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Modeling and analysis of renewable heat integration into non-domestic buildings - the case of biomass boilers: A whole life asset-supply chain management approach

Modeling and analysis of renewable heat integration into non-domestic buildings - the case of biomass boilers: A whole life asset-supply chain management approach

Nasiri, Fuzhan, Mafakheri, Fereshteh, Adebanjo, Dotun ORCID: 0000-0003-4845-9411 and Haghighat, Fariborz (2016) Modeling and analysis of renewable heat integration into non-domestic buildings - the case of biomass boilers: A whole life asset-supply chain management approach. Biomass and Bioenergy, 95. pp. 244-256. ISSN 0961-9534 (doi:10.1016/j.biombioe.2016.10.018)

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Abstract

This study proposes a whole life asset-supply chain optimization model for integration of biomass boilers into non-domestic (non-residential) buildings, under a renewable heat incentive scheme in the UK. The proposed model aims at identifying the optimal energy generation capacities and schedules for biomass and backup boilers, along with the optimal levels of biomass ordering and storage. The sensitivity of these decisions are then analyzed subject to changes in source, types and pricing of biomass materials as well as the choice of technologies and their cost and operational performance criteria. The proposed model is validated by applying it to a case study scenario in the UK. The results indicate that a Renewable Heat Incentive scheme could incentivize the adoption of biomass boilers, with a 3 to 1 ratio for biomass and backup boilers’ utilization. As such, the findings from this study will be useful for industry managers, tasked with the decision of which biomass boiler system to utilize, considering the support from RHI. On the other hand, it is shown that RHI does not provide an encouragement for efficiency when it comes to the choice of biomass technologies and fuels. This presents itself as a major implication for the success and sustainability of the UK government’s renewable heat incentive scheme.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2016. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
Uncontrolled Keywords: Renewable Heat Incentive; Biomass Boilers; Non-domestic Buildings; System Dynamics; Supply Chain Management; Asset Management
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Business
Faculty of Business > Department of Systems Management & Strategy
Faculty of Business > Supply Chain Management Research Group
Last Modified: 30 Jan 2018 17:33
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: GREAT a
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/15933

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