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Microwave processing applications in chemical engineering: cost analysis

journal contribution
posted on 2011-01-01, 00:00 authored by Abdallah Hasna
Rising fossil fuel energy costs and climate change have generated increased interest in alternative drying methods. Microwave processing applications chemical engineering industry is one possible substitute. The advantages of using microwave processing applications in chemical engineering can range from improved quality, reduced wastage; unique characteristics induced by "volumetric" heating and increased production. However, irrespective of benefits that would accrue if the solution is put into effect, the final hurdle for industry adoption can only be made with the achievement of a financial return on investment. This study analyses the costs and benefits for implementing microwave systems and presents results for economic parameters used in cost calculations. The calculations method is outlined using a corrugated board case study. Furthermore in the age of green awakening microwave processing is argued to help improve process efficiency by using green electric supply hence reducing CO 2 emissions.

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Journal

Journal of applied sciences

Volume

11

Issue

21

Pagination

3613 - 3618

Publisher

Science Alert

Location

[Deira, Dubai, UAE]

ISSN

1812-5654

eISSN

1812-5662

Language

eng

Publication classification

C Journal article; C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2011, Asian Network for Scientific Information

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