The start of the LIFE-DRY4GAS Project was held the 3rd of July 2017 with a consortium integrated by 7 partners. From the beginning, the project has suffered several hitches with the withdrawal of some partners, including the coordinator, which has led to a delay in the execution of actions and to the extension of the project until the end of 2022. CIEMAT was proposed as new coordinator by the rest of the remaining partners and as proposed coordinator was in charge of writing the Amendment with the new share of tasks and budget and its communication to the Commission. The 20th of December 2019, EASME accepted the Amendment of the project and CIEMAT is its official coordinator since the 8th of January 2020.
In this sense, the current consortium is very solid and has excitement, technical capacity and means for carrying out the actions included in the project, aimed at consecution of project objectives and results initially foreseen, guaranteed by the great expertise of the remaining partners. Therefore, the project is not negative affected in any aspect due to the change in the consortium.
The participation in new tasks in the framework of the project has led CIEMAT to carrying out unforeseen additional test runs in the solar drying and gasification pilot plants located at CEDER-CIEMAT (tasks A1, A2 and A3), aimed at the design of the prototype technologies to be installed in the WWTP located in San Javier (Murcia, Spain). With these tests and the tasks performed by all the project partners, the preparatory actions (A1-A6) have been finished.
Currently, several implementation actions are under development, including the construction of the solar dryer (B1), the design of the gasification prototype (B2), the construction of the energy valorization system (B4), the environmental and agronomic evaluation of the use of sewage sludge and its ashes in crop fields (B5) and the integration of prototypes (B6).
Regarding actions related to the monitoring of the project impact, C1 and C2 are been developed, as well as dissemination action D1 and project management actions E1 and E2.
From the point of view of the project management, the Mid-term report was presented in July 2020 and in May 2021 the fourth monitoring meeting with the external monitor of NEEMO will be held.