Projects are funded by UKRI through the Transforming Foundation Industries (TFI) Challenge, led by Innovate UK.
EconoMISER (Economy, Materials, Innovation, Sustainability Efficiency and Resources)
FISC's first major project responding to the challenges faced by the foundation industries.
Specialist facilities and investment are needed to transition foundation industries to net zero. Without them they will struggle to demonstrate and prove effective technological solutions at a commercially viable scale.
This £19.5m project will upgrade five facilities across the UK by providing key infrastructure to demonstrate low carbon technologies at scale.
Jointly developed by FISC partners who share the vision for a low carbon future, EconoMISER brings the collective strength of foundation industry specialisms in glass, ceramics, polymers, and metals.
Collaboration by EconoMISER partners across key themes:
Alternative fuels: Glass Futures will lead research into low carbon alternative fuels to heat/melt raw materials and facilitate processing. Facilities at its new Global Centre of Excellence will be developed to examine and help the scale-up of industrial electrical and hydrogen-based heating sources.
Circular economy, feedstock, recycling, and reuse: The Royce Institute will lead the development of facilities that provide new and improved technologies for sorting and processing recycled materials, and industrial symbiosis (taking waste from one company or process and feeding it into another.) Work will include the longevity of materials in use and reuse and work towards a circular engineering polymer economy made up of advanced deconstruction, synthesis, aging, and performance.
Digital control and sensors: The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) will lead the development of facilities to examine different sensor technologies for use in harsh, high temperature environments, for tracking materials in use, as well as using ‘digital twins' to model a factory digitally. It will offer pilot scale industry access to polymer recovery and reprocessing of engineering and film forming plastics for packaging and industrial applications.
Process optimisation: Ceramics partner. Will lead work in process design, better furnaces, and heat/material management to improve process efficiency and reduce energy use.
Sustainable materials development: The Materials Processing Institute will lead facilities focused on accelerating material development by improving current available materials then scaling up to a meaningful size. It will look at metals including the recovery, reuse and recycling of end-of-life products.
For more information on EconoMISER please contact Iain Taylor, Programme Director
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