Efficient Affinity Separations for Chemical Applications
#separation technology #membranes #chromotography
Real-Time Data-Assisted Process Development and Production in Chemical Applications
#digitization #real-time data #AI
Atmospheric Plasma as Green Solution for Enhanced Adhesion and Functionalization
Living Lab Industry 4.0: Opleiden 4.0
Carbon Capture, Transport and Storage in the Chemical Cluster of the Port of Antwerp
Industry 4.0: Towards a Digitized Chemical and Plastics Sector in Flanders
Development of a Center of Expertise and Pilot Production Installation for Industrial Flow Processes in Flanders
Particles In Flow: Development of Continuous Crystallization, Dispersion and Emulsion Processes for Tuneable (Sub)micron Particle Generation
Process Intensification and Transformation – Program Details
On the one hand, process intensification is mainly focussed on energy efficiency, resource efficiency, the reduction of waste, and process safety. We look at technologies like flow chemistry, energy-efficient separations, new reactor design, alternative solvents or waste-heat recovery. Besides the improvement of individual processes, the integration of processes is important too. This will result in processes that are safer, cleaner, smaller and cheaper.
On the other hand, we work on more radical process transformations that will enable the use of renewable energy in our processes like electrification and adaptation to variations. We also work on Carbon Capture & Utilization (CCU) and look at the cost-effective production of hydrogen and its potential as a chemical feedstock. In the field of renewable energy and energy carriers (hydrogen can also be used as an energy carrier), the chemical sector is not in the driver seat, but as a major energy user and provider of technological solutions, the chemical sector plays an important role in this evolution.
Digitalisation as a major driver of innovation plays an important enabling role in this program. New digitally enabled solutions improve process control and operations’ efficiency and reliability. These new solutions can further optimise processes, for example through sensors, model predictive control and predictive maintenance. In addition, these new solutions can also improve production management, for example by considering product quality, as well as the energy and resource efficiency of connected processes and plants.
We also work on more radical transformation of processes in the chemical industry, as this will be needed to realize significant greenhouse gas emission reduction and avoidance in our own sector as well as in other sectors, which will ultimately contribute to reaching the climate goals. Furthermore, new processes will be needed for the realization of a circular economy.
In addition, in the longer term, we want to develop a number of radically new processes that not only enable the sustainable transformation of the chemical industry, but – through its services and products – also the sustainable transformation of other industries. This way, the chemical industry will take on a crucial role in the sustainable economy and society of the future. Every project within this program has the clear ambition to deliver one of the following:
- an improved production process in the chemical value chain that contributes to both increasing the economic and decreasing the environmental impact of the current process, or
- a crucial step forward in the development of a radically new process, which in turn will contribute to the sustainable transformation of our sector (as well as other sectors)