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Industrial Symbiosis in Process Networks

Advanced Integration Methods for Efficient Symbiosis in Process Networks

“Advanced Integration Methods for Efficient Symbiosis in Process Networks - AIMS”:

The AIMS proposal addresses the challenges associated to the "efficient use of resources and raw materials" and to the use of "clean, efficient and safe energy systems" in the Process Industries from a holistic, non-hierarchical and cross-sectoral point of view.

Departing from the limitations imposed by the conservation and transfer laws, AIMS will rely on the Process Systems Engineering (PSE) approach to propose efficient ways to intensify the interactions between different processing systems and supply chains, identifying and promoting Industrial Symbiosis opportunities, and fostering collaborative decision-making and circular economy solutions.

Case studies will proposed in the area of process industries and networks (chemical, petrochemical, oil & gas, agro-food, renewable energy, water treatment, etc.), for which a simultaneous management of shared resources will be required, taking into account economic, environmental and social concerns.

So the candidate is expected to participate in the formulation and solution of ad-hoc models thourgh his/her involvement in one or more of the following tasks:

  • Problem identification, development of the associated materials taxonomy and characterization/formulation of consistency rules. Implementation of a system ontology to relate all these elements.
  • Development of ad-hoc multi-objective optimization approaches
  • Development of ad-hoc heuristic approaches (decomposition strategies, methods based on game theories, and metaheuristics).
  • Extensive use of model reduction techniques and sensitivity analysis methods, in order to discard noise, seize relevant factors for decision making and finally improve the efficiency of the required optimization strategies.

The models to be developed shall be able to consider two basic aspects of the problem, often over-simplified or even ignored: the existence of multiple, conflicting, non-additive objectives, and the uncertainty associated to the lack of reliable information, not always revealed by the competing counterparts.


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