Industrial Process and Energy Systems Engineering

IPESE Vision


Digitizing urban and energy planning

— In their last edition, the magazine Propriété focused on the digitization of urban planning and architecture. Interviewed on page 23, the team behind urbio present their decision support platform, and discuss how teamwork between human experts and computers is essential for developing sustainable cities.

New approach to energy strategy accounts for uncertainty

— EPFL scientists have developed a model that can help policymakers factor in uncertainty when they map out their energy strategies. Today such strategies are based largely on forecasts of fuelprices, technology costs and energy demand. However, these forecasts are often incorrect and can lead to flawed decisions.

Using 60% less water in paper production

— An EPFL researcher has developed a mathematical model for optimizing heat transfer in factories and dramatically reducing water and energy consumption. The model could, in theory, cut water use by 60% at a Canadian paper mill and allow the facility to produce as much as six times more power.

IPESE work presented at Imperial College, London

— Long-term energy planning under uncertainty is vital for solving the energy dilemma

Web application helps urban planners design cities

— EPFL researchers have developed a web-based software program that takes a whole new approach to urban planning. Planners simply enter the various objectives they want to achieve – in terms of built density, quality of life, cost, use of renewable energy, etc. – and the program generates the best possible variants for their city. This can help city officials make better decisions, especially when it comes to promoting sustainable development.

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