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Supply chain model to assess the feasibility of incorporating a terminal between forests and biorefineries [r-libre/1335]

Gautam, Shuva; LeBel, Luc, & Carle, Marc-André (2017). Supply chain model to assess the feasibility of incorporating a terminal between forests and biorefineries. Applied Energy, 198, 377-384. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apenergy.2017.01.021

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Abstract: This study examines the advantages of incorporating a terminal for forest biomass in an advanced biofuels supply chain network. Forest biomass as a feedstock is non-uniform, voluminous and high in moisture content (MC). This leads to inefficiencies during transportation and energy conversion process, posing a challenge for supply chains to remain profitable. The problem is exacerbated by seasonality in both supply and demand. A terminal in the biomass feedstock supply chain could help overcome these challenges, but adds a significant cost. A novel multi-period mixed-integer programming (MIP) model capable of taking into consideration biomass quality, seasonality, and weather related supply restrictions was developed. The model was applied in a case study to assess the benefits of incorporating a terminal in the supply chain. It was demonstrated that a terminal allowed delivery of feedstock 4–11% lower in MC, while reducing procurement costs by 11–32%. The benefits reported are sensitive to transportation and operating costs. The proposed model will serve as a valuable tool for practitioners to design supply chains, and assess the feasibility of using forest biomass for sustainable biofuels production.
Depositor: Carle, Marc-André
Owner / Manager: Marc-André Carle
Deposited: 04 Jan 2018 14:58
Last Modified: 12 Dec 2019 15:47

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