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See detailEconomic feasibility study of a small scale Organic Rankine Cycle system in waste heat recovery applications
Tchanche, Bertrand; Quoilin, Sylvain ULg; Declaye, Sébastien ULg et al

(2010, August)

The Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) appears progressively as a promising solution to recover waste heat energy from thermal processes for electricity generation. A prototype of small-scale ORC has been built ... [more ▼]

The Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) appears progressively as a promising solution to recover waste heat energy from thermal processes for electricity generation. A prototype of small-scale ORC has been built and successfully tested at the University of Liège. It uses R-245fa and R-123 as working fluid, and an oil-free scroll compressor adapted to run in expander mode. Thermodynamic model of the system was derived and validated for performance prediction. The validated thermodynamic model is used to optimize the operation of the small ORC in waste heat recovery application (ORC-WHR). For exhaust gases at 180 ºC and a mass flow rate of 0.21 kg/s, a maximum net power output of 2 kWe is obtained for an evaporator pressure of 11.84 bar. The cycle thermal efficiency is 8.23 and the recuperation efficiency, 66.32%. Based on the aforementioned conditions, the economic assessment of small scale ORC-WHR was carried out using economic criteria such as levelized electricity cost (LEC), Net present value (NPV) and depreciated payback period (DPP). For a 2kWe ORC-WHR, the specific installed cost is 5775 €/kW with a LEC of 13.27 c€/kWh while for a 50 kWe, the specific installed cost is about 3034 €/kW and the LEC, 7c€/kWh. For an electricity unit price of 20 c€/kWh, the payback period of a 2 kWe system is 6 years while it is 2.5 years for a 50 kWe system. It is concluded from the study that recovering the waste heat by way of ORCs is technically and economically feasible. As recycled energy, waste heat has the same advantages as renewable energy and should benefit from the same legislative conditions (Feed-in-Laws). [less ▲]

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See detailEconomic Geography
Merenne-Schoumaker, Bernadette ULg; Vlassenbroeck, Walter

in Bulletin de la Société Belge d'Etudes Géographiques = Tijdschrift van de Belgische Vereniging voor Aardrijkskundige Studies (1995), 1995(2), 101-106

Identification and classification of 180 publications published in economic themes of geography in Belgium from 1984 to 1995

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See detailEconomic growth and exchange rate uncertainty
Tharakan, Joseph ULg

in Applied Economics (1999)

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See detailEconomic impact of RVF outbreaks
Antoine-Moussiaux, Nicolas ULg; Chevalier, Véronique; Peyre, Marisa et al

Conference (2012, November)

Dwarfing the direct losses due to ruminant abortions and flock mortality, the main economic impact of RVF is systemic and ensues from the trade restrictions aimed at its containment. Indeed, past ... [more ▼]

