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Operator training simulators for biorefineries: current position and future directions

Isimite, J; Baganz, F; Hass, VC; (2018) Operator training simulators for biorefineries: current position and future directions. Journal of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology , 93 (6) pp. 1529-1541. 10.1002/jctb.5583.

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Recent technological advances in the development of alternative energy sources, including biofuels, for transportation and energy requirements have demonstrated the need for highly skilled engineers and operators in the biotechnological industries. Although operator training simulators (OTS) used in the traditional chemical process industries may be used to train biorefinery operators and engineers, several distinct aspects of bioprocess operations make their direct application limited. The development and deployment of OTSs for use in biotechnological processes is therefore beginning to gain increasing attention. This review paper examines the present status of OTS development and use in biorefineries, including future considerations on how an OTS may be used to improve operator competence, maximise biorefinery operational efficiencies and protect people and the environment. The general premise of an OTS is that model‐based operator training simulators can be used to verifiably enhance the training of industrial operators to run complex biorefineries. Only a few examples of the design and application of OTSs in large‐scale biorefineries have so far been reported. A discussion of the mathematical models used for OTS development is briefly presented, as well as available OTS design frameworks and vendors, including their benefits and drawbacks. The review concludes by looking at possible future directions of OTS development and use in biorefineries and their contribution in facilitating the transition to a bio‐based economy. © 2018 Society of Chemical Industry

Type: Article
Title: Operator training simulators for biorefineries: current position and future directions
DOI: 10.1002/jctb.5583
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1002/jctb.5583
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Science & Technology, Life Sciences & Biomedicine, Physical Sciences, Technology, Biotechnology & Applied Microbiology, Chemistry, Multidisciplinary, Engineering, Environmental, Engineering, Chemical, Chemistry, Engineering, simulator, biorefinery, OTS, bioprocess, education, competence, INDUSTRIAL OPERATORS, MODEL, BIOREACTORS, SYSTEMS, PLANT
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10052078
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