Special Issue "Process Integration and Optimisation for Sustainable Systems"
A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 April 2020).
Interests: process integration; circular economy; sustainable design; energy efficiency
Interests: wastewater treatment; environment; environmental impact assessment; water and wastewater treatment; sustainability; environmental analysis; sustainable development; renewable energy technologies; environmental management; environmental pollution
Interests: renewable energy technologies; energy conversion; energy; thermal engineering; photovoltaics; engineering thermodynamics; energy engineering; mechanical engineering; engineering; applied and computational mathematics; power generation
Interests: solid waste management; waste treatment; scenarios; cleaner production; organic waste; environment
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Process integration and optimisation of energy and resource flows within industrial and regional systems provide an engineering basis in the move toward sustainability. Process integration applies a holistic approach to systems design where the performances of individual components are devised to benefit the total system. The importance of holistic thinking can impact system design at multiple scales, from micro-reactors to the processes and sites of entire countries and regions. Circular economy, industrial ecology, industrial symbiosis, and life cycle analysis, are related holistic concepts. In working toward sustainable development and systems, process integration and optimisation, combined with these related ideas, have the potential to extract the maximum value and efficiency of energy and resources, leading to a greener economy that minimizes the release of GHG emissions, particulates, and other harmful emissions.
Contributions to this Special Issue stem mainly from the 22nd International Conference on Process Integration, Modelling and Optimisation for Energy Saving and Pollution Reduction—PRES’19—with additional papers from the 5th International Conference on Low Carbon Asia & Beyond—ICLCA 2019. This Special Issue is open to additional contributions from the academic research community. PRES’19 aims to challenge the status quo of energy efficiency, technology, and sustainability. Using a holistic approach, research contributions derive innovative solutions to both local and global energy and resource sustainability issues. As such, this Special Issue encapsulates frontier research that applies a holistic approach to the analysis, modelling, integration and optimisation of systems. The Guest Editors have selected articles from PRES’19 and ICLCA 2019 that, with substantial extensions, could offer thought-provoking concepts, new methods for sustainable systems, and cutting-edge system design.
Dr. Timothy Gordon Walmsley
Prof. Dr. Chew-Tin Lee
Prof. Dr. Sandro Nižetić
Dr. Yee-Van Fan
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- process integration
- process design
- process modelling
- energy efficiency
- circular economy
- circular integration
- industrial ecology
- industrial symbiosis
- industry 4.0
- sustainable development
- sustainability indicators
- life cycle analysis