Des de la seva creació el 1977, el Grup TQG-LCMA (2001-SGR00248) ha desenvolupat una tasca innovadora en l'àmbit de la simulació i l'optimització de processos químics, i actualment ocupa un lloc d'avantguarda entre els centres de recerca que internacionalment treballen en temes d'enginyeria de processos (PSE, process systems engineering) i medi ambient (atmosfera).

El grup de recerca CEPIMA és el resultat de la integració plena del grup actual TQG-LCMA per consolidar i potenciar la seva tasca en l'àmbit de: millores en la concepció i la gestió òptima dels recursos productius a la indústria de procés conduents a la minimització de l'impacte ambiental i a situacions ecològicament acceptables.

Consegüentment, el camp d'actuació i els objectius del CEPIMA es concreten en un triple vessant:

a) Integració i intensificació de processos per a un desenvolupament sostenible que preveu el disseny i l¿operació òptims de la cadena completa de subministrament durant el cicle sencer de vida del producte sota criteris multiobjectius (productivitat, impacte ambiental, seguretat, optimització de recursos), tot considerant diversos nivells de detall (estratègic, tàctic i operacional) i diverses tècniques d'optimització (programació matemàtica, mètodes estocàstics, anàlisi de cicle de vida, etc.). També es desenvolupen sistemes de suport a la decisió intel·ligent (DSS) per a una actuació en línia i temps real (gestió, coordinació, supervisió i diagnosi i control). Es desenvolupen aplicacions informàtiques que faciliten la implementació d'aquestes metodologies i tècniques i la seva transferència a l'entorn industrial.

b) Gestió i valoració de residus mitjançant tractaments tèrmics i aprofitament energètic (combustió, gasificació i piròlisi), que permeten un bon control mediambiental. Es complementa amb estudis de sistemes de neteja dels gasos calents mitjançant sorbents sòlids que permeten l'aprofitament dels gasos en un cicle combinat de potència i energia. També es preveu la cogasificació de residus d'origen divers (biomassa, residus sòlids urbans -RSU-, pneumÓtics usats, fangs de depuradora) per a la producció sostenible i neta de gas de síntesi o, alternativament, de H2 pur per a la seva utilització en cel·les de combustible d'alta eficiència. Es desenvolupen equips (reactors de llit fluïditzat) i suport informàtic de disseny propi per a aplicacions a escala industrial.

c) Control de la contaminació atmosfèrica que preveu el desenvolupament de noves metodologies, tècniques i eines per a l'avaluació d'emissions industrials (olors, compostos orgànics volàtils -COV-, etc.). Es desenvolupen sistemes de control d'episodis d'olor i qualitat ambiental en àrees urbanes amb la integració d'anàlisi meteorològica, anàlisi química, modelització i control social. El sistema permet l'estudi d'identificació de les fonts d'origen i la seva contribució als episodis. Es desenvolupen equips de disseny propi que permeten l'automatització de la captació de mostres i aplicacions informàtiques per al desenvolupament de mapes i predicció d'origen (retrodispersió).

The TQG-LCMA (2001-SGR00248) research group was created in 1977. Since then, the group has carried out innovative tasks and has taken a leading role in chemical process simulation and optimisation. Today, it is considered an international centre of excellence in the field of process systems engineering (PSE) and environmental engineering (focusing on air pollution control). The new CEPIMA research group presented here is the result of the integration of the TQG-LCMA group, which will consolidate and enhance its work in the area of the "advancement in the design of the process industry and the optimum management of its resources, leading to environmental impact minimisation and an ecologically acceptable scenario".

The research activities and objectives of the CEPIMA are therefore focused on three main areas:

(a) Process integration and intensification for sustainable development, which includes the optimum design and operation of supply chains through products¿ entire life-cycles under multi-objective criteria (productivity, environmental impact, safety and resource optimisation). Various approaches (strategic, tactical and operational) and optimisation techniques (mathematical programming, stochastic methods, life-cycle analysis, etc.) are also considered. All of the above requires the development of intelligent decision support systems (DSS) for online and real-time initiatives (management, coordination, supervision, diagnosis and control). In the course of this research, new software applications are envisaged to facilitate the implementation of these methods and techniques, and the transfer of this technology to industry.

(b) Waste management and upgrading by thermal conversion processes (combustion, gasification, pyrolysis) that enable excellent environmental control. As a complement, the group studies hot gas clean-up systems that use dry sorbents, which permit the use of the resulting gas in a high-performance, combined heat and power cycle system. Special consideration is given to studies of co-gasification of residues from various sources (biomass, RSU, used tyres, water treatment waste, etc.) for the sustainable and clean production of synthesis gas or, alternatively, high-purity hydrogen for use in highly efficient fuel cells. The group designs equipment (fluidised bed reactors) and provides proprietary software support for applications on an industrial scale.

