A Sustainability Driven Methodology for Process Synthesis in Agro-Food Industry

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Abstract

Within the agro-food industry, agro-materials are converted into a range of valuable semi-finished and finished products. To reach a sustainable, resource efficient food system, the optimal process pathways converting the agro-material into these products have to be identified. To identify these pathways, a systematic Process Synthesis (PS) method is needed for the agro-food industry. This sustainability driven PS method should enable the synthesis of the optimal process pathways, converting an agro-material into a range of valuable products, producing minimal waste or low-value by-products. In this paper, the elements required for such a method are proposed. The relevance of these elements is illustrated with a simple illustrative case for the processing of tropical fruit. The proposed approach uses Multi-Objective Optimisation methods, to provide decision support for PS to decision makers in the agro-food industry. This leads to new insights in optimal pathways for processing agro-materials for the agro-food industry.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication12 International Symposium on Process Systems Engineering and 25 European Symposium on Computer Aided Process Engineering
EditorsKrist V. Gernaey, Jakob K. Huursom, Rafiqui Gani
PublisherElsevier
Pages1289-1294
ISBN (Print)9780444634290
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Event12th International Symposium on Process Systems Engineering and 25th European Symposium on Computer Aided Process Engineering -
Duration: 2 Jun 2015 → …

Publication series

NameComputer Aided Chemical Engineering
PublisherElsevier
Volume37
ISSN (Print)1570-7946

Conference

Conference12th International Symposium on Process Systems Engineering and 25th European Symposium on Computer Aided Process Engineering
Period2/06/15 → …

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Jonkman, J., Bloemhof, J. M., van der Vorst, J. G. A. J., & van der Padt, A. (2015). A Sustainability Driven Methodology for Process Synthesis in Agro-Food Industry. In K. V. Gernaey, J. K. Huursom, & R. Gani (Eds.), 12 International Symposium on Process Systems Engineering and 25 European Symposium on Computer Aided Process Engineering (pp. 1289-1294). (Computer Aided Chemical Engineering; Vol. 37). Elsevier. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-444-63577-8.50060-7