Aikaterini Mountraki

Aikaterini Mountraki
European Commission | ec · Joint Research Centre (JRC)

Doctor of Engineering

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21
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Citations since 2017
11 Research Items
64 Citations
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Additional affiliations
February 2021 - present
European Commission
Position
  • Project Officer
Description
  • Member of the Research, Innovation and Competitiveness Group of the Knowledge for the Energy Union Unit. The main activities focus on >assessing the competitiveness of the EU low carbon energy industry in the context of the transition towards a climate-neutral economy >contributing to the knowledge management and policy support tasks of the Unit >producing evidence-based assessments, inputs to policy documents and briefs in support of the Energy Union
July 2019 - February 2021
Aarhus University
Position
  • PostDoc Position
Description
  • Process modelling of biorefinering technologies for the optimization of productivity, energy consumption, economy etc, based on real data from lab-scale to demonstration scale experiments.
July 2014 - January 2019
Compagnie Industrielle de la Matière Végétale (CIMV)
Position
  • Research Assistant
Education
March 2014 - March 2019
National Technical University of Athens
Field of study
  • Systems Integrations for the Holistic Design of Second Generation Biorefineries
October 2009 - November 2011
National Technical University of Athens
Field of study
  • Computational Mechanics
October 2003 - July 2009
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Field of study
  • Chemical Engineering

Publications

Publications (21)
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To date, first and second generation processes have been integrated by the adoption of grassroots design methodologies while, in reality, their coupling is far more complex. The integration of first and second generation biorefineries is a combined grassroots–retrofit design problem that hides endogenous symbiotic options and proves the deficiency...
Technical Report
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This report is an output of the Clean Energy Technology Observatory (CETO). CETO’s objective is to provide an evidence-based analysis feeding the policy making process and hence increasing the effectiveness of R&I policies for clean energy technologies and solutions. It monitors EU research and innovation activities on clean energy technologies nee...
Technical Report
The full report can be downloaded here https://setis.ec.europa.eu/hydropower-and-pumped-hydropower-storage-european-union_en \\ Hydropower, with its 1,360 GW of global installed capacity and 4,260 TWh/year in 2021, is currently the giant of low-carbon and renewable electricity technologies. In the European Union (EU) the current power capacity is...
Technical Report
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The aim of this report is to provide an update of the state of the art of wind energy technology. This includes onshore wind, offshore wind (both bottom-fixed and floating offshore wind) and when available selected findings on lower technological readiness level wind technologies (e.g. research and innovation information on e.g. airborne wind energ...
Book
Full-text available
This report is an output of the Clean Energy Technology Observatory (CETO). CETO’s objective is to provide an evidence-based analysis feeding the policy making process and hence increasing the effectiveness of R&I policies for clean energy technologies and solutions. It monitors EU research and innovation activities on clean energy technologies nee...
Book
The objective of this report is to establish a scoreboard to assess the EU’s competitive position in carbon-neutral solutions across important industrial ecosystems related to the energy transition. The 2021 annual report of the European Climate Neutral Industry Competitiveness Scoreboard (CIndECS) provides an assessment of 20 climate-neutral solut...
Data
This dataset is the contribution to the Eurostat Circular Economy Monitoring Framework regarding the indicator on the number of patents related to recycling and secondary raw materials. The input is included to the Eurostat monitoring framework available here: https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/web/circular-economy/indicators/monitoring-framework in pa...
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Biorefinery processes are challenged to make effective use of commercial flowsheeting software. Challenges include the lack of property data, complexity of raw materials, and emerging non-conventional processes and technologies. Surrogate models could assist by combining data-based models (by means of surrogate models) with conventional models avai...
Conference Paper
Phenol-formaldehyde (PF) resins are widely used in wood-based applications by reason of their heat and water resistance, high mechanical strength and chemical stability. Challenges regarding the environmental impact of petroleum-based resources lead to an increased interest of developing new resins where components such as phenol are replaced with...
Thesis
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The thesis introduces new methods and tools for the optimization and finally to the industrialization of biomass processing processes. Challenges include (i) the management of the data acquired by various sources (literature or experimental) and at various accuracy levels due to different TRLs (pilot, laboratory, or theoretical stage), (ii) the sys...
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Lignocellulosic biomass includes agricultural and forest residues, which is a promising source for energy and chemical production when valorized through the biorefinery process. Xylitol is an important co-product in biorefinery. The production of xylitol is achieved either by yeast fermentation or by catalytic hydrogenation of xylose. However these...
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Bioreactors are mainly heterogeneous systems that are strongly non-ideal and operate at mild temperatures with several reversible paths in place. Therefore, mass transfer aspects may become crucial when removing product in the course of reaction, improving, that way, the overall yields. Homogeneous systems are mainly depended on the kinetics and th...
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The paper presents a methodology for the integrated treatment of biorefinery effluents using a systems engineering approach. The methodology uses generic bipartite graphs to integrate biorefinery units and to compose superstructures. The graph representation accounts for biorefinery processes, waste treatment technologies, raw materials, intermedia...
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The effective utilization of biomass is essential for setting up sustainable biorefineries. In order to evaluate the most remunerative paths for incorporation to the biorefinery, this chapter examines the energy requirements of the selected pretreatment process (CIMV Process) as well as the energy requirements of each candidate process. The design...
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This paper deploys Total Site Analysis as a process synthesis methodology for the valorization and selection of chemical paths in order to integrate under studied biorefineries. As a results, it is able to screen numerous and complex candidate chemical paths and select the best integrated product portfolios. The methodology offers the rules to coll...
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This paper presents an integrated assessment of waste treatment technologies (including reuse and regeneration) for biorefinery effluents using systems engineering approach. The model-based approach integrates different scenarios in design and applies optimization techniques to select and compare options. Methodology is based on a superstructure de...
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In the European Community the production of biofuels has seen a steep increase (IEA, 2010) but the production will not be competitive unless combined with a parallel production of chemicals. The emphasis on lignocellulosic supplies is entirely consistent with the underlying principles of sustainable development but industrial designs require a sign...
Conference Paper
As oil is a fast depleting resource (BP, 2010), much is expected by the production of biofuels as valid options to replace fossil-oil transportation fuels. Biorefineries are not an entirely new concept. Many of the traditional biomass conversion technologies such as the sugar and paper industries are aspects of the bio-refining approach. By adaptin...
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A recent method for the direct numerical simulation of particulate flows is tested, which has the attractive feature of employing a fixed grid. A time integration scheme of the resulting equations is proposed, that is different from the one in the literature and shows significantly improved accuracy characteristics. The flow through ordered and...

