For TSK, the need to promote innovation in its products, processes and services is beyond all doubt, especially in the current economic climate, in which technological development must act as the driving force of the economy.

At TSK, our approach to the constant challenge of improving our products and services is through innovation and applied research as one of our opportunities for development, in the search for greater competitiveness both at a national level and in the global market, where innovation is the differentiating factor that allows us to provide added value to everything we do.

Projects

Our deep-rooted identification with innovation is part of our long-term strategy, embodied in strong investments in R&D+i, in collaboration with technology centers, universities and companies within the framework of local, national and European programs. The great diversity of projects and technological areas in which TSK participates forces us to be continuously innovating and developing in the daily performance of all our activities, since a very significant part of our innovations is produced as a result of the multidisciplinary nature of our projects .

As a result of this intense R&D+i activity, during 2016 the following projects were implemented:

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Projects financed by the EU in the framework of the LIFE+ Program:

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MODEL FOR A GREEN ENERGY AUTONOMOUS OFFICE BUILDING- LIFE11ENV/ES/622

The main objective of this project is the construction of a pilot building where all aspects of the building are interrelated with each other in order to take advantage of available resources and minimize the environmental impact of the construction itself and its users. TSK is participating as coordinator of the project and will carry out the tasks of defining the technological information and communication needs in order to achieve energy efficiency objectives, the design and sizing of the building’s control and automation needs based on energy efficiency objectives and the integration and installation of automation equipment and systems.
This collaboration will serve TSK to expand the markets where the company is active, as well as develop new alliances for the future.

EUCALIPTUS WOOD PROCESSING PROJECT_LIFE12 ENV/ES/000913 

The aim of this project is to increase the efficiency of all eucalyptus biomass production processes, and will include the optimization of electricity generation from eucalyptus waste and the recovery of the liquid waste resulting from pyrolysis processes as a source of fuel and chemical substances. Thanks to these initiatives, the project expects to generate 176 GWh of electricity per year and prevent the emission of 403 million tons of CO2 per year.
INGEMAS enjoys the collaboration of the CARTIF Foundation, ASMADERA and ANERGY LTD. According to environmental commissioner JANEZ POTOCNIK, this type of project is going to make an important contribution to the protection, conservation and improvement of Europe's natural capital. It will also promote the objective of making the EU a more environmentally friendly and competitive low carbon economy that uses resources more efficiently.

HYDRAULIC CO-GENERATION SYSTEM IN WATER ABDUCTION AND DISTRIBUTION NETWORK (HYGENET) _LIFE12 ENV/ES/000695

The overall aim of the project is to generate clean electric energy from the utilization of the kinetic and potential energy currently wasted in the drinking water distribution and supply networks. This will be achieved through a modular electric power generator system built at pilot plant level, in which pressure reduction is carried out by means of a hydraulic turbine.

This system will generate 700,000 kWh of electrical energy, a saving of 188.3 t of CO2 and the non-emission of 403.2 kg of SO2 and 284.9 kg of NOx and will contribute to compliance with the agreements of the European Commission as regards the increase in the use of renewable energy sources, thereby contributing to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and, therefore, compliance with the Kyoto Protocol and the Government of Spain’s Renewable Energies Plan (PER 2011- 2020) which sets the target of reaching 268 MW in facilities of less than 1 MW.

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Projects co-financed by MINECO and the EU:

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RECOVERY OF CO2 FROM WASTE INCINERATOR EMISSIONS AND USE FOR THE PRODUCTION OF MICROALGAE (ReCO2very) _RTC-2014-2109-5

The ReCO2very project proposes the use of CO2 emissions from a waste incineration plant and contaminated water to grow microalgae suitable for later use as raw material for the production of biofuels and / or biogas production. It poses the challenge of integrating a real incineration system with a microalgae culture system through a CO2 separation and concentration system of the flue gases. In addition, the culture system will receive residual effluents from waste treatment facilities (leachate, permeate, drained) as a feed source for microalgae.

