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2024-02-15
Albatross 6th General Assembly held in Turkey

Technovative Solutions Limited (TVS) is leading work package 7, ‘Life Cycle Analysis and Sustainability’ of the project. This pivotal role underscores TVS's commitment to driving sustainable practices within the electric vehicle industry. The development of a battery passport will be one of the extra miles of the project that TVS is developing. The 6th General Assembly meeting of the [Albatross Project H2020](https://www.linkedin.com/company/h2020-albatross-project/) was held on 1-2 February in Amsterdam. Individual members from the [consortium](https://albatross-h2020.eu/members) attended the two-day meeting and workshop. The [FEV Turkey](https://www.fev.com/en/) hosted the 6th General Assembly, along with the training on Battery Management Systems (BMS) for the partners. Partners contributed to the program with their latest achievements and planning on first day of the meeting. Technical discussions focused on the integration phase were mostly conducted on the second day. Dr M A Hye Chowdhury (Lead Technologist) presented Technovative Solutions Limited (TVS)'s latest activities in detail regarding the ALBATROSS project, gave an overview of the technical activities, and discussed upcoming deliverables and answered the queries of fellow participants. ![20240201_154506.jpg](https://upload-media.sfo3.digitaloceanspaces.com/20240201_154506_25f8c7a1d0.jpg) TVS is leading work package 7, ‘Life Cycle Analysis and Sustainability’ of the project. This pivotal role underscores TVS's commitment to driving sustainable practices within the electric vehicle industry. The key deliverables of the package include the economic and environmental impact of a novel approach, the development and population of the database, the development of a knowledge-based engineering (KBE) design automation system for eco-design and the development of sustainability mode. The development of a Battery passport will be one of the extra miles of the project that TVS is developing. **About the project:** Advanced Light-weight BATteRy systems Optimized for fast charging, Safety, and Second-life applications (ALBATROSS) address the needs of the European Electric and Hybrid-Electric passenger vehicle market by overcoming driver concerns relating to battery range and anxiety, cost, long-term reliability, and excessive charging times. ALBATROSS will develop an integrated approach based on smart batteries combined with lightweight designs. For more information about the project: [https://albatross-h2020.eu/](https://albatross-h2020.eu/) _This project has received funding from the European Union's H2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 963580._

