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Multi-Criteria Decision Making on the Energy Supply Configuration of Autonomous Desalination Units

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  • Dimitris Georgiou

    ()
    ("Postgraduate program in Agribusiness Management Agricultural University of Athens")

  • Essam Sh. Mohammed

    ()
    (Department of Natural Resources Management and Agricultural Engineering, Agricultural University of Athens)

  • Stelios Rozakis

    ()
    ("Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development Agricultural University of Athens")

Abstract

The important energy requirements for the desalination process impose especially in remote plants supply by Renewable Energy Sources (RES). In this paper five alternative energy generation topologies of Reverse Osmosis desalination process are evaluated. Proposed topologies assessed in terms of economic, environmental, technological and societal indices are compared using multi-criteria analysis, namely the Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) and PROMETHEE. Ranking of topologies resulted in the selection of direct connection and hybrid configuration. In case of economic priorities prevail diesel generation should also be considered.

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Paper provided by Agricultural University of Athens, Department Of Agricultural Economics in its series Working Papers with number 2013-6.

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Length: 25 pages
Date of creation: 2013
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Handle: RePEc:aua:wpaper:2013-6

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Keywords: desalination; reverse osmosis; topologies; multi-criteria analysis; renewable energy sources.;

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