ECHO consortium meeting in Finland

On July 12-13, 2022, a meeting of ECHO project consortium took place at Radalla Resort in Finland. The main purpose of the kick-off meeting was to discuss the action strategy and work out an agreement between the members of the project on personal tasks of partners and collaboration between them. 

The participants of the event were LEKATECH, KGHM Polska Miedź S.A., MNLT Innovations P.C., ISMC and Wroclaw University of Science and Technology.

The first day of the meeting on July 12 started with a welcome coffee at Radalla Clubhouse. LEKATECH officially opened the event at 9:00 a.m., presenting the program and schedule. Then the participants were transported from Radalla to Lekatech’s premises. During this trip, participants visited the Lekatech headquarter with workshop and met the Lekatech team. Moreover, an electric hammer was demonstrated, a pilot version was introduced and a factory test facility was visited. 

At 1:00 p.m., KGHM gave a 30-minute speech at which a presentation on the current status and main requirements was presented. Subsequently, ISMC and WUST discussed the Communication and Dissemination Strategy. They showed a presentation of main finding of C&D strategy deliverable and catalogue of communication.

At 2 p.m. there were at 2 workshops with breakout sessions. The first concerned the pilot requirements of KGHM. The aim was to create a common understanding of the technical, functional and other relevant requirements for LEH pilotage in Poland. The second was about implementing a communication and dissemination strategy. The goals were: create a roadmap and select relevant dissemination events (both academic as well for industrial customers) and also create a hands-on plan to address KPIs and milestones in regard to C&D. At the end of the workshops, each group leader presented the main conclusions reached in the discussion.

The official part of the meeting ended at 4:30 PM. After that partisipants had the oportunity to intergrate during the evening using the log cabin sauna, swimming pools and other amenities offered by Radalla Resort.

The second day of the consortium meeting began at 9:00 with a speech by Lekatech and MNLT. They presented an overview of the main points about the Quality Assurance Handbook and the Risk Management Plan. 

After an hour’s speech, it was time for a market research workshop. The aim of the course was to better understand the market requirements and define the roles in market research and GTM tasks. The workshop was divided into two parts. The first part was brainstorming and market intelligence sources definition among the consortium members. The second part of the workshop focused on collecting and discussing available market information from members: commercial and other (regulatory, social, environmental, political, economic, technological). 

Evaluation tools and methods were discussed in the next part of the meeting. Methods and tools for data collection were defined, the technique of using the tools and methods of the pilot evaluation was defined, and methods for analysing the obtained results were also specified.

At 14:00 MNLT showed the presentation on the approach of LCA. Among other things, it presents what activities will be carried out and how to measure and validate the results.

The project management meeting started at 15:00. The status and future plans for the ECHO project were discussed. The results so far have been reviewed and activities planned for the coming period.

The official event ended at 4 p.m. At the end of the ECHO consortium meeting, it was possible to take part in the attractions offered by Radalla Resort, such as nature trail, golfing, public beach, paddle boarding, fishing.

We would like to thank the LekaTech team for their hospitality and organization of fruitful workshop.