2024-02-08
SEHRENE: EC’s latest Electro-Thermal Energy Storage solution

Acknowledging the necessity of shifting to renewable energy, the SEHRENE project attempts to bridge a crucial gap in Europe's energy system: medium and long-duration storage capacity. SEHRENE project is focusing on introducing its cutting-edge Electro-Thermal Energy Storage (ETES) solution ### SEHRENE: an overview The European Commission's ambitious Net Zero Industry Act, which aims to manufacture 40% of Europe's strategic energy technologies in Europe by 2030, has set the stage for the **S**tore **E**lectricity and **H**eat fo**R** climat**E** **N**eutral **E**urope (**SEHRENE**) project. Acknowledging the necessity of shifting to renewable energy, the SEHRENE project attempts to bridge a crucial gap in Europe's energy system: medium and long-duration storage capacity. Although there has been a lot of progress in recent years with short-duration energy storage solutions that can handle daily peak demands, longer-duration storage has not received as much attention. SEHRENE project is focusing on introducing its cutting-edge **Electro-Thermal Energy Storage (ETES)** solution. To address the technological obstacles impeding the effectiveness of current ETES approaches, SEHRENE's proposal is centered around a disruptive architecture. SEHRENE's ETES is expected to outperform conventional storage technologies with round-trip efficiencies of 80–85% by optimising the efficiency of both "power-to-heat" and "heat-to-power" conversions. The SEHRENE ETES system comprises a **High-Temperature Heat Pump (HT HP)**, a **Thermal Energy Storage (TES)** unit, and an **Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC)** for converting stored heat back into electricity. This integrated approach ensures reversibility and enables storage durations **6-12** times longer than conventional batteries, with low **Levelised Cost of Storage (LCOS)** ranging from 80 to 137€/MWh. Moreover, SEHRENE boasts several environmental and practical advantages, including high recyclability, geographical independence, and plug-and-play integration. Its flexibility to store electricity and waste heat, coupled with stable performance over 20-30 years, positions it as a versatile solution for various use cases across industries. The project's roadmap includes the development of an integrated TRL5 experimental prototype of the ETES and digital twins for three distinct use cases relevant to energy-intensive industries (EII), distribution system operators (DSO), and renewable energy (RE) producers. Additionally, a **Decision-Support System (DSS)** tool will be provided to facilitate industrial uptake and investment in ETES demonstrator projects. #### Role of TVS in the Project TVS will play a crucial role in the SEHRENE project by contributing expertise in **Environmental Performance Analysis** **{Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)}**, and **Decision Support Systems (DSS)**. Specifically, TVS is tasked with developing LCA models for key components of the Electro-Thermal Energy Storage (ETES) system, namely the high-temperature heat pump (HP), Thermal Energy Storage (TES), and Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC). These models, created using SimaPro commercial software and following established international standards, will assess the sustainability of the ETES from cradle to grave, providing valuable insights into its environmental impact. Furthermore, TVS is responsible for conducting comparative environmental performance analyses of the SEHRENE ETES against state-of-the-art (SoA) energy storage options such as lead-acid and Lithium-ion batteries. This analysis, facilitated by data sharing among project partners, will help evaluate the environmental advantages of the ETES and its suitability for different integration scales and industrial applications. Technovative Solution Limited (TVS)'s expertise in developing decision support systems (DSS) is instrumental in the project's objective of enabling feasibility studies for ETES deployment across various industrial settings. By leveraging their proficiency in techno-economic-environmental performance analysis, TVS will contribute to developing a DSS that provides optimal specifications for ETES implementation tailored to diverse storage requirements and integration scales. This DSS will aid stakeholders, including grid operators, energy-intensive industries (EIIs), and renewable energy (RE) producers, in making informed decisions regarding ETES adoption. The SEHRENE Project aligns with the EU's circular economy and net-zero concepts by prioritising resource efficiency, promoting renewable energy integration, providing extended storage durations, ensuring economic viability, offering versatile and decentralised solutions, and incorporating comprehensive life cycle assessments to minimise environmental impact. These aspects contribute to the EU's broader goals of achieving a sustainable, circular, and net-zero economy. #### SEHRENE kick-off meeting The two-day SEHRENE project kick-off meeting was successfully held on 24-25 January 2024 at CEA, Grenoble, France. Representatives from all the 11 partners joined the meeting in person or remotely. The kick-off meeting outlines key agreements and commitments among project stakeholders. The resolution covers aspects such as project overview, roles and responsibilities, timeline and milestones, budget and financial management, risk management, ethical considerations, communication and dissemination, intellectual property and data sharing, and project monitoring and evaluation. It establishes a framework for collaboration, ensuring clarity on objectives, timelines, and expectations. The representatives of the project consortium formally agreed to provide a solid foundation for the successful implementation of the project. The next consortium meeting is a meeting of the Project Steering Committee (PSC) and will be held remotely in month four. Technovative Solution Limited (TVS) will lead the work package 6,’ Sustainability analysis and DSS’, and followed by the kick-off, TVS is now building a team to start work on the WP6. The first TVS deliverable is due in the month twenty. TVS's contribution to the SEHRENE project lies in their specialised knowledge and capabilities in life cycle assessment (environmental impact analysis), and decision support system (DSS) development. Therefore, their expertise will help evaluate the sustainability of the ETES, comparing it with existing energy storage options, and providing guidance for its successful implementation across industrial sectors. _SEHRENE project is being funded under the subtopic: Development of novel long-term electricity storage technologies, within the Horizon Europe program (HADEA) with Project ID-101135763._

