A Composite-Curve-Based Biomass Procurement Planning Approach
The production of transportation fuels from biomass is a promising renewable alternative to traditional fossil fuels. To achieve low carbon footprint of the overall biofuel supply chain however an efficient biomass procurement plan is essential. To this end, we discuss a novel approach to biomass procurement planning. In terms of transportation, we propose a region-to-point modeling approach based on mathematical integration over the sourcing region that has unique characteristics such as shape, location, and productivity. Both algebraic and numerical solution methods are discussed. In terms of system-level procurement planning, we develop a composite-curve-based approach that incorporates the regional transportation modeling method, and aims at identifying the biomass procurement plan that minimizes the total procurement cost (including biomass purchasing, harvesting and transportation). The specific steps for the generation of the composite curve, as well as insights into the procurement planning problem are discussed. We complete the chapter with a case study illustrating the applicability of the proposed methods.
KeywordsCorn Stover Polar Coordinate System Procurement Cost Procurement Plan Transportation Distance
This work was funded by the DOE Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (DOE Office of Science BER DE-FC02-07ER64494).
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