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Reference Number EP/P004636/1
Title Optimising Energy Management in Industry - 'OPTEMIN'
Status Completed
Energy Categories Other Cross-Cutting Technologies or Research(Energy Models) 10%;
Renewable Energy Sources(Bio-Energy, Applications for heat and electricity) 15%;
Energy Efficiency(Industry) 75%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 50%;
Applied Research and Development 50%;
Science and Technology Fields SOCIAL SCIENCES (Business and Management Studies) 20%;
PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Computer Science and Informatics) 20%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) 20%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering) 40%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 70%;
Systems Analysis related to energy R&D (Energy modelling) 25%;
Other (Energy technology information dissemination) 5%;
Principal Investigator Professor SA Tassou
No email address given
Sch of Engineering and Design
Brunel University
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 December 2016
End Date 31 May 2021
Duration 54 months
Total Grant Value £1,642,830
Industrial Sectors Food and Drink; Manufacturing
Region London
Programme Energy : Energy
Investigators Principal Investigator Professor SA Tassou , Sch of Engineering and Design, Brunel University (99.992%)
  Other Investigator Dr K Li , Electronics, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, Queen's University Belfast (0.001%)
Professor SF McLoone , Electronics, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, Queen's University Belfast (0.001%)
Dr N ( Nazmiye ) Ozkan , Environment Group, Policy Studies Institute (0.001%)
Dr H Jouhara , Sch of Engineering and Design, Brunel University (0.001%)
Dr Y Ge , Sch of Engineering and Design, Brunel University (0.001%)
Professor P Allen , School of Management, Cranfield University (0.001%)
Dr LE Varga , School of Management, Cranfield University (0.001%)
Dr B Nguyen , Sch of Engineering and Informatics, University of Sussex (0.001%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , Econotherm (UK) ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Spirax Sarco UK (0.000%)
Project Contact , Tata Group UK (0.000%)
Project Contact , Crowley Energy Ltd, Ireland (0.000%)
Project Contact , DPS-Global (0.000%)
Project Contact , Enogia S.A.S, France (0.000%)
Project Contact , Faccenda Group Ltd (0.000%)
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Abstract The UK Government the EU and the international community in general have ambitious targets for reduction of Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHG) and Global Warming. Even though emission reduction targets to 2020 are likely to be met by the UK, longer term targets to 2050 and 2100 are unlikely to be met without substantial changes to policy and technological approaches in the generation, distribution and utilisation of energy.Globally, industrial energy use is responsible for 33% of greenhouse gas emissions. In the UK, industrial emissions have reduced in recent years and are now estimated to contribute between 20-25% of total emissions. Approximately 70% of the energy demand of the industrial sector is for heat. All heating processes result in significant quantities of waste heat, up to 50% in some cases, and is widely acknowledged that there is significant potential for heat recovery, estimated at between 18-40 TWh/yr or 0.18-0.4 billion per year at today's energy prices. As yet, most of this potential has remained unexploited due to technical, economic and organisational factors. Other opportunities for energy efficiency and decarbonisation include the optimisation of steam systems that are responsible for 35% of industrial energy use, the use of bioenergy, particularly from organic and other wastes generated on site, and whole industrial site energy integration and optimisation.To exploit the potential offered by energy efficiency, heat recovery and conversion to electrical or thermal energy at a higher or lower temperature and utilise the opportunities offered by waste to energy conversion and energy integration a number of major challenges need to be addressed. These include: i) development and application of technologies for data acquisition at high enough granularity to enable detailed analysis of performance at component, process and system level, ii) methodologies for the optimal design of technologies to provide confidence in their performance at impementation stage, iii) tools for performance analysis and control optimisation in real time, iv) modelling of energy flows at site level to provide optimisation of energy management based on energy, environmental and economic considerations, and iv) investigation and development of business models that overcome barriers and encourage the adoption of new energy efficient and demand reduction technologies.In the OPTEMIN project we aim to address these challenges by working very closely with our key industrial collaborators to: i) understand the major technical, operational and economic issues associated with the acquisition and analysis of large energy data, ii) use the data to gain insights into the complex energy networks, their interactions and impacts in large industrial manufacturing facilities, iii) critically evaluate the performance of new innovative energy demand reduction and energy conversion technologies using data from demonstration installations, iv) investigate drivers and business models that can facilitate their full development and commercialisation, v) develop methodologies and tools to optimise individual process design, whole site energy integration and management and evaluate their decarbonisation potential within the context of Government policies and decarbonisation roadmaps to 2050. The overall objective is to demonstrate through the research programme and fully documented case studies supported by comprehensive data sets, the potential to achieve energy demand and carbon emission reductions in excess of 15%.
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