RECOBA: objectives

The RECOBA project aims to improve product quality, efficiency and flexibility of and in batch processes.

All companies of the European process industry are facing the same challenges: on the one hand product quality has to be improved and at the same time production costs have to be decreased to be competitive on the world market. On the other hand the resource and energy efficiency of products and processes has to be improved to lower their ecological footprint. This is independent of the industrial sector, it is true for the cement industry as well as for the food or copper industry.That means, these are cross-sectorial challenges!

The development of new production technologies could be one way to tackle this challenge. Examples are modularised processes in the chemical industries, new ways to reduce iron ore to liquid iron in steel industry or increasing the yield during refining of silicon industry. Realistically, these are long term perspectives. However, the most promising medium term solution is the efficiency increase of technological processes in the process industry by improved and integrated process control solutions.

In many aspects batch processes are superior to continuous ones. Therefor it is worthwhile to take advantage of recent progress in sensor technologies, modelling and automation to develop a new paradigm for the design and conduction of batch processes. The objective of the project is to maximise efficiency of batch processes regarding quality, energy, raw materials, costs.

Coordinator: Omar Naeem
Ludwigshafen, Germany



Project partner

  1. BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany
  2. Cambridge University, Cambridge, United Kingdom
  3. Cybernetica AS, Trondheim, Norway
  4. ELKEM AS, Oslo, Norway
  5. MINKON SP ZOO, Tarnowskie Gory, Poland
  6. RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany
  7. thyssenkrupp Steel Europe AG, Duisburg, Germany
  8. University of Chemistry and Technology Prague, Praha– Dejvice, Czech Republic
  9. University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU, Donostia-San Sebastián, Spain
  10. VDEh-Betriebsforschungsinstitut GmbH, Düsseldorf, Germany

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