Industrial Fluids Processing

Separations for Circularity

We aim to accelerate the collaborative development of radically innovative technologies for the separation and treatment of complex waste streams. Therefor we need technologies that are cost-effective, robust and future proof. Our program Separations for Circularity is bridging science to practice in a collaborative development with industry to accelerate the actual application of these technologies.

The focus of the technology development by the program is on intensification and electrification of the separation and treatment of large and mixed side- and waste streams, leading to the energy-efficient production and the recovery and reuse of valuable components. This should enable at least a 49% reduction in CO2 emissions along the total production process  by 2030 in comparison to 1990 as set forth in the central goal of the Climate Agreement by the Dutch government.

We can establish a 49% reduction in CO2 emissions

Energy-efficient production and the recovery and reuse of valuable components

In the process industry, a radical change is needed due to a changing environmental, industrial and societal context. The process industry needs to transition to a circular economy and use renewable resources.

Furthermore, future industrial plants and clusters will need to have minimal discharge and lower carbon and water footprints. The mission of the Separations for Circularity cluster is to:

  1. Accelerate the collaborative development of radically innovative technologies for the separation, treatment, and valorisation of side- and waste streams
  2. Ensure continuity of industrial operations in a changing environment
  3. Accelerate the realization of a carbon-neutral and circular industry with a reduced reliance on fossil fuels

R&D program

The Separations for Circularity (SfC) program maintains a dedicated and adaptive R&D program that focuses on the following technologies & processes:

  • Integration of separation processes in process wide consideration
  • Developing alternative, future prove technologies
  • Further developing and optimizing existing technologies

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