Techno-economic analysis of integrated wastewater treatment and biomass energy generation technologies: A systematic literature review

A. Elizondo-Noriega, N. Tiruvengadam, C. Fedler, M. G. Beruvides

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Abstract

Wastewater treatment (WT) and biomass-derived fuel production (BDFP) technologies have had success in the few markets that they have been tested. Also, typically observed is the fact organizations that adopt either of these technologies individually are required by law to implement pollution control/reduction policies. Consequently, there is a prevalent notion that these two technologies are not cost-effective when applied individually to their respective purposes, especially when not aided by subsidies or carbon credits. To address this challenge of cost-effectiveness, there have been a few attempts to integrate both technologies to reduce the financial burden of pollution control/reduction policies, albeit unsuccessful. Engineering Economics literature seems to suggest that this undesirable outcome concerning their integration is the result of a lack of comprehensive Ex-Ante and Ex-Post Techno-Economic Analyses (TEAs) of the integrated technology. To address this challenge, a strategic application of TEA can help decide the most compatible combination of WT and BDFP technologies that either minimizes operational costs or generates economic benefits or both. This work aims to elucidate how extensively TEA has been used in the past to identify an optimal integration of WT and BDFP technologies. The study’s results indicate, though TEA has been used extensively to evaluate various WT and BDFP technologies individually, the same cannot be stated about its use to evaluate an integrated technology.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2020 IISE Annual Conference
EditorsL. Cromarty, R. Shirwaiker, P. Wang
PublisherInstitute of Industrial and Systems Engineers, IISE
Pages610-615
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781713827818
StatePublished - 2020
Event2020 Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers Annual Conference and Expo, IISE 2020 - Virtual, Online, United States
Duration: Nov 1 2020Nov 3 2020

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 2020 IISE Annual Conference

Conference

Conference2020 Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers Annual Conference and Expo, IISE 2020
CountryUnited States
CityVirtual, Online
Period11/1/2011/3/20

Keywords

  • Biomass-derived Energy
  • Techno-Economic Analysis
  • Wastewater Treatment
  • Water Hyacinth

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