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Reference Number EP/V054627/1
Title Transforming the Foundation Industries Research and Innovation Hub (TransFIRE)
Status Started
Energy Categories ENERGY EFFICIENCY(Industry) 20%;
OTHER CROSS-CUTTING TECHNOLOGIES or RESEARCH(Environmental, social and economic impacts) 5%;
NOT ENERGY RELATED 75%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 50%;
Applied Research and Development 50%;
Science and Technology Fields ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering) 100%
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 50%;
Systems Analysis related to energy R&D (Other Systems Analysis) 10%;
Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Other sociological economical and environmental impact of energy) 20%;
Other (Energy technology information dissemination) 20%;
Principal Investigator Dr M (Mark ) Jolly
No email address given
School of Applied Sciences
Cranfield University
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 July 2021
End Date 30 June 2024
Duration 36 months
Total Grant Value £4,836,821
Industrial Sectors Chemicals; Construction; Manufacturing
Region East of England
Programme ISCF - Wave 3 - Transforming Foundation Industries
 
Investigators Principal Investigator Dr M (Mark ) Jolly , School of Applied Sciences, Cranfield University (99.982%)
  Other Investigator Professor S Zhang , Engineering Computer Science and Maths, University of Exeter (0.001%)
Mr J Cullen , Engineering, University of Cambridge (0.001%)
Dr PD Ball , School of Applied Sciences, Cranfield University (0.001%)
Dr PA Bingham , Faculty of Arts Computing Eng and Sci, Sheffield Hallam University (0.001%)
Professor S Evans , Engineering, Cardiff University (0.001%)
Professor R Setchi , Engineering, Cardiff University (0.001%)
Dr G A Ormondroyd , Biocomposites Centre, Bangor University (0.001%)
Dr P Purnell , Civil Engineering, University of Leeds (0.001%)
Dr E Petavratzi , Minerals, British Geological Survey (BGS) - NERC (0.001%)
Mr T Bide , Minerals, British Geological Survey (BGS) - NERC (0.001%)
Dr M G Unthank , Fac of Health and Life Sciences, Northumbria University (0.001%)
Professor J Perry , Fac of Health and Life Sciences, Northumbria University (0.001%)
Dr K Salonitis , Sch of Energy, Environment and Agrifoo, Cranfield University (0.001%)
Dr S Cinderby , Stockholm Research Institute (SEI), University of York (0.001%)
Dr GG Haq , Stockholm Research Institute (SEI), University of York (0.001%)
Professor S Yearley , Science Technology & Innovation Studie, University of Edinburgh (0.001%)
Professor S S Black , Computer Scienc, Durham University (0.001%)
Mr CJ Mitchell , Corporate Comms and Publications, British Geological Survey (BGS) - NERC (0.001%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , ANSYS Europe Limited (0.000%)
Project Contact , Glass Technology Services Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Beatson Clark (0.000%)
Project Contact , Vesuvius UK (0.000%)
Project Contact , Celsa Steel UK (0.000%)
Project Contact , Northumbrian Water Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Heraeus Electro Nite International NV , Belgium (0.000%)
Project Contact , Imerys Minerals Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , North East Process Industry Cluster (NEPIC) (0.000%)
Project Contact , Cast Metals Federation (0.000%)
Project Contact , Akzo Nobel (0.000%)
Project Contact , Morgan Advanced Materials and Technology (0.000%)
Project Contact , Netzsch Instruments (0.000%)
Project Contact , Norton Aluminium Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , International Synergies Limited (0.000%)
Project Contact , Catal International Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Siemens plc (0.000%)
Project Contact , Constellium UK Limited (0.000%)
Project Contact , Knowledge Transfer Network Limited (0.000%)
Project Contact , NSG Group (UK) (0.000%)
Project Contact , Lucideon Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , British Glass (0.000%)
Project Contact , Glass Futures Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Saint-Gobain (International), France (0.000%)
Project Contact , Liberty House Group (0.000%)
Project Contact , Confederation of Paper Industries (0.000%)
Project Contact , Diageo plc (0.000%)
Project Contact , Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining (IOM3) (0.000%)
Project Contact , NMAM Institute of Technology (NMAMIT) (0.000%)
Project Contact , Chemical Industries Association Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , AMETEK (UK) (0.000%)
Project Contact , Almath Crucibles Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Alpek Polyester UK Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Aluminium Federation Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Breedon Cement Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , British Ceramic Confederation (0.000%)
Project Contact , Bunting Magnetics Europe (UK) (0.000%)
Project Contact , CLT Carbon Limiting Technologies (0.000%)
Project Contact , Capital Refractories Limited (0.000%)
Project Contact , Croda Europe Limited (0.000%)
Project Contact , Emerson Advanced Design Center (0.000%)
Project Contact , Encirc Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , EnergyNest AS (0.000%)
