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Monday, 22 March 2010

F3 Factory features at CHISA/ECCE 2010

An overview of the F³ Factory aims, objectives and technical challenges will be presented during a session on European projects at the 19th International Congress of Chemical and Process Engineering (CHISA) and 7th European Congress of Chemical Engineering (ECCE) 2010.

The European Projects session is one of eleven parallel events to be held during the joint CHISA/ECCE Congress in Prague, Czech Republic from 28 August to 1 September this year. The F³ Factory will feature alonside two complimentary FP7 funded pojects: COPIRIDE and PILLs.

A large number of papers will feature during the the F³ Factory session including:

- Sigurd Buchholz and Tobias Grömping of Bayer Technology Services (project co-ordinators) will present an overview of the aims/objectives and early stage developments of the F³ Factory project;

- Consortium partners, Britest and Procter & Gamble, will present a joint paper on the 'Methodology required for F³ Factory process design in large scale continuous plants';

- AstraZeneca, Britest, Newcastle University and the Technical University Denmark will present a joint paper on 'F³ Factory process design for fine chemical and pharmaceutical transformations';

- TU Dortmund University and Arkema will present a joint paper on 'Process intensification of n-butyl acrylate synthesis using catalytic distillation - a theoretical study';

- Ruhr-University Bochum, University of Paderborn, TU Dortmund University and Bayer Technology Services will present a joint paper on 'Intensified absorption and distillation devices for modular chemical production processes'.

In addition several industrial and academic partners in the consortium will present posters on their activity in the F³ Factory project.

The CHISA Congress is a major biennial event for the European chemical and process engineering community which brings together leading academics and key industrialists involved in the academic interface. It is therefore an ideal platform to showcase the key European projects that seek to address major transformational challenges in this sector as well as to engage with potential stakeholders from the wider European community.

For more information visit the F³ Factory website.

Rethinking Water: SusChem + WSSTP

Today on World Water Day, SusChem is pleased to announce its partnership with the Water Supply and Sanitation Technology Platform (WSSTP).

The cooperation has set out a high-level roadmap for sustainable water use in an integrated water management system between the chemical industry, urban water and value chain partners.

The WHO ministerial meeting on Environment and Health that took place in Parme, Italy earlier in March identified a lack of clean water due to insufficient infrastructure and climate change as a serious threat to children’s health, one which it plans to address. The new SusChem approach to water management will mean water for public use and water used in industry would no longer need to compete for the same resources. The integrated water management system put forward by SusChem and the WSSTP will include water reuse, complementary water streams, and reduced water consumption.

Future materials and processes like renewable feedstocks and biotechnology which are water intensive will also be addressed by the project which aims to provide a new framework for water use. The overall collaboration has been very positively received by the European Commission and a project proposal, within the EU’s FP7 2010 programme for funding, has received a positive evaluation response. In the next stage, SusChem and WSSTP hope to be able to present a demonstration project.

“SusChem’s cooperation with the value chain shows how working in a complementary way is far superior to competing for resources. It reflects SusChem’s strategic agenda which is to harness innovation to respond to societal challenges” said Cefic Innovation Manager Ger Spork. “Rethinking the traditional [approach] will help industry tackle water use in a world where the resource is already under pressure and should be treated as a valuable raw material instead of a simple utility.”

SusChem’s value chain cooperation responds to the European Commission’s recommendations in the Expert Group on Technology Platforms published in October 2009 and the High Level Group on the Competitiveness of the Chemical Industry.

For more information email the SusChem secretariat.