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A review of energy simulation tools for the manufacturing sector

Tom Lloyd Garwood, Ben Richard Hughes, Michael R. Oates, O’Connor, Dominic and Ruby Hughes

Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 2018, vol. 81, issue P1, 895-911

Abstract: Manufacturing is a competitive global market and efforts to mitigate climate change are at the forefront of public perception. Current trends in manufacturing aim to reduce costs and increase sustainability without negatively affecting the yield of finished products, thus maintaining or improving profits. Effective use of energy within a manufacturing environment can help in this regard by lowering overhead costs. Significant benefit can be gained by utilising simulations in order to predict energy demand allowing companies to make effective retrofit decisions based on energy as well as other metrics such as resource use, throughput and overhead costs. Traditionally, Building Energy Modelling (BEM) and Manufacturing Process Simulation (MPS) have been used extensively in their respective fields but they remain separate and segregated which limits the simulation window used to identify energy improvements.

Keywords: Building Energy Modelling; Manufacturing Process Simulation; Holistic industrial energy use simulation; Co-simulation; Industry; Energy use (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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