Drying and Dewatering: reducing cost, improving quality

Drying & Dewatering

Innovations in drying and dewatering play a key role when it comes to reducing energy use and CO2 emissions in the Dutch industry. Drying and dewatering are important processes, since all kinds of products require drying, from vegetables and dairy products to paper and sewage. But it’s also one of the most energy-consuming processes, requiring 80 PJ a year (2013 NEVI).

We focus on reducing energy and costs, strongly linked to the manufacturing of high quality and sustainable products. Together with our partners we identify joint drying issues and aim to improve (or develop) new technologies that use less energy. This will result in a reduction of CO2-emissions while maintaining (or improving) product quality.

Reducing energy, improving quality

In all of our projects, the interaction between industry and academia is key. We aim to realise cost-effective R&D and ensure the effective and rapid transfer of technology from the laboratory to industrial practice.

Drying is one of the most energy-consuming processes in the process industry

Partnership with the Dutch drying community

Within our program Drying and Dewatering we work in close partnership with the Dutch working society on drying Nederlandse Werkgroep Drogen (NWGD). We have the joint ambition of innovating the area of drying technology in the Netherlands. NWGD stimulates the development and application of sustainable drying technology by connecting experts, amongst others via networking events.

Joint drying issues

  • Convective drying, spray drying, fluidised bed drying, radio frequency drying, microwave drying
  • Conductive or dielectric drying
  • Drum drying, vacuum drum drying, vortex drying, agitated thin film drying, refractance window drying
  • Freeze drying or Lyophilization
  • Waste recovery
  • Smart sensoring
  • Hydrodynamics
  • Heat recovery and re-use

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