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Proposal title Smart and CO2 neutral Olefin Production by arTificial Intelligence and MAchine Learning

People Involved

Eni Oko

Project Description

The proposed project is to develop and maintain long term collaborations between Europe and China towards CO2 neutral
Olefin production. We will realize this objective by carrying out joint research in big data and artificial intelligence (AI) for
ethylene plants integrated with carbon capture and CO2 utilisation. Specifically this requires a universal set of skills such as
pilot scale experimental study, process modelling and analysis, optimisation, catalysis and reaction kinetics that will be
strengthened by the individual mobility of researchers between Europe and China. There are 12 partners involved in
OPTIMAL with 3 industrial partners. These partners are world leading in their respective research areas. OPTIMAL is
planned to start from Jan. 2021 and will continue for 48 months. There will be 28 experienced and 35 early stage
researchers participating in OPTIMAL with exchange visits of 262 person months. The funding of 772,800 will be requested
from European Commission to support these planned secondments. The European beneficiaries are experts at catalysis,
CO2 utilisation, intensified carbon capture, reaction mechanism and kinetics & CFD studies, hybrid modelling, molecular
simulation and dynamic optimisation, whilst the Chinese partners are experts at exergy analysis, process control and
optimisation, solvent-based carbon capture & data-driven model development, deep reinforced learning based model free
control, intelligent predictive control, physics-based reduced order model development, soft exergy sensor development and
optimisation under uncertainty. Transfer of knowledge will take place through these exchange visits. We will generate at
least 25 Journal publications and 25 Conference papers. 2 Special Issues will be established in leading journals such as
Applied Energy. 2 Workshops and 2 Special Sessions in major international conferences will also be organised to
disseminate project results.

Project Acronym OPTIMA
Status Project Live
Funder(s) European Commission
Value £115,238.00
Project Dates Jan 4, 2021 - Jan 3, 2025