Dwarfing the direct losses due to ruminant abortions and flock mortality, the main economic impact of RVF is systemic and ensues from the trade restrictions aimed at its containment. Indeed, past outbreaks of RVF in East Africa and Middle East came as disturbing events in a commercial context of high specialization in trade of small ruminants and interdependence between East-African exporters and the Middle-Eastern importing countries. The two successive bans imposed by Middle-Eastern countries on livestock products coming from the Horn of Africa in 1998-1999 and 2000-2002 highlighted this interdependence. Both bans caused an abrupt stop in exportations from IGAD countries. Nevertheless, the impact of the outbreaks motivating these bans differed due to their unique timing with regard to the Muslim celebrations that trigger the main flow of livestock from the Horn of Africa to Mecca. Hence, in 2000, the worst impact was observed on pastoralist households because the ban was imposed in September, prior to the Haj festival, when the main seasonal export flow had not been realized yet. Regarding the 1997 outbreak, the ban was implemented only in February 1998, after the main trade flow had occurred. The impacts of the bans on Somalia were particularly severe, due to the high specialization of the concerned region in an export-oriented livestock sector, benefitting from a niche market organized around the above-mentioned religious festivals and Arab consumers preferences. The country was all the more affected, as they own two main ports involved in this trade, i.e. Berbera (Somaliland) and Bossaso (Puntland). Prior to the bans, the size of the export market from Somalia to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates was estimated around US$600 million, with Saudi Arabia representing 66% of the total. The bans led the Somali livestock market to collapse. Losses for the livestock industry were estimated at US$109 million and US$326 million, for the first and second ban respectively. The government also directly incurred an important loss around US$45 million from foregone export taxes and docking fees. In the same time, livestock exporters lost a net cumulative profit of US$330 million, whereas producers estimated their annual losses at over US$8 million. Hence, the successive RVF-related trade bans impacted the employment rate, the public treasury, the exchange rate of national currency and thus, the price of imported goods, inducing a general inflationary pressure and important socio-economic upheavals. More generally, the livestock market in the whole East Africa was affected, due to the fall in prices caused by the loss of outlets for livestock. Using market equilibrium models taking these shocks into account, the impact of the trade bans on the Somali region of Ethiopia were estimated at a 36% fall of the GDP. Other impacts originated in the closure of markets inside East Africa, being part of national control strategies. In Kenya, e.g., the closure of the Garissa Market, which is a major outlet for Somali and Ethiopian livestock, resulted in a more than 25% decrease in the price of cattle, inducing a total loss of US$10 million for the value chain. The emergency destocking response of distressed households also participated to the fall in prices and worsening of terms of trade. Together with flock mortality and abortion, destocking moreover affects the herds’ dynamics on the long run and the commercial potential of households. These mechanisms show greater impact on smallholders, due to threshold effects in livestock capitalisation and the loss in risk management ability in such variable environmental conditions. In the Middle East too, the bans showed drastic economic impacts. In Yemen, e.g., the bans caused a loss of US$15 million from foregone custom taxes and US$27 million profit losses for traders. The two bans, combined with the prolonged ban maintained till 2009 by Saudi Arabia on Somalia, contributed to a restructuration of trade within and between the two regions. Indeed, trade actors soon reorganized their activity, as highlighted through official figures, notwithstanding the importance of informal trade. Hence, Yemen and the United Arab Emirates appeared as major alternative entry points on Arab Peninsula for Somali livestock. The latter could also transit through Djibouti or Sudan to reach Saudi Arabia. Benefitting from the prolonged bans on Somalia, the port of Djibouti emerged as a major player in the region between 2006 and 2009, thanks to massive investment in port infrastructures and agreements with Saudi importers. Therefore the private sector played a considerable role in adapting to new risks. The Djibouti port diverted much of the livestock trade previously handled at the Berbera and Bossaso ports. On this occasion, as it has been the case in Somalia after ban lifting in 2009, the Middle East has been a source of investment for the Horn of Africa for biosecurity infrastructure. Finally, the second ban led to the emergence of Australia as a major livestock supplier for Saudi Arabia from 2000 till now, and to a certain a point Australia has been a country of major Saudi investments which is seen as another way of adapting for some major value chain agents. In the two last decades, the intraregional livestock trade grew rapidly in East Africa, spurred by the urban demand. Most of this trade is informal, thus lacking official figures. It nevertheless shows a great importance regarding poverty alleviation aspects, the small to medium actors being the main operators of this trade. In recent years, a considerable growth in recorded intraregional trade is noticed, mainly due to a growth of recorded exports from Ethiopia to neighboring countries, as a result of a policy aiming at the facilitation of registration procedures through the CAC/AP-system. As a conclusion, livestock export to Middle East and the growing intraregional East-African livestock trade are both threatened by RVF-linked bans due to loss of outlets and price volatility. Thus, stability of the livestock sector being crucial to human and economic development in the region, a high priority must be given to RVF prevention and control, as supported by figures of impact of past outbreaks. [less ▲]

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See detailECONOMIC IMPACT OF USING AN ANTIVIRAL IN THE CONTROL OF A FOOT-AND-MOUTH DISEASE EPIZOOTIC IN SOUTHERN BELGIUM
Dal Pozzo, Fabiana ULg; Humblet, Marie-France ULg; Vandeputte, Sébastien ULg et al

Poster (2013, October)

Foot-and-mouth disease virus (FMDV) is a highly contagious pathogen of cloven-hoofed mammals and one of the biggest concerns for veterinary authorities. The control measures to be applied in case of an ... [more ▼]

