Enhanced energy and resource Efficiency and Performance in process industry Operations via onsite and cross-sectorial Symbiosis (EPOS)

Overview

Built from the SPIRE community the Horizon 2020 project EPOS gives a vivid example of cross-sectorial symbiosis. EPOS focuses on 'Enhanced energy and resource Efficiency and Performance in process industry Operations via onsite and cross-sectorial Symbiosis'. It brings together 5 global process industries in 5 cross-sectorial clusters covering 5 key relevant sectors for Europe: steel, cement, minerals, chemicals & engineering.

 Objective

The EPOS objective is to develop a simple and single management tool for cross-sectorial industrial symbiosis; it provides a wide range of technological as well as organisational cluster solutions for making industry more efficient, more cost-effective, more competitive and more sustainable, across process sectors. The project focus is on good energy optimisation and management practice, based on the PDCA (Plan-Do-Check-Act) concept. It builds on industrial commitment and induces continuity, commanding industry to move on and take part in today's industrial renaissance.

 Structure

The EPOS project spans 48 months and its structure builds on activities that ensure the project challenge is addressed in an optimal way, including cross-sectorial key performance indicators, sector profiles and cross-sector markets, IS toolbox development, training and validation of the (simple and single) IS management tool in 5 clusters strategically located throughout EU (i.e. France, Poland, Switzerland and UK).

 UGent role

The EELAB ECM expertise in LESTS survey is applied on the 5 EPOS clusters to provide an analysis of the different industrial sites and their potential for clustering in order to achieve resource and energy efficiency, especially focusing on industrial symbiosis.

 Consortium

The EPOS consortium is a cross-section of the SPIRE community, bringing together 5 global process industries with 2 excellent science institutes and 5 highly R&I minded SMEs, under the supervision and coordination of UGent.

EELAB team

prof. Greet Van Eetvelde (project coordinator); dr. Brecht Zwaenepoel (Post-doc); Samie Maqbool (PhD student); Anne Adriaans (project manager)