Design for resource and energy efficiency in ceramic kilns DREAM 

The DREAM project aims to design, develop and demonstrate a radically improved architecture for ceramic industrial furnaces, characterised by optimised energy consumption, reduced emissions, and lower operating costs compared to currently available technological solutions. This will be obtained by substantially enhancing specific furnace parts (control system, refractories, emissions abatement system) and by adding new modules and sub-systems (CHP unit, heat pipes) to the current furnace architecture.

DREAM Specific objectives will be:

        To design innovative hardware furnace components improving energy efficiency (biofuel-fed CHP unit, heat pipes, emission abatement system)

        To introduce substantial improvements on current hardware-software kiln parts (kiln control tool, refractory materials)

        To test the DREAM solutions in a variety of industrial settings (retrofitting and pilot kiln demonstrators)

        To pave the way for a full seizure of DREAM related market opportunities (dissemination, exploitation within the ceramic sector and market replication)

DREAM will develop and demonstrate technologies enabling a significant advancement in the sustainability of ceramics processes, implementing 5 synergic lines of research and 3 industrial demonstrators, which will act as technological showcases for market deployment. Such approach will enable to advance, in the five lines of research, from TRL4 to TRL6.

DREAM will strongly contribute to both the sustainability and competitiveness of the European ceramics and process industries. In particular, the DREAM technologies will earn an overall 20% OPEX and energy consumption reduction for industrial furnaces, with an average investment payback time for end users lower than 3 years.

The DREAM coordinator and industrial partners are technology and market leaders in the ceramics equipment field, and this will streamline the translation of the DREAM research results into successful products and services.

This project is funded by the European commission through Horizon 2020 programme under grant agreement nº 723641-DREAM.

Call topic: SPIRE-04-2016 “Industrial furnace design addressing energy efficiency in new and existing furnaces”

Website: available soon

Duration: 36 months. From October 1st, 2016 to September 30st, 2019.

Total eligible budget:  5.076.105,00 €

Maximum EU grant: 5.076.105,00 €


        Sacmi Forni Spa (Coordinator)

        Asociación de Investigación de las Industrias Cerámicas (ITC-AICE)

        Universita degli Studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia

        Econotherm Limited

        Synesis-Società Consortile a Responsabilità Limitata

        FGF - Forschungsgemeinschaft Feuerfest EV

        Rath Gmbh

        Brunel University London

        CRIT - Centro di Ricerca e Innovazione Tecnologica Srl

        Keraben Grupo S.A.

        Mirage Granito Ceramico Spa

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