Human-mimetic approach to the integrated monitoring, management and optimization of a symbiotic cluster of smart production units

Project start: 01.09.2015

Project end: 28.02.2019

Funding: European Commission – Horizon 2020 Programme
Further partners: Spirax-Sarco (UK); CNR (IT); SYNESIS (IT); ACTOR (UK); Siemens (IT); NXTControl (AT); Paradox Engineering (CH); GR3N (CH); TTS (IT); VITO (BE); KIT (DE); Semantic Web Company (AT); NEO group (LT); SCM Fonderie (IT); SGR Servizi (IT)

Abstract: The aim of the project was to develop software and hardware tools that could help improve the overall performance from process plant till industrial cluster levels, by optimizing the consumption (and, if possible, re-use) of its main resources: water, thermal energy, electricity, raw materials, waste, etc. The project thus promoted mutual interaction of diverse industries, also among different sectors, for beneficial reuse of flows resulting in  a  more resource-efficient production  at  network level, and in fewer adverse  environmental impacts. ISTEPS activities mainly focused on:

  • the definition of business models fostering industrial symbiosis
  • the development of a sustainability-based decision support tool for supporting the implementation of the new symbiotic business model.