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Breakthroughs to improve process industry resource efficiency

Expected Outcome:

Projects outcomes will enable achievement of the objectives of Processes4Planet partnership by designing processes for maximum resource efficiency (related to P4Planet operational objective 5).

Projects are expected to contribute to several of the following outcomes:

  • Achieve a step change in the process industry’s green transformation by improving by at least 30 % the industrial processes resource [1] efficiency compared to the state of the art;
  • Enable the techno-economic feasibility of novel technologies and processes, demonstrated and validated at suitable scale against current industrial processes to produce the same products;
  • Overall positive environmental and if relevant health and safety impact demonstrated;
  • Reduce the CO2 intensity of the process industry and contribute to the climate neutrality goal;
  • Enable the increase of the competitiveness and resilience of the European process industry.

Scope:

Process industries will greatly benefit from radically new approaches that will lead to a much higher resource efficiency (including higher selectivity), producing less low-value by-products and waste and enabling the handing of a higher feedstock variability, and ultimately leading to lower level of GHG emissions linked to the process industries. To reach ambitious targets regarding resource efficiency, disruptive process technologies must be developed in addition to process efficiency options for existing technologies.

Proposals should:

  • Develop disruptive process technologies to improve resource efficiency, such as those based on: process intensification (e.g., 3D printed processes equipment, coupling of process steps, new processes that integrate multiple reaction steps, activation of molecules using renewable energy via alternative processes e.g. microwave, plasma); or to prevent and minimise waste generation by, e.g. processes that adjust in real time to feedstock changes or that have tighter processing control solutions to ensure higher yields from complex and fluctuating raw material feeds;
  • Where relevant advanced process technologies and their combinations need to be developed and supported by advanced materials innovation and the implementation of enabling digital technologies including advanced concepts on process control and data driven Artificial Intelligence.

The proposals should include energy efficiency, techno-economic and life-cycle assessments considering the overall process. This should also include the assessment of possible societal and environmental impact and the effects on the workplaces (skills, organisational change, and others).

Proposals submitted under this topic should include a business case and exploitation strategy, as outlined in the introduction to this Destination.

Research must build on existing standards or contribute to standardisation. Where relevant interoperability for data sharing should be addressed.

All proposals should build on or seek collaboration with existing projects and develop synergies with other relevant European, national or regional initiatives, funding programmes

This topic implements the co-programmed European partnership Processes4Planet.

Specific Topic Conditions:

Activities are expected to start at TRL 4 and achieve TRL 6 by the end of the project – see General Annex B.

[1]Resource in the context of this topic means material as energy or water efficiency are covered by topics TWIN-TRANSITION-01-31: Energy efficiency breakthroughs in the process industries (Processes4Planet partnership) (RIA) and HORIZON-CL4-2024-TWIN-TRANSITION-01-40 : Sustainable and efficient industrial water consumption: through energy and solute recovery, topics

General Information

Call Type
EU Horizon Europe
Eligible Country/ies
EU + Horizon Europe associated countries
Call Identifier (if any)
HORIZON-CL4-2024-TWIN-TRANSITION-01-41
Expected Outcome or Impact
Expected Outcome:
Projects outcomes will enable achievement of the objectives of Processes4Planet partnership by designing processes for maximum resource efficiency (related to P4Planet operational objective 5).
Projects are expected to contribute to several of the following outcomes:
1. Achieve a step change in the process industry’s green transformation by improving by at least 30 % the industrial processes resource [1] efficiency compared to the state of the art;
2. Enable the techno-economic feasibility of novel technologies and processes, demonstrated and validated at suitable scale against current industrial processes to produce the same products;
3. Overall positive environmental and if relevant health and safety impact demonstrated;
4. Reduce the CO2 intensity of the process industry and contribute to the climate neutrality goal;
5. Enable the increase of the competitiveness and resilience of the European process industry.
Target Groups
Research Institutes, Academia, Small- and Medium Enterprises, Industry, Non-government organisations, Start-Ups
Submission Deadlines
Single fixed deadline
(Next) Submission Deadline
7 February 2024
Type of Funding Instrument
Collaborative Projects / Consortia
Max. funding amount per project [EURO]
12,000,000 €
Overall budget for all projects [EURO]
30,000,000 €

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