Title: Exergoeconomic analysis of an olive oil refining plant

Authors: Elif Bozoglan, Arif Hepbasli

Addresses: Department of Management, Taris Olive Oil, Agricultural, Industrial and Commercial Company, Izmir 35620, Turkey. ' Department of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering, King Saud University, P.O. Box 800, Riyadh 11421, Saudi Arabia

Abstract: This study deals with evaluating the performance of an olive oil refinery plant installed in Izmir, Turkey, using Exergy, Cost, Energy and Mass (EXCEM) method, which is based on the real operational data and costs of the equipments. The most efficient equipment is obtained to be the shell and tube type heat exchanger with an exergy efficiency value of 85.8% at 25°C, ranging from 86.2% to 85% for dead-state temperatures ranging from 10°C to 30°C. The functional exergetic efficiency of the whole plant is found to be about 16%, changing between 21.3 and 14.3%. The exergy efficiency value for the whole system on the exergetic fuel-product basis is calculated to be 67.5%.

Keywords: olive oil refining plants; exergy efficiency; exergoeconomic analysis; performance evaluation; Turkey; heat exchangers.

DOI: 10.1504/IJEX.2011.039796

International Journal of Exergy, 2011 Vol.8 No.3, pp.359 - 377

Received: 11 Apr 2010
Accepted: 05 Dec 2010

Published online: 20 Apr 2011 *

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