ENERGY EFFICIENCY THROUGH REHABILITATION, SUN AND GEOTHERMAL (REHABILITAGEOSOL) _ RTC-2016-5004-3

Started in 2016, this project arises from the need to have effective, easy to access and use design tools, that enable the implementation of energy saving measures, the use of renewable energy sources and clean, safe and efficient sources of heat and cold in the different Autonomous Regions of Spain and the companies that constitute this "RehabilitaGeoSol". By obtaining a "marketable end product" that can be exported to other Autonomous Regions, as well as to different countries, this will make the internationalization of the companies and the organizations involved possible, thus allowing considerable technological and business development for this Consortium, and consequently for the economy of the regions and the country.
The project "REHABILITAGEOSOL. Energy Efficiency through Rehabilitation, Sun and Geothermal"(RTC-2016-5004-3) is a project funded by the State Programme for Research, Development and Innovation Oriented to the Challenges of Society, within the framework of the State Scientific & Technical Research & Innovation Plan 2013-2016 of the State Research Agency (Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness), co-financed with ERDF Funds.

Projects co-financed by CDTI and the EU:

CDTIunion europea FEDER


DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT OF NEW PENDULAR PYLON PROTOTYPE FOR CYLINDRICAL-PARABOLIC COLLECTORS (PENDULUM) _IDI-20150444

The PENDULUM project addresses the improvement of the design of the support pillars of the SCA modules (Solar Collector Assembly) to achieve lower installation and maintenance costs, taking into account the problems detected by the company in current solar thermal plants in operation.

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NEW THERMOSOLAR TOWER CONCEPT WITH OPEN RECEIVER (TERRA) _ITC-20151145

The aim of this project is the development of a thermosolar tower plant with an open receiver, where air is heated as a heat transfer fluid, allowing electricity to be obtained by means of a combined cycle. With this new plant design it will be possible to obtain temperatures much higher than in current plants, allowing the use of a gas turbine, which at these temperatures is more efficient.
This project also studies and reassesses all elements of the plant: heat storage, heliostats, central tower or receiver and gas turbine, studying and overcoming the current limitations of solar tower technology to achieve a new optimized concept of central receiver thermosolar plant.

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EARLY DETECTION OF WATER EROSION THROUGH AUTOMATIC GENERATION OF INDICATORS (DETER) _IDI-20150519

The aim of this project is to design and develop an intelligent, autonomous system for the supervision of oil pipelines and gas pipelines that allows the early detection of possible erosion problems that endanger the stability of the conduit causing its failure. An implementation of the system will be carried out in pilot sites in areas of special risk of water erosion in order to validate it.

SUPERVISION OF INDUSTRIAL AND ENERGY SYSTEMS BASED ON CLOUD COMPUTING (SISCLOUD) _IDI-20160691

SISCLOUD is a project the aim of which is the development of a unified monitoring and analysis tool that allows the remote monitoring of renewable energy sources. This tool will be designed and developed based on independent modular components built on cloud technologies, facilitating integration with third parties and ensuring flexibility and adaptability. The solution will incorporate real-time data processing (CEP system) combined with advanced machine-learning techniques and historical data processing. The solution will have interactive visualization and analysis utilities such as dashboards in real time. Last but not least, all services of the solution (intake, storage, processing, visualization, etc.) are individually secured and monitored, ensuring traceability of data and service level agreement (SLA). The inclusion of Information technologies within the industrial world involves the development and application of new functionalities at various levels.

