Cover of Environmental Progress Vol 27Authors: Maurizio FERMEGLIA, Gennaro LONGO, Letitia TOMA

Affiliations: Molecular Simulation Engineering Laboratory, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Trieste, Piazzale Europa 1, Trieste 34127, Italy and International Centre for Science and High Technology, ICS-UNIDO, AREA Science Park, Bldg. L2, Trieste 34012, Italy

Reference: Environmental Progress, Volume 27, Issue 3, October 2008, pp 373–382


“The sustainability of a chemical process can be estimated using qualitative and quantitative indicators. Quantitative indicators, such as potential environmental impact (PEI) indexes, are essential for evaluating the environmental impact of a chemical process and for choosing the best design among available alternatives. Waste Reduction (WAR) Algorithm, used to calculate the PEI indexes, is implemented using a standard methodology, CAPE OPEN (CO). Such development leads to COWAR, a software module for the evaluation of process sustainability. Details regarding the COWAR development and function are presented in this work. Finally, a representative chemical process is presented to demonstrate the software applicability.”

DOI: 10.1002/ep.10262

CAPE-OPEN related papers cited in text:

  • Karhela T. (2002). A software architecture for configuration and usage of process simulation models software component technology and XML-based approach, PhD Thesis, Technical Research Centre of Finland.
  • Pons, M. (2003). Industrial implementations of the CAPE-OPEN standard, AIDIC Conference Series, 6, pp. 253–262.