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Energy Symbioses in Eco-Industrial Parks: Models and Perspectives

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Hamid Afshari, Qingjin Peng

University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB, Canada

Romain Farel, Jean-Paul Gourlia

PS2E, Les Loges-en-Josas, France

Paper No. DETC2016-59965, pp. V004T05A022; 10 pages
  • ASME 2016 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 4: 21st Design for Manufacturing and the Life Cycle Conference; 10th International Conference on Micro- and Nanosystems
  • Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, August 21–24, 2016
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division, Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5014-5
  • Copyright © 2016 by ASME


Design and implementation of Eco-Industrial Parks (EIPs) is a practical and scientific solution to achieve sustainable industries. Specifically, energy exchange networks can significantly contribute to the pollution reduction by recovering and sharing wasted heat generated in industrial processes. Despite this perceived fact, the existing research seems mainly looking for one to one relation and lacks in methods for modeling and optimizing multi-synergy symbioses that is essential for EIPs. This paper reviews main concepts in designing industrial symbioses and proposes an optimization model to exchange the residual energy between individual industries in an EIP. Using mathematical programming, the model decides the best set of connections between energy suppliers and users to minimize the total cost and maximize energy symbioses. The presented models analyze perspectives to potential symbioses for individual industries and EIP managers. A detailed discussion clarifies how these perspectives can affect the optimized symbioses. The model is validated using anonymized data of a real case. The result shows that various perspectives to the model provide different energy network topographies.

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