2024-01-30
RESTORE kick-off meeting held in Portugal

The “Sustainable Remanufacturing solution with increased automation and recycled content in laser and plasma-based process” (RESTORE Project) kick-off meeting was held on 18-19th January 2024 in Lisbon, Portugal. The meeting was hosted by the [European Federation for Welding, Joining and Cutting (EWF)](https://www.linkedin.com/company/ewf-european-federation-for-welding-joining-and-cutting/), the coordinator of the project. The RESTORE project aims to offer sustainable by-design remanufacturing processes and materials along with supporting tools for the digitalization of the remanufacturing ecosystem. [Dr Fahim Chowdhury](https://www.linkedin.com/in/dr-fahim-chowdhury-35382845/) (Chief Executive Officer) and [Salauddin Sohag](https://www.linkedin.com/in/salauddin-sohag-popm-3bb85635/) (Head of Product) represented Technovative Solutions Limited in the meeting. According to our TVS colleagues, “a key takeaway from this meeting was the general lack of knowledge and curiosity about the Digital Product Passport (DPP). We actively discussed DPP, leaving us optimistic about our partners' eagerness to see its development. For TVS, this underscores our commitment to delivering a state-of-the-art digital passport solution.” ![PHOTO-2024-01-18-16-01-01_2.jpg](https://upload-media.sfo3.digitaloceanspaces.com/PHOTO_2024_01_18_16_01_01_2_70358af8c8.jpg) **Contribution of TVS in the RESTORE Project** [Technovative Solutions LTD (TVS)](https://technovativesolutions.co.uk/)’s contribution to the ReStore Project is vital in each of the phases till the completion of the project. The deliverables include: - Creating a life-cycle assessment (LCA) and Cost modelling tools. - Developing a digital marketplace that combines services and products. - Establishing a blockchain-enabled, ontology-based digital product passport. - Developing the RESTORE platform to integrate LCA, Cost model, Circularity Calculator tool, digital product passport (DPP), and other tools developed by partners in different work packages throughout the project. **About the RESTORE Project:** Remanufacturing is critical for Circular Economies, extending product life, creating jobs and revenue streams, and reducing waste, energy consumption, and greenhouse gas emissions. The main challenges that need to be addressed for successful remanufacturing in an industrial value chain or, more appropriately, the value cycle are related to process, design, and business models. To meet these challenges, RESTORE will offer sustainable by-design remanufacturing processes and materials along with supporting tools for digitalization of remanufacturing ecosystem or value chain. RESTORE is aiming to advance potential service-oriented architecture (SoA) cladding technologies including laser direct energy deposition, plasma transfer arc process for sustainable remanufacturing application. For digitalization, the project is also aiming to develop a platform, which will offer digital technologies and tools, to increase process automation, recipe book and simulation tools for product and process optimisation, decision support framework, ecoDESIGN framework, blockchain-enabled digital product passport, digital marketplace, business model templates, and collaborative spaces that can help to facilitate and streamline the remanufacturing process, providing greater traceability, transparency, and efficiency. **RESTORE Project Consortium:** The digital collaborative space for the project has brought along all relevant actors of the remanufacturing domain under one umbrella to share data and leverage a decision support framework and supporting tool, guiding the optimal remanufacturing of industrial products and components. The consortium members include the [European Federation for Welding Joining and Cutting – EWF](https://www.ewf.be/) (coordinator); [IRIS s.r.l.](https://www.irissrl.eu/en/homepage/); [Fraunhofer SCAI](https://www.scai.fraunhofer.de/en.html); [Aktiebolaget Dalforsan](https://www.dalforsan.se/); [Parida Consulting AB](https://www.allabolag.se/5569984585/parida-consulting-ab); [Navtek Deniz Teknolojisi Anonim Sirketi](https://www.navtek.net/); [Welding Alloys France Sas](https://www.welding-alloys.com/); [Industrialisation des Recherches Sur les Procedes et les Applicationsdu Laser](https://www.irepa-laser.com/); [Gsmc – Inventage](https://www.inventage.fr/); [Flowphys As](https://flowphys.com/); [Aerobase Innovations Ab](https://aerobase.se/); [Endurance Spa](https://www.enduranceoverseas.com/); [Centro Ricerche Fiat Scpa - Centro Ricerche Fiat](https://collaborate-project.eu/partners/centro-ricerche-fiat-scpa/); Phd Controlled Solutions Ab; [Msc Scanning](https://www.mscscanning-technique.fr/); [Eit Manufacturing North Ab](https://www.eitmanufacturing.eu/). _The ReStore Project is funded within the Horizon Europe program (HADEA) with Project ID – 101138775._

