Energy efficiency of separation processes is a topic of special interest in the chemical industry and current research projects. A promising approach to increase energy efficiency is to change the operation mode of the separation processes from batch to continuous. Nowadays, many chemical products like pharmaceutical, fine and special chemicals are still produced, separated, and purified in batch mode. A change to continuous and modular production and separation has the high potential to reduce energy and save time.
Within the project, different crystallizers and extraction columns will be investigated as well as a characterization of their operating windows and a testing of different substance systems. Additionally, the automation via smart sensors and data processing should be implemented to enable an efficient and intelligent interconnection and modification of the modules.
The development of innovative separation processes with the use of efficient and intelligent equipment is only possible through combined knowledge of the product and advancement of the installed devices as well as their sensors with scientific approach.