“A paradigm change and a substantial technological transformation in the chemical industry is needed to meet the arising challenges and to ensure reaching the long-term sustainability goals.
A set of often radically innovative principles (“paradigm shift”) in process and equipment design, which can bring significant (more than factor 2) benefits in terms of process and chain efficiency, capital and operating expenses, quality, wastes, process safety, etc. ”
– (European Road map of Process Intensification,2007)
Process Intensification aims at new concepts of processes through strong interdisciplinary cooperation:
- Process Intensification delivers energy savings
- Process Intensification improves cost competitiveness
- Process Intensification improves material efficiency and environmental performance
- Process Intensification improves safety and process control
- Process intensification delivers product properties not achievable with conventional technologies
- Multidisciplinarity of R&D approach is essential to Process Intensification.
- Collaboration between chemical engineering and other disciplines such as material science, applied physics or electronics is of crucial importance.
- Process Intensification opens new interesting development opportunities in the areas of process analysis, instrumentation and control.