(c) Air pollution control and monitoring, including the development of new methodologies, techniques and tools for the evaluation of industrial emissions (odours, VOCs, etc.). Here, the development of new systems for the study and control of odour episodes and environmental quality is considered for urban areas, integrating meteorological and chemical analyses and modelling and social control approaches. The system envisaged enables odour sources and their contribution to episodes to be identified. Complementary, proprietary equipment design is carried out, including fully automated sampling and support software for contour map generation and the prediction of contamination sources (backscattering). 2. As indicators of the research group¿s activities, please find, in the Catalan version, a short list detailing the most relevant papers published over the last three years, international and national projects, and the agreements signed in the last five years (in that order).

The TQG-LCMA (2001-SGR00248) research group was created in 1977. Since then, the group has carried out innovative tasks and has taken a leading role in chemical process simulation and optimisation. Today, it is considered an international centre of excellence in the field of process systems engineering (PSE) and environmental engineering (focusing on air pollution control). The new CEPIMA research group presented here is the result of the integration of the TQG-LCMA group, which will consolidate and enhance its work in the area of the "advancement in the design of the process industry and the optimum management of its resources, leading to environmental impact minimisation and an ecologically acceptable scenario".

The research activities and objectives of the CEPIMA are therefore focused on three main areas:

(a) Process integration and intensification for sustainable development, which includes the optimum design and operation of supply chains through products¿ entire life-cycles under multi-objective criteria (productivity, environmental impact, safety and resource optimisation). Various approaches (strategic, tactical and operational) and optimisation techniques (mathematical programming, stochastic methods, life-cycle analysis, etc.) are also considered. All of the above requires the development of intelligent decision support systems (DSS) for online and real-time initiatives (management, coordination, supervision, diagnosis and control). In the course of this research, new software applications are envisaged to facilitate the implementation of these methods and techniques, and the transfer of this technology to industry.

(b) Waste management and upgrading by thermal conversion processes (combustion, gasification, pyrolysis) that enable excellent environmental control. As a complement, the group studies hot gas clean-up systems that use dry sorbents, which permit the use of the resulting gas in a high-performance, combined heat and power cycle system. Special consideration is given to studies of co-gasification of residues from various sources (biomass, RSU, used tyres, water treatment waste, etc.) for the sustainable and clean production of synthesis gas or, alternatively, high-purity hydrogen for use in highly efficient fuel cells. The group designs equipment (fluidised bed reactors) and provides proprietary software support for applications on an industrial scale.

(c) Air pollution control and monitoring, including the development of new methodologies, techniques and tools for the evaluation of industrial emissions (odours, VOCs, etc.). Here, the development of new systems for the study and control of odour episodes and environmental quality is considered for urban areas, integrating meteorological and chemical analyses and modelling and social control approaches. The system envisaged enables odour sources and their contribution to episodes to be identified. Complementary, proprietary equipment design is carried out, including fully automated sampling and support software for contour map generation and the prediction of contamination sources (backscattering). 2. As indicators of the research group¿s activities, please find, in the Catalan version, a short list detailing the most relevant papers published over the last three years, international and national projects, and the agreements signed in the last five years (in that order).

Recent Submissions

  • Targeting material exchanges in industrial symbiosis networks 

    Somoza Tornos, Ana; Giraldo Carvajal, Valeria; Espuña Camarasa, Antonio; Graells Sobré, Moisès (Elsevier, 2019)
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    Industrial symbiosis plays an important role in the process industry, where an effective management of resources can bring both economic and environmental benefits. Traditionally, the design and extension of eco-industrial ...
  • Optimal design and planning multi resource-based energy integration in process industries 

    Morakabatchiankar, Shabnam; Mele, Fenando D.; Graells Sobré, Moisès; Espuña Camarasa, Antonio (Elsevier, 2019)
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    Recently, process industries have experienced a significant pressure to shift from centralized energy supplying systems to the in-situ exploitation of renewable resources. Special attention has been paid to multi resource-based ...
  • Synthesis and assessment of waste-to-resource routes for circular economy 

    Pacheco López, Adrian; Somoza Tornos, Ana; Muñoz Mata, Edrisi; Capon Garcia, Elisabeth; Graells Sobré, Moisès; Espuña Camarasa, Antonio (Elsevier, 2020)
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    The benefits of the circular economy paradigm have been proven during the past two decades, but its application poses some challenges that still need to be tackled. This contribution presents a systematic way to generate ...
  • Modeling framework for joint product and process synthesis with material recovery opportunities 

