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A small-scale transdisciplinary process to maximising the energy efficiency of food factories: insights and recommendations from the development of a novel heat integration framework

Miah, JH, Griffiths, A, McNeill, R, Poonaji, I, Martin, R, Morse, S, Yang, A and Sadhukhan, J (2015) A small-scale transdisciplinary process to maximising the energy efficiency of food factories: insights and recommendations from the development of a novel heat integration framework Sustainability Science, 10 (4). pp. 621-637.

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Abstract

The rise and uncertainty in energy prices in recent years has widened the solution search space by industry to understand the full impacts on operations and to develop a range of workable solutions to reduce risk. This has involved companies exploring alternative approaches to co-create solutions with different groups comprising varying intellectual capital, e.g. consultants, NGOs, and academia. This paper presents the small-scale transdisciplinary process adopted by Nestlé UK in partnership with the University of Surrey as part of an Engineering Doctorate (EngD) programme to co-develop a heat integration framework to improve the energy efficiency of a confectionery factory. The small-scale co-creation process—between industry and academia—for a heat integration framework is described and includes a set of criteria to evaluate the effectiveness of the process. The results of the evaluation process and a reflection of the key challenges and implications faced when trying to implement a small-scale transdisciplinary process are reported which covers the role of an EngD researcher as a manager, facilitator and researcher, time management, finance, communication, knowledge integration, mutual learning, and conflict. Some of the key recommendations for industrial practitioners include: actively engaging in the transdisciplinary process on a consistent basis, staying open minded to developing a solution even when there is a lack of progress, and building relationships with academics by supporting university activities, e.g. lecturing, research projects and funding proposals. For scientists, PhD students, research institutes, and private and public R&D, some of the key recommendations include: communicating expert knowledge to a few points rather than opening out into a lecture, contributing to the transdisciplinary process even if it is on a non-expert level but provides objective and critical input, and visiting industrial sites to gain exposure to industrial problems first-hand. Overall, the range of recommendations provided can help both industrial practitioners and scientists, especially doctoral students seeking to operate in the industry–academia domain on a small—practically manageable—scale.

Item Type: Article
Subjects : Environmental Engineering
Divisions : Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences > Civil and Environmental Engineering
Authors :
AuthorsEmailORCID
Miah, JHUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Griffiths, AUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
McNeill, RUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Poonaji, IUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Martin, RUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Morse, SUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Yang, AUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Sadhukhan, JUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : October 2015
Funders : EPSRC
Identification Number : 10.1007/s11625-015-0331-7
Copyright Disclaimer : © Springer Japan 2015. The final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11625-015-0331-7
Uncontrolled Keywords : Transdisciplinary, Energy efficiency, Heat integration, Pinch analysis, Food factory, Sustainable manufacturing
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Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 08 Aug 2016 08:29
Last Modified : 01 Oct 2016 01:08
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/811621

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