Energy-effective Predictive Temperature Control for Soy Mash Fermentation Based on Compartmental Pharmacokinetic Modelling
Compartment modelling has been successfully used in pharmacokinetics to describe the kinetics of drug distribution in body tissues. In this study, the technique is adopted to describe the dynamics of temperature response and energy exchange in a soy mash fermentation system. The objective is to provide a precise temperature-controlled atmosphere for effective fermentation with the premise of energy saving. In analogy to pharmacokinetics, water and mash tanks are treated as compartments, energy flow as drug delivery, and the temperature as the drug concentration in a specific compartment. The model allows us to estimate the time of injecting a certain amount of energy to a specific tank (compartment) in a cost-effective way. Thus, model-based temperature control and energy management can be possible.
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