Ongoing Projects

European projects

Thermal Energy Storage Systems for Energy Efficient Buildings, (680555);
Call: H2020-EeB-2015, EeB-Energy-efficient Buildings. 4.311.700,00 €
Beginning: October 2015, Duration: 4 years. (Coordinator Luís Coelho).
Self Consumption Of Renewable Energy by hybrid Storage systems - SCORES Project - (766464);
Call: H2020-EEB-2017, EEB-06-2017 - Highly efficient hybrid storage solutions for power and heat in residential buildings and district areas, balancing the supply and demand conditions. 5.998.598,75 €;
Beginning: November 2017, Duration: 4 years.

New European project proposals submitted (under evaluation)

Renewable thermal energy storage systems for energy efficient public buildings in the Mediterranean (ENI CBC MED Programme), 1.792.451,00 €.

National projects

Production of renewable fuels by water electrolysis.
This Project is focused on the development of a prototype of an electrolyser, powered by renewable energy sources (solar and/or wind) which is able to convert it, on a first stage, to synthesis gas and, further on, to fuels such as methane, methanol or dimethylether. The project intends to solve a actual problem which is the storage of electrical energy by converting it to another type of fuel (liquid or gaseous). This unit can be used to generate power in domestic and/or industrial facilities. 145 976,69 €;
Partners: IPLisboa, IPS, Start-up “GSyF, Lda, 023470/SAICT/02/2016, 2018-2019.
Energy utilization of refused derived fuels from waste and dry sludge.
This project studies and develops waste recovery processes in particular WWTP sludge and refuse-derived fuels (RDF) in energy recovery perspective. The project aims to study the viability to enhance industrial residues and municipal solid wastes management in Alentejo, with a new approach to solve environmental, energetic and sustainability problems.
Specific goals include the following lines:

1) to study the logistics of collection of residues in order to minimize costs and to optimize its routes;
2) to study the possibility of application of thermochemical and biochemical technologies, such as drying, torrefaction, thermal gasification and anaerobic digestion based on pilot units, allowing the energetic valorisation of organic residues;
3) to numerically simulate the combustion of syngas generated by such thermal technologies in a heating boiler. 149 438,48 €;

Partners: IPPortalegre, IPS, 024020/SAICT/02/2016, 2018-2019.
Audit Furnace
This project, directed to the energetic evaluation of industrial furnaces, aims to further deepen the technical-scientific approach of energy audits through the research and development of a physical-mathematical simulation reduced-order intelligent model, embedded in a web-based computing tool, that permits an expeditious analysis of the combustion processes, fluid mechanics and heat transfer as well the analysis of the impact of one or more energy efficiency measures. 1 075 506,36 €;
Partners: CCENERGIA Lda, IPS, UÉvora, 017980/SAICT/02/2016, 2018-2019.
Enhancing and promoting the oyster aquaculture quality in Sado and Mira region, The project aims to map the natural oyster and oyster aquaculture banks, measuring parameters in the natural environment that can influence the production of oysters (water, sediments and other living organisms) and establish the relation with the quality of the final product measured by sensorial and nutritional benefits. The relationship between the influences of the natural environment, growth and breeding cycle will be studied in the natural banks to define the best periods of oyster seed harvesting. Based on the results of the project, it will be possible to develop an integrated management model based on good practices and the creation of promotional material that will benefit the companies involved in the region. 149.932,16€;
Partners: IPSetubal, IPBeja, IPMA and Neptunpearl, Lda, 023838/SAICT/02/2016, 2018-2019. (IPS Coordinator: Ricardo Salgado/CINEA)
Website: Ostraqual
Application of computational fluid dynamics in the optimization of traditional cheeses ripening conditions.
The objective of the project is to obtain a detailed knowledge regarding the production of traditional cheese in Alentejo, a larger knowledge of the social tissue around, evaluate the economic potential, characterize the environmental parameters inside the ripening room and evaluate its influence on the properties of the final product. After, will be applied the concepts of Computational Fluid Dynamics on the study of the main environmental parameters inside the ripening room, making this the first step towards the homogenization of ripening conditions. After the CFD application, a prototype of a new ripening room will be developed with the ability to adjust its own operation depending on the load of cheeses inside, creating microclimate depending on cheese production and, thus, making possible the highest possible quality. In the next step, an economical study will be developed comparing the operational costs of the new prototype with the conventional systems, where it is expected a reduction on both operational costs and environmental impact using the new prototype. Finally, the innovative nature of the project requires a suitable disclosure of the main results, especially next to local partners, students, consumers and scientific community. 163 634,04 €; 01-0145-FEDER-023222/ SAICT/02/2016;
Partners: IPBeja (ESA and ESTIG), IPSetúbal, IPPortalegre, CEBAL, 023356/SAICT/02/2016, 2018-2019.
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EXPOSE-Establishing protocols to assess occupational exposure to microbiota in clinical settings.
Occupational exposure concern has been increasing. However, the majority of exposure studies in clinical settings are focused on patients, neglecting the workers’ even higher exposure to microbiota. Existing protocols are not adapted to health care facilities due to the higher risks associated with longer exposure periods and higher occupation density. Therefore, to improve public health and reduce national health costs, a network comprised by the Instituto Politécnico de Lisboa and Intituto Politécnico de Setúbal, Universidade do Porto and Universidade Nova Lisboa, Hospital de S. João (Porto) and the ARS Lisboa e Vale do Tejo, develop the present project, aiming to assess worker’ exposure to microbiota in clinical settings. The outcomes of this project will help to unveil how occupational exposure to microbiota is influencing workers’ and patient’s health. Moreover, protocols and guidelines for reducing hospital environment contamination and occupational exposure will be also developed.
148 105,01 €
Partners: IPLisboa (Proponent institution), IPS, ITQB-UNL; U. Porto, Hospital de S. João, ARSLVT; 023222/02/SAICT/2016; 2018-2019.