Citrus fruit industry -- Energy conservation, Steam turbines
A cogeneration system using a noncondensing steam turbine to simultaneously provide electricity and process steam to a citrus plant was modeled in order to assess the source energy savings and the economic implications with the employment of this type system under conditions of time varying plant energy demand. Average monthly energy demand data from on citrus plant was analyzed. It was determined that the important parameter, in addition to a minimum demand level, for assessing economic acceptability is the demand thermal to electric ratio. One set of steam conditions will not necessarily provide the maximum source energy savings and at the same time be the most economically beneficial. The values of the economic criteria will remain relatively constant over a range of rated turbine capacities for each set of steam conditions.
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Master of Science (M.S.)
College of Engineering
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Carpenter, Harold L., "A Model for Assessing the Economic and Energy Savings Implications of Cogeneration with Steam Turbines in Citrus Processing Plants" (1981). Retrospective Theses and Dissertations. 543.