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Emergy-based fuzzy optimization approach for water reuse in an eco-industrial park


Taskhiri, MS and Tan, RR and Chiu, ASF, Emergy-based fuzzy optimization approach for water reuse in an eco-industrial park, Resources, Conservation and Recycling, 55, (11) pp. 730-737. ISSN 0921-3449 (2011) [Refereed Article]

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2011 Elsevier

DOI: doi:10.1016/j.resconrec.2011.03.001


The establishment of an eco-industrial park (EIP) provides opportunity for individual plants to cooperate with each other in order to utilize resources efficiently and thus reduce waste. The goal of an EIP is to "close the loop" through recycling and reuse of material and energy streams. Studies show with current freshwater consumption trends there would be water stress aggravated by global warming in the near future. This paper presents a model to design an EIP water reuse network that considers overall system sustainability as measured with emergy, as well as cost saving desired by individual plants. Case studies from literature are then solved to illustrate the advantage of this method in decision making. The illustrative examples show how the model achieves a compromise among the potentially conflicting fuzzy goals of the various EIP stakeholders.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:emergy, eco-industrial park, interplant water reuse, fuzzy mixed integer linear programming
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Other engineering
Research Field:Other engineering not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Other environmental management
Objective Field:Other environmental management not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Taskhiri, MS (Dr Mohammad Sadegh Taskhiri)
ID Code:112012
Year Published:2011
Web of Science® Times Cited:49
Deposited By:Office of the School of Engineering
Deposited On:2016-10-21
Last Modified:2017-11-03

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