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Evolutionary control technology for sustainable thermal processes (ECOTHERM)

Objective

Optimisation of the process control of a solid waste incinerator can contribute to minimize the emissions (CO, NOx, CO2) , to maximize the waste throughput and to reduce the waste processing costs of the plant. This project has the objectives to design, develop and test new advanced control concepts for waste incinerators based upon new intelligent sensors. The main problem of controlling a waste incinerator is the continually changing waste composition. In this project a recent developed on-line sensor for the calorific value of the waste will be used. This sensor will be combined with an optical sensor in a total control concept. Two approaches will be followed to develop the new control concepts: one based on first principles (short-term) and the other on genetic-evolution principles (long-term). A prototype which merges these concepts into an optimal control concept will be built and tested at two plants in Europe.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

NETHERLANDS ORGANISATION FOR APPLIED SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH - TNO
Address
Laan Van Westenenk 501
7300 AH Apeldoorn
Netherlands

Participants (6)

AVR BEDRIJVEN N.V.
Netherlands
Address
Prof. Gerbandijweg 10
3180 AC Rozenburg
AZIENDA GAS ENERGIA AMBIENTE S.P.A.
Italy
Address
Via Cesare Diana 40
44044 Cassata Porotto
CS SYSTÈMES D'INFORMATION S.A.
France
Address
Technopole La Robole - 200 Rue Pierre Duhem
13799 Aix En Provence
INSTITUTO SUPERIOR TECNICO
Portugal
Address
Avenida Rovisco Pais, Pav. Mecanica 1-2°
1049-001 Lisboa
IRRADIARE, INVESTIGACAO E DESENVOLVIMENTO EM ENGENHARIA E AMBIENTE LDA.
Portugal
Address
4,Nucleo Central 238, Taguspark
2780-920 Porto Salvo
ITALIAN AGENCY FOR NEW TECHNOLOGY, ENERGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT
Italy
Address
Via Anguillarese 301
00060 Capena