Flexible manufacturing and processing, which are becoming crucial for companies that wish to remain competitive in today's changing market environment, require the detailed modeling of process operations, as well as the incorporation of utility consumption modeling and energy integration strategies. In this paper, a comprehensive modeling environment for heat and power integration in batch and semi-continuous processes is presented. Moreover, a general procedure concerning utility generation and utility system design optimization is described. This framework has been tested and evaluated as part of an industrial case study. The results obtained indicate that the general design methodology developed is effective for process integration of time-dependent processes with combined heat and power.
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