2024-01-09
JIDEP 1st Review Meeting and 3rd Partners Meeting held in Italy

The first review and third partners' meetings between the Joint Industrial Data Exchange Platform (JIDEP) consortium members were held on November 28 and 29 in Trento, Italy. The meeting was hosted by the [University of Trento](https://www.unitn.it/en), one of the consortium members of the project. Dr Fahim Chowdhury (Chief Executive Officer); [Miah Raihan Mahmud Arman](https://www.linkedin.com/in/raihanarman/) (Chief Technical Officer); Rasel Ahmed (Software Development Engineer); and Sohag Salauddin (Head of Product) represented Technovative Solutions in the meeting. The first day of the partners' meeting included group discussions, analysing activities the consortium had worked on, discussing the results and future planning of the project. The second day included the review meeting with the European Commission Project Officer and independent reviewers where each work package leader presented the progress of JIDEP. The presentation topics included the requirements and architecture; ontology modelling; generic components and business logic; industrial application and validation; tool development and platform integration & demonstration; communication, training, dissemination and standardization; and business modelling and exploitation. Interesting and insightful Q&A sessions and discussions were common at the end of each presentation. **Contribution of TVS in the JIDEP Project** Technovative Solutions Limited (TVS) is developing the Joint Industrial Data Exchange Platform integrated with the material passport, environmental analytical tool, circularity tool, and collaborative space for the automotive, wind energy and e-waste industries. During the review meeting TVS demonstrated the prototype of the JIDEP platform and discussed it’s potential business model. TVS’s CEO Dr. Fahim Chowdhury stated, “JIDEP is not just a platform; it's a catalyst for a connected and data-driven industrial future. By integrating data exchange, circularity calculations, and collaborative features, JIDEP empowers industries to make informed decisions, drive innovation, and shape the future of industrial data.“ **About JIDEP** [JIDEP](https://www.jidep.eu/) (Joint Industrial Data Exchange Platform) is a digital space where industrial data is available for sharing and connecting manufacturers from different sectors into a collaborative, mutually beneficial knowledge and data-sharing relationship. It brings industry-oriented collaborative spaces supported by decentralising blockchain network that will overcome trust barriers, non-repudiation, and self-sovereignty of identities and data ownership. The project adopts a coherent approach to semantic communication between diverse actors, aiming to make direct and indirect contributions to the EU circularity and carbon neutrality goals of 2050. _This project has received funding from Horizon Europe Research and Innovation under grant agreement number 101058732._

2023-12-28
FLUTE-TRUMPET Consortium Meeting and Conference held in Italy

The consortium meeting provided a platform for project partners to gather and discuss the current state of the project, outlining crucial advancements and planning for the next steps. Partners engaged in insightful discussions, fostering collaboration and ensuring alignment with the project's objectives. The [**FLUTE**](https://www.fluteproject.eu/) and [**TRUMPET**](https://trumpetproject.eu/) projects hosted a consortium meeting in Cesena, Italy, accompanied by an insightful healthcare conference from 12-14 December 2023. From clinical, technological, and research domains converged to align strategies, ensuring the project’s seamless progression. The members discussed all the work packages and activities performed in the last six months in the meeting. The consortium meeting provided a platform for project partners to gather and discuss the current state of the project, outlining crucial advancements and planning for the next steps. Partners engaged in insightful discussions, fostering collaboration and ensuring alignment with the project's objectives. They had insightful discussions, encouraging collaboration and ensuring the project's goals were met. Raihan Mahmud Arman (Chief Technology Officer) represented Technovative Solutions Limited in the meeting. In conjunction with the consortium meeting, a captivating conference was also organised on AI in Healthcare in collaboration with the Campus of Cesena at the University of Bologna. The conference, titled “Healthcare Claims Future: Navigating the Landscape of Federated Learning”, was a gathering of professionals, researchers, and experts in healthcare and artificial intelligence. The agenda covered a range of topics, from addressing privacy challenges in collaborative AI model training to exploring the synergy of digital twin and AI applications in revolutionizing healthcare. **TRUMPET Project and contribution of TVS** The TRUMPET consortium will develop a platform based on Trustworthy privacy enhancing technologies for researchers and solution developers. The platform will enable solution developers to create tools for healthcare professionals that allow them to analyze their own patient data and compare it with data from other hospitals and research centers while maintaining patient privacy and anonymity following the GDPR European policy. TVS is responsible for developing a federated AI healthcare platform, which also includes data integration with healthcare premises and machine learning training. _Trumpet project has received funding from a Research and Innovation action activity under the Horizon Europe Framework Programme with Grant Agreement No.101070038_ **FLUTE Project and contribution of TVS** The goal of the FLUTE project is to advance and scale up data-driven healthcare by developing novel methods for privacy-preserving cross-border utilisation of data hubs. Through this project, advanced research will be performed to push the performance envelope of secure multi-party computation in Federated Learning, including the associated AI models and secure execution environments. In accordance with the priorities set by the European Commission, the project will target collaboration, cross-fertilization and synergies with related national and international European projects. TVS is developing the FLUTE Platform, which includes data hub and innovator dashboards; scalability, usability and performance validation; privacy protection strength validation, and documentation and user manual. _FLUTE project has received funding from the Horizon Europe Framework Programme (HORIZON) Research and Innovation Actions under grant agreement No 101095382._

2023-12-21
Technovative Solutions Limited wins BASE!

