BLOMST—An Optimization Model for the Bioenergy Supply Chain

  • Michal KautEmail author
  • Ruud Egging
  • Truls Flatberg
  • Kristin Tolstad Uggen
Part of the Energy Systems book series (ENERGY)


In this chapter, we present a new model for optimal strategic and tactical planning of the bioenergy supply chain under uncertainty. We discuss specific challenges, characteristics and issues related to this type of model. The technological details, variability in supply and demand, and uncertainty in virtually all aspects of the supply chain require advanced modeling techniques. Our model provides a broad modeling approach that addresses the entire supply chain using an integrated perspective. The broad applicability of the approach is illustrated by the two cases discussed at the end of the chapter. The first case presents a forest to bioenergy supply chain in a region of the Norwegian west coast. The second case presents the miscanthus supply chain to a transformation plant in Burgundy, France and takes into consideration uncertain final demand.


Supply Chain Forest Owner Expected Profit Storage Node Storage Level 
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This work was partly funded under the EU seventh Framework Programme by the LogistEC project No. 550 311858: Logistics for Energy Crops’ Biomass. The views expressed in this work are the sole responsibility of the authors and do not necessary reflect the views of the European Commission. This work was partly funded by Regionalt forskningsfond Midt-Norge through the project ‘Fra skog til energi’ (ES 217558).

We are grateful to Philippe Béjot (Bourgogne Pellets Cooperative) who kindly provided details on the miscanthus case.

Maps and distance matrices were created using data from OpenStreetMap, © OpenStreetMap contributors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michal Kaut
    • 1
    Email author
  • Ruud Egging
    • 1
    • 2
  • Truls Flatberg
    • 1
  • Kristin Tolstad Uggen
    • 1
  1. 1.SINTEF Technology and SocietyTrondheimNorway
  2. 2.Department of Industrial Economics and Technology ManagementNTNUTrondheimNorway

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