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Optimum technology network for ethanol production and electricity cogeneration in Ecuador

Polanco Pacheco, Christian Andrés (2016) Optimum technology network for ethanol production and electricity cogeneration in Ecuador.

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Abstract:Mitigation of climate change effects is one of the main tasks of this a future generation. Therefore responsible and sustainable energy planning is needed at every level (national, regional and local). In order to so, is necessary to incorporate in the current vision of planning the following elements: carbon mitigation, provision of energy services as basis of planning, energy conservation and efficiency solution in the demand-side, etc. In the context of this mindset evolution, Ecuador is committed to transform its energy matrix towards renewable and sustainable energy sources. Specifically in the transportation sector (although being an oil-exporting country) its technological infrastructure is not technically sophisticated enough to satisfy the demand of gasoline and diesel. In order to diminish the importation dependence, Ecuador through concrete policies and planning has encouraged the biofuel market and in 2013 the government set the ambitious goal of replacing the transport sector fuel with mixtures starting in 5% progressively to 10% with biofuels (ethanol and biodiesel). Therefore, in this work sustainable development, energy planning and technology optimization concepts were combined to find an optimum technology network for ethanol production and cogeneration of electricity at regional level in Ecuador. The goal is to find the best combination and utilization of available resources for ethanol and electricity production. In order to do so, a systematic approach combined with "Process Network Synthesis" algorithms and P-Graph method was applied. For the application of these concepts and methodology, it was selected the Muisne region as case study.
Item Type:Internship Report (Master)
Faculty:ET: Engineering Technology
Programme:Sustainable Energy Technology MSc (60443)
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