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The effects of stocking configurations in industrial symbiotic networks : an agent-based simulation study

Harmsma, W.H. (2019) The effects of stocking configurations in industrial symbiotic networks : an agent-based simulation study.

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Abstract:The goal of this thesis is to introduce intermediary warehouses to the concept of industrial symbiosis networks and gain insight in the relation between (1a) the amount and (1b) capacity of such warehouses and (2a) the profitability and (2b) environmental impact of the industrial symbiosis network. Since no real-world industrial symbiosis networks exist to study, an ‘agent-based simulation model’ is proposed. As a proof of concept, the proposed model has been developed in NetLogo 6.0.3 (Wilensky, 2018) and an experiment was run for an industrial symbiosis network consisting of alcohol-manufacturers and manufacturers of compound fertilizer. Input data from a number of sources have been used to estimate the parameter values for the presented case. The results of this simulation experiment indicate that both the number of warehouses as well as the capacity of the warehouses have a positive effect on the profitability of the network in the case presented. Increasing the values of these parameters lead to an increase in average network profitability. Furthermore, the results indicate that an increase in the number of warehouses and capacity of warehouses will lead to an absolute increase in emission. However, these results have been normalized to show that the increase in emission per tonne of by-product traded is actually decreasing as the number of warehouses is increasing.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:43 environmental science, 58 process technology
Programme:Industrial Engineering and Management BSc (56994)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/77299
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