Techno-economic Analysis (TEA) and Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of a Low Temperature Closed-Cycle Grain Drying System

dc.contributor.author Ma, Mingjun
dc.contributor.author Rosentrater, Kurt
dc.contributor.author Rosentrater, Kurt
dc.contributor.department Food Science and Human Nutrition
dc.contributor.department Center for Crops Utilization Research
dc.contributor.department Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering
dc.contributor.department Environmental Science
dc.contributor.department Sustainable Agriculture
dc.contributor.department Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites
dc.contributor.department Center for Crops Utilization Research
dc.date 2019-10-31T02:48:28.000
dc.date.accessioned 2020-06-29T22:36:48Z
dc.date.available 2020-06-29T22:36:48Z
dc.date.copyright Tue Jan 01 00:00:00 UTC 2019
dc.date.issued 2019-01-01
dc.description.abstract <p>The aim of this study was to understand the environmental and economic impact of the low temperature closed-cycle grain drying system by using techno-economic analysis (TEA) and life cycle assessment (LCA). For TEA, three scales including small (60 bu/batch), medium (600 bu/batch) and large (6000 bu/batch) were chosen for analysis the total annual drying cost and unit drying cost. For LCA, the greenhouse gasses (GHG) emission was the only environmental impact that considered in this study, since the electricity was the only energy source for this drying system. The TEA result shows that the drying costs for one bushel of corn were $0.62, $0.49, $0.46 for the small, medium and large scales of this drying system, respectively, and the drying cost could potentially be lower than grain elevators. The LCA results indicate that greenhouse gas emissions will increase along with the expansion of the drying system since the electricity comes from a local coal-based electricity plant, which potentially makes this drying system’s greenhouse gas emissions higher than other types of drying systems. Farmers can use this method to make decisions when handling their grain.</p>
dc.description.comments <p>This article is published as Ma, Mingjun, and Kurt A. Rosentrater. "Techno-economic Analysis (TEA) and Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of a Low Temperature Closed-Cycle Grain Drying System." <em>Journal of Agricultural Science</em> 11, no. 6 (2019). DOI: <a href="http://dx.doi.org/10.5539/jas.v11n6p52" target="_blank">10.5539/jas.v11n6p52</a>. Posted with permission.</p>
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dc.source.uri 10.5539/jas.v11n6p52
dc.subject.disciplines Agriculture
dc.subject.disciplines Bioresource and Agricultural Engineering
dc.subject.keywords drying
dc.subject.keywords grain
dc.subject.keywords cost assessment
dc.subject.keywords environmental impact
dc.title Techno-economic Analysis (TEA) and Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of a Low Temperature Closed-Cycle Grain Drying System
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