A Methodological Framework for Integrating Waste Biomass into a Portfolio of Thermal Energy Production Systems
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The integration of Renewable Energy Sources (RES) within the contextual framework of existing thermal energy production systems has emerged as a promising and sustainable policy towards addressing the growing global energy demand. Especially for developing countries, as they are characterized by decentralized energy systems, locally available RES are a viable option for generating thermal energy. In this chapter, we provide a methodological framework for integrating waste biomass into a portfolio of supply chains for thermal energy production, by presenting the relevant drivers for waste biomass usage making especially the case for developing countries, the associated systems and the supply chain operations. A generic strategic optimization model is proposed for determining the optimal mixture of energy sources for a specific region. This model could be employed by a system's regulator to conduct various 'what-if' analyses, in order to develop comprehensive effective policies that also integrate waste biomass into the existing energy system. Finally, a real-world case study is presented, and interesting managerial insights are discussed. Springer-Verlag London Limited 2012.
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Iakovou, E., Vlachos, D., & Toka, A
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Iakovou, Eleftherios||Vlachos, Dimitrios||Toka, Agorasti