Recycling, closed-loop systems, sustainable development, circular economy, green chemistry... All those approaches, which scientists have been developing over the last three decades, seem to be different only in names but with the same aim - to provide constant economic growth through continuous development and implementation of economically viable innovations while reducing waste and preserving the scarce resources of the Earth.
And it seems we are still looking for the ultimate solution...
…whereas the theory of resolving innovative problems (TRIZ theory) postulates that all the technological systems evolve towards the increased Ideality aiming at Ideal Final Result (the best possible solution for the problem containing only the desired function/benefits at no cost and harm of the original problem). Mathematically, an Ideality (or evolution towards IFR) can be expressed as a ratio between the Benefits obtained and the sum of Costs and Harm associated with a product or process we develop.
Of course, real-life solutions never achieve an IFR which would imply that the object does not exist at all (so do not exist the associated cost & harm), but still gives the required beneficial effect. However, it is possible to increase an Ideality of the product or process by having multiple benefits from a single object while reducing the related costs and harm.
At Novatica we believe, that we can achieve truly sustainable and economically viable innovative solutions by targeting multiple simultaneous benefits from the process or product under development, and via introducing multifunctionality by design exploiting clever process units integration and multidisciplinary approach while reducing the associated cost and harm.
See some examples of our projects where we apply the principle of gaining multiple benefits/multifunctionality in a single process.