5TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY EN AVEIRO (PORTUGAL) AND WORKSHOP ON INDUSTRIAL SYMBIOSIS
The 5th General Assembly of the paperChain project and an open workshop on industrial symbiosis were held in the Portuguese city of Aveiro on 13 and 14 November 2019. The follow-up meetings were completed with a visit to the locations where the two demonstrators belonging to Circular Case 1 will be executed, inside the facilities of two of the consortium partners: Navigator and Spral. The host and coordinator of the conference has been the University of Aveiro, through its civil engineering department.
On Wednesday, the 13th of November were celebrated two different events. Along the morning, partners were presenting the advances of the whole project and reporting on news about the execution of the different Circular Cases. During the afternoon, consortium participated in an open workshop called “Workshop “Paperchain circular cases – Industrial symbiosis between Pulp & Paper Industry and other industrial sectors”. These partners’ meetings brought together approximately 40 members of the consortium from all over Europe.
Along Thursday, the 14th of November, consortium visited the facilities of both companies where pilots will be executed: NAVIGATOR in the morning and SPRAL in the afternoon.
NAVIGATOR, held an official presentation of the company and its products together with RAIZ, as Navigator research centre. After this introduction, the area where pilots will be executed was visited by consortium and UNIVERSITY OF AVEIRO was explaining on site the technical details of this pilot of Circular Case 1. The area was signalized with panels indicating the different pulp and paper waste to be used in the demonstrator, such as Dregs, Grits, a mixture of Dregs and Grits and finally a reference section that will be executed with conventional methods.
In the afternoon, the whole consortium moved to SPRAL facilities. A corporate presentation was presented and a technical explanation related to the execution of the pilot. This practical case consists of the substitution of the natural filler by NAVIGATOR’s lime ashes in the SPRAL´s formula for precast concrete structures. The consortium had the opportunity to see a lime ash container ready for the execution of the beams in the following weeks.
The project is progressing at a good rhythm and with excellent results.
From these lines, we want to thank the University of Aveiro for their hospitality in hosting the event. The next assembly of the paperChain consortium will take place in approximately 6 months.