Projects financed by MINETUR and the UE: 

ministerio energia union europea FEDER

MONITORING AND ACTION SYSTEM FOR THE OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE OF INDUSTRIAL PLANTS (SISPLANT) _ TSI-100804-2016-1

Since September 2016 TSK has been implementing the SISPLANT project, the main aim of which is to develop a system based on the IIoT concept for the monitoring of industrial plants with the possibility of acting on the plant elements. To this end, the adoption of standards that allow an interaction with the plant elements (monitoring and actuation) will be carried out. In addition, Big Data technologies will be adopted to allow the processing of all plant information, guaranteeing the integrity and security of the processed data. The SISPLANT solution is intended as a generic display platform, "adaptable" to different industrial processes.
This project is financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) through the Pluri-regional Operational Program for Intelligent Growth 2014-2020 and the Ministry of Energy, Tourism and Digital Agenda, within the Scientific and Technical Research and Innovation Plan 2013-2016 in the framework of the Strategic Economy and Digital Society Action (AEESD).

Project financed by SOLAR-ERA.NET:

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OPTIMAL HELIOSTAT FIELDS FOR SOLAR TOWER POWER PLANTS (SOLFIEOPT)

The SolFieOpt project proposes to develop software to design the layout of heliostats in the solar field for a tower plant. The optimization of the layout of all the heliostats will save costs in the solar field and increase the efficiency of the plant. The tool will take into account the configuration of the plant and the mirror cleaning strategy to optimize the route of cleaning trucks.

Projects co-financed by IDEPA and the EU:

IDEPA union europea FEDER

NEW GENERATION OF SOLIDS HANDLING MACHINES WITH BUS WIRING_IDE-2014-000067

The main aim of this project is to address the development of a new generation of solids handling machines with BUS cabling, in order to reduce the wiring of the sensors via a communication bus that groups the sensors in a simple, robust way. This project is expected to have an impact on multiple sectors, increasing sales volume and maintaining its leading position in the market.

RESEARCH FOR PILOT LEVEL DEFINITION OF THE FUTURE PRODUCT-MIX OF WORLD-CLASS STEEL PLANTS_IDE-2014-000732

A collaborative project whose objective is to be able to comprehensively address the optimization of the steel production process of flat product (cold rolled coil and annealed coil) and long product (rail). The research to be carried out in this project will enable the design of pilot plants that simulate key steps in the steel production process of hot rolled product (in a first stage long, rail and in a second stage flat, hot plate and hot coil), in addition to the design of a multipurpose plant focused on the reproduction of the annealing process and coated, both fundamental stages of the finished product within the steelmaking process.

NEW WATER TREATMENT SYSTEM BASED ON DIRECT OSMOSIS_IDE-2015-000719

This project aims to develop a pilot plant using Direct Osmosis (OD) technology, which will allow filtering of a feed solution to obtain purified water on the one hand and a concentrated feed solution on the other.
The OD process offers a number of advantages: it does not require external hydraulic pressures, produces almost complete rejection of a wide range of contaminants, and there is less membrane fouling. This opens up a new development path for water treatment systems, as a substitute or complement to reverse osmosis. Direct osmosis (DO) is a "green" technology, capable of solving many of the problems associated with water filtration and recycling.

STUDY OF A SYSTEM FOR AUTOMATED REMOTE MANAGEMENT OF OPERATIONAL AND INDUSTRIAL MAINTENANCE TASKS THROUGH THE AUTOMATIC GENERATION OF AERIAL MISSIONS (UAVInspection) _IDE-2016-000184

This project aims to integrate the aerial data obtained by the UAV into the Big Data platform, along with the data obtained via other sensors, with the aim of improving the results obtained with regard to the detection of incidents and the visualization of the state of photovoltaic plants, as well as the automatic generation of new flight missions and monitoring. In this way it is intended to achieve an autonomous, intelligent use of UAV technology, adapted in real time to the specific needs of each installation, with minimal need for operator intervention.

METHODOLOGY FOR PREDICTION OF RISK EVENTS IN INDUSTRIAL ENVIRONMENTS (EventRisk) _IDE-2016-000181

The general aim of the project is the design of a methodology that allows the prediction of risk events in industrial environments through the incorporation of sensors at critical points, with the support of the Emergencies Service of the Principality of Asturias (SEPA) who will take an active part in the project. To achieve this, the construction is proposed of a comprehensive system of analysis of dispersion of pollutants by combining off-line models to create patterns and sensors installed in the field for real time monitoring supported by Big Data technologies and mass data analysis techniques.

