Proposal of a decision scheme for installing a cogeneration system considering disaster risks

Hiroshi Nagao, Akane Uemichi*, Yudai Yamasaki, Shigehiko Kaneko

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This paper proposes a scheme, called the disaster-risk-weighted damage inequality, for a customer to perform introductory planning for a distributed generation system considering business continuity planning in a disaster case. To calculate this inequality, the relevant disaster risks are surveyed and system operating simulations for target buildings such as a hotel, a hospital, a large-scale office, and a collective housing building are performed by solving a mixed integer linear programming problem under the assumption that a cogeneration system is installed as a distributed generation system. Next, we determined the probabilities of a disaster occurrence and business interruption due to a disaster, the initial cost of the equipment, the running cost, and the reduction in running cost due to a cogeneration system installation. The cogeneration system was found to effectively reduce the running cost. Finally, the suggested inequality is calculated and determined whether it is satisfied. The result showed that cogeneration system installation very effectively reduces the running cost for a hotel, a hospital, and a large-scale office, compared to the tolerable amount of loss that is preliminarily determined by a customer.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1414-1423
Number of pages10
JournalApplied Thermal Engineering
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Jan 1
Externally publishedYes


  • Business continuity planning
  • Cogeneration system
  • Customer
  • Disaster risk
  • Distributed generation system
  • Mixed integer linear programming problem

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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