The aim of SSOP project is to construct a demo plant of our innovative sludge to oil transformation process for demonstrating our potential customers its benefits and impact. It is worthy to note that the capacity of an average full scale sludge treatment installation is around 1,600kg/h and that tour demo will have only 40 kg/h treatment capacity. In this sense, our demo plant will only be used for demonstration purposes and it will not be exploited beyond the project.

Considering the knowledge and expertise of the 4 industrial partners - Rimon, Tridacna, STELA and Beta - and the necessary technical and commercial activities to move from TRL6 to industrial readiness (TRL9), the Consortium partners, led by Rimon (Project Coordinator), have thoroughly elaborated a Work Plan.

The implementation of the SSOP project will be based on the following Work Plan schedule. Each WP will have a defined set of objectives, and a time limit for achieving these. These are known as Deliverables. Apart from this, each WP will have a designated person (or persons) who will be responsible for achieving the work target.

The SSOP project will be distributed into 7 Work Packages (WPs) with a 30-month duration. The activities have been divided into three categories: 1/Technical; 2/Commercialization, Dissemination and Communication; and 3/General Project Management. The technical activities have been further divided into 5 work packages (WPs1-5), depending on their ultimate objective.

As part of this methodology, a PERT and a GANTT diagram are provided in the following pages, showing the timeframe for the activities planned and the logical relationship among them.

In this section we also present a description of the work packages (Table 3.1a),

a list of work packages (Table 3.1b) and a list of major

deliverables (Table 3.1c).


→ WP1: This first WP is devoted to the detail design of the SSOP plant

and is projected to have 6 months’ duration. The output of this WP will be

the detailed engineering project including the P&ID design, isometric

drawings, technical spec sheets of the valves and fittings (type, pressure,

temperature, etc.) and the technical sheets of the equipment (pumps,

reactors, etc.), operation and maintenance manuals, the hazard and operation

study (HAZOP) and the bill of materials.

→ WP2:  This WP is focused on developing a sludge drying unit able to dry

180 kg/h of sludge containing 20% solids up to 90% solids content (in other words, the drier will remove 140 Kg/h of water). This WP comprises design, construction commissioning and validation of this operation unit and the output will be the drier to be installed in the pilot plant during WP3.

→ WP3: Using the outputs of WP1 (detailed project) and WP2 (sludge drier), we will assemble the pilot plant at Beta’s facilities and test the interaction between the components (dry testing). The output of this WP will be the fully assembled plant.

→ WP4: We will test the plant under real conditions and adjust the operation conditions to reach 40 kg/h of sludge treated and obtaining 51% bio-oil.

→ WP5: In this WP we will characterize the bio-crude obtained as a result of SSOP process. The output will be the characteristic (physic and chemical) of the fuel and its performance on engines and boilers. Since there are not standards for bio-oil characterization, we will propose a set of testing to assess the quality of bio-oil with comparative purposes.

→ WP6: We will prepare and implement the exploitation actions (marketing strategy, search for commercial agreements, technology watch, IP management), dissemination channels and communication measures to maximize the awareness of our new technology.

→ WP7: Management of the financial, contractual and administrative tasks, along with the supervision of the work progress, the subcontracted work, the risks and the communication with the EASME representative.

Caesarea, Israel