On 1 July 2012 the Helmholtz-Energy-Alliance launched a project titled "Energy-efficient multi-phase chemical processes". Partners of two HGF centers (Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf as co-coordinator and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology), four universities (Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Hamburg University of Technology, Technische Universität Dresden, Ruhr-Universität Bochum), and a Fraunhofer Institute, try to optimize the energy efficiency of industrially relevant chemical reactions on various system levels.
The alliance pools expertise and R & D activities in the fields of chemical reaction engineering, multiphase flow and multi-phase process and measurement techniques to determine potentials of energy savings. In addition, methods and tools to improve process understanding, process control and process simulation are developed. From the beginning, also technological aspects of sustainability issues are considered in the context of systems analysis. The grant period is three years.
ITAS is coordinating the "Research Topic 1: Systems Analysis", which comprises sustainability assessments and also simulations, which are performed by the Institute for Micro Process Engineering (KIT) and the Ruhr-University Bochum.