Modeling and model predictive control of the BioPower combined heat and power (CHP) plant

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This paper presents a model predictive control (MPC) strategy for BioGrate boiler, compensating the main disturbances caused by variations in fuel quality such as the moisture content of fuel, and variations in fuel flow. The MPC utilizes models, the fuel moisture soft-sensor to estimate water evaporation, and the fuel flow calculations to estimate the thermal decomposition of dry fuel, to handle these variations, the inherent large time constants, and long time delays of the boiler. The MPC strategy is compared with the method currently used in the BioPower 5 CHP plant. Finally, the results are presented, analyzed and discussed.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)453-462
JournalInternational Journal of Electrical Power and Energy Systems
Issue numberFebruary 2015
Publication statusPublished - 2015
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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  • combustion, biomass, fuel quality, MPC, moisture, advanced control

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