2017 EU Process Industry Conference
2017 EU PROCESS INDUSTRY CONFERENCE: A LOOK TO THE FUTURE
The first day of SPIRE’s 2017 EU Process Industry Conference on 19 September took a look to the Future of European Process Industry from a range of perspectives: the European Commission, the Industry itself, and SPIRE cPPP. The debate was enriched by contributions from Rudy de Waele, Futurist and innovation strategist.
In his last presentation as SPIRE Chairman, Klaus Sommer praised SPIRE PPP as an inherently open and highly collaborative initiative that was providing innovation foresight and a route towards the next generation of sustainable process industries. SPIRE looked to reinvent feedstocks, reduce emissions, introduce digital for better monitoring and control, reinvent materials and processes with significant ecological impact down the value chain, and reduce waste to create true circularity in the economy. Clearly SPIRE is well aligned with EU priorities and was now running at full speed.
Daniel Gauthier, SPIRE’s newly elected chairperson, thanked Dr Sommer for guiding SPIRE from a concept into a reality and conceded that it would be a challenge to take SPIRE to the next level. But to help make a better Europe, he thought there was a need to define a new vision and new even more ambitious targets for SPIRE.
In the afternoon, short success stories from 48 SPIRE projects were showcased and illustrated the huge achievements that this first cross-sectorial cPPP has made since its launch at the very end of 2013.
The second and third day (20 and 21 September) were reserved for A.SPIRE members and colleagues from the Commission. On the 20th the focus was on specific topics of interest for future innovation developments by the SPIRE Community and parallel thematic discussions based on ideas from the SPIRE membership, while the 21st was SPIRE’s annual Brokerage event with a focus on the forthcoming 2018-19 Horizon 2020 work programme and calls where there would be some EUR 320 million of public funding available for new SPIRE projects largely aiming at large scale demonstrations, prompting industrial deployment and targeting breakthrough advances across the process industry, through industrial symbiosis, recycling and recovery.
SPIRE has already shown itself to be a worthwhile effort and investment and is a key element in building a sustainable Europe, however the hard work will need to continue until 2020 and beyond: for SPIRE – and the Future EU Process Industry - the best is still to come!
CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS - DAY 1
19 September 2017
A.SPIRE at the mid-term of H2020
- Klaus Sommer, A.SPIRE Chairman
A look to the future framework - the perspective of the European Commission
- Peter Dröll, DG RESEARCH & INNOVATION, European Commission
- Max Lemke, DG CONNECT, European Commission
- Slawomir Tokarski, DG GROW, European Commission
- Peter Wehrheim, DG CLIMATE, ETS Innovation Fund Workshop outcome, European Commission
Process Industries and European Commission Dialogue
- Jurgen Tiedje, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission
- Nicolas Segebarth, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission
- Harri Kulmala, CEO of DIMECC Ltd and member of the High-Level Group on maximizing impact of EU Research & Innovation Programmes
- Daniel Gauthier, Advisor to CEO of Heidelberg Cement
- Adriana Orejas, Downstream Technology Projects Director of REPSOL
Storifying the future of EU Process Industries
Rudy De Waele, Futurist and innovation strategist, keynote speech
- Francois Monnet, Advanced Technologies Director, Solvay and A.SPIRE Board Member
- Klaus Peters, Secretary General, European Steel Technology Platform (ESTEP) and A.SPIRE Vice-President
- Pierre Barthelemy, Executive Director of Research and Innovation, Cefic and A.SPIRE Board Member
Project pitching sessions
In all three sessions the audiences were invited to vote for two awards for a) the presentation that had the best look to the future (which presentations made us dream more?); and b) Creativity: (which presentation had the most creative slide(s)?) The awards were made at the closing cocktail reception.
SESSION 1 covered Modelling and integrated process control and Process Optimisation with moderators Ralph Sievering of BFI and Ane Irazustabarrena from Tecnalia.
