Summary and Methodology

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Summary and Methodology 2017-05-29T08:01:47+00:00

TOP-REF is committed to increase the competitiveness and efficiency of the EU resource-intensive process industry as well as to assure a long-term greener economy.

To achieve this goal, TOP-REF will develop and demonstrate a robust, resource-efficiency-focused and cross sectorial methodology (see Figure).

This methodology will be implemented

In three specific, non-invasive, real time and on-line monitoring and control tools adapted to three specific continuous energy and resource intensive processes: Fertilizer, Refining and Chemical.The three tools will be validated through demonstration under real conditions in three pilots, one in each sector.

In order to ensure TOP-REF impacts, specific Key Resources Indicators (KRI) will be developed and standardized to foster the greening and the competiveness of the European process industry.The indicators, based among others on life cycle studies, will help to measure the decoupling of environmental impacts and resource use from economic growth.

Furthermore, a method and standard for providing environmental performance information based on the Key Resources Indicators (KRI) will be developed in TOP-REF.

The multi-sectorial methodology will be constructed by performing the following steps:

  • The methodology will start by developing specific Key Resources Indicators (KRI). These KRI will guide the complete execution of the methodology.
  • Definition of Key Performance Attributes (KPA) for the final product addressing: Quality, Safety, Costs.
    The industrial final user will define the values for these parameters on each sector related to their final product.
  • Evaluation of the resource efficiency potential of the global process by performing audits and diagnosis over the different sub-processes and related equipment: the aspects with the highest resource-efficiency improvement potential points will be identified in order provide a focused framework to the following actions.
  • Modelling and simulation of the identified highest resource-efficiency improvement points to establish the Critical Process Parameters (CPP), like residence time, temperature of the raw materials, cooling water flow rate, etc. and understand their relation with the Key Attributes (KPA = f (CPP)). This step will allow the:
  • Characterization of the Critical Process Parameters
  • Identification of the variables for the monitoring (VM) and control (VC) of the CPP
  • Development of the monitoring and control strategies attending to different prioritization schemes of the targeted KPAs
  • Design and implementation of the monitoring and control tools attending to the previously established strategies, defining the required hardware (SCADA, sensors, actuators and software).
  • Integration of the results, pilots deployment plan, proofs of concept demonstration and final optimization of the methodology and the monitoring and control tools.
  • Finally a methodology for developing environmental product declarations will be established based on these KRI.