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Optimisation of biomass waste to energy conversion systems for rural grid-connected applications


Optimisation of biomass waste to energy conversion systems for rural grid-connected applications

Namuli, R., Jaumard, B., Awasthi, A. and Pillay, Pragasen (2013) Optimisation of biomass waste to energy conversion systems for rural grid-connected applications. Applied Energy, 102 . pp. 1013-1021. ISSN 03062619

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Several rural farms have installed anaerobic digestion systems as manure management systems. Such systems are also used to provide electricity and heating. In these systems, biogas is generated from anaerobic digestion of biomass waste and combusted in a boiler and an engine-generator set, to produce heat and electricity respectively. This paper calculates the size and mode of operation of a biomass waste to energy conversion system that would result in maximum revenue for a given herd size. A Tabu Search optimisation technique is used. A number of equally good solutions are generated. These solutions are plotted on a Pareto front and the best solution is defined as one that lies on this Pareto front. Optimisation of a biomass waste to energy conversion system reduces reliance on electricity from the grid. It also reduces reliance on the use of propane or other fossil fuels for heating.

Divisions:Concordia University > Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science > Electrical and Computer Engineering
Item Type:Article
Authors:Namuli, R. and Jaumard, B. and Awasthi, A. and Pillay, Pragasen
Journal or Publication:Applied Energy
Digital Object Identifier (DOI):10.1016/j.apenergy.2012.06.011
Keywords:Biomass waste; Energy conversion; Tabu Search; Optimisation
ID Code:976798
Deposited By: Danielle Dennie
Deposited On:25 Jan 2013 19:36
Last Modified:18 Jan 2018 17:43


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