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              Joint Research and Development Roadmap (JR&DR)

          on Water in Chemical Process Industries Across NoEs

 

Authors: Michael Stöcker, Pegie Cool, Elena Seftel, Gilbert Rios, Sadika Guedidi, Gabriele Centi, Stella Sklari, Antonio Sepúlveda-Escribano

 

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SUMMARY: This roadmap is based on the strategic documents of the NoEs (Networks of Excellence) EMH (European Membrane House), ERIC (European Research Institute of Catalysis) and ENMIX (European Nanoporous Materials Institute of Excellence) and on the three ChemWater Vision 2050 workshops entitled: "Vision and Challenges", "Tools and Methodologies" as well as "Processes, Materials and Technologies for Water Sustainable Process Industry", held during 2012.

 

Background: This roadmap is based on the strategic documents of the NoEs (Networks of Excellence) EMH (European Membrane House), ERIC (European Research Institute of Catalysis) and ENMIX (European Nanoporous Materials Institute of Excellence) and on the three ChemWater Vision 2050 workshops entitled: "Vision and Challenges", "Tools and Methodologies" as well as "Processes, Materials and Technologies for Water Sustainable Process Industry", held during 2012.

 

The following challenges were identified during the Vision 2050 workshops:

• Unknown strength on the industrial sectors in Europe by 2050

• Competitiveness and availability of materials and resources

• Integration of resource management strategies

• Availability, allocation and governance of water

• Minimizing the environmental footprint related to energy, CO2 and water

• New products and processes with minimal footprint

• Innovative re-use and valorization of streams

• Standardization for comparison

 

with the areas of R&D and investment related to tools and methodologies as listed below:

• Biochemistry

• Separation technologies - Membranes

• Materials technology

• Industrial process design

• New catalysts and low temperature processes

• Nanotechnology

• Reducing pollution at source

• Recovery of materials from process streams

 

In order to realize the Vision 2050 the following three focus areas were chosen, which correspond to the three NoEs EMH, ERIC and ENMIX as partners of the ChemWater project:

• Identification and development of (nano) materials

• Process engineering and reaction – Membranes for intensification

• Emerging water treatment technologies