The start of the 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.
Currently, preparatory actions A1, A2 and A3 have been finished. However, a series of new test runs are going to be carried out in the solar drying and gasification pilot plants located at CEDER-CIEMAT, aimed at the design of the prototype technology. So, additional tasks not included in the framework of actions A2 and A3 are going to be performed by CIEMAT. Moreover, preparatory actions A4, A5 and A6 and implementation actions B1, B2, B4 and B6 are under development. Regarding actions related to the monitoring of the project impact, C1 is been developed, as well as dissemination action D1 and project management actions E1 and E2.
Currently, documents for the Mid-term report of the project are being prepared, which will be presented to the Commission in June 2020. Furthermore, the third monitoring meeting with the external monitor of NEEMO will be held in May.