The drive across the world towards energy efficiency and reduction of CO2 emissions is leading to new
industrial processes and new ways of operating existing processes. In particular, the control and operation of
processes, rotating machinery and electrical equipment is becoming radically more integrated giving new
opportunities for energy saving through equipment management, automation, and optimization.
In the light of these challenges, there is a need for new training and research action to address technology
gaps at the interfaces between the process, mechanical and electrical domains, and to realize energy savings
from integrated operation. The ENERGY-SMARTOPS consortium has detailed plans for cross-disciplinary
training of a cohort of Early Stage engineering researchers through personalized programmes which will
provide experience of research as an exciting and rewarding career, in-depth training in research projects at
the host site and on intersectorial secondments, local and network-wide courses on technical topics,
complementary skills training, and participation in workshops and symposia.
The consortium involves four European universities as full partners, a leading US university and an SME as Associated Partner, two European industrial operating companies as full partners and one as an Associated Partner, a European technology company as full partner. Its investigators are experts in electrical machinery and power electronics, compressors and pumps, modelling and optimization, instrumentation, signal analysis, equipment condition monitoring, and automation of oil & gas, steel and chemical processes.
The Cracow University of Technology is a cluster member involved in the Research Theme 1 called:
"Equipment and process monitoring"
The expected outcomes and deliverables of Research Theme 1 are:
- scalable and complete equipment monitoring systems that take account of multiple measurements across the interfaces of process, mechanical and electrical sub-systems
- development of diagnostic algorithms that can reduce the failure risk, speed up root cause analysis and reduce maintenance cost
- measuring devices, data processing hardware and all necessary software solutions.
Achieving smooth operation at the equipment level and dealing with interactions contributes to the overall ENERGY-SMARTOPS theme of energy saving because the performance of control, optimization and energy saving schemes depends critically on efficient operation of the lower-level assets. Therefore tools for continuous condition monitoring which give early warning of problems are the essential foundation for any energy-efficiency initiatives.