Optimal Planning of a Biomass Conversion System Considering Economic and Environmental Aspects Conference Paper uri icon


  • A multiobjective optimization model for the optimal planning and scheduling of a biomass conversion system considering the selection of feedstocks, processing technologies, and products is put forward. It accounts for seasonality aspects, since the availability and demand of bioresources and products are different for each season, central supply zone, storage, and market. Network based models of states and tasks are used to make a good scheduling, in which the states are referred to different types of materials, e.g., bioresources. The tasks are the activities for the treatment of each state and they are time dependent. The economic objective function involves the availability of bioresources, demand of products, processing limits, etc. A multiobjetive optimization strategy is proposed to identify the Pareto curve that describes the set of solutions that simultaneously satisfies the economic and environmental objectives. The proposed methodology is applied to a case of study for a biomass conversion system in Mexico, which allows to identify the technologies, the location, and the best feedstocks to yield economical and environmental attractive solutions. This is an abstract of a paper presented at the 2011 AIChE Annual Meeting (Minneapolis, MN 10/16-21/2011).

author list (cited authors)

  • Santibañez-Aguilar, J. E., González-Campos, J. B., Ponce-Ortega, J. M., Serna-González, M., & El-Halwagi, M. M.

publication date

  • January 1, 2011 11:11 AM