November 30th, 2016 was the last day of the second year of MefCO2 project. MefCO2 partners are almost ready to start the installation of the different test rigs in the pilot plant located in Germany during the following 18 months.
During the last months the project dissemination plan has been actively followed and several activities such as workshops, conferences and internet exposure carried out, always bearing in mind the three different elements which compose the plan: 1) the message or idea-force, that is, the basic idea that the project’s consortium wants to communicate or release to a wide audience, 2) the audience of such message and finally, 3) the means used to perform such communication activities. The four different audiences to be approached by MefCO2 are the following:
- (1) Scientific community
- (2) Incumbent industries and SMEs,
- (3) Venture capitalists and,
- (4) Public in general.
Targeting the scientific community and incumbent industries, both Carbon Recycling International (CRI) and Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Europe (MHPSE) attended SCANMET V in Lulea (Sweden), the 5th International Conference on Process Development in Iron and Steelmaking where “Carbon Recycling for Converting Coke Oven Gas to Methanol for the Reduction of Carbon Dioxide at Steel Mills” was presented.
In October 2016, Hydrogenics (HYGS) attended I-SUP 2016 in Antwerp (Belgium) and contributed to the CCU section whit its “Electrolytic hydrogen generation in carbon re-utilizations schemes” presentation in which MefCO₂ and the electrolyser to be integrated in the pilot plant was introduced. In this case, the scientific community, incumbent industries and SMEs were approached by HYGS as well as the public in general.
MefCO₂ was also present in 2016 AIChE Annual Meeting which took place in San Francisco (USA). The project was represented by The National Institute of Chemistry (NIC) who gave a presentation on the scientific activities entitled “Mechanism, Reaction Kinetics and Multi-Scale Modelling of CO2 Hydrogenation to Methanol over Trimetallic Heterogeneous Catalysts”.
Lastly I-DEALS, as project coordinator, attended the European Utility Week 2016. MefCO2 counted on a booth within the Energy Revolution Europe area representing this way a natural link with the existing focus on renewable integration and energy storage. Several meetings were arranged during the event: utilities, researches, SMEs and students visited MefCO2 stand. Previous events attended by the project coordinator had a specific focus on venture capitalists, however, the EUW has led MefCO2 to approach incumbent industries and SMEs but also to the public in general.