Ontology-based pathways generation for biomass to bioenergy conversion

Krishna Sapkota*, William Byrne, Pathmeswaran Raju, Craig Chapman, Lynsey Melville, Daniel Wright, Jim Scott

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Abstract

Bio energy is a renewable energy and a solution to the depleting fossil fuels. Bio energy such as heat, power and bio fuel is generated by conversion technologies using biomass for example domestic waste, root crops, forest residue and animal slurry. Pyrolysis, anaerobic digestion and combined heat and power engine are some examples of the technologies. Depending on the nature of a biomass, it can be treated with various technologies giving out some products, which can be further treated with other technologies and eventually converted into the final products as bio energy. The pathway followed by the biomass, technologies, intermediate products and bio energy in the conversion process is referred to as bio energy pathway. Identification of appropriate pathways optimizes the conversion process. Although there are various approaches to create or generate the pathways, there is still a need for a semantic approach to generate the pathways, which allow checking the consistency of the knowledge, and to share and extend the knowledge efficiently. This paper presents an ontology-based approach to automatic generation of the pathways for biomass to bio energy conversion, which exploits the definition and hierarchical structure of the biomass and technologies, their relationship and associated properties, and infers appropriate pathways. A case study has been carried out in a real-life scenario, the bio energy project for the North West of Europe (Bioen NW), which showed promising results.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings : the eleventh IEEE International Conference on e-business engineering, ICEBE 2014
Subtitle of host publicationincluding the 10th workshop on Service-Oriented Applications, Integration and Collaboration (SOAIC'14) [and] the 1st workshop on E-Commerce Engineering (ECE'14)
EditorsYinsheng Li, Xiang Fei, Kuo-Ming Chao, Jen-Yao Chung
Place of PublicationPiscataway, NJ (US)
PublisherIEEE
Pages213-219
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4799-6562-5
ISBN (Print)978-1-4799-6563-2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 31 Dec 2014
Event11th IEEE International Conference on E-Business Engineering / 10th workshop on Service-Oriented Applications, Integration and Collaboration / 1st workshop on E-Commerce Engineering - Guangzhou, China
Duration: 5 Nov 20147 Nov 2014

Conference

Conference11th IEEE International Conference on E-Business Engineering / 10th workshop on Service-Oriented Applications, Integration and Collaboration / 1st workshop on E-Commerce Engineering
Abbreviated titleICEBE 2014 / SOAIC'14 /ECE'14
CountryChina
CityGuangzhou
Period5/11/147/11/14

Bibliographical note

Funding: European Union INTERREG IVB program [ioenNW (http://bioenergy-nw.eu) and EnAlgae (http://enalgae.eu)]

Keywords

  • bioenergy
  • bioenergy conversion pahways
  • bioenergy routes
  • biomass
  • ontology
  • pathway
  • semantic pathway

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    Sapkota, K., Byrne, W., Raju, P., Chapman, C., Melville, L., Wright, D., & Scott, J. (2014). Ontology-based pathways generation for biomass to bioenergy conversion. In Y. Li, X. Fei, K-M. Chao, & J-Y. Chung (Eds.), Proceedings : the eleventh IEEE International Conference on e-business engineering, ICEBE 2014: including the 10th workshop on Service-Oriented Applications, Integration and Collaboration (SOAIC'14) [and] the 1st workshop on E-Commerce Engineering (ECE'14) (pp. 213-219). IEEE. https://doi.org/10.1109/ICEBE.2014.44