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Waste utilisation in phosphoric acid industry through the development of ecologically sustainable and environmentally friendly processes for a wide class of phosphorus-containing products

Final Report Summary - ECOPHOS (Waste utilisation in phosphoric acid industry through the development of ecologically sustainable and environmentally friendly processes ?)

Project ECOPHOS involved the development of a new research and innovation strategy for the waste minimisation and utilisation in the phosphoric acid industry. The main aim was the development of ecologically sustainable, environmentally friendly, resource and energy saving industrial process technology for the production of a wide-class of phosphorous-containing substances. The project focuses on new technologies for:
(a) the production of useful phosphorous salts (fodder, food and pharmaceutical phosphates), phosphorous acid and phosphates in a cost efficient and ecologically sustainable way,
(b) the improvement of existing methods in the phosphoric acid production for the drastic minimisation of waste,
(c) the utilisation and processing of industrial solid waste from the production of phosphoric acid, and
(d) the production of a new generation of phosphoric fertilisers.
Mathematical models and computer-aided process engineering tools guarantee the efficient and sustainable operation of the production systems with key objectives the reduction of cost, waste and energy. The new technological advancements were accommodated in an information system for easy access and utilisation. The newly developed production systems was classified with respect to both the waste properties and the environmental and sustainability potentials. An expert system can assist the user to select the appropriate production scheme according to the needs and particular specification.

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