Engineering design of localised synergistic production systems

Melissa Leung Pah Hang, Elias Martinez-Hernandez, Matthew Leach, Aidong Yang

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Centralised production of essential products and services based on fossil fuels and large scale distribution infrastructures have contributed to a plethora of issues such as deterioration of ecosystems, social-economic injustice and depletion of resources. The establishment of localised production systems can potentially reduce unsustainable resource consumption and bring socioeconomic and environmental benefits. The main objective of this work is to develop engineering tools for the rational design of such systems. Production of products and services is characterised as inter-linked subsystems (e.g. food, energy, water and waste). A sequential design approach is developed to design subsystems in turn, with necessary iterations. The process is illustrated through the co-design of energy, water and food production for a case study locale based on a developing eco-town in the UK. This design approach suggested an integrated system based primarily on locally available resources and allowed greater insight into the drivers and constraints on local resource use.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2363-2368
Number of pages6
JournalComputer Aided Chemical Engineering
Early online date10 Jun 2015
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • Local production network
  • Mathematical programming
  • Resource consumption


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