Newsletter #1, November 2016
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What is Symbioptima?

SYMBIOPTIMA is an H2020 project funded under the SPIRE-6 action and proposes a completely new paradigm for industrial clusters: the human-mimetic symbiosis. Drawing inspiration from one of the most complex biological organism, namely the human body, it promotes the mutual interaction of diverse industries, also among different sectors, for beneficial reuse of flows (e.g. water, waste, by-products, energy, recycled materials) that could result in a more resource-efficient production at network level, and in fewer adverse environmental impacts. Synergy and optimization of the flows of a cluster are obtained thanks to the hierarchical decentralization of operations management tasks to multiple collaborating Production Units, integrating at inter-plants and cross-sectorial level the monitoring, supervision and shared optimization of their activities.
Symbioptima aims at improving efficiency by: (1) developing a cross-sectorial energy & resource management platform for intra- and inter-cluster streams; (2) developing extensive, multi-disciplinary, modular and "plug&play" monitoring of all relevant cluster information flows; (3) integrating all thermal energy sources, flows and sinks of the cluster into a systemic unified vision; (4) considering disruptive increase of cross-sectorial re-use for particularly impacting waste streams.

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Industrial sustainability in industrial clusters: an innovative approach to promote circular economy of the process industries

With the growth of environmental and social pressure, the structure of the traditional groupings of enterprises has changed towards symbiotic clusters or business combinations able to reuse unwanted flows to produce new goods and services. The recent growth of available technologies for the recycling and reuse, as well as growing competition in this area is further driving this transformation. In fact, the goal of sequestrating unwanted flows (e.g. emissions or the by-products) within the techno-sphere becomes only a preliminary aspect. The current trend seems to emphasize the need to promote efficiency even within the context of industrial symbiosis. The use of these tools allows the systematic tracking of operations of flow reassignment and the identification of more sustainable scenarios for this breakdown.

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Upcoming events

NXTcontrol will be attending the 27th sps ipc drives fair in Nuremberg, Germany on 22-24 November. Meet representatives of Symbioptima project at booth 228, hall 6.

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First project workshop

We are organising the first project workshop concerning circular economy, industrial symbiosis and sustainability assessment applied to industry during the next ICE-Conference 2017 that will be held on 26-28 June 2017 - Madeira Island, Portugal. 

If you wish to receive more information or participate in the workshop, contact us!

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