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Title: Techno-economic evaluation of biorefineries
Authors: Dheskali, Endrit
Keywords: Bioprocess optimization
Polyhydroxybutyrate (PHB)
Keywords (translated): Βιολογικές διεργασίες
Abstract: In this work a mathematical programming model for the optimal design of the bioreaction section of biotechnological processes is presented. Equations for the estimation of the equipment cost derived from a recent publication by the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are also summarized. The cost-optimal design of process units and the optimal scheduling of their operation can be obtained using the proposed formulation that has been implemented in software available from the journal web page or the corresponding author. The proposed model and supplied software can be used to quantify the effects of decisions taken at a lab scale on the industrial scale process economics. It is of paramount important to note that this can be achieved at the early stage of the development of a biotechnological project. Two case studies are presented that demonstrate the usefulness and potential of the proposed methodology.
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