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Process Intensification through Adaptable Catalytic Reactors made by 3D Printing

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.

Coordinator

SINTEF AS

Address

Strindvegen 4
7034 Trondheim

Norway

Activity type

Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 368 656,25

Participants (13)

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ARKEMA FRANCE SA

France

EU Contribution

€ 525 000

Yara International ASA

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 482 445

BIOSYNTHIS

France

EU Contribution

€ 303 750

JOHNSON MATTHEY PLC

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 500 200

SICAT SARL

France

EU Contribution

€ 260 261

ACM ADVANCED CERAMICS MATERIALS GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 145 236

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

LINDE AG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 327 306

ADVANCED MACHINERY & TECHNOLOGY CHEMNITZ GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 611 000

FUNDACION IDONIAL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 388 750

UNIVERSIDADE DO PORTO

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 317 671

USTAV CHEMICKYCH PROCESU AV CR, v. v. i.

Czechia

EU Contribution

€ 260 625

STIFTELSEN SINTEF

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 609 241,75

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 680414

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 October 2015

  • End date

    30 September 2018

Funded under:

H2020-EU.2.1.5.3.

  • Overall budget:

    € 5 493 891

  • EU contribution

    € 5 493 889

Coordinated by:

SINTEF AS

Norway