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Projects (3)
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In Sweden, bioenergy comes only from one to two percent of agriculture, compared to 34 percent in Denmark. Most of the bioenergy in the Kattegat-Skagerrak today comes from forest raw materials, straw, and manure. Biofuels from agriculture need to compete with cheaper fuels. The project scopes for better economic sustainability by integrating bioenergy production with food and feed production. The project will create a development platform for green biorefining in the Kattegat-Skagerrak. Two test and demonstration facilities are used: One in Aarhus (AU Foulum) and a smaller farm-based facility at the Sötåsen Natural Farm School. Circular models and system solutions for bioenergy production with biomass from borderlands will be developed and tested. According to the project, the circular model will also provide a sustainable and high-quality protein feed that can be produced regionally and reduces dependence on soy imports, which is a feed linked to tropical deforestation and requires long fossil-based transport. https://interreg-oks.eu/projektbank/projekt/greenvalleysgronabioraffinaderierforhallbarproduktionavbioenergifranjordbruket.5.6bfab613166f8796d0f80f16.html
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The EU project BIOCORE will conceive and analyse the industrial feasibility of a biorefinery concept that will allow the conversion of cereal by-products (straws etc), forestry residues and short rotation woody crops into a wide spectrum of products including 2nd generation biofuels, chemical intermediates, polymers and materials. Through the development of a range of polymer building blocks, BIOCORE will show how 70% of today’s polymers can be derived from biomass.
Project
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 biorefineries and emphasis on advanced process design, synthesis, model-based screening and analysis and process integration.