The increase in energy costs, restructuring of electricity supply industry, quality of supply standards and environmental responsibility, initiated an investigation to utilize available carbon monoxide for cogeneration at an industrial site. A literature study indicated that most of the elements involved in establishing a cogeneration plant, were investigated individually, but had not been evaluated as a system with an indication of their relationships. The main objective of this study was to create a methodology to evaluate the impact of load scheduling, cogeneration and electrical tariff structures on the energy cost of an industrial operation. A modelling methodology was developed to evaluate the requirements for each of the elements, which were identified as the following processes: Plant and stockpiles Gas and fuel Power generation technology Electricity tariffs Financial evaluation Each of the processes' input requirements were evaluated in terms of being sufficient in providing either useful information or a model from which information could be manipulated. This methodology was then applied to a titanium slag producer with electric arc furnaces and excess carbon monoxide, which was burnt and treated as waste.
Dissertation (M Eng (Electrical Engineering))--University of Pretoria, 2006.