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Improving Product Design based on Energy Considerations

  • Yingying Seow
  • Shahin Rahimifard
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Abstract

The industrial sector consumes a significant amount of the world’s energy supply; the rationalisation of energy consumption would provide the most effective method of reducing greenhouse gas emissions attributed to manufacturing and use of products. Energy consumed across the various stages of a product’s lifecycle varies significantly depending on the product design and its application. In non-energy using products such as furniture, food, and clothing, the material preparation and production phases represent a significant proportion of energy consumption over the product lifecycle. This paper proposes a new design methodology targeted at these products to minimise energy consumption during ‘production’ phase.

Keywords

Energy Efficiency Design for the Environment Low Carbon Manufacturing 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yingying Seow
    • 1
  • Shahin Rahimifard
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre for Sustainable Manufacturing and Reuse/Recycling TechnologiesLoughborough UniversityEnglandUK

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