Project Leader: Professor Adisa Azapagic
Project Duration: January 2017 - December 2019.
Polygeneration systems are integrated processes that convert single or multiple feedstocks into different co-products, including fuels and power. The concept of polygeneration aims to take advantage of synergies that result from integrating different processes in a common system. Polygeneration systems based on locally available renewable sources can fulfil not only the electricity needs of a community, but also provide access to clean water, transportation fuels and heating/cooling utility. Thus, these combined systems have the potential to address simultaneously the concerns in water, energy, and food nexus. To aid organizations and policy-makers in deploying micro-polygeneration systems in remote communities, careful planning should be done to ensure that the solution is sustainable.
This project aims to assess the sustainability of various micro-polygeneration technologies and identify optimised solutions for representative remote communities. The methodology utilizes a decision-support framework that recognizes the complex interactions between technology with environmental and the society where it is embedded in. The sustainability assessment will be carried out using tools such as life cycle assessment, life cycle costing, social sustainability assessment and multi-criteria decision analysis.