We are thrilled to announce that Technovative Solutions LTD (TVS) has secured yet another significant Horizon Europe-funded project: BASE-BAttery Passport for Resilient Supply Chain and Implementation of Circular Economy. We are thrilled to announce that [Technovative Solutions Limited (TVS)](https://technovativesolutions.co.uk/) has secured yet another significant [Horizon Europe](https://research-and-innovation.ec.europa.eu/funding/funding-opportunities/funding-programmes-and-open-calls/horizon-europe_en)-funded project: **BASE**! **BASE** stands for the **BA**ttery Passport for Resilient **S**upply Chain and Implementation of Circular **E**conomy. This win takes us a big leap ahead of the recent [European Union](https://european-union.europa.eu/index_en) initiative to boost the growth of the EU battery value chain, given the current status in the industry! **What is BASE?** BASE stands for the Battery Passport for Resilient Supply Chain and Implementation of Circular Economy. The project will be funded under the call ”[HORIZON-CL5-2023-D2-02-03](https://ec.europa.eu/info/funding-tenders/opportunities/portal/screen/opportunities/topic-details/horizon-cl5-2023-d2-02-03): Creating a digital passport to track battery materials, optimize battery performance and life, validate recycling, and promote a new business model based on data sharing (Batt4EU Partnership).” **Role of TVS in implementing the BASE Project:** TVS is responsible for developing the Digital Battery Passport (DBP) platform in BASE, which will be validated in cross-sectoral applications e.g. road and water-borne transport, and stationary energy storage applications. BASE is a follow-up of the four of TVS’s ongoing EU H2020 and Horizon projects: [Albatross Project H2020](https://albatross-h2020.eu/) (Advanced Light-weight BATteRy systems Optimized for fast charging, Safety, and Second-life applications) - next generation and realisation of battery packs for BEV and PHEV, where we have set up the requirements for the EV battery passport; [JIDEP](https://www.jidep.eu/) (Joint Industrial Data Exchange Platform) - where we are validating the digital product passport (DPP) in the automotive, wind energy and e-waste industries; RESTORE (Sustainable Remanufacturing solution with increased automation and recycled content in laser and plasma-based process) - where we are validating the DPP in the automotive, rail, marine, and steel manufacturing; ALABAMA (Adaptive Laser Beam for additive manufacturing) - where we are validating the DPP in the aeronautical, marine, and automotive industries. This remarkable achievement is a paradigm of our commitment to continuous innovation and sustainability. The project aligns seamlessly with our mission to revolutionize technology, while fostering a circular economy for a greener future. As we embark on this groundbreaking journey, we look forward to contributing to a more resilient and sustainable future. _The project will be funded by the Horizon Europe Framework Programme under the call ”HORIZON-CL5-2023-D2-02-03._

