The Renewable Systems Engineering grant (RENESENG) is a new FP7 Marie Curie project that researches and trains a new breed of engineers with project experience in biorefinery. Its emphasis is on advanced process design, synthesis, model-based screening and analysis and process integration. RENESENG continues and builds on a series of successful European and national projects and is aimed at training future scientists and engineers in biorefinery related topics.
RENESENG aims to prepare a new generation of highly-qualified researchers in biorefinery and bio based Chemical Systems Engineering Sciences in Europe. The programme is expected to have a high impact on the design of newly establishing industrial complexes in biorefineries and more generally in eco-industries. RENESENG brings together interdisciplinary academic and industrial teams of high-quality experts, embracing disciplines in agricultural sciences, chemistry and chemical engineering, biology and biotechnology, computer science, process engineering, logistics and business economics, as well as social sciences (with an emphasis on life cycle analysis skills).
Coordinating efforts and disciplines
The project mobilizes a critical mass in Europe that is already particularly active in this area but needs to coordinate the efforts and reduce fragmentation of knowledge.
The principal scientific challenge of the network will be to foster interdisciplinary research from expert groups with dedicated interests in bio-renewables. To realize this, a model-assisted systems approach is used as an integrating aspect to address complex and large problems. The aim is to develop and validate modelling, synthesis, integration and optimization technology, addressing:
- Lignin-based and cellulosic processes
- Water-based paths to biomass production
- Waste treatment paths
- Hybrids of bio-renewables with other forms of renewables
Training for high qualified researchers
RENESENG will develop a program of training activities. These activities include the development of communication materials, business and social skills, visits and social events. In this way, using a new profile researchers are able to transmit their knowledge to many different stakeholders associated with the Biobased Economy. RENESENG ensures high quality careers prospects for all, through the active participation of six industries, the creation of spin-offs and the sustainable implementation of a multicenter PhD training programme.
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Training school dates
The 4th and last training school of the project took place in January 2017, organized by Arkema in Lyon.