Technical Report 174, c4e-Preprint Series, Cambridge
J-Park Simulator: Roadmap to Smart Eco-Industrial Parks
Reference: Technical Report 174, c4e-Preprint Series, Cambridge, 2016
- The J-Park Simulator is presented as a virtualisation of an Eco-Industrial Park
- Semantic Web inspired machine-to-machine communication is implemented
- Surrogate modelling is employed to conduct real time simulations
- A cross-domain ontology is applied to carry out cross-domain simulations
- A cross-domain ontology is used to answer semantic queries
This paper presents the J-Park Simulator (JPS), a virtualisation of an Eco-Industrial Park (EIP). The JPS combines concepts of machine-to-machine (M2M) communication inspired by the Semantic Web and Industry 4.0, and advanced mathematical modelling to create a modelling platform for designing, computer-aided process engineering (CAPE) and managing an EIP. The overall aim is to reduce carbon footprint and maximise resource efficiency by taking advantage of symbiotic inter-company exchanges of material and energy. The paper outlines system architecture, supporting infrastructure, and its components such as database, data processing, data editing and visualisation, and system modelling tools. A cross-domain ontology is used to represent the wealth and complexity of data at multiple levels and across domains united in a shared data and information hub that provides real-time situational awareness of industrial processes. Networks of fast-to-evaluate surrogate models are employed to conduct real time simulations that quantify CO2 emission reduction using, for example, waste heat recovery (WHR), and carry out cross-domain simulations both at steady-state and in transient operation. The cross-domain ontology is furthermore used to answer semantic queries. The approach and some of the benefits of this platform are demonstrated in several case studies. We find that there is significant scope to realise as yet unexploited potential for energy savings.
Material from this preprint has been published in Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Internet of Things, Data and Cloud Computing (ICC '17).
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