School of Engineering

ENERMIN

ENERMIN

Reducing energy use in the personal care product industry.

The purpose of ENERMIN is to develop alternate residuals management technologies for the personal care product industry that will broadly reduce energy use.

Project leaders

  • Professor David Graham
  • Dr Cesar Mota
  • Dr Jan Dolfing 

In cooperation with L'Oreal Paris (France) and ACS-Umwelttechnik (Germany)

Project details

All industries produce residuals during normal operation, and the handling of such materials is a regular component of business activity. Traditionally, such residuals are treated prior to disposal.

However, most residual processing methods are designed to reduce residual mass rather than minimise energy use, which is a growing problem as the cost of energy continues to rise.

As an example, up to 10% of the energy cost of a personal care product manufacturing plant (PCP) is used in residual management.

Given this high cost, residual handling methods must be re-evaluated and made more energy efficient to reduce costs, but also to make these processes more environmentally friendly.

The purpose of ENERMIN is to develop alternate residuals management technologies for the PCP industry that will broadly reduce energy use.

Although this is a valuable technical goal, the second major intention of this work is to stimulate interactions between a world-leading academic group (Newcastle University, United Kingdom), a large corporation (L'Oreal Industries, France), and a SME (ACS-Umwelttechnik, Germany) while generating technologies that can be translated broadly to small and large operations inside and outside of the PCP industry.

Academic staff

  • Professor David Graham
  • Dr Cesar Mota

Researchers

  • Dr Jan Dolfing