Horizon 2020 project COCOP started

The Horizon 2020 project COCOP was launched on 1 October 2016. COCOP stands for “Coordinating Optimization of Complex Industrial Processes”. The vision of COCOP is the optimal management of complex process engineering systems through a coordinating real-time optimization system.

The aim of the project is the monitoring and control of the plant by linking a model-based, predictive and coordinating optimization concept (Coordinated Optimization) with the automation systems of the plant. This ambitious approach is being developed and verified in cooperation between European universities, research institutes and industrial enterprises. The consortium consists of two universities, three research institutes, the leading provider of copper plant technology, two large companies in the process industry (steel and specialty chemicals) and four SMEs offering automation solutions for various industrial sectors.

In the end, the results of COCOP will help to strengthen the global position of the European process industry, which represents 20% of European industrial output, generating 1.6 billion euros in sales in around 450,000 companies, securing 6.8 million jobs.

The technical objective is the definition of a concept and its implementation and implementation with the involved industrial companies. This system expands existing industrial control systems with efficient methods of data management and optimization, and provides tools for plant-wide monitoring and control of large industrial production processes.

COCOP will work with standardization bodies (automation) to ensure a lasting impact of the project results. The commercialization of the solution through its process automation industry partners enables plant operators to achieve optimal production with reduced energy and resource consumption and reduced greenhouse gas emissions.


  • Tampere University of Technology (Coordinator)
  • DSM Chemical Technology R & D BV
  • SIDENOR Aceros Especiales S.L.
  • MSi Grupo (Mondragon Sistemas De Informacion Sociedad Cooperativa)
  • OptimationAB
  • Outotec Oy
  • Tecnalia
  • Technische Universität Dortmund
  • VDEh-Betriebsforschungsinstitut GmbH
  • VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
  • 2-control ApS

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