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    Imerys is the lead participant in the project and ensures that the industrial partnership, with its academic support, meets the aims and objectives of the project on time and within the budget.

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    Aalto University is involved in various work packages namely in online monitoring and control of calcined mineral processes- and will design the concept for online monitoring and control of such processes. The special emphasis in the concept will be put on product quality, energy efficiency, environmental performance and economic aspects. Next, the concept will be developed, implemented and validated on the specific industrial use case.

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    C-Tech Innovation is involved in four work packages. Their expertise will be valuable in the development of MW/RF/ohmic processing equipment for enhanced dewatering and drying of minerals. Involvement will also include work within the development of a high temperature MW-hybrid kiln for the calcining of minerals especially DE, and development of a high temperature MW-hybrid kiln for the treatment and recycling of filtration media at local end user sites.

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    Centrax is mainly involved in two work packages. They will work with the University of Exeter to deliver the design and costing for one or possibly two specific examples of a total low carbon (with some percentage of renewable) energy system for a plant operating a number of different minerals processing activities. This will demonstrate the industrial feasibility and economic viability of implementing a low carbon energy system to reduce the overall carbon footprint of calcined industrial minerals. The target is to extend best practice in this regard. Exeter and Centrax will maintain a close dialogue with the other partners to assess where such a system is likely to be the most viable.

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    Key role is evaluation of application opportunities of supercritical water production of syngas in the minerals processing site (particularly drying and calcining). Ecoland will develop the proposed approach into the mature technology with sufficient energy efficiency. In cooperation with Imerys they will evaluate its potential and application with present-day systems as well as new emerging approaches for drying and calcination.

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    Fuller Smith & turner is participating in the project as an end user of calcined industrial minerals (for beer filtration). It will run filtration trials at its Brewery to assess the performance of the new sustainable products that are produced during the project. This will serve to demonstrate that the new technologies developed within the project are capable of producing marketable products with acceptable performance in commercial applications. Fuller, Smith and Turner PLC.

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    Primary project task is to design and modify equipment and/or infrastructure for the processes of dewatering, drying and calcination (high temperature treatment). Their approach is based on utilisation of plasmatorch assisted and joule heating assisted processes. This effort will be followed by evaluation of the potential of the scale-up of both processes to industrial scale, and feasibility studies focused on energy and mass balance.

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    Within the project, ICI is involved in paint formulation, paint synthesis, wet paint characterisation, dry paint film property assessment and an evaluation of environmental impact of paints. This will include definition of appropriate paint formulations for successful evaluation of the identified candidate materials and recycled products, some of which may well be novel raw materials that require novel paint formulations, and testing of these formulations to define either the required improvements or confirm opportunities for the candidate materials.

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    IMA-Europe is the sector-based representation of the EU industrial minerals industry, it promotes the common interests of its members. Its thorough understanding of the industrial minerals sector and being at the key node of a large stakeholder network led to IMA-Europe being chosen as the dissemination & exploitation partner of choice for the STOICISM project.

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    Outotec leads the work in the development of calcination technologies based on fluidised bed systems.

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    PREDICT is involved in two work packages - Online monitoring - and will design and develop the middleware able to integrate the different data sources and to propose intelligent services for reporting, analysis and monitoring. The special emphasis in the middleware will be put on standardisation of acquisition, data synchronisation, data validation/consolidation, easy merging and on the plug and play capability of the different services/modules for extraction, reporting, refinement, analysis and monitoring. Next, the middleware will be developed, implemented and validated on the specific industrial use case during demonstration phase.

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    PwC has been working in the area of life cycle assessment (LCA) and eco-design for the last 20 years. They have completed more than 1000 LCA projects, including projects in the minerals extraction sector. The energy savings and raw material efficiency of the STOICISM project will be quantified by using a life cycle assessment analysis from PwC as the lead partecipant.

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    TU Delft contributes to three work packages. The core of TU Delft’s participation will be in material characterisation, classification and discrimination to define the specifications and proof of concept leading to the development of an on line analyser for calcined products as part of one work package. In addition TU Delft will be involved in in-situ material classification.

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    Technology provider for drying techniques, mainly fluidised bed drying/calcining and cooling. Integration of other heat sources in the drying installations and use of alternative fuels for drying. Tema Process has several pilot units for demonstration activities that can be used or amended for drying of the materials.

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    The UL’s research team “Mineral Engineering” involved in the project participates in various work packages to improve develop new beneficiation processes for kaolin, DE, and co-product extraction, and to develop a thermal process to produce lightweight materials from waste.

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    Exeter’s Camborne School of Mines has an international reputation for research related to the understanding and management of the Earth's natural processes, mineral resources, energy, and the environment. Its staff is currently involved in a host of European collaborative projects, including FP7 ImpactMin, Interreg SETARAM, Interreg MERiFIC, and RFCS LowCarb.

    The core of Exeter’s involvement is participating in Extraction related work, but also in other work packages to investigate the opportunities for renewable energy.

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