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Advanced Integration Methods for Efficient Symbiosis in Process Networks

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Competitive project
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156.090,00 €
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The AIMS project proposal addresses the challenges associated to the "efficient use of resources and raw materials" and to the use of
"clean, efficíent 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 wíll rely on the Process Systems Engineering (PSE) approach to propase efficient ways to intensify the interactions between different processing systems and supply chains, identifying and promoting Industrial Symbiosis opportunities, and fosteríng collaborative decision-making and circular economy solutions
The proposal is aimed at overcoming the limitations of the curren! ad-hoc Industrial Symbiosis approaches, based on identifying opportunities through expert analysis. These strategíes, even after a systematic local search, usually lead to sub-optima! solutions. On the contrary, the solutions to be proposed through AIMS will be based on systematic collection and processing of data, common models ensuring interoperability between information and knowledge management tools, and transparent assessment of solutions.
Thus, AIMS will develop models, methods and tools able to identify efficient resource processing and transformation networks under three working paradigms:
- Unified approach: development of holistic tools to harmonize concerns and constraints (economic, environmental and social) from the different stakeholders involved;
- Multi-scale view: integration of operational, tactical and strategic decision-making levels within a global, unified and consisten! information model;
- Multi-sectoral applicability: Adaptability to open systems, independent from specific industrial sectors ar scenarios, and from the geographic ar macroeconomic context.
The models to be developod 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.
In order to formulate and solve the resulting models, multi-objective optimization approaches will be complemented with decomposition strategies, methods based on game theories, and metaheuristics. Extensive use of model reduction techniques and sensitivity analysis methods is expected to discard noise, seize relevan! factors for decision making and finally improve the efficiency of the required optimization strategies.
The systematic methods and tools to be developed will be validated on a diverse set of cases, from academia and industry, al large and reduced scale. Case studies will involve process industries and networks (chemical, petrochemical, oil & gas, agro-food, etc.), for which simultaneous management of shared resources will be addressed taking into account economic, environmental and social concerns, in accordance with the EU Responsible Research & lnnovation policy. Applications in other sectors (exploitation of renewable energy sources, water treatment, circular economy initiatives led by organisations from the third sector, etc.) will be also addressed, demonstrating the flexibility of the approach and the procedures developed, as well as AIMS potential to identify alternatives promoting the efficient use of resources (symbiosis) in different scenarios.
Cadena de Suministro, Ciclo Agua, Circular Economy, Economía Circular, Eficiencia Energética, Energy Efficiency, Industrial Symbiosis, Multi-objective Optimization, Optimación Multi-objetivo, Simbiosis Industrial, Supply Chain Management, Water Cycle
Adm. Estat
Plan Estatal de Investigación Científica y Técnica y de Innovación 2013-2016
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Funcding program
Programa Estatal de I+D+i Orientada a los Retos de la Sociedad
Funding call
Retos de Investigación: Proyectos de I+D+i
Grant institution
Agencia Estatal De Investigacion


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