Project DESTINY

Development of an Efficient microwave System for material Transformation in energy INtensive processes for an improved Yield

Keraben, the DESTINY project leader, describes in the following videos the key facts of the DESTINY project and its benefit for energy intensive industries:

DESTINY video
DESTINY video with subtitles

Overall approach

The DESTINY project aims to realize a functional, green and energy saving, scalable and replicable solution, employing microwave energy for continuous material processing in energy intensive industries. The target is to develop and demonstrate a new concept of firing for granular feedstock to realize material transformation using full microwave heating as alternative energy source and complement to the existing conventional production. The DESTINY system is conceived as cellular kilns in a mobile modular plant, with significant advantages in terms of resource and energy efficiency, flexibility, replicability, scalability and a reduced environmental footprint.

The influence of the DESTINY solutions in terms of stability, process efficiency and characteristics of raw materials, intermediate/sub/final products will be investigated to improve performance of the industrial processes within 3 industrial sectors (Cement, Ceramics and Steel). New heating technologies, monitoring systems and numerical simulation tools will be used to drive the design and to excel in the outcome.

The industrialization and sustainability of DESTINY high temperature microwave technology will be assessed through the evaluation of relevant key performance indicators (KPIs) with life cycle methodologies. With the final aim of ensuring a large exploitation and market penetration for DESTINY, technology-based solution business models, economic viability and replicability analysis will be conducted. For guaranteeing industrial transferability, appropriate exploitation and dissemination activities have been defined during and even after the end of the project.

 

Objectives

The DESTINY project aspires to introduce a “first-of-a-kind” high temperature microwave processing system at industrial level offering a variety of vital benefits to energy intensive sectors: reduced energy consumption, lower lifetime operating costs and enhanced sustainability profile. 

The DESTINY system is conceived as cellular kilns in a mobile modular plant designed to cover the “material feedstock-firing-product storage” process in a unique clean system with increased production flexibility. Working with throughputs ranging from 10% to 100% capacity should be enabled without any major loss of the overall process performance.

Objectives focus towards the improvement of efficiency ratios in the following areas:

  • Flexibility of ±30% to energy input within RES (Renewable Energy Sources) fluctuations time frames without significant losses in specific energy efficiency
  • Improvement in energy efficiency of 40% (depending on different industry and product applications)
  • Improvement in terms of resource (fuel) efficiency exceeding the value of 40% 
  • Decrease in CO2 emissions by 45% (without considering the electricity generation at steady state)
  • Decreased OPEX and CAPEX by 15%.