Projects relevant to the Network

The UK process industries involve a wide range of manufacturing sector ranging from steel industry, pharmaceutical industry, biotechnology industry, petrochemical industry, speciality industry, commodity chemical industry, polymer industry to plastic industry. Due to its massive extent, the energy use in the UK process industries is thus significant.

Therefore, the chance for the UK to achieve its national climate change target can be enhanced if the thermal energy efficiency in production plants is improved. To accomplish this goal, some thermal energy management projects in process industries have been carried out by different research groups from the UK universities respectively in collaboration with industrial organisations. The on-going PRO-TEM projects are listed as the following:

Example of project gantt chart
  • Design Toolbox for Energy Efficiency in the Process Industry
  • Energy saving in the Foundry Industry by Novel Single Shot Melting Process
  • Thermal management in commercial bread baking

Other projects which had been successfully delivered include:

  • PRO-TEM Network: Process Industry Thermal Energy Management Network
  • Thermal Management of Industrial Processes
  • Reduction of energy demand in paper making using online optimisation and control
  • Intensified Heat Transfer for Energy Saving in Process Industries
  • Evaluation of a large energy intensive site to determine if centralised electricity generation and steam distribution is preferable to local generation
  • Optimising Thermal Energy Recovery, Utilisation and Management in the Process Industries - OPTITHERM
  • Thermal Management in Polymer Processing

The PRO-TEM Network strives to continuously serve the community in creating a low carbon future and promoting a highly efficient use of energy. For further details about the PRO-TEM projects and the academia involved in each project, please visit EPSRC website.