DREAM Technology Case Study: CHP unit
The use of a Combined Heat and Power (CHP) unit has proved to be an effective solution for increasing the overall energy efficiency. The CHP unit can generate part of the electricity needed to supply the electric kiln appliances (fans, motors etc.) whilst the heat of its exhausts is recycled to the sprydrier or any of the thermal machines installed along the production line, in function of the cost/benefit ratio achievable. The integration of a CHP unit is an interesting option for those...
DREAM Technology Case Study: Heat Pipe Solutions
Heat-pipe technology is fostering a new generation of low-energy, low-emissions kilns. Heat pipes transfer waste heat from from the cooling stage, to be re-used for the drier, supplied to the kiln’s combustion system as combustion air or as a heat source for factory heating. Heat pipe technology is money-saving, clean and with lower carbon emissions from burning less fossil fuel. Therefore, it reduces the overall carbon footprint of the factory. As a result, it generates profit, giving the...
DREAM: CFD Simulations of Kilns
Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulations have been demonstrated as efficient tools for the investigation of different design solutions for the kiln's components. The analysis helped to improve the energy efficiency and thus the fuel consumption and the corresponding carbon dioxide emissions of an industrial ceramic kiln. The generated model is able to predict accurately the temperature distribution along the different modules of the kiln and the operation of the many natural gas...
DREAM: Methodology for Market Replication
According to the EU Commission, a ‘market replication’ assessment aims to support the first application/deployment in the market of an innovation that has already been demonstrated but not yet applied/deployed in the market due to market failures/barriers to uptake.
Market Replication aims to:Develop a comprehensive feasibility study on a project technologies transferability to other process industries Raising interest among other process industries stakeholders Develop a...
SHAREBOX - Agent Based Modelling (ABM) based Industrial Symbiosis (IS) network design
The research contributions presented in this document focus on (1) allocation of operational costs among firms involved in Industrial Symbiotic Relations (ISRs) and (2) incentive allocation to enable fair and stable implementation of Industrial Symbiotic Networks (ISNs). We model such relations as cooperative games and show the implementability in (one-to-one) ISRs. Then, for (many-to-many) ISNs, we show the cases in which monetary incentives are required and provide a practical multi-agent...
SHAREBOX - Public Policies creating barriers to the Circular Economy/Policies to improve incentives for Circular Economy in Europe
The Council of the European Union has adoptedin June 2016 the following Conclusion on the action plan for a circular economy:“CONSIDERS the active involvement of the private sector and other stakeholders across Europe and at the global level a key element for a successful and more effective transition towards a Circular Economy; ENCOURAGES the EU and the Member States, at all levels of government, to actively engage the private sector to promote cooperation, innovation and industrial...
SHAREBOX - On-site validation and impact assessment of field trials with real industrial conditions
This document describes the results obtained applying Life Cycle Assessment methodology to quantify benefits regarding primary energy consumption and mineral resource use in agreement with the SPIRE objectives“reduction in fossil energy intensity” and “reduction innon-renewable primary raw material input”as complementary indicator to greenhouse gas emissions.
ProPAT - Conference Proceedings
Open access Publications
ProPAT - Dissemination Flyer
ProPAT- Making the process analytical technology (PAT) initiative a reality for the European process industries through integrated process control.
ProPAT - Poster Data Fusion Strategies for NIR-Based Batch Process Ccontrol and end-point detection
Data fusion strategies for Multivariate Statistical Process Control (MSPC) combining diverse NIR-derived information or with other sensors were explored through real process examples.
IbD - Case Study 5 Process Intensification applied at Solid Reagents
The following case study is linked to industrial process intensification of flow systems. However, traditional (single-tube) plug-flow reactors have a critical downside, being the small residence time distributions for reactions requiring fast turbulent flows for good mixing. This limitation is particularly true for reactions involving solids, as plug flow reactors generally do not have the capacity to pump at speeds to keep solids suspended, leading to sedimentation and fouling at inlets/...
IbD - Case Study 4 Process Intensification applied at Pharmaceutical Processing
The case study concerns drying of a wet granulated material including a binder solution (purified water + povidone), that is currently dried in a multi-stage vibrating fluid bed dryer (Heinen).