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PRODIAS Report Summary

Project ID: 637077
Funded under: H2020-EU.

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - PRODIAS (PROcessing Diluted Aqueous Systems)

Reporting period: 2015-01-01 to 2016-06-30

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

A main challenge the process industry is facing today in introducing renewable raw materials into their value chains, is the development of cost- and energy-efficient water removal and product-recovery techniques. In order to unlock the potential of the renewable-based product market for the European process industry, a re-thinking of downstream processing is indispensable. This includes the new / optimized separation technologies as well as the suitable methodologies for fast-track development of tailored downstream processes.

To face this challenge a consortium European process industry companies in the areas of biotechnology, renewable resources, chemistry, process engineering, equipment supply as well as research organizations launched the project PRODIAS (PROcessing Diluted Aqueous Systems).

Focus of PRODIAS is to adapt separation technologies to the need of white biotechnology products and to design novel hybrid systems combining individual advantages, for example, selectivity and energy efficiency. The bioreactions (fermentations) and biocatalysis by which the valuable products are produced are subject to alteration and optimization, to enable more efficient and resource-saving downstream processing.

Under the consortial leadership of BASF the partners Cargill Haubourdin, University of Kaiserslautern, Imperial College London, Alfa Laval, GEA Messo PT, Xendo, UPM and Enviplan will collaborate to develop the needed technologies thus support downstream processing in white biotechnology.

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

Within WP1 “Getting Started” (Jan. 1st to June 30th) the starting conditions as well as the working procedures for all WP within PRODIAS were specified and defined with respect to each partner’s individual tasks and responsibilities. Specific objectives and targets in terms of developing / adapting / optimizing goals for each method or technology were set and appropriate exemplary systems were chosen for demonstrating expected advantages. Agreement on provision of the necessary infrastructure with each partner, staffing of the project and the availability of the Background IP was achieved as foreseen in the Consortium Agreement. For the individual technologies which are foreseen to be developed in PRODIAS the state-of-the-art in processing the respective mixtures/ systems was defined.

In order to prioritize the developments expected from WPs 3 – 5 in terms of their techno- and economical potential, a system for “Evaluation and Assessment” was suggested in WP1.

PRODIAS aims to develop and optimize methods and technologies (WP3&4) and entire processes (WP5). Within WP3&4 the exemplary systems are used to operate respective apparatuses during development phases. WP5 utilizes specific exemplary systems derived from a given production with the goal to optimize up-stream & reaction as well as the separation processes using technologies from WP3&4. Based on the results achieved in WP 3 – 5, hybrid systems integrating different separation and concentration technologies with each other or with the reaction step will be designed, constructed and tested in WP6. In WP7, the most promising technologies and hybrids resulting from WP 3, 4 and 6 will then be demonstrated in a near production environment also including the findings of WP6. Deliverables and Milestones of WP1 were reached by June 2015. WPs 2-5 started their work as well as WPs 9-10.

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

Technological & Environmental Impact
PRODIAS will result in novel, optimized & cost effective downstream process alternatives via developing and implementing a toolbox of highly innovative and “renewable-tailored separation technologies; single technologies and/or hybrid systems, as well as novel, optimized apparatus and machinery to enable and host the developed technologies. Furthermore an integrated design approach for the fast-track technology selection is in focus of PRODIAS The Project will lead to a substantially improved performance in downstream processes by a significant increase in productivity and efficiency, decrease of complexity of processes, lower energy consumptions and a decrease of investment costs. Resource and energy efficiency has a tremendous environmental impact by the reduction of GHG emissions, water usage and raw material.

Economic / Social Impact
To strengthen the efficiency and competitiveness of the European Industry PRODIAS will establish R&D results in a near to industrial environment which are not targeted to a “single product”. The developed methods and technologies will be used in different industrial sectors. By this the project will increase the competitiveness of renewable-based chemical products while at the same time preserving jobs or reinvesting in new employment opportunities.

PRODIAS improves the innovation capacity and enables the knowledge integration by sharing knowledge and cost between the cross sectorial partners. Via cooperation’s the project deepens the understanding of downstream processes and accelerates the adaption, transfer and take up of new technologies.

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