2023-12-13
TRUMPET-FLUTE platform development synchronization meeting

A team from The National Institute for Research in Digital Science and Technology (Inria), France recently visited the Technivative Solutions Limited (TVS) office in Manchester, UK for a meeting about the TRUMPET and FLUTE projects platform development synchronization on November 20. A team from [The National Institute for Research in Digital Science and Technology (Inria)](https://www.inria.fr/en), France recently visited the [Technovative Solutions Limited (TVS)](https://technovativesolutions.co.uk/) office in Manchester, UK for a meeting about the [TRUstworthy Multi-site Privacy Enhancing Technologies (TRUMPET)](https://trumpetproject.eu/) and [Federate Learning and mUlti-party computation Techniques for prostatE cancer (FLUTE](https://www.fluteproject.eu/)) platform development synchronization on November 20. Both Inria and TVS are consortium members of TRUMPET and FLUTE Projects. Both these projects have received funding from the European Commission’s Horizon Europe programme. [Jan Ramon](lhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zOtwm0Vug8U), Senior Researcher, [Leonard Deroose](https://www.linkedin.com/in/l%C3%A9onard-deroose/), R&D Machine Learning Engineer and[ Quentin Sinh](https://team.inria.fr/defrost/team-members/quentin-peyron/), Research Scientist from INRIA attended the meeting at the TVS premise. [Ashadul Hoque](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FSkGbCN1DDQ), Lead Technologist, and [Miah Raihan Mahmud Arman](https://www.linkedin.com/in/raihanarman/) (Chief Technical Officer) from Technovative Solutions Limited were present during the discussion. **TRUMPET Project and contribution of TVS and INRIA:** The [TRUMPET consortium](https://trumpetproject.eu/members/) will develop a platform based on Armoured Federated Learning for researchers and solution developers. The platform will enable solution developers to create tools for healthcare professionals that allow them to analyze their own patient data and compare it with data from other hospitals and research centers while maintaining patient privacy and anonymity in accordance with GDPR European policy. **TVS** is responsible for developing a federated AI healthcare platform, which also includes data integration with healthcare premises and machine learning training. **INRIA** is contributing in the development of privacy-enhancing technology and to the development of privacy metrics. _Trumpet project has received funding from a Research and Innovation action activity under Horizon Europe Framework Programme with Grant Agreement No.101070038_ **FLUTE Project and contribution of TVS and INRIA:** The goal of the multidisciplinary FLUTE project is to advance and scale up data-driven healthcare by developing novel methods for privacy-preserving cross-border utilisation of data hubs. Through this project, advanced research will be performed to push the performance envelope of secure multi-party computation in Federated Learning, including the associated AI models and secure execution environments. In accordance with the priorities set by the European Commission, the project will target collaboration, cross fertilization and synergies with related national and international European projects. **TVS** is developing the FLUTE Platform, which includes data hub and innovator dashboards; scalability, usability and performance validation; privacy protection strength validation, and documentation and user manual. **INRIA** is the coordinator of this project. An important technical contribution concerns improving the scalability of multi-party protocols in the context of machine learning, e.g., exploiting data sparsity. _This project has received funding from the Horizon Europe Framework Programme (HORIZON) Research and Innovation Actions under grant agreement No 101095382._

2023-12-05
TVS Team visits Mercedes-Benz Türk Factory

Mercedes-Benz Türk (MBT) had recently arranged a business-to-business (B2B) meeting and factory visit on October 19 on its premises in Istanbul, Turkey. The agenda was to discuss their recent research and development (R&D) activities and..... [Mercedes-Benz Türk (MBT)](https://www.mercedesbenzturk.com.tr/) had recently arranged a business-to-business (B2B) meeting and factory visit on October 19 on its premises in Istanbul, Turkey. The agenda was to discuss their recent research and development (R&D) activities and future collaboration prospects with [Technovative Solutions Limited (TVS)](https://technovativesolutions.co.uk/) and with five other international organisations, of which some are operating in Turkey; the [University of Surrey](https://www.surrey.ac.uk/) (UK), [Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology](https://www.list.lu/) (Luxembourg), [Turkish-German University](https://www.tau.edu.tr/en) (Turkey), [Oyak Renault Cars ](https://www.renaultgroup.com/en/our-company/locations/bursa-oyak-plant-2/)(Turkey), and [Panasonic Electronics](https://holdings.panasonic/global/) (Turkey). The meeting included a brief on the EU’s [ESCALATE Project](https://www.escalate-eu.com/) of which MBT is one of the collaborative partners; and an introduction to the [UYAM Surface Research Center](https://eu.immib.org.tr/en/proje/uyam-international-center-for-surveys-and-innovation/). Each organisation also presented its R&D activities and upcoming initiatives and prospects for collaborative works in the future. On behalf of Technovative Solutions Limited (TVS), Dr M A Hye Chowdhury (Lead Technologist) and Dr M Azizur Rahman (Associate Director, Technical) attended the meeting and presented Technovative Solutions Limited (TVS)'s recent R&D activities regarding the [ALBATROSS](https://albatross-h2020.eu/) Project. Particularly, the development by TVS of the novel Battery Passport and Digital Product Passport, for the EU-funded [ALBATROSS](https://albatross-h2020.eu/) project, fascinated the participants. In this project, Technovative Solutions Limited (TVS) is working on the economic and environmental impact of a novel approach, the development and population of the database, the development of a knowledge-based engineering (KBE) design automation system for eco-design, and the development of sustainability mode. The development of a Battery passport is undoubtedly going to be one of the milestones of the project that Technovative Solutions Limited (TVS) is developing for the Albatross Project, TVS members mentioned. Technovative Solutions Limited (TVS)’s wide range of experiences in Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) across several industrial domains with special consideration on circular economy and contribution to the [Net Zero mission](https://technovativesolutions.co.uk/news/geothermal-energy-mission-towards-the-net-zero) were also highlighted in the meeting. _The Albatross Project has received funding from the European Union's H2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 963580._

