITY OF SEVILLE. SPAIN

The University of Seville is a public educational institution, internationally recognized by its scientific production (http://www.us.es). The extensive university community (made up of more than 70,000 students, 4,400 professors, and 2,400 service and administrative professionals) and the integral offering of teaching, research, culture, and technology transfer; make it one of the leading universities in Spain.

Research activity is carried out in the heart of the Departments, University Institutes, and Research Centres; and is supported by public and private funding. The University has a strong commitment to socio-economic development of the Seville area, and therefore carries out intense transfer of knowledge and technology to society and its economic fabric. With its consolidated infrastructure, the University is more closely knit than ever due to its clear commitment to NTIC (New Information and Communication Technologies) and the development of Technology Transfer that has made the university a reference point in R&D. USE is fully implied with internationalization. Together with the University of Malaga they created in 2010 the Campus of International Excellence Andalucía Tech (ATECH). It is the USE reference of Research, Development and Innovation (R&D). It has agreements for collaborative R&D, staff and students exchange with Universities and Research centres all over the World. Examples of this collaboration are the permanent ATECH installations in the campuses of Berkeley (USA) and Incheon (Korea).

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CALIX EUROPE LTD. UNITED KINGDOM

Calix is a mining and minerals processing SME. Calix has patented and demonstrated its Direct Separation technology for processing minerals – the technology winning the water division of the Australian Technologies Competition in September 2014.  This process uses indirect, counterflow heating of the calciner so that the process gases and the combustion gases do not mix. This is core technology is used within in the Endex SOCRATCES cycle  - for a low temperature calciner and a high temperature carbonator - for which world-wide patents have been granted, that will be adapted to the unique process being investigated by the SOCRATCES project.

Calix Europe Ltd, is an EU registered SME, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Calix Limited, and, under license, brings the core Catalytic Flash Calcination technology that the SOCRATCES project will utilise.

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ATRIA SMART ENERGY SOLUTIONS. SPAIN

Atria Smart Energy Solutions is the Spanish daughter company of Atria Power Corporation (India).

Atria is family owned and managed enterprise established in the year 1950 and based out Bangalore, India. It is a diversified group with interests in Renewable Energy, Hospitality, Media Services, Education & Real estate development.

The Renewable Energy Department develops owns and operates renewable energy assets, it currently has 50 MW of Small Hydro, 75 MW of Wind and a 3MW CSP pilot plant. In addition, this department has 250 MW of renewable energy power plants currently under development (small hydro, wind, PV and Concenttrated Solar Power -CSP-).

The original Atria Smart Energy Solutions company was originally established in 2006 by Suntechnics (Conergy) in order to develop a CSP 50 MW plant in Orellana La Vieja (Spain). This company was taken over by the group MAN-Ferrostaal in 2008 with the aim of leading the 50 MW projects of Andasol3 and Extremasol. After the completiness of Andasol 3 and the 1.000 MWh TES (Thernal Energy System) of Los Arenales (50 MW CSP plant), the company was acquired by Atria Power Corporation.

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CENTRE OF RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY-HELLAS. GREECE

The Centre for Research and Technology-Hellas (CERTH) is the only research centre in Northern Greece and one of the largest in the country and it was founded in 2000. CERTH is a leading research center and center of excellence in Greece, currently holding the 18th position among all the European Research Organizations that participate in European projects. It is a legal entity governed by private law with non-profit status, supervised by the General Secretariat for Research and Technology (GSRT) of the Greek Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs. CERTH has important scientific and technological achievements in many areas including: Energy, Environment, Industry, Mechatronics, Information & Communication, Transportation & Sustainable Mobility, Health, Agro-biotechnology, Smart farming, Safety & Security, as well as several cross-disciplinary scientific areas.

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TTZ BREMERHAVEN. GERMANY

TTZ is a private non-profit organisation established in 1987 in Bremerhaven, Germany. It is an innovative provider of technology transfer services and conducts customer-oriented trainings, research and development. It has a multicultural and multidisciplinary staff of around 120 persons. It is a highly recognised R&D service provider for private companies, mainly SMEs from the region. TTZ has coordinated and participated in the development, negotiation, implementation and management of more than 400 European and international projects, ranging from small and medium scale (with 6 to 10 partners) to large-scale projects (with more than 20 partners). The continued and successful participation of TTZ in different instruments of EU programmes for environment, research and development, gives it a sound project experience. For this project the Environmental Institute, a TTZ’s branch expert in the fields of Resources Management will be responsible.

