Outotec and PE International to develop software for sustainability and life cycle evaluations
Outotec and one of the world’s leading sustainability consulting companies, PE International (Germany), have announced their joint development of a new software interface for metals production sustainability and lifecycle evaluations.
To be completed in 2012 the new interface will be based on PE International’s GaBi 5 and Outotec’s HSC Chemistry® software. The interface will enable to optimize HSC based process models using the GaBi extensive Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) databases and procedures. This will remarkably facilitate finding and recognizing the Best Available Technology (BAT) from several process alternatives.
The new interface will allow users to develop product and process modelling simulations and scenarios using a life cycle perspective. And as a result it provides all the environmental impact information. In addition, Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) and businesses will be able to plan their operations and make material decisions based on the sustainability and life cycle information of current and future metal manufacturing scenarios and their environmental impacts. This will help to lower the environmental footprint of these products and production facilities.
Outotec’s HSC Chemistry software is designed for various process simulation and modelling applications. HSC consist of 24 calculation modules and 12 extensive databases. These tools help to design technically viable and effective processes. These process models give the initial data for the process design, engineering and automation. The new HSC-Gabi interface will make possible to develop industrial ecosystems, which are based on sustainable recycling and fruitful symbiosis between the processes, plants and whole society.
“I am excited about this cooperation. It is a concrete demonstration of how Outotec as the leading technology company can contribute to improving sustainability of the metals production, product design and recycling of end-of-life goods”, says Outotec CEO Pertti Korhonen.
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