Project Partners

Figure 27. CONSORTIUM PARTNER MAP

Consortium as a whole

The BENELUS consortium brings together 14 partners from 6 different countries: 2 from Germany, 4 from Spain, 2 from Sweden, 1 utility from France (EDF) linked to EIFER, 2 from UK, 1 from Finland and 1 from Portugal.(seeFigure 27).

The consortium provides a multi-stakeholder approach, from the laboratory to the plant, as clearly emerges from the participants list, covering the whole value chain of biomass fuel plants:

  •  7 R&D centres and universities, with a large multi-disciplinary expertise involved in technology development related to anticorrosion solutions, modelling and to the energy sector (UCM, INTA, CIEMAT, VTT, CTH, TUC, and EIFER).
  •  2 plant owners: RWE and UNIPER bringing biomass plant operation expertise from different feedstock.EDF will also participate as plant owner under the figure of linked third party of EIFER.
  •  A boiler designer and manufacturer: DBL, a leader in Engineering, Procurement & Construction projects 2 material developers and production companies: specialized in tube manufacturing (SMT and VAL)
  •  An SME dedicated to coating development and production (TEandM)
  •  A technology consulting and social innovation expert SME: ZAB

The consortium has been built with great care, looking for a group of excellent partners that brings together the necessary knowledge, competence, experience and critical mass which will ensure achievement of the objectives. Geographically speaking, the plant owners and countries provide the necessary variety of biomass types. BELENUS impact at European and international level is granted dueto the previous experiences in EC projects as well as each partner’s network, which will ensure the results dissemination, promotion and exploitation.

Indeed, the corresponding plans will be defined (WP8) from the beginning to guarantee that the project results are spread and reach all the stakeholders and potential end-users as well as increase biomass social acceptance. Cooperation and understanding among partners is ensured as UCM (PC) has experience in leading R&D projects at EU level and all partners have experience on working in collaborative projects, and have a strong commitment towards teamwork. In addition, many of them have also worked together in the past. In short, BELENUS is formed by a well-balanced set of partners, with proven experience and differentiated roles, which complement each other and ensures the objectives achievement as well as the impact of the project results at European level. The impact of this proposal in technology adopters, components manufacturers and end-users will be particularly important for their ability to build a research ecosystem based on the development of more cost-competitive small and medium biomass CHP plants, succeeding in reducing the cost and bringing it to a mature and competitive level compared to other energy technologies. This will lead to a relevant impact in the current and future bioenergy market.

Contribution to the Project

Partners have been chosen to achieve a well-balanced consortium, being the profiles varied and complementary.

All the necessary areas are covered by well-known experts in Europe:

Partners and main roles in BELENUS’s consortium:

TYPE:

Technologist: corrosion and monitoring

MAIN ROLE IN THE PROJECT

UCM will be the coordinator leading all management aspects and interaction with EC and will participate in all WPs. Knowledge on corrosion in molten salts, modelling, corrosion monitoring, testing and characterization of substrates and new coatings developed in the frame of the project.

TYPE:

Technologist: Biomass plant operation

MAIN ROLE IN THE PROJECT

Research capacity on real conditions of biomass combustion processes enable them to evaluate the corrosion phenomena in pilot scale reactors.

TYPE:

Technologist: corrosion expert

MAIN ROLE IN THE PROJECT

Understanding of the corrosion phenomena in the field of material corrosion, plant testing and excellent state-of-the art characterization facilities

TYPE:

Technologist: welding and mechanical properties expert

MAIN ROLE IN THE PROJECT

Advanced knowledge on welding technologies, and state-of-the art mechanical testing facilities.

TYPE:

Industry: EPC company

MAIN ROLE IN THE PROJECT

EPC Contractor in the Energy and Renewable sectors possesses extensive experience in the development, construction, O&M of industrial facilities and power plants. That knowledge will be applied to enhance the O&M activities.

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TYPE:

Technologist: Coating developer, corrosion expert

MAIN ROLE IN THE PROJECT

Development and optimization of coatings based on their extensive which has resulted in coating technology transfer to the industry for highly corrosive environments.

Extensive lab testing facilities, knowledge and experience

TYPE:

Industry: Plant owner

MAIN ROLE IN THE PROJECT

Energy company which owns coal fuel plants. They will use their knowledge on in–service conditions for relevant corrosion conditions to analyse damages of in-service corrosion to implement co-firing and to develop small and medium-scale biomass projects.

TYPE:

Industry: Material and coating developer

MAIN ROLE IN THE PROJECT

SMT will work on and supply the high-performance materials and coatings to be developed in the project. As industrial partner, SMT will ensure the commercialisation of the solutions obtained. They will also contribute in the cost analysis.

TYPE:

Technologist: corrosion

MAIN ROLE IN THE PROJECT

Testing, modelling and in general understanding of corrosion, creep, creep-fatigue interaction and fatigue suffered by the materials in biomass power plants to enable the improvement in the materials and coatings to be developed in BELENUS.

TYPE:

Industry: Material developer

MAIN ROLE IN THE PROJECT

VAL will supply state of the art materials and will contribute with their expertise on the field of high temperature corrosion, testing, characterization and coating of the materials investigated in the frame of this project. They will also contribute in the cost analysis.

TYPE:

Utility: Plant owner

MAIN ROLE IN THE PROJECT

Energy company which owns biomass fuel plants. They will use their knowledge on in–service conditions for relevant corrosion conditions to analyse damages of in-service corrosion of their power plants.

TYPE:

Technologist: bioenergy

MAIN ROLE IN THE PROJECT

EIFER will offer their added value in bioenergy to characterise the biomass conversion conditions and validate the new conditions due to the new implemented solutions.

TYPE:

Industry: Plant owner

MAIN ROLE IN THE PROJECT

EDF participates in BELENUS as Linked Third Party of EIFER has a long-term background in the field of combustion, technologies, operation and maintenance of biomass facilities. EDF will apply that knowledge to set the requirements of small and mid-size CHPs, including the definition and validation of the combustion conditions achieved with BELENUS, but also bringing to the project a deep knowledge of economics, especially on CAPEX and OPEX.

TYPE:

Industry: Coating developer

MAIN ROLE IN THE PROJECT

TEandM will develop the coatings according to the selected solutions identified by researchers on this area. They will also contribute in the cost analysis and in the commercialization of the successful coating processes.

TYPE:

Industry: Mng. & Social innovation

MAIN ROLE IN THE PROJECT

ZAB will add its expertise on social issues related to the BELENUS solution implementation. and will use its wide experience on management to complement UCM role.