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CAVALCANTE DE OLIVEIRA, Rosana; DE SOUZA E SILVA, Rogério Diogne  and  DE LIMA TOSTES, Maria Emilia. A methodology for analysis of cogeneration projects using oil palm biomass wastes as an energy source in the Amazon. Dyna rev.fac.nac.minas [online]. 2015, vol.82, n.190, pp.105-112. ISSN 0012-7353.  http://dx.doi.org/10.15446/dyna.v82n190.43298.

In the search for strategies to mitigate climate change, the promotion of renewable energy is a major challenge worldwide, particularly for developing countries such as Brazil and Colombia, which aim to diversify their power grids by using unconventional renewable energy sources. One of the main obstacles is the development of innovative projects. Increasing oil palm cultivation in the Amazon region for the food and biodiesel industries is producing a large volume of biomass. The present study outlines a methodology for analysis of renewable energy projects based on identification of environmental, economic, and social sustainability criteria and indicators (C&I) for the oil palm production chain. This methodology was then used to develop a computer simulation model in the RETScreen® International software environment for financial viability and risk analysis.

Keywords : Simulation; Biomass; Electricity generation; Palm oil.

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