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ITC: Kiln Emissions Reduction for the Ceramic Industry

The main objective of the European Project DREAM, funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 Programme, is the development of a new series of techno­logic­al innovations for the purpose to be implemented both in new generation kilns and conventional kilns for ceramic tiles.

In order to verify these improvements in situ, three industrial demonstrators have been developed and will act as techno­logic­al showcases for the market. In this framework, and with regard to the environmental line, the Spanish Instituto de Tecnología Cerámica (ITC) has built a pilot plant composed by a bag filter with reagent injection and two packed bed reactors focused on the study of acid pollutants, with the aim of reducing them and other emitted elements which could be harmful. This pilot plant has been installed at the KERABEN Grupo facilities in Nules (Castellón/ES), the different measurement campaigns will last until summer 2019. Thus, the pilot plant includes last generation monitoring systems that will allow to obtain information of the pollutant emissions in real time in an industrial focus.
The European project DREAM – Design for Resource and Energy Efficiency in Ceramic Kilns, unites some of the main European players in the field of technologies for cer­am­ic industry. The basic idea behind the project is to reduce kilns energy consumption, pollutant emissions and cost of production, while increasing the quality of the final product. Within the project, following strategic in­nov­ations will be developed to be applied to new kilns: a biofuel-fed CHP unit; development of a tool for modelling, simulation and control of firing parameters; implementation of heat exchanger for heat recovery; development of new refractory materials and coatings to improve kiln isolation; as well as monitoring and reduction of the kiln emissions.

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