RESEARCH AND DESIGN OF INTEGRAL MANAGEMENT IN THE INDUSTRIAL INTERNET OF THINGS ECOSYSTEM (GestorIIoT) _IDE-2016-000178
Through this project, research is centered on a comprehensive system for the management of IoT architectures deployed in industrial systems, which will serve as a fundamental architectural element to take advantage of the new possibilities of interconnection and exploitation of information generated in 4.0 industries. Organized as a modular solution, the IIoT Manager system will be stratified into 5 large functional groups, with which it is intended to solve the complexity and lack of robustness of current systems (acquisition framework, remote management, ecosystem monitoring, simulation and cybersecurity).

SUPERVISION SYSTEM FOR ELECTRICAL SUBSTATION BUSBARS BASED ON AUTOMATIC THERMOGRAPHIC ANALYSIS (SISTER) _IDE-2016-000652

This project aims to address preventive maintenance of the busbars in electrical substations via the automatic analysis of thermographic images. To achieve this, the system will use, on the one hand, image processing algorithms for the detection of hot spots and, on the other hand, it will communicate with the SCADA to obtain the control system data in order to characterize the process and subsequently send the analysis results. In addition, the images will be sent to a remote monitoring system, thus creating a historical knowledge base.

4.0 TECHNICIAN IN THE FOURTH INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION: AN AUGMENTED, VIRTUAL, SECURE ENVIRONMENT_IDE-2016-000834

The overall objective of the project is the use of new technologies to improve the work of the 4.0 technician. Research will center on the development of innovative support and help tools that make it possible to improve the execution of the technicians’ work while guaranteeing their safety. Research will explore the creation of an augmented, virtual, secure environment throughout the entire value chain of industry.

STUDY OF WIND-DERIVED PROBLEMS AND METHODS FOR MITIGATION IN THERMOSOLAR PLANTS LOCATED IN DESERT AREAS (EOLO) _IDE-2016-000179

The overall aim of the EOLO project is the development of an expert system to optimize the design, efficiency, performance and durability of a solar thermal plant in desert environments, where solar radiation in these areas is optimal for the location of this type of plants, but where sand, dust and high wind speeds cause the components to fail.

SIMULATOR OF WORKING MODES OF THERMOSOLAR PLANTS (TOPSOL) _IDE-2016-000637

The TOPSOL project proposes to develop a software tool that allows a simple visualization of the different modes of operation of thermosolar plants, in order to detect errors or propose new modes by adding connections or equipment. The goal is to be able to do everything in a fast and intuitive fashion that serves to facilitate plant control.

NEW MATERIALS FOR THERMOSOLAR PLANTS WITH SALTS AS HEAT TRANSFER FLUID (MATSAL) _IDE-2016-000650

This project proposes to study a mixture of ternary salts known as HITEC, which has a freezing temperature of 142° C. This low temperature would facilitate the operation of the plant, and drastically reduce the costs of solar field tracing.
However, the thermal stability of this salt mixture at an elevated temperature and the corrosive effect of these salts are unclear. It is proposed to test these salts for 6 months in order to compare the results with binary salts and the HITEC XL ternary salt mixture. The behavior and resistance to corrosion of two types of coatings in contact with HITEC salts will also be tested in this project.