2023-12-01
GeoSmart Decision Support System (DSS): Sustainable Development for Geothermal Energy

Geothermal energy has emerged as a frontrunner in the quest for sustainable and renewable energy sources, offering a reliable and eco-friendly alternative to conventional power generation. A multidimensional approach is essential, encompassing efficiency, flexibility, and environmental considerations to exploit the full potential of geothermal energy. This is precisely where the “Technologies for geothermal to enhance competitiveness in smart and flexible operation” ([GeoSmart project](https://www.geosmartproject.eu/)) introduces a game-changing tool: the GeoSmart Decision Support System (DSS). In this article, [Dr. Mahfuza Ahmed](https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Mahfuza-Ahmed), Collaborative Research Leader at Technovative Solutions Ltd. (TVS), gives us an extensive overview of the GeoSmart Decision Support System (DSS) and the sustainable development prospect in the geothermal energy sector. #### The GeoSmart Project: A Glimpse into Sustainable Energy At the heart of the GeoSmart project lies a collective vision to revolutionise geothermal energy solutions. The primary objective of GeoSmart is to provide flexible and more efficient geothermal energy solutions by implementing innovative mechanisms like Thermal Energy Storage (TES) systems, Scaling Reduction Systems (SRS), and adiabatic cooling technologies. By utilising Phase Change Materials (PCMs) in the PCM Storage system and Water Thermocline, we aim to enhance the flexibility of existing geothermal power plants while ensuring a reliable and sustainable energy supply. Furthermore, the SRS and the adiabatic cooling system are the technologies that enhance the efficiency of the plants. GeoSmart strives to create a paradigm shift by optimising geothermal power plant operations through innovative technologies and knowledge-based decision-making. #### Unveiling the GeoSmart Decision Support System (DSS) The GeoSmart DSS is the project's keystone, offering a comprehensive platform for informed decision-making in geothermal energy management. This sophisticated web-based application integrates many models, algorithms, and knowledge-based decision rules to provide a holistic geothermal energy utilisation and optimisation framework. Through an intuitive user interface, the DSS enables geothermal power plant operators and developers to navigate the complexities of system design, operation, cost and environmental impact assessments. #### The Building Blocks: Flexibility Solutions, Efficiency Enhancement Solutions, and Solution Optimisation The GeoSmart DSS is structured around two parent classes: Flexibility Solutions and Efficiency Enhancement Solutions. These classes encapsulate modules, each tailored to address specific facets of geothermal power plants, which go through financial and environmental optimisations. #### Flexibility Solutions: Pioneering Thermal Energy Storage (TES) The Thermal Energy Storage (TES) modules lie at the core of Flexibility Solutions. These modules, including PCM and Water Thermocline storage systems, offer dynamic and efficient energy management. The PCM module harnesses the remarkable properties of phase change materials to store and release energy efficiently, optimising thermal energy utilisation. The Water Thermocline module offers a cutting-edge approach to thermal energy storage, empowering users to optimise charging and discharging parameters for enhanced energy flexibility. #### Efficiency Enhancement Solutions: Elevating System Performance Efficiency Enhancement Solutions focuses on maximising geothermal power plant performance through innovative technologies. The Scaling Reduction System module is a bulwark against scaling issues, incorporating components like the Scaling Heat Exchanger, Scaling Reactor, and Retention Tank. This system effectively mitigates scaling potential, ensuring the seamless operation of geothermal power plants. Whereas, the Adiabatic Cooling System module, driven by weather data and cooling fan parameters, optimises cooling strategies, reducing water consumption and enhancing environmental sustainability. #### Optimisation for Informed Decisions: The Synergy of Cost Analysis and Environmental Impact Assessment What sets the GeoSmart DSS apart is its innate capacity for optimisation. The DSS performs the cost and environmental impact analyses for each GeoSmart innovation (TES, SRS, Adiabatic cooling system). The environmental impact analysis includes the impact on climate change (carbon footprint), human health, ecosystem quality and resources. And also evaluate the overall environmental footprint of the GeoSmart components. Financial