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Optimal running and planning of a biomass-based energy production process


  • Bruglieri, Maurizio
  • Liberti, Leo


We propose mathematical programming models for solving problems arising from planning and running an energy production process based on burning biomasses. The models take into account different aspects of the problem: determination of the biomasses to produce and/or buy, transportation decisions to convey the materials to the respective plants, and plant site locations. Whereas the "running model" is linear, we propose two "planning models", both of which are mixed-integer nonlinear programming problems. We show that a spatial branch-and-bound type algorithm applied to them is guaranteed to converge to an exact optimum in a finite number of steps.

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  • Bruglieri, Maurizio & Liberti, Leo, 2008. "Optimal running and planning of a biomass-based energy production process," Energy Policy, Elsevier, vol. 36(7), pages 2430-2438, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:enepol:v:36:y:2008:i:7:p:2430-2438

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    1. Namuli, R. & Jaumard, B. & Awasthi, A. & Pillay, P., 2013. "Optimisation of biomass waste to energy conversion systems for rural grid-connected applications," Applied Energy, Elsevier, vol. 102(C), pages 1013-1021.
    2. Pantaleo, Antonio & Candelise, Chiara & Bauen, Ausilio & Shah, Nilay, 2014. "ESCO business models for biomass heating and CHP: Profitability of ESCO operations in Italy and key factors assessment," Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Elsevier, vol. 30(C), pages 237-253.
    3. Leo Liberti, 2015. "Optimization and sustainable development," Computational Management Science, Springer, vol. 12(3), pages 371-395, July.
    4. Cai, Y.P. & Huang, G.H. & Yang, Z.F. & Tan, Q., 2009. "Identification of optimal strategies for energy management systems planning under multiple uncertainties," Applied Energy, Elsevier, vol. 86(4), pages 480-495, April.
    5. Nasiri, Fuzhan & Zaccour, Georges, 2009. "An exploratory game-theoretic analysis of biomass electricity generation supply chain," Energy Policy, Elsevier, vol. 37(11), pages 4514-4522, November.

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