Project Contact , F.I.C (UK) Limited (0.000%)
Project Contact , Fives Stein Limited (0.000%)
Project Contact , Greenology (Teeside) Limited (0.000%)
Project Contact , Guardian Industries (International) (0.000%)
Project Contact , Hanson Heidelberg Cement Group (0.000%)
Project Contact , IS-Instruments Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Industry Wales (0.000%)
Project Contact , Jayplas (J&A Young (Leicester) Ltd) (0.000%)
Project Contact , Kimberly-Clark Limited (UK) (0.000%)
Project Contact , LafargeHolcim (0.000%)
Project Contact , Luxfer MEL Technologies (0.000%)
Project Contact , Materials Processing Institute (MPI) (0.000%)
Project Contact , Power Minerals Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Saica Paper UK Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Sheffield Refractories Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Society of Glass Technology (0.000%)
Project Contact , Texon (UK) (0.000%)
Project Contact , Trent Refractories Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , URM (UK) Limited (0.000%)
Project Contact , Zentia (Ceiling Solutions Limited) (UK) (0.000%)
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Objectives
Abstract The Transforming the Foundation Industries Challenge has set out the background of the six foundation industries; cement, ceramics, chemicals, glass, metals and paper, which produce 28 Mt pa (75% of all materials in our economy) with a value of 52Bn but also create 10% of UK CO2 emissions. These materials industries are the root of all supply chains providing fundamental products into the industrial sector, often in vertically-integrated fashion. They have a number of common factors: they are water, resource and energy-intensive, often needing high temperature processing; they share processes such as grinding, heating and cooling; they produce high-volume, often pernicious waste streams, including heat; and they have low profit margins, making them vulnerable to energy cost changes and to foreign competition.Our Vision is to build a proactive, multidisciplinary research and practice driven Research and Innovation Hub that optimises the flows of all resources within and between the FIs. The Hub will work with communities where the industries are located to assist the UK in achieving its Net Zero 2050 targets, and transform these industries into modern manufactories which are non-polluting, resource efficient and attractive places to be employed. TransFIRe is a consortium of 20 investigators from 12 institutions, 49 companies and 14 NGO and government organisations related to the sectors, with expertise across the FIs as well as energy mapping, life cycle and sustainability, industrial symbiosis, computer science, AI and digital manufacturing, management, social science and technology transfer. TransFIRe will initially focus on three major challenges:1 Transferring best practice - applying "Gentani": Across the FIs there are many processes that are similar, e.g. comminution, granulation, drying, cooling, heat exchange, materials transportation and handling. Using the philosophy Gentani (minimum resource needed to carry out a process) this research would benchmark and identify best practices considering resource efficiencies (energy, water etc.) and environmental impacts (dust, emissions etc.) across sectors and share information horizontally.2 Where there's muck there's brass - creating new materials and process opportunities. Key to the transformation of our Foundation Industries will be development of smart, new materials and processes that enable cheaper, lower-energy and lower-carbon products. Through supporting a combination of fundamental research and focused technology development, the Hub will directly address these needs. For example, all sectors have material waste streams that could be used as raw materials for other sectors in the industrial landscape with little or no further processing. There is great potential to add more value by "upcycling" waste by further processes to develop new materials and alternative by-products from innovative processing technologies with less environmental impact. This requires novel industrial symbioses and relationships, sustainable and circular business models and governance arrangements.3 Working with communities - co-development of new business and social enterprises. Large volumes of warm air and water are produced across the sectors, providing opportunities for low grade energy capture. Collaboratively with communities around FIs, we will identify the potential for co-located initiatives (district heating, market gardening etc.). This research will highlight issues of equality, diversity and inclusiveness, investigating the potential from societal, environmental, technical, business and governance perspectives. Added value to the project comes from the 3.5 M in-kind support of materials and equipment and use of manufacturing sites for real-life testing as well as a number of linked and aligned PhDs/EngDs from HEIs and partners This in-kind support will offer even greater return on investment and strongly embed the findings and operationalise them within the sector.
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