Cambridge team develops optimization tool including LCA for developing bio-renewables-based processes

By mmillikin A team at the University of Cambridge (UK) has developed a decision support tool for developing optimal processes for bio-renewable-based energy solutions and chemicals manufacturing. The tool, described in a paper in the journal ChemSusChem, combines economic and environmental performance criteria, evaluated by rigorous models.

The researchers demonstrated their optimization-simulation framework using a case study of conversion of terpenes derived from bio-waste feedstocks into reactive intermediates. The most significant advance represented by their work is the ability to perform multi-objective global optimization, resulting in identification of a region of Pareto-optimal solutions, the researchers said.

While the conversion of CO2 would naturally feed

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