Industrial Energy-Water Integration and Management: Systematic Design and Operating Tools and Applications to Industrial Zones
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Energy and water are ubiquitously used and generated within industrial facilities. Their proper management is critical in developing sustainable-development strategies. This is particularly true in the State of Qatar where there are special factors associated with energy and water: - There is scarcity of fresh-water resources - There are stringent regulations on wastewater discharge - Numerous Qatari industries are energy centered - There are strong interactions among energy and water within the processing facilities - Fresh water is primarily produced via energy-driven technologies Recent advances in process integration have led to systematic tools for energy integration and water integration. These tools can constitute the basis for integration energy and water issues. The proposed research is aimed at developing systematic and generally applicable tools for the optimal design and operation of energy and water systems including usage, generation/consumption, allocation, transformation, and discharge. The work will also investigate the water-energy nexus and how it can be best used to conserve natural resources and to enhance the sustainability of industrial processes. Examples of the topics to be addressed include: - Integration of excess industrial heat, solar energy, and fossil fuels - Zero-liquid discharge â ZLDâ targets and cost-effective strategies to reach them - Process synthesis, analysis, and optimization of energy-driven water-management technologies - Process synthesis, analysis, and optimization of process technologies with strong energy and water implications - Integration of industrial water and energy strategies with the overall water and energy strategies and infrastructure for the State of Qatar The work will be applied to Qatari industrial facilities and will involve key stakeholders from industry, regulating agencies, and government..........