The System Integration feasibility project runs from January to September 2016.
The System Integration feasibility project is analysing findings from the food, energy and water feasibility studies in order to find technical synergies among the different processes. We are also looking at common learning within smaller-scale technologies and identifying opportunities and barriers to improve resource efficiency at a system level.
A workshop is planned for winter 2016 on the “smart engineering” aspects of local nexuses .
During the feasibility studies on food, water and energy, it was decided to focus on two kinds of food – bread and tomato paste. For both types of food, conventional manufacturing will be compared with a more localised ReDistributed Manufacturing (RDM) configuration at a city level: Oxford. In addition, for bread, an extra RDM configuration has been proposed, concerned with bread produced at street level.
For each of the configurations, the water and energy demand throughout the supply chain will be analysed for each process step separately. This analysis will form a foundation for the later stages of the system integration study and to create different scenarios based on a mix of these configurations. The findings related to “shared prosperity” from the other feasibility projects on Business Models and Practice and on Policy and Society will also be integrated.
Based on the analysed scenarios, an initial quantification of the socioeconomic and environmental potential of local nexuses will be produced. These findings will be used to identify key aspects of generalising learning on local nexuses.
Alongside this systems analysis, an online knowledge base will be developed containing literature and empirical findings from the whole project.