BAMBOO - Boosting new Approaches for flexibility Management By Optimizing process Off-gas and waste use

  • Dates: September 2018 – February 2022
  • Leader: CIRCE
  • Grant agreement number: 820771
  • Financed by



The energy transition towards a secure, competitive and decarbonised energy system constitutes a challenge for the EU resource and energy intensive industries (REII), since they must adapt their current consumption and production patterns to a higher share of fluctuating renewable energy supply.

Although some solutions are considered to be already available and deployable, the lack of best practices and experiences on managing both high flexibility energy technologies and a fluctuating energy supply are hampering their introduction into the market

BAMBOO project will tackle these needs through the development of a demand management concept dealing with waste streams that are usually neglected at the REII sectors. This solution will provide the industries with the information they currently lack for the adaptation of their processes to new and more advanced industrial demand response schemes.


Bamboo tiene como objetivo el desarrollo de nuevas tecnologías que abordan los desafíos de eficiencia energética y de recursos en cuatro industrias intensivas: acero, petroquímico, minero y papelero.

BAMBOO aims at developing new technologies addressing energy and resource efficiency challenges in four intensive industries: steel, petrochemical, minerals and pulp and paper.

The technologies to be developed focus on three main innovation pillars: waste heat recovery, electrical flexibility and waste streams valorization, and will be integrated in a cross-sectorial energy and raw materials flexibility management tool.

The solutions will be validated at the four demonstrators, which expect to achieve by the end of a project an increase of their competitiveness by means of:

  • A 15-20% reduction in the energy costs
  • Improved process efficiency about a 17-20%
  • And a 5-23% reduction in CO2 emissions


Besides being the project coordinator, CIRCE will play an active role in the technical and scientific activities of BAMBOO, leading two of the main project tasks:

The characterization of the energy and material flow of the plant’s processes to assess their flexibility potential

And the improvement of the combustion processes, based in two main lines: (a) The development and validation of an advanced non-intrusive flame monitoring system and (b) The optimization and improvement of the flexibility in the operation of the furnaces when fossil fuels are partially replaced by other alternative fuels


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