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Cross-sectorial real-time sensing, advanced control and optimisation of batch processes saving energy and raw materials

Objective

In many aspects batch processes are superior to continuous. Therefore it is worthwhile to take advantage of recent progress in sensor technologies, modelling and automation to develop a new paradigm for the design and conduction of batch processes: a) operation at maximum efficiency, b) dynamic, quality driven process trajectories rather than fixed schedules c) detailed analysis and tracking of all relevant process and product parameter. The main objective of the proposed project is the maximization of efficiency (reg. quality, energy, raw materials, and costs) of batch processes.
Integrated process control is essential for an efficient operation of industrial batch processes: it tracks the evolution of product properties, detects deviations from the target values for product quality and derives corrective actions at a stage when an automatic compensation of deviations from an optimal trajectory is still possible. This contributes to optimal energy and raw material utilisation, shortens production time and enhanced the product quality.
With the ambition to deliver solutions with relevance to all sectors of the process industries, the RECOBA consortium represents a selection of batch processes operating industries and partners across the value chain of batch process control, among them 3 global players from the polymer industry (BASF), the steel industry (TKSE), and the silicon metal industry (ELKEM).
Within RECOBA there will be developed and validated:
(1) new & innovative solutions for the measurement of different types of quality aspects,
(2) new models to realise integrated process control of batch processes & suitable online parameter adaptation technologies to keep these models valid,
(3) control modules to realise concepts for real-time, model based & closed loop process control, which are easily adaptable to existing batch processes in various industrial sectors,
(4) business models to approach relevant industrial sectors for a future market entry.

Call for proposal

H2020-SPIRE-2014
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

BASF SE
Address
Carl Bosch Strasse 38
67063 Ludwigshafen Am Rhein
Germany
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 799 648,75

Participants (9)

THYSSENKRUPP STEEL EUROPE AG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 449 738,75
Address
Kaiser Wilhelm Strasse 100
47166 Duisburg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ELKEM AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 610 397,50
Address
Drammensveien 169
0277 Oslo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
THE CHANCELLOR MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 888 270
Address
Trinity Lane The Old Schools
CB2 1TN Cambridge
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
RHEINISCH-WESTFAELISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE AACHEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 401 250
Address
Templergraben 55
52062 Aachen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
VYSOKA SKOLA CHEMICKO-TECHNOLOGICKA V PRAZE
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 468 028,75
Address
Technicka 5
166 28 Praha
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSIDAD DEL PAIS VASCO/ EUSKAL HERRIKO UNIBERTSITATEA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 505 170
Address
Barrio Sarriena S N
48940 Leioa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
VDEH-BETRIEBSFORSCHUNGSINSTITUT GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 749 307,50
Address
Sohnstrasse 65
40237 Dusseldorf
Activity type
Research Organisations
CYBERNETICA AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 714 012,50
Address
Leirfossveien 27
7038 Trondheim
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
MINKON SP ZOO
Poland
EU contribution
€ 413 522,50
Address
Ul. Nakielska 42/44
42 600 Tarnowskie Gory
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)