Process intensification applies innovative design principles to boost process and value chain efficiency, reduce waste and costs, while improving quality and safety.
Process intensive equipment and processing techniques can radically improve plants processes and dramatically boost efficiency.
At the heart of process intensification is the development of more flexible and scalable processes and associated manufacturing capabilities. These are a fast and flexible alternative to conventional investment in large-scale assets and a more ecological, efficient, safe and competitive approach, especially in new and developing markets.
Developments in process-intensifying equipment will support highly effective continuous processes, optimising the robustness of processes with easier maintenance and lower impact on the environment. The adoption of process-intensifying methodologies that use hybrid and multifunctional technologies, like integration of reaction and separation, heat exchange, or phase transition, will improve energy efficiency and competitiveness.
Innovations that enable new process energy forms (including the use of biomass and hydrogen as fuel and feedstock) will have many applications in conventional thermal processes and could also offer lower, targeted energy use and improved overall process control.
Process intensification will also benefit from developments in catalysis and new transformative technologies for retrofit in existing plants.