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As outlined in the Roadmap of the EU's SPIRE PPP (Sustainable Process Industry through Resource and Energy Efficiency), "the European process industry represents the roots of the European economy by transforming raw materials into intermediate and end-user products".
What all sectors of the process industry have in common is that they are highly dependent on resources (such as energy, raw materials and water) for their production. As a consequence, the process industry is striving for long-term sustainability and efficiency in order to ensure competitiveness.
The SPIRE Roadmap lists a number of concrete ambitions for the European process industry such as the reduction of fossil energy intensity e.g. through the introduction of novel energy-saving processes and the reduction of non- renewable, primary raw material intensity e.g. through increasing the use of renewable raw materials. These ambitions set the background for the PRODIAS project, which aims at providing new cost- and energy efficient downstream-processes to facilitate a competitive use of renewable feedstocks in the process industry.
A main challenge the process industry is facing today in introducing renewable raw material into their value chains, is the development of cost- and energy-efficient water removal and product-recovery techniques. In order to unlock the potential of the renewable-based product market for the European process industry, a re-thinking of downstream process development and the development of suitable methodologies for fast-track development of tailored downstream processes as well as the optimization of separation technologies are urgently needed.
Objectives of PRODIAS:
• PRODIAS perfectly addresses this challenge by developing and implementing:
1. a toolbox of highly innovative, cost-effective and “renewable-tailored” separation technologies;
single technologies and/or hybrid systems
2. novel, optimized apparatus and machinery to enable and host the developed technologies
3. in combination with an integrated design approach for the fast-track selection of appropriate technologies.
• Thereby, PRODIAS enables the process industry to scale-up and commercialize renewable-based processes.
WP1 Getting started
Specifying starting conditions and boundaries for all tasks in the project
WP2 (INEMOS) Integrating Experiments, Modelling and Simulation
Development of a framework that integrates experiments, modelling, and simulation in downstream processing of dilute complex aqueous mixtures.
WP3 (LESSY) Low Energy Separation Systems
Lowering Energy consumption of known concentration and separation processes.
WP4 (SelSEPS) Selective separation technologies
Adaption and optimization of selective separation technologies for renewable-based applications.
WP5 (Tuneaction) Tuning reaction to facilitate smart downstream processing
Increasing the efficiency of the reaction systems, tuning and optimizing the reaction system to facilitate smart down streaming.
WP6 (HySys) Development of hybrid systems
Achieving increased overall system performance by combining performance optima.
WP7 (DemoSys) Demonstration plants for optimized systems
Demonstrating performance of developed novel apparatus / machinery / hybrid units and technologies for optimized systems.
WP8 Integral Design Approach
Fast-track process design. Based on specific decision criteria.
WP9 Management of the Project
Efficient and effective financial and administrative management of the PRODIAS project
WP10 Dissemination & Exploitation of Results
Ensure that the exploitation plan is updated and enforced, and that dissemination of information is carried out according to plans.
Under the consortial leadership of BASF, the partners Cargill R & DCentre Europe, Belgium; University of Kaiserslautern, Germany; Imperial College London, Great Britain; Alfa Laval, Sweden; GEA Messo PT, the Netherlands; Xendo, the Netherlands; UPM, Finland and Enviplan, Germany will collaborate to develop cost and energy-efficient technologies for water purification, removal and product-recovery needed to support downstream processing in white biotechnology.
In order to realize the overall goal the following key deliverables are defined for PRODIAS:
1. Optimization and further development of single technologies incl. apparatus
2. Tuning of up-stream process in order to facilitate the downstream processing.
3. Development of hybrid combinations of complementary single technologies incl. apparatus in order to achieve cost-effectiveness and improved performance.
4. Demonstration of technologies in industrially appropriate environments of the three application areas represented in the PRODIAS project
5. Process characterization to identify the key physical property data required for the design and operation of the technologies.
6. Development and validation of integrated design approach, incl. algorithm
PRODIAS 2nd Public Presentation
PRODIAS 2nd public presentation, named: "Developing resource and energy-efficient methods and technologies to boost competitiveness of European Industry"
provides an insight into the project after 18 month running time.
PRODIAS 1st project poster is published with information to the overall project setup and goals.
PRODIAS 1st public presentation, named: "Paving the way to successfully process diluted aqueous systems" was published providing
an overview to the project set up and goals
25 March 2015
PRODIAS Project start Press Release was published on 18 th of march 2015
Project PRODIAS is coordinated through:
Michael Helmut Kopf BASF SE,
CARL BOSCH STRASSE 38,
LUDWIGSHAFEN AM RHEIN
For further information, please contact
PRODIAS Exploitation & Dissemination Manager