Creation of new value chain relations through novel approaches facilitating long-term industrial symbiosis

In the following video, the key figures and data about the CORALIS project and its benefits for energy-intesive industries are described:


Overall approach

The EU-funded CORALIS project is a demonstration project designed for the execution of real initiatives for industrial symbiosis. Industrial Symbiosis (IS) is becoming increasingly a necessity due to its high potential for energy and resources saving. However, further knowledge in the implementation and operation of IS options is needed. CORALIS will focus to set the right conditions for sustainable operation of the implemented actions to close these gaps of missing knowledge. The following factors are addressed within the scope of the project to develop an IS readiness level concept (see Figure below):

  1. Technological factors: Decarbonization of industrial areas, transition to circular economy
  2. Managerial factors: Tools and procedures
  3. Economic factors: Business models

The main objective of CORALIS is to create pathways for the decarbonization of resource and energy intensive sector value chains through the implementation of viable industrial symbiosis approaches. New business and management strategies will be combined with innovative technology-based enablers. CORALIS will deliver a harmonised framework for the monitoring of results and evaluation of their impact from a life cycle perspective, implemented into a virtual assessment platform. 



The overall approach of CORALIS will be demonstrated in a total of 3 industrial parks (Escombreras, Spain – chemical, minerals, water; Höganäs, Sweden – metals, farming, energy; Brescia, Italy – steel and cast iron, aluminium). Moreover, 3 additional industrial parks will follow the project results to replicate them by implementing additional IS initiatives after the project’s end. One of them is located in Linz with voestalpine and Borealis as industrial partners as well as K1-MET and Energieinstitut an der JKU as scientific partners, focusing on IS approaches based on renewable energies and hydrogen. 
The project will start with a deeper understanding on the preconditions that facilitate or hinder the implementation of IS (e.g. definition of enablers that will facilitate IS approaches, development of tools to support technical management of processes, improvement of management and communication mechanisms as well as new business models).
The design, development and engineering of the technology enabling the IS will be followed by their commissioning and demonstration under real conditions. CORALIS will support the mobilization of local and regional stakeholders with the final aim of elaborating an action plan to guide technical implementations. Lessons learnt and an inventory of successful cases will be provided, complemented by an impact calculation including a life cycle approach and a final monitoring strategy.


Project runtime:

2020-10-01 to 2024-09-30 (48 months)

Funding scheme:

H2020-LOW-CARBON-INDUSTRIES / CE-SPIRE-01-2020 Innovation Action

The project CORALIS receives funding from the European Union`s Horizon 2020 framework programme - Sustainable, resource-efficient and low-carbon technologies in energy-intensive process industries (Grant agreement No. 958337).

Project consortium:

Starting with the project coordination, the consortium is composed as follows: