Model-Based LCA for Sustainable Energy-Production from Olive-Oil Production: An Italian Agricultural-District Case

  • Francesca Intini
  • Gianluca Rospi
  • Silvana Kuhtz
  • Luigi Ranieri
  • Michele Dassiti
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8842)


Renewable energy sources will play in the years to come a central role in moving the world onto a more secure, reliable and sustainable energy path. In this paper the case of an Italian power plant fed from biomass (de-oiled pomace and waste wood) is discussed for an agricultural district. The optimal operating conditions are addressed by setting up an information model for the improvement of accuracy of estimation of the potential of biomass from the sustainability perspective. Criticalities of data consistency and coherence are highlighted too as a function of the systemic problem introduced by the several sources within the agricultural district.


model based LCA Biomass Systems Sustainability and Thrivability 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Francesca Intini
    • 1
  • Gianluca Rospi
    • 1
  • Silvana Kuhtz
    • 1
  • Luigi Ranieri
    • 2
  • Michele Dassiti
    • 3
  1. 1.Dipartimento delle Culture Europee e del Mediterraneo (DiCEM)Università degli Studi della BasilicataMateraItaly
  2. 2.Dipartimento di Ingegneria dell’Innovazione DIIUniversità del SalentoLecceItaly
  3. 3.Dipartimento di Meccanica Management e MatematicaPolitecnico di BariBariItaly

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