Exergoeconomic analysis and optimization of a cogeneration system using evolutionary programming

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Exergoeconomic analysis helps designers to find ways to improve the performance of a system in a cost effective way. Most of the conventional exergoeconomic optimisation methods are iterative in nature and require the interpretation of the designer at each iteration. In this work, a cogeneration system that produces 50 MW of electricity and 15 kg/s of saturated steam at 2.5 bar is optimized using exergoeconomic principles and evolutionary programming. The analysis shows that the product cost, cost of electricity and steam, is 9.9% lower with respect to the base case. This is achieved, however, with 10% increase in capital investment. Moreover, it is important to note that the additional investment can be paid back in 3.23 years. © 2007 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1580-1588
Number of pages9
JournalApplied Thermal Engineering
Issue number13
Publication statusPublished - 2008


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