Can the operating limits of biogas plants operated under non-isothermal conditions be defined with certainty? Modeling self-optimizing attainable regions.
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OriginalversjonComputers and Chemical Engineering. 2020, 141 . 10.1016/j.compchemeng.2020.107001
Uncertainty in operating parameters such as temperature undermines the reliability of using kinetic models in performance projections for plants operated under ambient non-isothermal conditions. This study develops a theoretical framework, which uses process kinetics, uncertainty quantification to define robust operating limits known as self-optimizing attainable regions, where by instead of defining a very large operating limit, which will be achieved some of the times for some of the reactor configurations, we define a self-optimizing limit, which will be achieved all the times for all possible reactor configurations (despite variations in temperature). Using a temperature range of 20 – 60∘C, , the results indicate that decreasing temperature uncertainty, increasing process temperature or using a multistage digester structure increases the self-optimizing operating limits: , and obtained for temperatures of 20.00, 31.60 and 52.40∘C respectively. The findings highly important in defining performance targets especially when there is uncertainty in environmental conditions.