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The IOB in Brussels — Annual A.SPIRE Event on Processes4Planet

The Euro­pean stage is also fami­li­ar space for the IOB. At the annu­al A.SPIRE event, not only new pro­ject ide­as for the upco­ming Processes4Planet calls were dis­cus­sed, but also the ongo­ing lar­ge-sca­le pro­ject HyIn­Heat was presented.

In the mor­ning, short­ly after 7 a.m., the Tha­lys to Brussels rolls out of Aachen’s main sta­ti­on. On board is our col­le­ague Domi­nik Büsch­ge­ns, who will par­ti­ci­pa­te in the Annu­al A.SPIRE Bro­kera­ge Event and the Processes4Planet Pro­jects Forum. This year’s event, which took place on Sep­tem­ber 20, is beco­ming incre­asing­ly popu­lar, as evi­den­ced by the lar­ge num­ber of par­ti­ci­pan­ts. Repre­sen­ta­ti­ves of the 10 dif­fe­rent A.SPIRE sec­tors ran­ging from Steel to Non-fer­rous Metals and Cera­mics or Che­mi­cals were present.

The event was intro­du­ced by Àngels Ordu­ña (Exe­cu­ti­ve Direc­tor A.SPIRE), fol­lo­wed by Jür­gen Tied­je from the Euro­pean Com­mis­si­on. Bes­i­des the pre­sen­ta­ti­on of the cur­rent Processes4Planet calls for 2024, the­re were also num­e­rous pit­ches of poten­ti­al pro­ject ide­as for the­se calls. After­wards, the­re was enough time at round tables to dis­cuss the­se pro­po­sals, to iden­ti­fy and con­vin­ce poten­ti­al part­ners or sim­ply to get inte­res­t­ing insights.

After a sub­stan­ti­al lunch in an excel­lent loca­ti­on in the midd­le of Brussels at the Bota­ni­cal Gar­den, the second round of the event star­ted. The Processes4Planet Pro­jects Forum aimed to report on ongo­ing and com­ple­ted pro­jects. This will streng­then the exch­an­ge bet­ween pro­jects, espe­ci­al­ly young con­sor­tia can learn from the expe­ri­en­ced ones. This was sol­ved with four panel dis­cus­sions, each cove­ring the cur­rent topics of the ener­gy-inten­si­ve indus­try and the­r­e­fo­re of hig­hest inte­rest for the IOB. The topics were Decar­bo­niza­ti­on, Elec­tri­fi­ca­ti­on and Ener­gy Effi­ci­en­cy, Cir­cu­la­ri­ty of Resour­ces and at the end, in a very lar­ge round, “Making it Hap­pen”, the acce­le­ra­ti­on of pro­gress towards lar­ge-sca­le deploy­ment from ongo­ing or com­ple­ted projects.

The after­noon was roun­ded off with a pos­ter ses­si­on inclu­ding net­wor­king cock­tails. The HyIn­Heat pro­ject, coor­di­na­ted by the IOB, also had a place at the pos­ter ses­si­on. Bes­i­des enjoy­ing the cock­tails, our col­le­ague Domi­nik Büsch­ge­ns ans­we­red ques­ti­ons about the pro­ject for inte­res­ted atten­de­es. The con­sor­ti­um of 28 part­ners has set the goal of demons­t­ra­ting the use of hydro­gen as a fuel in the high-tem­pe­ra­tu­re pro­ces­ses of the steel and alu­mi­ni­um indus­try. In the ener­gy-inten­si­ve pro­ces­ses, repla­cing fos­sil fuels with green hydro­gen holds gre­at poten­ti­al for redu­cing the CO2 emis­si­ons. The pro­ject, which was laun­ched at the begin­ning of this year, is part of the Hori­zon Euro­pe fun­ding pro­gram and the Processes4Planet Part­ner­ship. The fun­ding amount on the part of the EU is 17.7 mil­li­on Euros, the total cos­ts of the pro­ject amount to almost 24 mil­li­on Euros.

On his way back to Aachen, Domi­nik did­n’t miss the chan­ce to make a short detour to one of the sights in Brussels: the Man­ne­ken Pis. This was docu­men­ted with the obli­ga­to­ry tou­rist selfie.

After a rela­xed and, abo­ve all, punc­tu­al ride on the Tha­lys back to Aachen, the excur­si­on on the Euro­pean stage was also com­ple­ted. Now it is time to eva­lua­te all impres­si­ons with the col­le­agues in order to con­tri­bu­te to the cur­rent round of Processes4Planet topics with our own work.