DAPhNE: New microwave system for efficient firing processes

Imagen_DAPhNEThe microwave division (DIMAS) of the research institute ITACA participates in the DAPhNE project (DAPHNE- Development of adaptive ProductioN systems for Eco-efficient firing processes). This Project  has received funding from European Union Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013)  under grant agreement nº 314636. The project is integrated in the topic NMP. 2012-1, Adaptive production systems and measurement and control equipment for optimal energy consumption and near-to-zero emissions in manufacturing processes.

The overall scope of the DAPhNE project is to develop and demonstrate a package of integrated solutions for energy intensive, firing processes (ceramics, cement and glass), based on self-adaptive control microwave systems, tuning microwave technologies to the material characteristics, yielding real time information about the process energy consumption as well as the product quality.

DIMAS participates in this project designing the new microwave applicator for the high-temperature processing of target materials (ceramics, cement and glass), as well as with the development of new measurement fixtures for the dielectric characterization of materials at microwave frequencies and high-temperatures above 1000ºC.

DAPhNE will contribute to transform the traditional manufacturing in energy-intensive processes, based on consumption of fossil fuels with low control of process capacity, into a completely new flexible, modular, re-configurable, smart and digital factory concept based on:

  • Smart control of high-temperature microwave processes
  • Smart monitoring and control of production lines that incorporate the proposed microwave solutions, capable of maximizing autonomy and interaction capability with existing machinery and ensuring reuse of existing infrastructures.

The main benefits expected from DAPhNE project are:

  • Ultra fast processing of materials based on high-temperature microwave system.
  • Electrical efficiency and therefore energy savings thanks to the advanced system control and the novel microwave production system. The target is to reach an over all energy demand reduction of more than 40%.
  • Possibility to have modular production facilities
  • Sustainability: Up to 85% decrease of CO2 emmisions.

See more at: http://daphne-project.eu.