Foot-and-mouth disease virus (FMDV) is a highly contagious pathogen of cloven-hoofed mammals and one of the biggest concerns for veterinary authorities. The control measures to be applied in case of an outbreak vary in function of the disease-free or disease-enzootic status. Vaccination depends on the prior identification of the involved viral serotype and subtype, it confers an immunity limited to 6 months and it requires between 4 to 7 days to trigger the immune response (i.e. immunity-gap). The use of anti-FMD drugs has been discussed as an alternative or supplementary method to be used in previously FMD-free countries/zones. Such an antiviral treatment could protect against the viral dissemination to fill the gap between vaccination and the rise of a protective immunity. Apart from broad spectrum antiviral agents, such as ribavirin, specific anti-FMDV molecules have been identified in vitro, but none of them has been used in clinical studies involving ruminants or pigs. Next to the anti-FMDV activity, the absence of toxicity and the withdrawal period influencing the food safety, the cost of the treatment would be another important parameter influencing the potential use of an antiviral agent in the control of a FMD outbreak. The aim of this study was to assess the economic impact of using an antiviral in the control of a FMD epizootic in southern Belgium (Walloon Region). This work was based on the results of previous investigations concerning the epidemiological and economic data of a FMD outbreak in Southern Belgium. In the considered scenario, the epizootic was caused by the introduction of an infected cow (during the incubation time) in a beef cattle farm during winter. During the two weeks between the brood cow introduction and the official declaration of the outbreak, animal movements occurred between other beef cattle farms. The economic effects of the epidemic were evaluated taking into account the air-borne transmission of FMDV, the occurrence of animal movements (two scenarios were considered, with a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 17 movements), the presence of bovine and small ruminant farms, as well as pig farms in the protection and surveillance zones around the initial and secondary outbreaks. The wild fauna was not involved in the epidemic. In order to integrate in the above scenario the application of an antiviral agent in the control of the disease, it was assumed that the efficacy of the anti-FMDV drug was proven by reducing viral excretion in infected animals as well as by preventing the infection in animals at risk. Two hypothetical prices were used to introduce in the model the costs related to the administration of the antiviral drug (5€ and 10€ per dose). Furthermore, different strategies of control could be envisaged, such as the administration of the drug to both domestic ruminants and pigs, or depending on the epidemiological role of these species in the FMD transmission and their density in the territory, the administration of the drug to only one of them. Other scenarios could be characterized by the use of the antiviral in the control of the epizootic within the protection and surveillance zones or in only one of them. The costs associated with the use of antivirals in the different proposed scenarios are compared to the costs and socio-economic losses associated with the FMD outbreak and the implementation of control measures. [less ▲]

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See detailEconomic Optimization of Small Scale Organic Rankine Cycles
Tchanche, Bertrand; Quoilin, Sylvain ULg; Declaye, Sébastien ULg et al

(2010, June)

The present paper focuses on the economic optimization of a small scale ORC in waste heat recovery application with specific investment cost as objective function. First, a pre-design model of the ORC was ... [more ▼]

The present paper focuses on the economic optimization of a small scale ORC in waste heat recovery application with specific investment cost as objective function. First, a pre-design model of the ORC was built and simulations run with different working fluids to evaluate their technical performance. In a second step, components and system cost models were built and simulations carried out to evaluate the cost effectiveness of systems associated with different fluids. The working fluids considered are R245fa, R123, R113, n-Pentane and n-Butane. Results indicate that for the same fluid, the point of high performance and that f cost-effectiveness do not match. The operating point for maximum power doesn’t correspond to that of the minimum specific investment cost. For n-Pentane, the maximum net power of 1.98 kW is obtained for an evaporator pressure of 5.14 bar and the specific investment cost is 5450 €/kW. For this same fluid, a minimum specific investment cost of 4440 €/kW is obtained for an evaporator pressure of 8.5 bar and the corresponding power output is 1.745 kW. The mismatch aforementioned is due to the thermodynamic properties such as liquid/vapour densities, which significantly influence system performance and components sizes. Seeking for profitable environmental solutions, economic optimization as a necessary step in the optimization of any thermodynamic system is highly advised. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Economic performance of self-managed firms: a comparative perspective
Defourny, Jacques ULg

in Annals of Public and Cooperative Economics = Annales de l'Economie Publique, Sociale et Coopérative (1986), (1), 3-9

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See detailEconomic resilience of Genocide widows of AVEGA in Eastern Province of Rwanda
Militery Ngamata, Olivier ULg; Mbonyinkebe, Deo; Lebailly, Philippe ULg

Conference (2013)

AVEGA is a non-profit making organization of Rwanda genocide widows which was established in 1995. It renders and performs its activities all over Rwanda. It is comprised of 20,312 widows and 71,478 of ... [more ▼]

AVEGA is a non-profit making organization of Rwanda genocide widows which was established in 1995. It renders and performs its activities all over Rwanda. It is comprised of 20,312 widows and 71,478 of their dependants, mainly orphans (AVEGA, Annual report, 2012).The association helps widows and their dependents escape the poverty, anguish and misery that filled their lives following the genocide of 1994. It works with others partners to improve the social economic conditions of members. This paper analyses focus on the Eastern Province Branch and examines the social economic resilience of different projects realized, among them livestock projects, handcraft projects, business projects, crop husbandry such as the pepper project, and the livelihood program, in one hand; in other hand, the association had put in place some projects which help to produce revenue for the finance himself. The establishment of these economic activities for widows (individually or cooperatives) has improved the welfare and living standards of the beneficiaries and has taught them to initiate and maintain sustainable projects rather than to be too reliant on others. This has helped to rebuild the confidence of beneficiaries, and though many still endure extreme poverty, it has helped them to make a step towards greater independence. [less ▲]

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See detailEconomic Statistical Design of a T2 Control Chart with Double Warning Lines
Faraz, Alireza ULg; Saniga, Erwin

in Quality and Reliability Engineering International (2011), 27(2), 125-139

Recent studies have shown that enhancing the common T2 control chart by using variable sample sizes (VSS) and variable sample intervals (VSI) sampling policies with a double warning line scheme (DWL ... [more ▼]

