Needs for strategic R & D in support of improved energy efficiency in the processing industries : views of research experts
Interviews have been conducted, in universities and research institutes, with 42 leading experts who are at the forefront of research in the priority fields identified. Through these interviews, it has been possible to define more precisely what pre-competitive research needs to be done in each of these fields, what the main application areas and energy efficiency benefits are likely to be, and what the strength of Europe's current research position is in these fields compared to other parts of the world. In all the areas surveyed there are many opportunities for strategic R&D which is likely to lead to improved energy efficiency and consequential pollution abatement in the processing industries. These include: - Chemical Reactors: novel reactors with lower energy consumption than conventional reactors, and improved models for hydrocarbon cracking furnaces and multi-phase reactors to facilitate design and operation for maximum efficiency. - Lower energy separation processes: selective absorption, melt crystallization, supercritical extraction and liquid-liquid extraction. - Furnaces, kilns and ovens: advanced 3-D modelling of fluid dynamics, heat and mass transfer and chemical reactions, and development and testing of novel equipment concepts.
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 11920 EN (1989)
ISBN: ISBN 92-825-9231-6;CD-NA-
Record Number: 198910070 / Last updated on: 1994-12-01
Original language: en
Available languages: en