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"Integrated Approach to the Design of Energy Efficient Systems. The phrase chosen as the title of this project reflects its integrated nature of approach to the problem of designing energy efficient and clean process systems. This approach has led to a co-ordinated activity encompassing four main areas:

1. A framework for process synthesis representation, site-wide considerations, life-cycle assessment and operational aspects in order to identify new processing routes leading to more energy efficient and clean processes.

2. A methodology, for solving the resulting mathematical models based on multi-objective optimisation and mixed integer programming techniques.

3. Development of computer-aided prototype tools that provide the platform for the effective implementation of the above representation framework, the methodology and the established techniques.

4. Industrial Applications, for testing and validating the developed tools, ensuring the technology transfer and improve current design and operational practice.

The integrated design methodology developed in this project has established a formal link for (a) the representation of energy efficient separation systems, novel units and processes in a unified and consistent way and (b) their inclusion in a process engineering optimisation tool. In this context, it has achieved to complement and naturally extend other projects funded by the European Union. At the same time, it goes much beyond currently funded research in the Process Systems Engineering area, since it brings together elements of novel process synthesis and design representation, site-wide production routes and new optimisation techniques and tools for arriving at energy efficient, integrated and environmentally benign process systems."

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