Industrial Symbiosis (IS) is becoming increasingly a necessity due to its high potential for energy and resources savings. The majority of investments in methodologies and tools facilitating the update of IS has been focused on the assessment of potential solutions and synergies among individual companies. An integrated approach towards the knowledge base for IS in Europe is needed, especially concerning the implementation and operation phases, via harmonised frameworks and data reporting structures that ensure data accuracy and compatibility in existing and new IS initiatives. CORALIS has been designed as a demonstration project for the generation of real experiences on the deployment of IS solutions and the overcoming of the barriers faced by these initiatives, developing the IS readiness level concept by addressing three factors:
- Technological factors (TRL)-decarbonization of industrial areas, transition to circular economy
- Managerial factors (MRL)-tools and procedures
- Economic factors (ERL)-business models
The main objective of CORALIS is to create pathways for the decarbonisation of resource and energy intensive sector value chains through the implementation of viable industrial symbiosis approaches combining new business and management strategies with innovative technology-based enablers. An innovative output that is expected from the project is the development of a Virtual Assessment Platform for Industrial Symbiosis operation for the application to a real industrial environment, enabling IS Data management.
CORALIS’ overall approach will be demonstrated in 3 Lighthouse demonstrators. Besides, 3 follower industrial parks will learn from the project results in order to replicate them by implementing additional IS initiatives after the project’s end.
The project will start with a deeper understanding on the preconditions that facilitate or hinder the implementation of IS. The design and development of the technology enabling the IS, and the engineering works will be followed by their commissioning and demonstration under real conditions. CORALIS will support the mobilisation of local and regional stakeholders with the final aim of elaborating an action plan for each of the followers to guide the technical implementation of the case studied, after the project execution. Finally, a monitoring strategy will be put in place to ensure the correct flow of information and the implementation of the enablers. Lessons learnt and an inventory of successful cases will be provided, complemented by an impact calculation with a life cycle approach.
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