The impact of the process industry on the environment is a global concern and the sector is under considerable pressure to adapt to new energy situation. There is a big drive in improving energy efficiency. The process industry is making a strong effort to improve the design and control of their manufacturing facilities but it is unlikely that traditional evolutionary development will manage to achieve the targets for 2020,2030 and 2050. Along with novel techniques, mature best practices from other sectors need to be transferred across to different branches of the process industry by means of cross-company value-added networks.
FUDIPO will investigate the potential of a number of advanced-on-line control, monitoring and diagnostics solutions aimed at improving energy and resource efficiency while reducing operating costs. The project will also support the transition from fossil fuels to biomass and waster-fired power plants capable of producing additional products (chemicals) while operating on the backbone of on-line process simulation and control models coupled with novel sensor technologies. Optimized control offers the potential to reduce consumption of raw materials, chemicals and energy, but also to increase the quality of the final product and the production rate in a given plant.
Reducing the EU carbon footprint
We believe the FUDIPO toolbox will enable to decrease the energy and resource consumption on-site by at least 10% directly and indirectly for a number of important applications: for example in biogas production from waste water treatment plants, it may even be a doubling of production and reduction of electricity demand of 50%.
Strenghtening EU industry competitiveness
The competitiveness of the process industry is based on its ability to develop high quality products that can meet the needs of the customer and other stakeholders at the lowest cost.
The benefits of the technologies developed under FUDIPO will be seen across a variety of branches in the process industry, and will be particularly noticeable in the paper and pulp, steel, energy and oil and gas branches. It is believed that the FUDIPO technologies will put the European process industry in the position to be the first to move beyond the limits of conventional control, monitoring and diagnostics techniques, and provide a continuing competitive edge in the face of very strong competition from the USA and the increasingly capable industry in Russia, China, and elsewhere.
The innovations from FUDIPO may be transferred to other sectors apart from the process industry as the creation of land-based, marine and aero mass-transportation solutions focused on reducing environmental impact and cost, and increasing safety and reliability.
In the short term, through the intensive collaboration between industry and academia, FUDIPO will contribute to the creation of new highly skilled jobs in Europe. More specifically, a number of job contracts will be offered to highly qualified engineers as about 600 person months of staff effort are foreseen to implement the FUDIPO project. New talented and highly skilled researchers will be trained in FUDIPO for a professional future in industrial research and engineering, by students holding PhD/MSc and postdoctoral studies.