||Design of integrated biorefineries
|| Kokossis, A.C.
||Computer Aided Chemical Engineering, vol.34, p.173-185
||Biomass value chains; Biorefineries; Integration
||The paper outlines a systems approach that is structured to support the design of reallife integrated biorefineries. The systems methodology has proved particularly powerful to support strategic decisions and the integration of the biorefinery concept with urban flows and activities. The approach is framed to combine state-of-the-art methods enabling interactions at critical stages of development. The methodology renders high-throughput capacity and has been exploited to review large combinations of paths through exhaustive screening, subsequently leading to significant savings in capital and operating costs. The paper illustrates the approach in the course of its application to configure lignocellulosic biorefineries from existing small-scale pilots. Separate work is already in place to support the design of industrial-size algo-biorefineries that process halophytic strains. The discussion explains the potential of existing systems methods alongside their limitations and the scope for future research. © 2014 Elsevier B.V.
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