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The EPOS project - Enhanced energy and resource Efficiency and Performance in process industry Operations via onsite and cross-sectorial Symbiosis - brings together 5 global process industries from 5 key relevant sectors: steel, cement, chemicals, minerals and engineering.
EPOS's main objective is to enable cross-sectorial Industrial Symbiosis (IS) and provide a wide range of technological and organisational options for making business and operations more efficient, more cost-effective, more competitive and more sustainable across process sectors.
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Out of the community created by SPIRE covering industrial and research actors throughout Europe, the EPOS project brings together 5 global process industries from 5 key relevant sectors: steel, cement, chemicals, minerals and engineering. Together they represent 166 bn € in sales with 75% of their production located in Europe. The 5 industries joined forces with 2 excellent science institutes and 5 highly R&I minded SMEs, building the EPOS consortium with Ghent University as coordinator.
With the aim of reinforcing competitiveness of the EU industry, it is the ambition of the EPOS partners to gain cross-sectorial knowledge and investigate cluster opportunities using an innovative Industrial Symbiosis (IS) platform to be developed and validated during the project. The main objective is to enable cross-sectorial IS and provide a wide range of technological and organisational options for making business and operations more efficient, more cost-effective, more competitive and more sustainable across process sectors. The expected impact is clearly in line with the SPIRE roadmap - and sector associations, city councils (in the districts where EPOS is deployed), the SPIRE PPP as well as standardisation bodies are committed to participate in the EPOS transdisciplinary advisory board.
The EPOS project spans 48 months and its structure builds on activities that ensure the project challenge is addressed in an optimal way, including:
An entire work package is dedicated to define realistic business scenarios for the exploitation of the EPOS tool and the proven, overall cost-reducing IS cluster activities, in view of a wide uptake and a broad EPOS outreach.
The overall EPOS work plan is divided into 8 Work Packages (WPs):
The EPOS project brings together 5 global process industries, 5 highly R&I minded SMEs and 2 excellent science institutes.
Here is a list of the various partners of the EPOS project:
Key EPOS deliverables are:
Preliminary SWOT analysis of the EPOS sites and their cluster potential
Long-list of metrics and system setting for industrial symbiosis
Sector reports on data collection
Analysis of 5 European industrial clusters
Key performance indicators for industries
Data collection in the industries
Dunkirk: EPOS demo site
Industrial Symbiosis in the Humber Region
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September 2015 to March 2017
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EPOS Newsletter 1/2016
EPOS Newsletter 2/2016
EPOS Newsletter 3/2016
EPOS Newsletter 4/2017
Prof. Greet Van Eetvelde
Ghent University, Ghent (Belgium)
Project manager: Anne Adriaens