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Techno-Economic Analysis of Power Production by Using Waste Biomass Gasification

Techno-Economic Analysis of Power Production by Using Waste Biomass Gasification

Title: Techno-Economic Analysis of Power Production by Using Waste Biomass Gasification
Author: Safarian, Sahar
Unnthorsson, Runar
Richter, Christiaan
Date: 2020-06
Language: English
Scope: 1-8
University/Institute: Háskóli Íslands
University of Iceland
School: Verkfræði- og náttúruvísindasvið (HÍ)
School of Engineering and Natural Sciences (UI)
Department: Iðnaðarverkfræði-, vélaverkfræði- og tölvunarfræðideild (HÍ)
Faculty of Industrial Eng., Mechanical Eng. and Computer Science (UI)
Series: Journal of Power and Energy Engineering;08(06)
ISSN: 2327-588X
2327-5901 (eISSN)
DOI: https://doi.org/10.4236/jpee.2020.86001
Subject: Waste Biomass Gasification; Techno-Economic Analysis; Power Production; Waste to Energy; Úrgangur; Orkuframleiðsla; Rekstrarhagræðing
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11815/1887

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Safarian, S. , Unnthorsson, R. and Richter, C. (2020) Techno-Economic Analysis of Power Production by Using Waste Biomass Gasification. Journal of Power and Energy Engineering, 8, 1-8. doi: 10.4236/jpee.2020.86001.


Energy recovery from waste biomass can have significant impacts on the most pressing development challenges of rural poverty and environmental damages. In this paper, a techno-economic analysis is carried out for electricity generation by using timber and wood waste (T & WW) gasification in Iceland. Different expenses were considered, like capital, installation, engineering, operation and maintenance costs and the interest rate of the investment. Regarding to revenues, they come from of the electricity sale and the fee paid by the Icelandic municipalities for waste collection and disposal. The economic feasibility was conducted based on the economic indicators of net present value (NPV) and discounted payback period (DPP), bringing together three different subgroups based on gasifier capacities, subgroup a: 50 kW, subgroup b: 100 kW and subgroup c: 200 kW. The results show that total cost increases as the implemented power is increased. This indicator varies from 1228.6 k€ for subgroups a to 1334.7 k€ for subgroups b and 1479.5 k€ for subgroups c. It is worth mentioning that NPV is positive for three subgroups and it grows as gasifier scale is extended. NPV is about 122 k€ (111,020 $), 1824 k€ (1,659,840 $) and 4392 k€ (3,996,720 $) for subgroups a, b and c, respectively. Moreover, DPP has an inversely proportional to the installed capacity. It is around 5.5 years (subgroups a), 9.5 months (subgroups b) and 6 months (subgroups c). The obtained results confirm that using small scale waste biomass gasification integrated with power generation could be techno-economically feasible for remote area in Iceland.


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