metrics such as Levelised Cost of Energy (LCoE), Net Present Value (NPV), Internal Rate of Return (IRR), Payback Period (PBP), and Return on Investment (ROI), seamlessly intertwine with ecological considerations. Together, DSS offers a comprehensive evaluation of the GeoSmart proposed solutions, empowering users to make decisions that holistically balance economic viability and environmental stewardship. This distinctive approach propels the GeoSmart DSS beyond conventional decision support systems. It becomes a compass, guiding stakeholders toward energy solutions that harmonise fiscal prudence and environmental responsibility. Integrating these critical optimisation components, the GeoSmart DSS embodies a paradigm shift, spearheading geothermal power plant operations toward a more sustainable future. #### Visualising the GeoSmart DSS Workflow As we navigate the GeoSmart DSS, it's vital to visualise how the modules interact and contribute to the decision-making process. The following flowchart illustrates the inter-connection of the modules within the DSS: ![GeoSmart KBDSS .png](https://upload-media.sfo3.digitaloceanspaces.com/Geo_Smart_KBDSS_0990aac7e5.png) Fig: Flowchart of GeoSmart KBDSS Modules This visual representation encapsulates the journey from Plant Characterization to Flexibility Solutions and Efficiency Enhancement Solutions. Then, all of them go through cost and environmental optimisations, highlighting the seamless integration that forms the bedrock of the GeoSmart DSS. #### Making Informed Choices: The GeoSmart DSS in Action As users input data into the GeoSmart DSS, the system processes this information through knowledge-based decision rules, cost analysis, and environmental impact models. The output is a wealth of insights, empowering users to make informed decisions that optimise financial viability and ecological sustainability. The GeoSmart DSS serves as a compass, guiding users towards geothermal energy solutions that balance economic efficiency and environmental responsibility. The GeoSmart DSS operates as a cohesive ecosystem, with each module intricately connected to the others. The outputs from the Plant Characterisation module serve as foundational inputs for both Flexibility Solutions and Efficiency Enhancement Solutions. This interconnectedness ensures that decisions are based on a holistic understanding of the geothermal power plant's characteristics and requirements. As users progress through the system, the integration of Flexibility Solutions allows for dynamic energy management. The TES modules empower users to tailor energy storage and release strategies, optimising power plant performance in response to fluctuating energy demands. Meanwhile, the Efficiency Enhancement Solutions further elevate system efficiency, ensuring smooth operations and reduced environmental impact. ### Conclusion: A Bright Path Forward The GeoSmart DSS stands as a testament to the power of technology and innovation in shaping the future of geothermal energy. By providing a comprehensive platform that marries innovations and knowledge-based models, as well as data-driven analysis and environmental consciousness, the DSS equips stakeholders with the tools needed to make decisions that transcend short-term gains and empower them to embark on a sustainable energy journey. With the increasing global emphasis on renewable resources, the GeoSmart DSS leads the path for geothermal power plants that demonstrate efficiency and a strong commitment to environmental responsibility. As the GeoSmart project continues to evolve and innovate, the GeoSmart DSS remains at the forefront of a transformative energy paradigm, offering a glimpse of what the future holds - a future where geothermal energy is not just harnessed but optimised, sustained, and celebrated for its immense potential in shaping a better world. With the increasing global emphasis on renewable resources, the GeoSmart DSS leads the path for geothermal power plants that demonstrate efficiency and a strong commitment to environmental responsibility. #### GeoSmart Webinar [Register](https://www.geosmartproject.eu/news-and-media/2023/register-for-the-december-2023-geosmart-project-webinar) and join for a webinar ‘Geothermal Power for a Smart Electricity Market and Grids,’ on 1 December 2023 to experience an insightful and informative exploration of the initial findings from the GeoSmart project: ![GeoSmart-Webinar-Dec-23-Banner.xd621eafa.png](https://upload-media.sfo3.digitaloceanspaces.com/Geo_Smart_Webinar_Dec_23_Banner_xd621eafa_bbbd785b49.png) GeoSmart Project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. Grant agreement 818576.

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