Design of Palm Oil Biomass Processing Network for Electricity Generation Using Minlp Model: A Case Study on Iskandar Malaysia

24 Pages Posted: 24 Dec 2012

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Gholamreza Zahed

Universiti Teknologi Malaysia - Process Systems Engineering Centre

Aqeel Bazmi

COMSATS Institute of Information Technology - Biomass Conversion Research Centre

Date Written: December 23, 2012

Abstract

This paper presents a general decentralized energy generation (DEG) optimization model for developing countries. A mixed integer nonlinear programming (MINLP) model has been formulated and implemented, representing decisions regarding (1) the optimal number, locations, and sizes of various types of processing plants, (2) the amounts of biomass transported, and electricity to be transmitted between the selected locations over a selected period, and minimizes the objective function of overall generation cost. The model has been applied first for designing a DEG system using palm oil biomass for Iskandar Malaysia region of the state of Johor, Malaysia and then extended to entire state. We investigated the benefits of more distributed types of processing networks, in terms of the overall economics and the robustness to demand variations. No change in designed DEG system and distribution network was observed when the demand was lowered to 90%, 75% and 60% of original demand.

Keywords: Palm oil biomass, bio-power, decentralized electricity generation, optimization, supply chain network

Suggested Citation

Zahed, Gholamreza and Bazmi, Aqeel, Design of Palm Oil Biomass Processing Network for Electricity Generation Using Minlp Model: A Case Study on Iskandar Malaysia (December 23, 2012). OIDA International Journal of Sustainable Development, Vol. 05, No. 08, pp. 97-120, 2012, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2193323

Gholamreza Zahed (Contact Author)

Universiti Teknologi Malaysia - Process Systems Engineering Centre ( email )

Johor Bahru
Skudai
Shah Alam, Selangor 40450
Malaysia

Aqeel Bazmi

COMSATS Institute of Information Technology - Biomass Conversion Research Centre ( email )

1.5 KM Defence Road
Off Raiwind Road
Lahore, Punjab
Pakistan

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