Informing decisions in industry: how to evaluate and communicate resource efficiency opportunities

Ana Gonzalez Hernandez

University of Cambridge

Ana graduated with a first class honours MEng in Mechanical Engineering from Imperial College London in July 2014. Shortly after, in October 2014, she started her PhD in the University of Cambridge in collaboration with Emerson Electric. The aim of her PhD is to evaluate the potential of coupling the use of Sankey diagrams for energy and material flow analysis to site-level process analysis in a factory. Data collected from installed process control systems will be used to perform thermodynamic analyses on the site’s process streams. In this way, headroom for potential resource efficiency improvements could be revealed, having a major impact on the industry sector and hence on how these industries themselves affect the global consumption and emission systems.


To understand the options available to improve resource efficiency in industrial plants, four key components are required: accessible material and energy flow data; a method to balance and reconcile these; an appropriate... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Ana Gonzalez Hernandez (University of Cambridge)
  2. Jonathan Cullen (University of Cambri)

Topic Areas

• Business and industry practices / case studies , • Decision support methods and tools , • Sustainable consumption and production


MS-5 » Decision support tools for industry (10:00 - Monday, 26th June, Room H)

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