Biogas production supported by excess heat - A systems analysis within the food industry
2015 (English)In: Energy Conversion and Management, ISSN 0196-8904, E-ISSN 1879-2227, Vol. 91, 249-258 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The aim of this paper was to study the effects on greenhouse gases and economics when a change is made in the use of industrial organic waste from external production and use of biogas (A) to internal production and use (B). The two different system solutions are studied through a systems analysis based on an industrial case. The baseline system (A) and a modified system (B) were compared and analysed. Studies show that industrial processes considered as integrated systems, including the exchange of resources between industries, can result in competitive advantages. This study focuses on the integration of internally produced biogas from food industry waste produced by a food company and the use of excess heat. Two alternative scenarios were studied: (1) the use of available excess heat to heat the biogas digester and (2) the use of a part of the biogas produced to heat the biogas digester. This study showed that the system solution, whereby excess heat rather than biogas is used to heat the biogas digester, was both environmentally and economically advantageous. However, the valuation of biomass affects the magnitude of the emissions reduction. Implementing this synergistic concept will contribute to the reaching of European Union climate targets. (C) 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier , 2015. Vol. 91, 249-258 p.
Systems analysis; Biogas production; Industrial excess heat; Climate impact; Investment opportunity; Synergies
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-114983DOI: 10.1016/j.enconman.2014.12.017ISI: 000348887000025OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-114983DiVA: diva2:794094
Funding Agencies|Swedish Energy Agency; Linkoping University2015-03-102015-03-062015-09-01