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Technical and economic modelling of bio-energy processes for fuels and chemicals.

The full range of technologies for fuel and chemical production from renewable feedstocks have been examined by technical and economic evaluation in order to identify the most promising technologies. The technologies considered were to produce methanol, fuel alcohol or hydrocarbon fuels, fast pyrolysis to bio-oil and hydrocarbon fuels and fermentation to produce ethanol. Feedstocks are wood, refusederived fuel, straw, wheat and sugar beet.

In order to carry out the evaluation, computer models have been developed, based on a unit process approach. Each unit operation is modelled as a process step, the model calculating the mass balance, energy balance and operating cost of the unit process. The results from the process step models are then combined to generate the mass balance, energy balance, capital cost and operating cost for the total process.

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University of Aston
Aston Triangle
B4 7ET Birmingham
United Kingdom
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