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Alternative Power Technologies: A Decision Model For A Sugar Refinery


Stef Smith, Alessandra Orsoni

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ECMS 2007 Proceedings

Edited by: Ivan Zelinka, Zuzana Oplatkova, Alessandra Orsoni


ISBN: 978-0-9553018-2-7

Doi: 10.7148/2007


21st European Conference on Modelling and Simulation,

Prague, June 4-6, 2007


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Smith, S., & Orsoni, A. (2007). Alternative Power Technologies: A Decision Model For A Sugar Refinery. ECMS 2007 Proceedings edited by: I. Zelinka, Z. Oplatkova, A. Orsoni (pp. 86-91). European Council for Modeling and Simulation. doi:10.7148/2007-0086.



This paper addresses the concerns of industrial users with regard to their dependence on the natural gas supply. Energy-intensive processes, such as sugar refining, are currently faced with important increases in their production costs due to the dramatic rise in the natural gas price over the past year. They are also faced with significant risks of supply cuts during possible gas balancing alerts. As many users are forced to re-evaluate their energy use and energy sources, this paper proposes a decision model to aid the systematic assessment of alternative power technologies for energy-intensive processes. The paper discusses the implementation and the use of the model referring to the case of a large EU- based sugar refinery.

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