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Manufacturing scheduling for high energy efficiency and low carbon emission

Distinguished Research Seminar Series

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  • Date

    03 Nov 2022

  • Organiser

    Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, PolyU; Research Institute for Advanced Manufacturing (RIAM)

  • Time

    09:30 - 11:00

  • Venue

    Online via ZOOM  


Prof. Fu Zhao


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Given mounting concerns related to climate change, manufacturing enterprises are facing growing pressure to reduce their energy consumption and carbon footprint. This pressure will become even more significant in the future due to the increasing cost of energy, resulting from both likely taxes and regulations related to carbon emissions. In addition to efforts on developing energy-efficient machines and processes, system-level approaches e.g. manufacturing scheduling may be more cost effective. Historically manufacturing scheduling has emphasized productivity; in almost all cases, energy and environmental factors have not been considered. This talk starts with a mathematical programming model of the flow shop scheduling problem that consider peak power load, energy consumption, and associated carbon footprint in addition to cycle time. Scheduling approaches under different rate structures and for collaborative and non-collaborative factories are then discussed. Toward the end, operational optimization of a grid-connected factory with onsite renewable energy generation and storage is explored.

Keynote Speaker

Prof. Fu Zhao

Prof. Fu Zhao

Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Professor of Environmental and Ecological Engineering
Purdue University
585 Purdue Mall
West Lafayette, IN 47907

Dr. Fu Zhao is a Professor with joint appointment in the School of Mechanical Engineering and the School of Environmental and Ecological Engineering at Purdue University. Dr. Zhao’s research is largely in the area of environmentally sustainable design and manufacturing with particular interests in conceptual design, manufacturing process characterization, process planning, energy-efficient scheduling, and product end-of-life management. He also conducts research on advancing life cycle analysis for sustainability assessment and policy development related to renewable energy systems. His research has been supported by NSF, DOE, DOD, EPA, NIST, as well as industry. He has published more than 120 journal papers and over 50 conference proceedings. Dr. Zhao is a fellow of ASME.

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