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[en] At present, the drying process is one of the major procedures of food preservation and an important unit operation in a wide variety of food industries. Recently, drying of vegetables is of a particular interest because it is added to various ready-to-eat meals in order to improve their nutritional quality due to health benefit compounds present in vegetables (vitamins, phytochemicals, dietary fibers). Broccoli has been described as a vegetable with a high nutritional value due to its important content of vitamins, antioxidants and anti-carcinogenic compounds. Broccoli dehydration has not been investigated to a great extent and a few data are available in the open literature. In this study, broccoli florets were dried in a tray drier at a temperature range of 50-70 deg C with an air velocity range of 0.5-1.5 m/s. The performance of the process and system was evaluated using the exergy analysis method. Based on the experimental data, effects of the drying air temperature and the velocity on the performance of the drying process were discussed. It was obtained that the exergy evaporation rate and the exergetic efficiency of the process were obtained to vary between 0.0006-0.0029 kW and 0.27-1.16%, respectively. They increased as the drying air temperature increased, while the exergetic efficiency decreased with the rise in the drying air velocity. (author)
[en] Highlights: • The overall energy and exergy efficiencies of the plant is found to be 59.37% and 38.99% respectively. • Performance assessment of a cement plant indicates that the calcination process involves the highest portion of energy losses. • The specific exergetic cost cement produced by the cement plant is calculated to be 180.5 USD/GJ. • The specific cement manufacturing cost is found to be 41.84 USD/ton. - Abstract: This paper is Part 2 of the study on the thermodynamic and exergoeconomic analysis of a cement plant. In Part 1, thermodynamic and exergoeconomic formulations and procedure for such a comprehensive analysis are provided while this paper provides an application of the developed formulation that considers an actual cement plant located in Gaziantep, Turkey. The overall energy and exergy efficiencies of the plant is found to be 59.37% and 38.99% respectively. The exergy destructions, exergetic cost allocations, and various exergoeconomic performance parameters are determined by using the exergoeconomic analysis based on specific exergy costing method (SPECO) for the entire plant and its components. The specific unit exergetic cost of the farine, clinker and cement produced by the cement plant are calculated to be 43.77 USD/GJ, 133.72 USD/GJ and 180.5 USD/GJ respectively. The specific manufacturing costs of farine, clinker and cement are found to be 3.8 USD/ton, 33.11 USD/ton and 41.84 USD/ton respectively
[en] This paper is the continuation of the fourth part on fishery and rangeland. The total resource inflow to the Chinese society from 1980 to 2002 is investigated in four parts published afore. The total resource energy input corresponds to GDP is presented in comparison with the purchasing power parity in this paper. The structure of the resource energy inflow is also outlined. Finally, a novel concept referred to as resource intensity is suggested to serve as a basic indicator to illustrate the real status of the economic development in China
[en] In Pico Truncado, Santa Cruz, Patagonia, Argentina, a wind farm with 2,4 MWatt is already installed. Greenhouse gas emissions could be reduced about seven thousand tons/year. A Demo Plant for electrolytic Hydrogen production was officially inaugurated on December 2005. Additionally, UNIDO-ICHET proposed at Koluel Kayke village, close to Pico Truncado, progressive replacement of present energy system by Wind, Water, Electricity and Hydrogen, thus covering all kind of final energy requirements. Natural gas and liquid fuels replacement by Hydrogen will be used for homes, productive micro enterprises, vehicles and general machinery. Demo experiences with fuel cells, ICE electric generator, catalytic heaters, compressors, heat recovery and exergy improvement are in progress. Human resources training and diffusion of Clean Hydrogen Energy Culture to general public, mostly scholars, are of great interest. (authors)
[en] The concept 'environment' is of considerable importance in present-day engineering thermodynamics. Introduction of this concept in operation brings not only simplification of the methods of solving classical thermodynamic problems, but also gives the exergy method which forms the major new part of thermodynamics, including some parts of biology, economics and other fields of science. But practice shows that it is necessary to define the concept 'environment' more precisely in some cases
