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PROcessing Diluted Aqueous Systems

Objective

The use of renewable resources in the process industries is socially desirable and a market pull for products has started to develop in recent years, but renewable products have to compete with identical or similar-in-application products based on fossil raw materials in terms of quality and production cost. One of the main reasons for currently higher production costs of products based on renewable resources is that the production routes involve processing complex dilute aqueous solutions from which the desired products have to be separated during downstream processing. Consequently, a major challenge the process industry is facing, is the development of cost- and energy-efficient water removal and product-recovery techniques. Today downstream processes for products based on renewable resources are often developed using methods from the petrochemical area being insufficiently adapted to the new applications. A re-thinking of downstream process development and the development of suitable methodologies for a fast-track development of tailored downstream processes as well as the optimisation of separation technologies are urgently needed in order to unlock the potential of the renewable-based product market for the European process industry.
PRODIAS addresses this challenge by developing and implementing:
- a toolbox of highly innovative, cost-effective and renewable-tailored separation technologies; single technologies and/or hybrid systems
- novel, optimized apparatus and machinery to enable for and host the developed technologies
- in combination with an integrated design approach for the fast-track selection of appropriate technologies.
The main advantages of the PRODIAS toolbox and integrated design approach for processes based on renewable resources are
- significantly decreased production cost
- increased productivity and efficiency
- faster process development and commercialization
- significantly lower energy consumption leading to less CO2 emmissions.

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

€ 2 820 545,88

Participants (9)

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CARGILL HAUBOURDIN SAS

France

EU Contribution

€ 260 846,61

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET KAISERSLAUTERN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 758 468,75

IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 753 305

ALFA LAVAL TUMBA AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 1 077 746,25

GEA NIRO PT BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 1 121 006,25

PROPHARMA GROUP THE NETHERLANDS BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 1 180 960,02

UPM-KYMMENE OYJ

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 638 225

ENVI-PLAN INGENIEURGESELLSCHAFT MBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 390 687,50

CARGILL R&D CENTRE EUROPE

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 991 217,14

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 637077

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 January 2015

  • End date

    31 December 2018

Funded under:

H2020-EU.2.1.5.3.

  • Overall budget:

    € 13 627 823,25

  • EU contribution

    € 9 993 008,40

Coordinated by:

BASF SE

Germany