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INTEGRATED MODEL GUIDED PROCESS OPTIMIZATION OF STEAM CRACKING FURNACES

Objective

The objective of the project IMPROOF is to drastically improve the energy efficiency of steam cracking furnaces by at least 20%, in a cost effective way, while simultaneously reducing emissions of greenhouse gasses and NOx per ton ethylene produced by at least 25%. One important way to reduce the energy input in steam cracking furnaces is to reduce coke formation on the reactor wall. The use of either advanced coil materials, combined with 3D reactor designs, improved process control, and more uniform heat transfer will increase run lengths, reducing simultaneously CO2 emissions and the lifetime of the furnaces. Biogas and bio-oil will be used as alternative fuels because they are considered renewable, and hence, decrease net CO2 production.
Application of high emissivity coatings on the external surface of the radiant coils will further substantially improve the energy consumption. Less firing is required to reach the same process temperatures in the radiant coils. This will reduce fuel gas consumption and CO2 emissions by 10 to 15%.
IMPROOF will demonstrate the advantage of combining all these technological innovations with an anticipated increase of the time on stream with a factor 3.
To select the correct technologies for sustainable implementation in complex plant-wide and industrial data-intensive process systems, all the technology will be implanted in real-plant conditions at TRL6 in DOW.

The strongly industrial oriented consortium is composed of 7 industrial partners, including 2 SME completed by 2 RTO and 2 university. This partnership shows a clear and strong path to the industrial and economical world with the involvement of all actors of the furnaces business.

The financial resources mobilized by the partners represent a total grant of 6 878 401,25 € with a global effort of 538 person.month.

Call for proposal

H2020-SPIRE-2016
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

UNIVERSITEIT GENT
Address
Sint Pietersnieuwstraat 25
9000 Gent
Belgium
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 294 562,50

Participants (10)

DOW BENELUX BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 528 000
Address
Herbert H Dowweg 5
4542 NM Hoek
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 691 956,25
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
TECHNIP BENELUX BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 544 000
Address
Afrikaweg 30
2713 AW Zoetermeer
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
CENTRE EUROPEEN DE RECHERCHE ET DE FORMATION AVANCEE EN CALCUL SCIENTIFIQUE
France
EU contribution
€ 442 250
Address
Avenue Gaspard Coriolis 42
31057 Toulouse
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
POLITECNICO DI MILANO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 514 663,75
Address
Piazza Leonardo Da Vinci 32
20133 Milano
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
CRESS B.V.
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 674 283,75
Address
Deltahoek 34
4511PA Breskens
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
JOHN ZINK INTERNATIONAL LUXEMBOURG SARL
Luxembourg
EU contribution
€ 446 688,75
Address
Zone Industrielle Riedgen
3401 Dudelange
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SCHMIDT+CLEMENS GMBH + CO.KG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 1 022 746,25
Address
Kaiserau 2
51789 Lindlar
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
AVGI
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 399 250
Address
Technologiepark Zwijnaarde 122
9052 Gent
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
AYMING
France
EU contribution
€ 320 000
Address
185 Avenue Des Gresillons
92622 Gennevilliers Cedex
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)