Twenty-Four Years of PRES Conferences: Recent Past, Present and Future-Process Integration Towards Sustainability
Klemeš, Jirí Jaromír
Varbanov, Petar Sabev
Fan, Yee Van
Seferlis, Panos
Wang, Xue-Chao
Jia, Xuexiu

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Klemeš J.J., Varbanov P.S., Fan Y.V., Seferlis P., Wang X.-C., Jia X., 2021, Twenty-Four Years of PRES Conferences: Recent Past, Present and Future-Process Integration Towards Sustainability, Chemical Engineering Transactions, 88, 1-12.


This paper reviews the Process Integration (PI) development related to the recent Conferences on Process Integration for Energy Saving and Pollution Reduction (PRES conferences) and makes suggestions for the future growth of PI branching out in the future. The conference history is now close to a quarter of the century–from 1998 to 2021, and has been flourishing despite the difficult COVID-19 period. The paper overviews the progresses in Process Integration with Pinch Analysis, heat exchangers and Process Integration, extensions of Process Integration for wider process system engineering, integration of renewable energy sources, Circular Economy, extended environmental footprints, extended water-energy nexus contribution to environmental assessment, COVID-19 pandemics environmental consequences, and ecosystem remediation and waste stream clean-up. Considerable progress in Process Integration has also been achieved thanks to PRES conferences. This overview is an attempt to demonstrate the contribution delivered and make suggestions for the future growth of the PI branching out during the next years. It has become apparent that further improvements of the PI technologies are necessary and possible for achieving sufficient reductions of resource demands and pollution so that available renewables and end-of-pipe cleaning can serve them, minimising the environmental impacts. The key methodology developments enabling this are multi-constraint Pinch Analysis and the joint use of several PI methods for delivering comprehensive macro-analyses.