- RECOBA - Cross-sectorial real-time sensing, advanced control and optimisation of batch processes saving energy and raw materials
- DISIRE - Integrated Process Control based on Distributed In-Situ Sensors into Raw Material and Energy Feedstock
- CONSENS - Integrated Control and Sensing for Sustainable Operation of Flexible Intensified Processes
- ProPAT - Robust and affordable process control technologies for improving standards and optimising industrial operations
- iCspec - In-line Cascade laser spectrometer for process control
- CoPro - Improved energy and resource efficiency by better coordination of production in the process industries
- Monsoon - MOdel based coNtrol framework for Site-wide OptimizatiON of data-intensive processes
- FUDIPO - Future Directions of Production Planning and Optimized Energy- and Process Industries
- COCOP - Coordinating Optimisation of Complex Industrial Processes
- ADREM - Adaptable Reactors for Resource- and Energy-Efficient Methane Valorisation
- MEMERE - MEthane activation via integrated MEmbrane Reactors
- TERRA - Tandem Electrocatalytic Reactor for Energy Resource Efficiency and Process Intensification
- ROMEO - Reactor Optimisation by Membrane enhanced Operation
- PRINTCR3DIT -Process Intensification through Adaptable Catalytic Reactors made by 3D Printing
- IbD - Intensified by Design® for the intensification of processes involving solids handling
- IMPROOF - Integrated model guided process optimization of steam cracking furnaces
- VULKANO - Novel integrated refurbishment solution as a key path towards creating eco-efficient and competitive furnaces
- DREAM - Design for Resource and Energy efficiency in cerAMic kilns
Five SPIRE projects from this session – CONSENS, PROPAT, RECOBA, DISIRE and iCspec - will be undertaking a joint dissemination workshop entitled ‘Tackling the Future of Plant operation – Jointly towards a Digital Process Industry’ on 13-14 December in Barcelona.
SESSION 2 covered the valorisation of different energy sources and adaptable processes using alternative feedstock and was moderated by Ludo Diels of Vito and Richard Heyn from sintef.
The projects that presented were:
- TASIO - Waste Heat Recovery for Power Valorisation with Organic Rankine Cycle Technology in Energy Intensive Industries
- DRYficiency - Waste Heat Recovery in Industrial Drying Processes
- SUSPIRE - Sustainable Production of Industrial Recovered Energy using energy dissipative and storage technologies
- I-ThERM - Industrial Thermal Energy Recovery Conversion and Management
- CHPM2030 – Combined Heat, power and Metal Extraction
- SOLPART – High Temperature Solar-heated Reactors for Industrial Production of Reactive Particulates
- Mobile Flip - Mobile and Flexible Industrial Processing of Biomass
- MefCO2 - MefCO2 (Methanol fuel from CO2) - Synthesis of methanol from captured carbon dioxide using surplus electricity
- Bio4Products - 4x4, demonstrating a flexible value chain to utilize biomass functionalities in the processing industry
- KARMA2020 - Industrial Feather Waste Valorisation for Sustainable KeRatin based Materials
- REHAP - Systemic approach to Reduce Energy demand and CO2 emissions of processes that transform agroforestry waste into High Added value Products
- CarbonNext - The Next Generation of Carbon for the Process Industry
- FReSMe - From Residual Steel gases to Methanol
SESSION 3 focused on Waste to Resource, Industrial Symbiosis/Water, Business models, and Sustainability Assessment with moderators Mikael Larsson of swerea and Martin Winter from Cefic. The projects that presented were:
- ADIR - Next generation urban mining - Automated disassembly, separation and recovery of valuable materials from electronic equipment
- CABRISS - Implementation of a CirculAr economy Based on Recycled, reused and recovered Indium, Silicon and Silver materials for photovoltaic and other applications
- RESLAG - Turning waste from steel industry into a valuable low cost feedstock for energy intensive industry
- FISSAC - Fostering industrial symbiosis for a sustainable resource intensive industry across the extended construction value chain
- RESYNTEX - A new circular economy concept: from textile waste towards chemical and textile industries feedstock
- ree4eu - Integrated high temperature electrolysis (HTE) and Ion Liquid Extraction (ILE) for a strong and independent European Rare Earth Elements Supply Chain
- SHAREBOX - Secure Management Platform for Shared Process Resources
- SYMBIOPTIMA - Human-mimetic approach to the integrated monitoring, management and optimization of a symbiotic cluster of smart production units
- EPOS - Enhanced energy and resource Efficiency and Performance in process industry Operations via onsite and cross-sectorial Symbiosis
- MAESTRI - Total resource and energy efficiency management system for process industries
- INSPIREWater - Innovative Solutions in the Process Industry for next generation Resource Efficient Water management
- SPOTVIEW - Sustainable Processes and Optimized Technologies for Industrially Efficient Water Usage
- ReWaCEM - Resource recovery from industrial waste water by cutting edge membrane technologies
- STYLE/MEASURE/SAMT - Sustainability Toolkit for easY Life-cycle Evaluation/ Metrics for Sustainability Assessment in European Process Industries /Sustainability assessment methods and tools to support decision-making in the process industries
- INSPIRE - Towards growth for business by flexible processing in customer-driven value chains
The awards were presented at the cocktail reception by Daniel Gautier and Àngels Orduña from SPIRE and Nicolas Segebarth from the Commission. From Session 1 PRINTCR3DIT was selected as most creative and ROMEO as the best presentations, while Session 2 saw Bio4Products acclaimed as most creative and KARMA2020 the best presentation. From Session 3 the triple project presentation on SAMT, MEASURE and STYLE was voted as the most creative and INSPIRE the best.
Presentations of DAY2 and DAY3 are available on the SPIRE Knowledge Platform.