Feasibility study for retrofitting biogas cogeneration systems to district heating in South Korea

Title
Feasibility study for retrofitting biogas cogeneration systems to district heating in South Korea
Author(s)
정모박화춘[박화춘]
Keywords
MUNICIPAL SOLID-WASTE; ANAEROBIC-DIGESTION; BIOMASS WASTES; FOOD WASTE; ENERGY; PERFORMANCE; TECHNOLOGY; FRACTION; TROPICS; PLANTS
Issue Date
201508
Publisher
SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD
Citation
WASTE MANAGEMENT & RESEARCH, v.33, no.8, pp.755 - 766
Abstract
A feasibility study was performed to assess the technical and economic merits of retrofitting biogas-based cogeneration systems to district heating networks. Three district heating plants were selected as candidates for accommodating heat recovery from nearby waste treatment stations, where a massive amount of biogas can be produced on a regular basis. The scenario involves constructing cogeneration systems in each waste treatment station and producing electricity and heat. The amounts of biogas production for each station are estimated based on the monthly treatment capacities surveyed over the most recent years. Heat produced by the cogeneration system is first consumed on site by the waste treatment system to keep the operating temperature at a proper level. If surplus heat is available, it will be transported to the nearest district heating plant. The year-round operation of the cogeneration system was simulated to estimate the electricity and heat production. We considered cost associated with the installation of the cogeneration system and piping as initial investments. Profits from selling electricity and recovering heat are counted as income, while costs associated with buying biogas are expenses. Simple payback periods of 2-10 years were projected under the current economic conditions of South Korea. We found that most of the proposed scenarios can contribute to both energy savings and environmental protection.
URI
http://hdl.handle.net/YU.REPOSITORY/31285http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0734242X15592277
ISSN
0734-242X
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