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Francis Chinweuba, EbohORCID iD iconorcid.org/0000-0001-7478-3480
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Eboh, F. C., Andersson, B.-Å. & Richards, T. (2019). Economic evaluation of improvements in a waste-to-energy combined heat and power plant. Waste Management
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Economic evaluation of improvements in a waste-to-energy combined heat and power plant
2019 (English)In: Waste Management, ISSN 0956-053X, E-ISSN 1879-2456Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Improving the efficiency of waste-to-energy combined heat and power plants increases their production of both electricity and heat. Economic evaluation of such improvements enables adequate decisions to be made between the various alternatives with respect to economic viability of the plant. In this study, the cost and profitability of different modifications to improve efficiency in a waste-to-energy plant are considered: these include the re-arrangement of air heaters, the introduction of a reheater, flue gas condensation (FGC) and an integrated gasification-combustion process. The base case and the modifications are evaluated and compared when operating either as a combined heat and power plant or as a power plant. Modelling, simulation and cost estimations were performed with the Aspen Plus software. Although the integrated gasification-combustion technology with FGC has the highest exergy efficiency, its higher capital cost is greater than all of the other alternatives. Modification 6, which involves both re-arrangement and changing the air heating medium has the lowest capital cost with respect to enhancing exergy efficiency. Modifications 1 and 7, involving FGC, are the best alternatives for the capital cost per total unit of revenue generated. These modifications not only provides the highest heat production but also the highest net present value (NPV). The base case and the modifications investigated all have positive NPV, indicating that a waste-to-energy combined heat and power plant is an attractive investment. However, an increase of about 122% in the gate fees would be required for a system with only electricity production to be profitable.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2019
Keywords
Waste-to-energy plant, Efficiency improvement, Economic viability, Cost of improvement
National Category
Engineering and Technology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-21730 (URN)10.1016/j.wasman.2019.09.008 (DOI)
Available from: 2019-09-14 Created: 2019-09-14 Last updated: 2019-10-07Bibliographically approved
Eboh, F. C., Ahlström, P. & Richards, T. (2019). Evaluating improvements in a waste-to-energy combined heat and power plant. Case Studies in Thermal Engineering
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Evaluating improvements in a waste-to-energy combined heat and power plant
2019 (English)In: Case Studies in Thermal Engineering, ISSN 2214-157XArticle in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Evaluation of different alternatives for enhancement in a waste combustion process enables adequate decisions to be made for improving its efficiency. Exergy analysis has been shown be an effective tool in assessing the overall efficiency of a system. However, the conventional exergy method does not provide information of the improvements possible in a real process. The purpose of this paper is to evaluate state-of-the art techniques applied in a municipal solid-waste fired heat and power plant. The base case plant is evaluated first; the results are then used to decide upon which technical modifications should be introduced and they are thereafter evaluated. A modified exergy-based method is used to discover the improvement potential of both the individual components and the overall base case plant. The results indicate that 64% of exergy destruction in the overall process can theoretically be improved. The various modifications selected involve changing the bed material, using a gasifier followed by a gas boiler and incorporating a more durable material into the boiler walls. In addition, changing the heating medium of the incoming air (from steam to flue gas) along with a reduction in the stack temperature and the integration of flue gas condensation were considered for utilizing the exergy in the flue gases. The modification involving gasifier, gas boiler and flue gas condensation proved to be the best option, with the highest exergy efficiency increment of 21%.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2019
Keywords
Theoretical process, Exergy efficiency, Flue gas condensation, Municipal solid-waste fired plant, Improvement potential, Gasification-combustion process
National Category
Engineering and Technology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-21729 (URN)10.1016/j.csite.2019.100476 (DOI)2-s2.0-85067188415 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2019-09-14 Created: 2019-09-14 Last updated: 2019-10-07Bibliographically approved
Eboh, F. C., Ahlström, P. & Richards, T. (2017). Exergy Analysis of Solid Fuel-Fired Heat and Power Plants: A Review. Energies
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Exergy Analysis of Solid Fuel-Fired Heat and Power Plants: A Review
2017 (English)In: Energies, ISSN 1996-1073, E-ISSN 1996-1073Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The growing demand for energy is particularly important to engineers with respect to how the energy produced by heat and power plants can be used efficiently. Formerly, performance evaluation of thermal power plants was done through energy analysis. However, the energy method does not account for irreversibilities within the system. An effective method to measure and improve efficiency of thermal power plant is exergy analysis. Exergy analysis is used to evaluate the performance of a system and its main advantage is enhancement of the energy conversion process. It helps identify the main points of exergy destruction, the quantity and causes of this destruction, as well as show which areas in the system and components have potential for improvements. The current study is a comprehensive review of exergy analyses applied in the solid fuels heat and power sector, which includes coal, biomass and a combination of these feedstocks as fuels. The methods for the evaluation of the exergy efficiency and the exergy destruction are surveyed in each part of the plant. The current review is expected to advance understanding of exergy analysis and its usefulness in the energy and power sectors: it will assist in the performance assessment, analysis, optimization and cost effectiveness of the design of heat and power plant systems in these sectors.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Basel, Switzerland: MDPI, 2017
