SWAN platform: A web-based tool to support the development of industrial solid waste reuse business models.


Angelis-Dimakis A(1), Arampatzis G(2), Pieri T(1), Solomou K(1), Dedousis P(3), Apostolopoulos G(4).
Author information:
(1)Department of Chemical Sciences, School of Applied Sciences, University of Huddersfield, Queensgate, Huddersfield, UK.
(2)School of Production Engineering and Management, Technical University of Crete, Chania, Greece.
(3)School of Chemical Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, Zografou, Greece.
(4)Open Technology Services, Thessaloniki, SA, Greece.


The SWAN platform is an integrated suite of online resources and tools for assessing industrial symbiotic opportunities based on solid industrial waste reuse. It has been developed as a digital solid waste reuse platform and is already applied in four countries (Greece, Bulgaria, Albania and Cyprus). The SWAN platform integrates a database with the spatial and technical characteristics of industrial solid waste producers and potential consumers, populated with data from these countries. It also incorporates an inventory of commercially implemented best practices on solid industrial waste reuse. The role of the SWAN platform is to facilitate the development of novel business cases. Towards this end, decision support services, based on a suitable matching algorithm, are provided to the registered users, helping them to identify and assess potential novel business models, based on solid waste reuse, either for an individual industrial unit (source/potential receiver of solid waste) or a specific region.