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Reference Number EP/V042432/1
Title Digital Circular Electrochemical Economy (DCEE)
Status Started
Energy Categories Other Cross-Cutting Technologies or Research(Energy system analysis) 20%;
Not Energy Related 40%;
Other Power and Storage Technologies(Electric power conversion) 10%;
Energy Efficiency(Industry) 30%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields SOCIAL SCIENCES (Economics and Econometrics) 5%;
SOCIAL SCIENCES (Business and Management Studies) 5%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) 30%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Chemical Engineering) 60%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 50%;
Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Policy and regulation) 20%;
Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Other sociological economical and environmental impact of energy) 30%;
Principal Investigator Professor N ( Nilay ) Shah
No email address given
Chemical Engineering
Imperial College London
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 September 2021
End Date 31 August 2024
Duration 36 months
Total Grant Value £964,621
Industrial Sectors Chemicals; Energy; Information Technologies
Region London
Programme Digital Economy : Digital Economy
Investigators Principal Investigator Professor N ( Nilay ) Shah , Chemical Engineering, Imperial College London (99.994%)
  Other Investigator Dr J Xuan , School of Engineering and Physical Sciences, Heriot-Watt University (0.001%)
Dr W Pang , Sch of Mathematical and Computer Science, Heriot-Watt University (0.001%)
Dr B Chachuat , Chemical Engineering, Imperial College London (0.001%)
Dr R Lock , Computer Science, Loughborough University (0.001%)
Dr V Pinfield , Chemical Engineering, Loughborough University (0.001%)
Dr B Xu , Sch of Management and Languages, Heriot-Watt University (0.001%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , ABB Group (International), Switzerland (0.000%)
Project Contact , BASF AG, Germany (0.000%)
Project Contact , Sage (UK) Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Technical Simulation Consultants Ltd (0.000%)
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Abstract This project focuses on a radical change to chemical manufacturing with a view to effective step changes in environmental sustainability and in circularity of materials. We shall focus on the emerging electrochemical sector which is expected to grow strongly and within which there are many opportunities for the deployment of digital technologies to underpin system design and operation.In response to this call, we have united a cross-disciplinary team of leading researchers from three UK universities (Imperial College, Loughborough, and Heriot-Watt) to create a digital circular electrochemical economy.The chemical sector is a "hard to decarbonise" sector. Its high embedded carbon comes from two aspects: (1) the intensive energy use; and (2) the use of fossil feedstock. Therefore, the decarbonisation requires the substitution of both two with renewable energy (electrifying the chemical processes) and feedstock (e.g., H2O, CO2). We foresee a closer integration of the electrical energy system with the industrial chemistry system, with the former providing reducing energy formerly available in fossil fuels and which enables the processing of highly oxidised but abundant feedstocks. The intermittency of renewable electricity supply and the economic benefits of flexible processing and closer integration between these two sectors will give rise to opportunities for new digital technologies. These will enable improved design and operation of emerging electrochemical processing technologies and provide new pathways to chemical building blocks (e.g. olefins) and fuels. The integration of the sectors also provides opportunities for cost savings in the electrical system through improved flexibility and demand management.We propose three work packages (WP) to look at the challenges at different levels, and finally integrate as a whole solution:- WP1 Digital twins of key electrochemical operation units and processes.- WP2 Digitalisation of the value chain encompassing the integration between the chemical and electrical systems- WP3 Policy, Society and Finance, including business models to capture value generation opportunities from industrial integration
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