NEW SYSTEM OF STORAGE AND INTELLIGENT ANALYSIS OF CONTROL VALUES FOR BULK HANDLING MACHINES (REHANDA) _IDE-2016-000635

The main objective of this project is to address the development of a new generation of bulk handling machines, incorporating a system of data capture and storage, which, through Big Data technologies and data analysis, makes it possible to boost the competitiveness of a subsector that so far has had a low rate of implementation of these technologies. This means developing a database in the electronic control of each machine, thus enabling the option of storing performance data periodically as from the moment of commissioning. This database must be unalterable by the client in order to ensure the traceability and usefulness of the data captured.
Once this database is created, it will be necessary to develop a virtual platform for access to it, from which intelligent analysis of the data will be possible and its application to the development of new technologies that improve the equipment manufactured by PHB.

NEW ENVIRONMENTALLY SUSTAINABLE SYSTEM FOR THE TREATMENT OF VINASSE BY DIRECT OSMOSIS IN THE SUGAR-ALCOHOL INDUSTRY (BIOETHANOL) _IDE-2016-000182

The general objective of the BIOETHANOL project is the development of technological solutions capable of industrial scaling for the treatment of the vinasses generated in the sugar-alcohol industry by concentration, as well as the rest of the waste generated in the treatment, via an innovative process based on the complementarity of direct osmosis with other treatment alternatives, such as reverse osmosis, forced evaporation and dumping diluted brine into the sea in coastal areas.

Projects financed by the German Ministry of Economy and Energy (BMWi):


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SILICONE TEST FACILITY (SITEF)

In the SITEF project, a new heat transfer fluid will be tested for solar thermal power plants using parabolic-cylinder technology. This new fluid is based on silicon, as opposed to that which is currently employed with a carbon base. The introduction of this innovative fluid would allow a higher operating temperature (up to 450 ° C) which would lead to an improvement in plant performance. In addition, it would reduce the environmental damage and the risk to health, by not producing benzene.
The project will consist of a trial to study its long-term behavior in a test loop at the Almeria Solar Platform, as well as laboratory analysis.

DEMONSTRATION OF A SOLAR THERMAL PARABOLIC TROUGH POWER PLANT AND STEAM GENERATION SYSTEM USING MOLTEN SALT AS THE HEAT TRANSFER FLUID (HPS-2)

The use of molten salts as a heat transfer fluid has important advantages. The operating temperature can be increased substantially to 500 ° C, and the plant is considerably simplified by using the same fluid for storage and as heat transfer fluid.
To validate the technology and identify possible problems during the operation, a test loop will be built in Évora (Portugal), where the TSK-FLAGSOL Heliotrough 2.0 collector will be installed.

OPERATING STRATEGIES BASED ON CLOUD CAMERAS FOR THERMOSOLAR PLANTS (WOBAS)

The aim of the Wobas project is to develop a tool which, using cloud cameras, can predict the direct radiation that a solar thermal plant will receive in a very short term. Cameras record the sky and detect the presence of clouds and their movement to determine when and to what extent they will reach the plant. This very short term prediction will optimize the operation strategy at any given time.
During the project, a prototype will be installed in the "La Africana" solar thermal plant to test the system in a real plant.

Project financed by the European Space Agency (ESA):

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CONCENTRATING SOLAR POWER FORECAST SYSTEM FOR PARTICIPATION IN THE SPANISH ELECTRICITY MARKET USING EO AND COM TECHNOLOGIES (CSP-FOSYS)

In the CSP-FoSyS project, a new meteorological prediction system based on satellite images is developed. The system consists of software that receives the images obtained by orbital satellites and predicts the direct radiation that the plant will receive in the medium term, for the next hours and days.

Project financed by the European Unión (H2020):

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COMPETITIVE SOLAR POWER TOWERS (CAPTURE)

The main objective of the CAPTURE project is to reduce the costs of solar thermal plants by implementing an innovative plant configuration. The configuration is based on several independent towers operating with air at 1100 ° C, each coupled to a Brayton cycle. The residual heat of these cycles is used to store thermal energy, which will feed a Rankine cycle.
A prototype will be built at the Almería Solar Platform to test the validity of the system. Throughout the project, all the necessary components for the operation of the plant will be developed: receiver, regenerators and heliostat.
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