Main tasks attributed in SOCRATCES project :
TTZ will participate mainly in WP4 (Power system), WP5 (System integration and control) and WP6 (Engineering & prototype costruction), with presence in WP1, WP7, WP8 and WP9.

AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTÍFICAS. SPAIN

The Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) is the largest public institution dedicated to research in Spain and the third largest in Europe (www.csic.es). Belonging to the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness through the Secretary of State for Research, Development and Innovation, its main objective is to develop and promote research that will help bring about scientific and technological progress, and it is prepared to collaborate with Spanish and foreign entities in order to achieve this aim. According to its Statute (article 4), its mission is to foster, coordinate, develop and promote scientific and technological research, of a multidisciplinary nature, in order to contribute to advancing knowledge and economic, social and cultural development, as well as to train staff and advise public and private entities on this matter. Research in CSIC is multidisciplinary and multisectorial covering all fields of knowledge.

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POLITECNICO DI TORINO. ITALY

Politecnico di Torino represents a leading public university, in Italy and in Europe, in technical-scientific teaching and research. Founded almost 150 years ago, Politecnico di Torino has three Schools of Engineering, two Schools of Architecture, a School of Economics and Management, plus a Post-Graduate School. Politecnico offers excellence in technology and promotes the ability to carry out theoretical and applied research and also the capacity to achieve effective and reliable productive processes or organise services and facilities. The range of studies is broad and ever-widening: it spans space, environment and land, telecommunications, information, energy, mechanics, electronics, chemistry, automation, industrial design, architecture and building, etc. With more than 150 bilateral international agreements and 40 double degree agreements, POLITO has links with the most prestigious Universities in Europe and is part of the major European interuniversity networks, such as CESAER, CLUSTER, E.C.I.U, EUA, and CMU. With more than 230 FP7 projects (66,5M€) and  about 55 ‘Horizon 2020’ projects (18M€), POLITO can count on a great experience both in scientific projects and administrative management POLITO is also actively involved in the EERA- Energy European Research Alliance and, at national level, in the AIREN-Alleanza Italiana per la Ricerca sull’Energia, which is the Italian mirror of the EU platform.

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BIOAZUL. SPAIN

BIOAZUL is a technological consultancy and engineering SME focused on renewable energies (mainly based on biomass) and water management (wastewater treatment and water reuse). It has two main business areas strongly interconnected: identification (preliminary research, necessities detection, planning), production (writing and negotiation) and implementation (development of technical, coordination and management tasks) of applied research and international cooperation projects and the development, optimisation and distribution of eco-innovative products and technologies for wastewater treatment.

Regarding project management, BIOAZUL has in-depth know-how both of the available funding tools (FP6, FP7, IEE, Eco-Innovation, H2020) and the necessary technical and administrative procedures for carrying out public-funded R&D&I. This knowledge together with the company’s extensive network of technological and commercial contacts all over Europe has facilitated BIOAZUL to set up strong R&D&I proposals on renewable energies, environmentally-sound agriculture and wastewater and solid wastes management finally funded by the EC, in which BIOAZUL takes care of management, coordination and R&D&I tasks.

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UNIVERSITY OF ZARAGOZA. SPAIN

The University of Zaragoza is the main centre of technological innovation in the Ebro Valley and has great prestige among the group of both Spanish and European universities it has relations with (https://www.unizar.es/). Research activity is carried out in the heart of the Departments, University Institutes, and Research Centres; and is supported by public and private funding. The University has a strong commitment to socio-economic development of the Ebro valley area, and therefore carries out intense transfer of knowledge and technology to society and private companies.

In 2010 it was recognized as Campus of International Excellence (CAMPUS IBERUS: Campus of International Excellence of the Ebro Valley), along with the Public Universities of Navarra, La Rioja and Lleida. Reducing the known fragmentation of higher education and territorial limitation, adding four universities and overcoming the geographical and administrative boundaries of four regions the CAMPUS IBERUS has identified the scientific challenges in sustainable energy, people's health, food and nutrition, and preservation of cultural heritage as main fields for the future development.

