Technical and economical feasibility of biomass use for power generation in Sicily

Domenico Panno, Antonio Messineo

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Biomass can provide a reliable support for production ofbiofuels while contributing to sustainable management of natural resources. Many countries, including Italy, have introduced important incentive schemes to support the use of biomass for electricity, heat and transportation. This has raised considerable interest towards the use of biomass for energy generation purposes. Nonetheless, the design and installation ofbiomass-fuelled power plants present several critical issues, such as choice and availability of biomass, choice of technology, power plant localization and logistics. The case study tackled in this paper evaluates the economies originated by a 1MW el Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) turbine coupled with a biomass fuelled boiler, installed in an area close to Palermo (Italy). A Geographical Information System (GIS) was used to localize the power plant and to optimize logistics. The thermodynamics of the plant as a whole were also analyzed. Finally, two different scenarios were simulated for project fnancial evaluation. Copyright © 2010, IGI Global.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)40-50
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Information Systems
Publication statusPublished - 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Information Systems


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