The use of graphical pinch analysis for visualizing water footprint constraints in biofuel production

Raymond R. Tan, Dominic Chwan Yee Foo, Kathleen B. Aviso, Denny Kok Sum Ng

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Abstract

A graphical pinch approach for analysis of water footprint constraints on biofuel production systems is presented. The technique is based on the composite curve method which was originally developed for carbon-constrained energy planning, which is extended in this paper based on the underlying similarities of source-sink allocation problems. The pinch analysis approach enables limiting water footprint conditions to be identified, and provides insights that are useful for planning the large-scale cultivation of biofuel crops. An illustrative case study based on the bioethanol program of the Philippines is solved using the proposed approach.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)605-609
Number of pages5
JournalApplied Energy
Volume86
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2009

Keywords

  • Biofuel
  • Biomass energy
  • Pinch analysis
  • Targeting
  • Virtual water
  • Water footprint

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Energy(all)

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