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ARISTOTLES UNIVERSITY OF THESSALONIKI. GREECE

The Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTh) was founded in 1925, comprising only a single Faculty, that of Philosophy. Today it is the largest Higher Education Institution in Greece and Southeastern Europe, with 13 faculties and a total of 42 departments and 4 independent Schools. Aristotle University is located in the centre of Thessaloniki, spreading over an area of 43 hectares. Some of its administrative or educational infrastructure is off campus, in nearby municipalities. The University has two main goals: to educate its undergraduate and postgraduate students, and to produce original scientific knowledge and innovative research. About 72,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students currently study in the Aristotle University (62,000 in 42 undergraduate courses, and 10,000 in 67 postgraduate courses). Moreover, AUTh cooperates with 19 universities abroad for the co-supervision of PhD dissertations.

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VERTECH GROUP. FRANCE

VERTECH GROUP is a French research intensive SME that focuses its business on providing advanced environmental and sustainable solutions for different sectors such as renewable energies and innovative technologies for thermal storage. The company is specialized in: (i) performing sustainability assessments; in particular life cycle assessments and life cycle cost analysis of processes and new energy-efficient technologies, (ii) Analysis of ecological footprint, (iii) Resources and energy efficiency assessments and (iv) Technological and environmental risk assessments of processes & technologies. The staff of Vertech Group is formed by European and national experts in the application of Life Cycle Assessment and Life Cycle Cost Analysis in different areas such as energy efficient technologies and renewable energy systems.

Vertech-Group is member of several Relevant International Organizations in the field of Life Cycle Thinking and the implementation of related tools and methodologies. For instance, the French Life Cycle Assessment Platform (AVNIR), the Forum for Sustainability through Life Cycle Innovation, The Indian LCA Alliance and the Iberoamerican Life Cycle Network.

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CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE. ITALY

The National Research Council (CNR) is the largest Italian public organisation for scientific and technological research, committed to carry out, promote, spread, transfer and improve research activities in the main sectors of knowledge (scientific, technological, economic and social) and its applications through its network of 111 Institutes distributed on the territory and organised into 7 Departments. CNR will participate to the project CaLSoLStor with the effort of the Institute for Research on Combustion (IRC) belonging to the Dept. of Engineering, ICT, Technologies for Energy & Transport.

The Institute for Research on Combustion of the CNR (CNR-IRC) was founded in 1968. Main research activities regard thermochemical processes (combustion, gasification, pyrolysis, etc.), either relevant to energy conversion or to the prevention and control of fires, explosions, accidental releases. The CNR-IRC has greatly contributed over decades to the progress of other disciplines falling in the chemical engineering and neighbouring areas: chemical reactor engineering, analytical methods, multiphase flow, heat and mass transfer, etc. Today, 54 persons forms the permanent staff, half of whom hold a university (master/PhD) degree. The scientific growth of IRC was guaranteed by skills on chemistry, physics and engineering among its staff.

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SOCIEDADE PORTUGUESA DE INOVAÇÃO, C.E.F.I., S.A. PORTUGAL

SPI is a private consulting company created in 1997 as an active center of national and international networks connected to the research and innovation sectors. Since its inception, SPI has become a leading promoter of linkages between national and international public and private organizations, and private sector companies, science and technology institutions. From its onset, SPI has embraced the mission of managing projects that promote regional, national and international development, stimulate knowledge management, research, innovation and entrepreneurship, as well as encourage internationalization and creation of strategic partnerships and business relationships.

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ISITEC GMBH. GERMANY

ISITEC was founded in 1996 in Bremerhaven, Germany with the aim to develop and provide innovative automation systems and technical systems which facilitate and enable various research and industrial activities using different kinds of machines, technical devices and/or sensor technology. Today, ISITEC’s range of products and services includes designing and manufacturing measuring devices for analytical purposes, data collection and visualization systems, PLC controllers, simulation facilities as well as automatic sampling systems, all the while optimizing costs, processes and functions.

ISITEC’s small but highly innovative and qualified team, consisting of 8 employees among 4 are electric engineers and 2 are technicians, has years of professional experience in research and development as well as manufacture of complete, customized technical systems for diverse customer needs. Since process automation is proceeding and constant interconnection to other subordinate systems is required, ISITEC constantly develops new automation systems and modifies, upgrades and adjusts existing ones as well.

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