Keywords
exergy, heat and power, solid fuels, system efficiencies
National Category
Engineering and Technology Energy Engineering
Research subject
Resource Recovery
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-11885 (URN)10.3390/en10020165 (DOI)000395469200019 ()2-s2.0-85014124644 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2017-02-02 Created: 2017-02-02 Last updated: 2018-11-29Bibliographically approved
Eboh, F. C., Ahlström, P. & Richards, T. (2016). Estimating the specific chemical exergy of municipal solid waste. Energy Science & Engineering, 4(3), 217-231
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Estimating the specific chemical exergy of municipal solid waste
2016 (English)In: Energy Science & Engineering, ISSN 2050-0505, Vol. 4, no 3, p. 217-231Article in journal (Refereed) Published
National Category
Energy Engineering
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-10793 (URN)10.1002/ese3.121 (DOI)000377213700005 ()2-s2.0-85014098626 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2016-09-28 Created: 2016-09-28 Last updated: 2018-11-29Bibliographically approved
Eboh, F. C., Ahlström, P. & Richards, T. (2016). Estimating the specific exergy of municipal solid waste. Energy Science & Engineering, 4(3), 217-231
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Estimating the specific exergy of municipal solid waste
2016 (English)In: Energy Science & Engineering, ISSN 2050-0505, Vol. 4, no 3, p. 217-231Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

A new model for predicting the specific chemical exergy of municipal solid waste (MSW) is presented; the model is based on the content of carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen, sulfur, and chlorine on a dry ash-free basis (daf). The proposed model was obtained from estimations of the higher heating value (HHV) and standard entropy of MSW using statistical analysis. The ultimate analysis of 56 different parts of MSW was used for the derivation of the HHV expression. In addition, 30 extra parts were used for validation. One hundred and seventeen relevant organic substances that represented the main constituents in MSW were used for derivation of the standard entropy of solid waste. The substances were divided into different waste fractions, and the standard entropies of each waste fraction and for the complete mixture were calculated. The specific chemical exergy of inorganic matter in the waste was also investigated by considering the inorganic compounds in the ash. However, as a result of the extremely low value calculated, the exergy of inorganic matter was ignored. The results obtained from the HHV model show a good correlation with the measured values and are comparable with other recent and previous models. The correlation of the standard entropy of the complete waste mixture is less accurate than the correlations of each individual waste fraction. However, the correlations give similar results for the specific chemical exergy, indicating that HHV has a greater impact when estimating the specific exergy of solid waste than entropy.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
John Wiley & Sons, 2016
National Category
Energy Engineering
Research subject
Resource Recovery
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-11085 (URN)10.1002/ese3.121 (DOI)000377213700005 ()2-s2.0-85014098626 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2016-10-26 Created: 2016-10-26 Last updated: 2018-11-29Bibliographically approved
Eboh, F. C., Ahlström, P. & Richards, T. (2016). Method of Estimating Absolute Entropy of Municipal Solid Waste. World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology, International Journal of Environmental, Chemical, Ecological, Geological and Geophysical Engineering, 10(7), 689-694
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Method of Estimating Absolute Entropy of Municipal Solid Waste
2016 (English)In: World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology, International Journal of Environmental, Chemical, Ecological, Geological and Geophysical Engineering, E-ISSN 2010-3778, Vol. 10, no 7, p. 689-694Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Entropy, as an outcome of the second law of thermodynamics, measures the level of irreversibility associated with any process. The identification and reduction of irreversibility in the energy conversion process helps to improve the efficiency of the system. The entropy of pure substances known as absolute entropy is determined at an absolute reference point and is useful in the thermodynamic analysis of chemical reactions; however, municipal solid waste (MSW) is a structurally complicated material with unknown absolute entropy. In this work, an empirical model to calculate the absolute entropy of MSW based on the content of carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen, sulphur, and chlorine on a dry ash free basis (daf) is presented. The proposed model was derived from 117 relevant organic substances which represent the main constituents in MSW with known standard entropies using statistical analysis. The substances were divided into different waste fractions; namely, food, wood/paper, textiles/rubber and plastics waste and the standard entropies of each waste fraction and for the complete mixture were calculated. The correlation of the standard entropy of the complete waste mixture derived was found to be somsw= 0.0101C + 0.0630H + 0.0106O + 0.0108N + 0.0155S + 0.0084Cl (kJ.K-1.kg) and the present correlation can be used for estimating the absolute entropy of MSW by using the elemental compositions of the fuel within the range of 10.3%  C 95.1%, 0.0%  H  14.3%, 0.0%  O  71.1%, 0.0  N  66.7%, 0.0%  S  42.1%, 0.0%  Cl  89.7%. The model is also applicable for the efficient modelling of a combustion system in a waste-to-energy plant.

Keywords
Absolute entropy, irreversibility, municipal solid waste, waste-to-energy
National Category
Energy Engineering
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-10794 (URN)
Available from: 2016-09-28 Created: 2016-09-28 Last updated: 2017-05-04Bibliographically approved
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