Recent studies have shown that enhancing the common T2 control chart by using variable sample sizes (VSS) and variable sample intervals (VSI) sampling policies with a double warning line scheme (DWL) yields improvements in shift detection times over either pure VSI or VSS schemes in detecting almost all shifts in the process mean. In this paper, we look at this problem from an economical perspective, certainly at least as an important criterion as shift detection time if one considers what occurs in the industry today. Our method is to first construct a cost model to find the economic statistical design (ESD) of the DWL T2 control chart using the general model of Lorenzen and Vance (Technometrics 1986; 28:3–11). Subsequently, we find the values of the chart parameters which minimize the cost model using a genetic algorithm optimization method. Cost comparisons of Fixed ratio sampling, VSI, VSS, VSIVSS with DWL, and multivariate exponentially weighted moving average (MEWMA) charts are made, which indicate the economic efficacy of using either VSIVSS with DWL or MEWMA charts in practice if cost minimization is of interest to the control chart user. [less ▲]

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See detailEconomic Statistical Design of the VP( X) ̅ Control Charts for Monitoring a Process under Non-normality
Seif, Asghar; Faraz, Alireza ULg; Saniga, Erwin

E-print/Working paper (2014)

Recent studies proved that variable parameters (VP) X ̅ control charts not only detects process mean shifts quicker than the classical X ̅ control chart but also has better economic properties ... [more ▼]

Recent studies proved that variable parameters (VP) X ̅ control charts not only detects process mean shifts quicker than the classical X ̅ control chart but also has better economic properties. Furthermore, like most papers in control chart design, the fundamental assumption is that process data are normally distributed. Nevertheless, process quality variables may not be normal in application. In this paper, we investigate the economic statistical design of the VP X ̅ control chart when the underlying process distribution is non-normal. We illustrate the design procedure and perform a sensitivity analysis on the process and cost parameters based upon the degrees of skewness and kurtosis of the population using an industrial application. [less ▲]

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See detailEconomic, Clinical and Functional Consequences of a Treatment Using Metrenperone During an Outbreak of Shipping Fever in Cattle
Genicot, Bruno; Mouligneau, Frédéric; Rollin, Frédéric ULg et al

in Veterinary Record : Journal of the British Veterinary Association (1993), 132(10), 245-247

Eighteen of 91 seven- to nine-month-old Belgian white and blue double-muscled male fattening cattle developed typical signs of shipping fever. They were all injected intramuscularly once a day for three ... [more ▼]

Eighteen of 91 seven- to nine-month-old Belgian white and blue double-muscled male fattening cattle developed typical signs of shipping fever. They were all injected intramuscularly once a day for three days with 5 mg/kg of enrofloxacin, and in addition nine selected at random were injected intramuscularly five times at 12 hour intervals with 0.1 mg/kg of metrenperone, a 5-hydroxytryptamine blocker, the other nine receiving a placebo. During the outbreak of shipping fever metrenperone showed effective antipyretic properties, and all the calves treated with it made a complete recovery. Moreover, during the 360 day fattening period following the outbreak, the cattle treated with metrenperone gained on average 45.4 kg more weight than the control cattle. [less ▲]

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See detailThe economic, social and ecologic impact of the tourism in the Vatra Dornei area
Petrescu, Iustinian; Burny, Philippe ULg

in Bran, Florina; Radulescu, Carmen Valentina; Ioan, Ildiko (Eds.) et al International Conference "Ecological Performance in a Competitive Economy", Bucharest 20-21 November 2008 : proceedings, volume II (2008)

The tourism can hold a decisional role in the development of an area that does not have access to remarkable economic resources and has the capacity to contribute decisively to the exploitation of ... [more ▼]

The tourism can hold a decisional role in the development of an area that does not have access to remarkable economic resources and has the capacity to contribute decisively to the exploitation of specific natural and antropic resources (mineral water, sediment, proper areals for sport or recreative activities, etc.) wich atract the touristic fluxes and lead to the apparition and development of the locality as a trousitic resort. In this context, the work aims to highlight the contribution and impact of the touristic activities to the socio-économic development of the Vatrea Dornei area [less ▲]

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See detailEconomical analysis of the transport system and multimodal movements and rational choice of mode.
Marchal, Jean ULg

Book published by Edition Transurb-Elmar Hertzo-CEE (1992)

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See detailEconomical aspects of agriculture in Belgium
Burny, Philippe ULg

Conference (1989)

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See detailEconomical aspects of agriculture in Belgium
Burny, Philippe ULg

Speech (1994)

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See detailEconomical aspects of agriculture in Belgium
Burny, Philippe ULg

Conference (1989)

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