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Sustainable Measures for Industrial Laundry Expansion Strategies: SMART LAUNDRY-2015

Objective

The EU-27 industrial laundry sector, with 11.000 establishments (more than 90% SMEs), washes 2,7 billion kg of soiled textiles per year (wet weight) employing 168.000 workers and utilizing 42 million m3 of wash water and 60 PJ of energy per year. It generates similar quantities of waste water, to be treated, and substantial CO2 emissions (3,8 million tons CO2/year). The annual turnover of the sector is 5,1 billion euro, which can be doubled if all disposable textile articles were replaced by environmentally friendly reusable items. Focused and coordinated research to develop and improve innovative technologies can greatly enhance the performance of the sector. The conventional laundry processes are characterized by large enthalpy destructions and resource inefficiencies. It is the purpose of the project to design the SMART LAUNDRY-2015 through research, further development and adaptation of 16 key technologies (combined for green sites or individual for existing plant augmentation). These include water reduction, energy savings, green fuel substitutions for CO2 reductions, new energy systems and improved sequencing of the processes, greater textile hyiene. Full implementation of the SMART LAUNDRY-2015 will reduce the annual water consumptions by at least 10,4 million m3 (30%), the energy consumptions by 27,5 PJ (45%) and the overall CO2 emissions by 2,3 million tons CO2 per year (60% reduction) at 100% market penetration in the year 2015. Improved laundry services with the 16 key technologies and practices will enhance reusable textiles and reduce the throwaways and disposables by 20%. The 16 key technologies will be investigated at pilot scale level and subsequently integrated in a unified design. A parallel benchmarking and innovation monitoring will validate both the actual energy demand and the potential of energy savings of the future innovations. Future economic gains from SMILES are projected at 1020 million EUR in the next 10 years. An important component of project SMILES is the educational effort and training of key staff members and hand-on workers to assist in the introduction of the Smart Laundry-2015. The project also encompasses the writing, production and dissemination of key materials by a special website (smartlaundry2015.com) to national associations and to all SMEs in the sector. Finally the resource reductions are assured by an automated energy management system controlling and monitoring input and output savings. SMILES has 6 WPs: WP1 Water reduction, WP2 Energy/CO2 reduction, WP3 Chemicals reduction, WP4 Quality improvement/Risk analysis, WP5 Integration/Transfer and WP6 Project management. The project has a well-planned management structure for the cooperation between 5 SME-AGs, 2 SMEs and 8 RTDs from 7 EU countries.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/textiles
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/water treatment processes/wastewater treatment processes

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2007-2
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME-AG - Research for SME associations/groupings

Coordinator

Federatie van de Belgische Textielverzorging
Address
Brusselsesteenweg 478
B-1731 Zellik
Belgium
Activity type
Other
EU contribution
€ 657 345,11
Administrative Contact
Maarten Van Severen (Mr.)

Participants (15)

UNION DES RESPONSABLES DE BLANCHISSERIES HOSPITALIERES - U.R.B.H.*
France
EU contribution
€ 374 999,15
Address
Avenue Leon Blum
60021 Beauvais
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Thierry Desenzani (Mr.)
STOWARZYSZENIE PRALNIKOW POLSKICH
Poland
EU contribution
€ 120 711,29
Address
Ul.s Banacha 1A
02 097 Warsaw
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Cecylia Wyszomierska Matczak (Ms.)
OBRTNO-PODJETNISKA ZBORNICA SLOVENIJE
Slovenia
EU contribution
€ 369 188,07
Address
Celovska Cesta 71
1000 Ljubljana
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Dusan Krajnik (Mr.)
CROATIAN CHAMBER OF ECONOMY CCE
Croatia
EU contribution
€ 274 290
Address
Rooseveltov Trg 2
10000 Zagreb
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Dijana Varlec (Ms.)
Hogeschool Gent
Belgium
Address
Kortrijksesteenweg 14
9000 Gent
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Tom Meyvis (Dr.)
Schieke Consultancy BVBA

Participation ended

Belgium
Address
Augustijnenlaan 82
2200 Herentals
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Edmond Schieke (Mr.)
CENTRE TECHNIQUE DE LA TEINTURE ET DU NETTOYAGE - INSTITUT DE RECHERCHE SUR L'ENTRETIEN ET LE NETTOYAGE

Participation ended

France
Address
Avenue Guy De Collongue
69130 Ecully
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Frederic Pagerey (Mr.)
WFK FORSCHUNGSINSTITUT FUR REINIGUNGSTECHNOLOGIE AN DER FACHHOCHSCHULENIEDERRHEIN EV
Germany
Address
Campus Fiechtenhain 11
47807 Krefeld
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Juergen Bohnen (Dr.)
UNIVERZA V MARIBORU
Slovenia
Address
Slomskov Trg 15
2000 Maribor
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Dragica Hauptman (Ms.)
SVEUCILISTE U ZAGREBU TEKSTILNO-TEHNOLOSKI FAKULTET SVEUC
Croatia
Address
Prilaz Baruna Filipovica 28A
10 000 Zagreb
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Milica Rihtarec (Ms.)
PROMIKRON BV
Netherlands
Address
Gerbrandylaan 29
2625 LP Delft
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Foppe De Walle (Prof.)
VOF STOMERIJ ZEEKANT
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 369 969,58
Address
Bamestraweg 17
1462 VM Middenbeemster
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Stefan Zeekant (Mr.)
Chemische Fabrik Kreussler & Co GmbH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 209 496,80
Address
Rhiengaustrasse 87-93
65203 Weisbaden
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Helmut Eigen (Dr.)
ACT BV
Netherlands
Address
Franekerhoeve 46
3137 GC Vlaardingen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Walther Den Otter (Mr.)
BD VASK AS
Denmark
Address
Carl Pedersens Alle 1-3
8850 Bjerringbro
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Oerum Peter (Mr.)