(365e) Computer-Aided Design of Products Derived from Biomass Pyrolysis
In a recent study, Sharifzadeh et al. (2017) addressed the challenges of modeling the hydrothermal upgrading of pyrolysis oil in order to deoxygenate it and make it usable in the current energy infrastructure. In this work we develop a computer-based methodology for identifying an optimal product mix given information on the effluent from a pyrolyzer. A set of possible products is specified based on their properties and prices, and we formulate an optimization problem to identify the most valuable product portfolio. The proposed methodology builds on a general computer-aided model for designing mixtures and product blends, in which the number, identity and composition of different chemicals in the final product are optimized simultaneously using advanced optimization techniques (Jonuzaj et al., 2016, 2018). The modeling approach is demonstrated though the determination of optimal product blends from predefined feedstock.
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