Virtual Sector Profiles for Innovation Sharing in Process Industry – Sector 01: Chemicals

Conference paper
Part of the Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies book series (SIST, volume 68)


Production data in process industry are proprietary to a company since they are key to the process design and technology expertise. However, data confidentiality restrains industry from sharing results and advancing developments in and across process sectors. Using virtual profiles that simulate the typical operating modes of a given process industry offers an elegant solution for a company to share information with the outside world. This paper proposes a generic methodology to create sector blueprints and applies it to the chemicals industry. It details the profile of a typical chemical site based on essential units and realistic data gathered from existing refineries and chemical plants.


Virtual profile Sector blueprint Industrial data Chemicals sector Refineries Data confidentiality Industrial symbiosis Energy efficiency 



The EPOS project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 679386. This work was supported by the Swiss State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) under contract number 15.0217. The opinions expressed and arguments employed herein do not necessarily reflect the official views of the Swiss Government.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.INEOS EuropeLavéraFrance
  2. 2.EPFL Valais Wallis, Industrial Process and Energy Systems EngineeringSionSwitzerland
  3. 3.Energy and Cluster Management, Faculty of Engineering and ArchitectureGhent UniversityGhentBelgium

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