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Journal of Business Economics

, Volume 87, Issue 1, pp 41–72 | Cite as

Prerequisites of efficient decentralized waste heat recovery and energy storage in production planning

  • Konstantin BielEmail author
  • Christoph H. Glock
Original Paper

Abstract

Following the scarcity of resources, rising energy prices, and an increasing awareness of the role manufacturing plays in the generation of greenhouse gas emissions, the usage of energy has more and more been considered in research on production planning and scheduling in recent years. Time-varying energy prices, which have been introduced to penalize energy usage during peak-demand periods and which are supposed to smooth energy demand, have added a new aspect to this stream of research. This article studies how the integration of a waste heat recovery system, which can convert industrial waste heat into electrical energy, along with an electrical energy storage system can balance the positive and negative effects of energy peak prices on the production plan in a serial multi-stage production system. After developing an appropriate model, we investigate how the use of the waste heat recovery system and the electrical energy storage system impact production planning. In a numerical analysis, we investigate under which conditions the recovery of waste heat combined with the opportunity to store energy provides practitioners with an efficient tool to lower total energy usage and to better react to time-varying energy prices, and thus to reduce total energy cost.

Keywords

Energy efficiency Sustainable manufacturing system Energy usage Production planning Waste heat recovery Electrical energy storage system 

JEL Classification

M110 L6 

Notes

Acknowledgments

The authors are grateful to the anonymous referees, whose valuable comments on an earlier version of this paper helped to improve this work significantly. The authors further wish to acknowledge the support of the Carlo and Karin Giersch-Stiftung in funding their research.

Compliance with ethical standards

Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Production and Supply Chain ManagementTechnische Universität DarmstadtDarmstadtGermany

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