[en] Splitting the exergy destruction into endogenous/exogenous and unavoidable/avoidable parts represents a new development in the exergy analysis of energy conversion systems. This splitting improves the accuracy of exergy analysis, improves our understanding of the thermodynamic inefficiencies and facilitates the improvement of a system. An absorption refrigeration machine is used here as an application example. This refrigeration machine represents the most complex type of a refrigeration machine, in which the sum of physical and chemical exergy is used for each material stream
[en] Exergy analysis is a powerful tool for developing, evaluating and improving an energy conversion system. However, the lack of a formal procedure in using the results obtained by an exergy analysis is one of the reasons for exergy analysis not being very popular among energy practitioners. Such a formal procedure cannot be developed as long as the interactions among components of the overall system are not being taken properly into account. Splitting the exergy destruction into unavoidable and avoidable parts in a component provides a realistic measure of the potential for improving the thermodynamic efficiency of this component. Alternatively splitting the exergy destruction into endogenous and exogenous parts provides information on the interactions among system components. Distinctions between avoidable and unavoidable exergy destruction on one side and endogenous and exogenous exergy destruction on the other side allow the engineer to focus on the thermodynamic inefficiencies that can be avoided and to consider the interactions among system components. The avoidable endogenous and the avoidable exogenous exergy destruction provide the best guidance for improving the thermodynamic performance of energy conversion systems.
[en] Solar thermal is a promising renewable energy supplying technology that is being introduced slowly in industrial activities. Integration of solar thermal energy in a complex process, in combination with other energy provision devices, must be evaluated carefully, in order to obtain its maximum capacity and performance. This study tackles the integration of the thermosolar technology in a dairy process, sited in a climatic zone where diffuse irradiation is the meaningful one, based on two well developed thermodynamic tools: pinch and exergy analysis. Both tools have been utilized in the context of a low and middle temperature for the production of hot water for the steps of the dairy process. A combined implementation of both methodologies, helped by economical estimation, provides a powerful tool that allows finding the best integration of thermosolar and, by this, taking substantial design decisions. - Highlights: ► Integration of solar thermal energy in an industrial process was assessed. ► Pinch and exergy analysis were used to determine the optimal energy supply configuration. ► Solar thermal energy reduces the fossil energy demand with a moderate investment.
[en] In this paper, hydrogen is considered as a renewable and sustainable solution for minimizing the fossil fuel based-global irreversibility coefficient of global fossil fuel consumption and combating global warming and studied exergetically through a parametric performance analysis. The environmental impact results are then compared with the ones obtained for fossil fuels. In this regard, some exergetic expressions such as global waste exergy factor, global irreversibility coefficient and hydrogen based-global exergetic indicator. In order to investigate the role of hydrogen use at minimizing the fossil fuel based global irreversibility, the actual fossil fuel consumption data are taken from the literature. Due to the unavailability of appropriate hydrogen data for analysis, it is assumed that the utilization ratios of hydrogen are ranged between 0 and 1. Consequently, if exergetic utilization ratio of hydrogen from non-fossil fuel sources at a certain exergetic utilization ratio of fossil fuels increases, the fossil fuel based-global irreversibility coefficient will decrease. (author)
[en] This paper introduces a two-level idealization concept and decomposes the exergy losses of processing operations into the intrinsic part and the extrinsic part. The first level idealization is the reversible operation and the second level idealization is the thermodynamic equilibrium operation. The exergy losses arising from the deviations from the first level idealization only, caused by configuration constraints, are defined as the intrinsic exergy losses. The extra exergy losses which arise from further deviations from the second level idealization, caused by transport rate limitations, are defined as the extrinsic exergy losses. Demonstrated by several example cases of different complex levels, the analysis results can pinpoint what and where to focus on for improvements: (1) design configurations or transport rate limitations, and (2) the specific locations within the operations or processes. As an example, for a de-ethanizer, the improvement measures on configuration-related and transport rate-related design conditions result in a 11.42% reduction of overall column intrinsic exergy loss and a 81.74% reduction of total individual stage extrinsic exergy loss