Design of sustainable energy and production systems

Sustainable provision of energy, water, food, and other goods and services poses significant challenges to our society, calling for innovations at both the technology level and the systems level. Our work is aimed to further develop concepts and approaches in process systems engineering and industrial ecology, to enhance our understanding of the challenges from a systems perspective and to devise methods and tools for improving engineering systems in a holistic manner. In particular, we are exploring ways to design decentralised and multifunctional systems with improved sustainability and resilience.


The Local Nexus Network

Selected publications

Weidner, T., & Yang, A. (2020). The potential of urban agriculture in combination with organic waste valorization: Assessment of resource flows and emissions for two european cities. Journal of Cleaner Production244. doi:10.1016/j.jclepro.2019.118490

Till Weidner, Aidong Yang, Michael W. Hamm (2018). Consolidating the current knowledge on urban agriculture in productive urban food systems: Learnings, gaps and outlook. Journal of Cleaner Production, 209, 1637-1655. DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2018.11.004 

Garmulewicz, A., Holweg, M., Veldhuis, H., & Yang, A. (2018). Disruptive Technology as an Enabler of the Circular Economy: What Potential Does 3D Printing Hold?. California Management Review. doi:10.1177/0008125617752695

S. Mukherjee, P. Kumar, A. Hosseini, A. Yang, and P. Fennell (2014). Comparative Assessment of Gasification Based Coal Power Plants with Various CO2 Capture Technologies Producing Electricity and Hydrogen. Energy Fuels, 2014, 28 (2), pp 1028–1040.

T. C. Fubara, F. Cecelja and A. Yang (2014). Modelling and selection of micro-CHP systems for domestic energy supply: the dimension of network-wide primary energy consumption. Applied Energy, 114: 327-334.

J. Hunt, R. Bañares-Alcántara and D. Hanbury (2013).  A New Integrated Tool for Complex Decision Making: Application to the UK Energy Sector. Decision Support Systems 54(3):1427-1441.

F. Cecelja, T. Raafat, N. Trokanas, S. Innes, A. Yang, M. Smith, Y. Zorgios, X. Bymi, Z. Palaskas, N.Markatos, and A. Kokossis. (2012)  e-Symbiosis: a technology-enabled industrial symbiosis targeting SMEs and innovation. Proceedings of 18th Greening of Industry Network (GIN) conference, 10.2012.

A. Chee Tahir R. Bañares-Alcántara (2012). A Knowledge Representation Model for the Optimisation of Electricity Generation Mixes. Applied Energy, 97:77-83.

Adarijo-Akindele, A. Yang, F. Cecelja, A. C. Kokossis (2010). A systems approach for the optimal retrofitting of utility networks under demand and market uncertainties. In: Pardalos, P. M., Rebennack, S., Pereira, M.V. F., Iliadis, N.A. (eds.), Handbook of power systems I, Springer, pp293-306.