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Process Intensification through Adaptable Catalytic Reactors made by 3D Printing

Objective

Catalytic reactors account for production of 90% of chemicals we use in everyday life. To achieve the decarbonisation of European economy and comply with the 20-20-20 target, resource utilization and energy efficiency will play a major role in all industrial processes.
The concept of PRINTCR3DIT is to employ 3D printing to boost process intensification in the chemical industries by adapting reactors and structured catalysts to the requirements of the reaction. This manufacturing technique is particularly useful in reactions where diffusion, mixing and/or heat transfer are limitations against reaching higher performance. The utilization of the concept of 3D printing will also reduce the resource utilization of reactor and catalyst manufacture, energy consumed (< 15%) and transportation.
The rationale of using 3D printing will follow a generic and systematic structure for implementation.
The methodology will be applied to three markets of fine chemicals, specialty chemicals and fertilizers, ranging from few tons to millions of tons of production per year. This demonstrates the enormous versatility of 3D printing for reactor and catalyst designs that cannot be improved with traditional building and design tools. For all these processes, the challenges to be solved are thermal management, innovative reactor design and flow distribution. These examples will provide realistic data in different markets to delineate business case scenarios with the options of new integrated plants or retrofitting for large-scale applications.
Application of cutting-edge 3D printing to catalytic reactors will foster higher productivity, a more competitive industrial sector and higher value jobs in Europe - keeping leadership in such a challenging arena. PRINTCR3DIT is a joint effort between world-leading industries (4), innovative SMEs (4), R&D institutes (4) and a university that aim to accelerate deployment of a set of products to the market.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /engineering and technology/mechanical engineering/manufacturing engineering/additive manufacturing
  • /social sciences/economics and business
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/waste management/energy efficiency
  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/production economics/productivity

Call for proposal

H2020-SPIRE-2015
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

SINTEF AS
Address
Strindvegen 4
7034 Trondheim
Norway
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 368 656,25

Participants (13)

ARKEMA FRANCE SA
France
EU contribution
€ 525 000
Address
Rue Estienne D Orves
92700 Colombes
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Yara International ASA
Norway
EU contribution
€ 482 445
Address
Drammensveien 131
0277 Oslo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
BIOSYNTHIS
France
EU contribution
€ 303 750
Address
Rue De Foisnard 4 Bis
91400 Saint Cyr Sous Dourdan
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
JOHNSON MATTHEY PLC
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 500 200
Address
Farringdon Street 25 5Th Floor
EC4A 4AB London
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SICAT SARL
France
EU contribution
€ 260 261
Address
Square Edouard Vii 17
75009 Paris
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ACM ADVANCED CERAMICS MATERIALS GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 145 236
Address
Industriestrasse B 310
77731 Willstatt
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ASSOCIATION POUR LE DEVELOPPEMENT DE L'ENSEIGNEMENT ET DES RECHERCHES AUPRES DES UNIVERSITES, DES CENTRES DE RECHERCHE ET DES ENTREPRISES D'AQUITAINE
France
EU contribution
€ 393 747
Address
Avenue Du Docteur Albert Schweitzer - Centre Condorcet 162
33608 Pessac
Activity type
Research Organisations
LINDE GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 327 306
Address
Dr.-carl-von-linde-str. 6-14
82049 Pullach I.isartal
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ADVANCED MACHINERY & TECHNOLOGY CHEMNITZ GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 611 000
Address
Annaberger Straße 240
09125 Chemnitz
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
FUNDACION IDONIAL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 388 750
Address
Avenida Jardin Botanico 1345 Parque Cientifico Y Tecnologico Zona Intra
33203 Gijon
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSIDADE DO PORTO
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 317 671
Address
Praca Gomes Teixeira
4099 002 Porto
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
USTAV CHEMICKYCH PROCESU AV CR, v. v. i.
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 260 625
Address
Rozvojova 135
165 02 Praha 6
Activity type
Research Organisations
STIFTELSEN SINTEF

Participation ended

Norway
EU contribution
€ 609 241,75
Address
Strindveien 4
7034 Trondheim
Activity type
Research Organisations