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):
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):
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):
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.