    Somoza Tornos, Ana; Chen, Qi; Graells Sobré, Moisès; Espuña Camarasa, Antonio; Grossmann, Ignacio (Elsevier, 2020)
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    The circular economy paradigm requires process synthesis to be expanded beyond the consideration of production activities aimed at market needs and to integrate valorization processes upcycling waste from different sources ...
  • A MILP model for enhancing wastewater networks by introducing reclaimed wastewater usage 

    Lechtenberg, Fabian; Somoza Tornos, Ana; Graells Sobré, Moisès; Espuña Camarasa, Antonio (2020)
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    Wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) are an example of available but underutilized waste-to-resource processes. Economic benefit opportunities can be generated through the design and operation of WWTPs following a circular ...
  • Editorial: Applications of Monte Carlo Method in Chemical, Biochemical and Environmental Engineering 

    Sin, Gurkan; Espuña Camarasa, Antonio (Higher Education Press, 2020-05-20)
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  • Improving photo-Fenton process by hydrogen peroxide dosage strategies. Dissolved oxygen performance indicator 

    Yu, Xiangwei; Graells Sobré, Moisès; Miralles Cuevas, Sara; Cabrera Reina, Alejandro; Pérez Moya, Montserrat (2020)
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    Fenton and photo-Fenton are Advanced Oxidation processes driven by the supply of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2). However, excessive hydrogen peroxide supply results in unproductive reactions and causes the process performance ...
  • Optimal Design and planning supply chains of multi renewable resource-based energy/material applied in process industries 

    Morakabatchiankar, Shabnam; Mele, Fenando D.; Graells Sobré, Moisès; Espuña Camarasa, Antonio (2020)
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    In this work, the effects of multi renewable resource-based energy integration in material supply chains are analysed under stochastic and deterministic conditions. The proposed approach is based on the development of a ...
  • Systematic generation and evaluation of waste-to-resource alternatives 

    Pacheco López, Adrian; Somoza Tornos, Ana; Graells Sobré, Moisès; Espuña Camarasa, Antonio
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    Circular economy appears to be the only suitable approach for closing the materials loop and so to make sustainable current development levels. In this work, a procedure to systematically generate a list of ...
  • A novel modeling approach for a generalizable photo-Fenton-based degradation of organic compounds 

    Audino, Francesca; Pérez Moya, Montserrat; Graells Sobré, Moisès; Espuña Camarasa, Antonio; Csukas, Bela; Varga, Monica (2020-04-23)
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    This work aims at proposing and validating a model that can be exploited for the future development of industrial applications (e.g., process design and control) of Fenton and photo-Fenton processes. Hence, a compromise ...
  • Sistema integrado de gestión de la energía y los recursos ambientales para procesos industriales económicamente sostenibles (DPI2012-37154-C02-01) 

    Espuña Camarasa, Antonio; Graells Sobré, Moisès; Velo García, Enrique; Pérez Moya, Montserrat; Puigjaner Corbella, Lluís; Nougués, José María; Boada Altarriba, Enric; Moreno Benito, Marta; Silvente, Javier; Zamarripa Pérez, Miguel Ángel; Shokry Abdel-aleem, Ahmed; Yamal Turbay, Evelyn; Hjaila, Kefah; Audino, Francesca; Dombayci, Canan; Medina, Sergio; Lupera Calahorrano, Gicela Jazmín (2013-01-01 / 2015-12-31)
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    El análisis de la sostenibilidad (económica, social y/o ambiental) asociada a la toma de decisiones de gestión requiere considerar globalmente toda la cadena de suministro implicada en la producción de un determinado bien ...
  • Extendiendo los Horizontes Productivos frente a la Paradoja de la Integración - EHMAN 

    Espuña Camarasa, Antonio; Velo García, Enrique; Roca Mussons, Francisco Javier; Perales Lorente, José Francisco; Nougués, José María; Gallego Piñol, Eva; Puigjaner Corbella, Lluís; Pérez Moya, Montserrat; Graells Sobré, Moisès; Kopanos, Georgios; Pérez Fortes, María del Mar; Capón García, Elisabet; Monroy, Isaac; Silvente Saiz, Javier; Moreno Benito, Marta; Shokry Abdel-aleem, Ahmed; Bojarski, Aarón David (2010-01-01 / 2013-06-30)
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    El proyecto EHMAN ha abordado la optimización global de un sistema productivo (EWMO) planteando la necesidad de una coherencia entre los modelos matemáticos y las metodologías habitualmente utilizados por separado para ...

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