3 – Conceptual process design & sustainability assessment

Contents.

In this research line, we aim to develop and assess conceptual process designs for the supply chains and Biohubs. Additionally, we aim to develop key-performance indicators (KPI’s) for techno-economic, environmental and social impact.

We apply conceptual process design approaches and process simulation tools to generate multiple production pathways of maritime biofuels. The kinetic models of research line 2 are the starting point for process simulation and equipment sizing. The resulting mass and energy balances are then used to calculate the sustainability performance of each Biohub and full supply chain through KPI’s on techno-economic, environmental and macro-level socio-economic impact. This forms the basis for further discussion on potential synergies between local social development and feedstock security. As part of the conceptual design, we incorporate as much as possible the ‘design space’ and ‘design propositions’ derived from the stakeholders’ values analysis and case studies (research line 4).

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Expected Results

  • Designs of full process supply chains.
  • Synthesis and performance analysis of process configurations based on HTL technology.
  • Economic analysis of different process configurations.
  • Identify scale-up challenges and opportunities.
  • Techno-economic, environmental and social KPI’s of Biohubs and full production process.
  • Sustainability trade-offs analysis.

Related Publications

2019

Tanzer, Samantha Eleanor; Posada, John; Geraedts, Sjors; Ramírez, Andrea

Lignocellulosic marine biofuel: Technoeconomic and environmental assessment for production in Brazil and Sweden Journal Article

In: Journal of Cleaner Production, 239 , pp. 117845, 2019, ISSN: 0959-6526.

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Wang, Zhizhen; Kamali, Farahnaz Pashaei; Osseweijer, Patricia; Posada, John A

Socioeconomic effects of aviation biofuel production in Brazil: A scenarios-based Input-Output analysis Journal Article

In: Journal of Cleaner Production, 230 , pp. 1036-1050, 2019, ISSN: 0959-6526.

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2018

Parada, Mar Palmeros; Asveld, Lotte; Osseweijer, Patricia; Posada, John A

Setting the design space of biorefineries through sustainability values, a practical approach Journal Article

In: Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefining, 12 (1), pp. 29-44, 2018.

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2013

Posada, John A; Patel, Akshay D; Roes, Alexander; Blok, Kornelis; Faaij, André P C; Patel, Martin K

Potential of bioethanol as a chemical building block for biorefineries: Preliminary sustainability assessment of 12 bioethanol-based products Journal Article

In: Bioresource Technology, 135 , pp. 490-499, 2013, ISSN: 0960-8524, (Biorefineries).

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Researchers.

Sivaramakrishnan Chandrasekaran, M.Sc.

PhD Candidate of Biotechnology & Society
Section Biotechnology & Society Faculty of Applied Sciences Delft University of Technology

Sivaramakrishnan Chandrasekaran, M.Sc.

PhD Candidate of Biotechnology & Society
Section Biotechnology & Society Faculty of Applied Sciences Delft University of Technology

Prof. dr. Patricia Osseweijer

Full Professor of Biotechnology & Society, Section Leader
Section Biotechnology & Society Faculty of Applied Sciences Delft University of Technology

Prof. dr. Patricia Osseweijer

Full Professor of Biotechnology & Society, Section Leader
Section Biotechnology & Society Faculty of Applied Sciences Delft University of Technology

dr. John Posada Duque

Assistant professor of Biotechnology & Society
Section Biotechnology & Society Faculty of Applied Sciences Delft University of Technology

dr. John Posada Duque

Assistant professor of Biotechnology & Society
Section Biotechnology & Society Faculty of Applied Sciences Delft University of Technology

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