WP3: Process Efficiency (indirect)

Objectives

  • Enhance¬†energy efficiency in industrial processes by improving process efficiency, i.e. by
    • rethinking processes,
    • implementing the use of new and enhanced materials,
    • enhancing transport phenomena and/or kinetics of physico-chemical transformations,
    • intensifying the process through the design of new equipment,
    • improving modelling tools and their application to process optimization.
  • Carry out fundamental research and transfer its achievements into processes and applications in three technology domains, namely microscale technology, separation process technology and process intensification.

Innovation Potential

The potential of the technologies on which WP3 focuses is extremely high, particularly because it enhances process efficiency through energy efficiency and vice versa. Microtechnology for continuous processes is the new frontier in the pharma sector. The researchers involved in this area may certainly reach a break through.

CO2 capture for further utilization or storage is a technology which must be deployed if the climate change issue is to be taken seriously, as the Paris Agreement demands us to do. Due to its rather limited use, innovation potential is still very significant, and potential for improving efficiency is huge.

Transferring the results and methods of microtechnology science and engineering to new materials, surfaces, structures that can enhance mass and heat transfer is the right thing to do today, especially considering how this domain of science has grown in the recent past and the opportunities it presents in terms of transport phenomena within all processes of industries mentioned above.

Modules

The research activities within this work package are structured into three modules:

  1. Microscale technology
  2. Enhanced separations
  3. Intensified processes

Research Partners

ETH Zurich

  • Transport Processes and Reactions Laboratory
  • Separation Processes Laboratory
  • Laboratory of Thermodynamics in Emerging Technologies

EPFL

  • Laboratory for Functional Inorganic Materials
  • Laboratory of Advanced Separations