Optimizing the Biofuels Infrastructure: Transportation Networks and Biorefinery Locations in Illinois

  • Seungmo Kang
  • Hayri Önal
  • Yanfeng Ouyang
  • Jürgen Scheffran
  • Ü Deniz Tursun
Part of the Natural Resource Management and Policy book series (NRMP, volume 33)


Growing biofuel mandates pose considerable challenges to the infrastructure needed across all stages of the supply chain − from crop production, feedstock harvesting, storage, transportation, and processing to biofuel distribution and use. This chapter focuses on the biofuel transportation and distribution network infrastructure, using Illinois as a case study. Building on an optimal land use allocation model for feedstock production, a mathematical programming model is used to determine optimal locations and capacities of biorefineries, delivery of bioenergy crops to biorefineries, and processing and distribution of ethanol and co-products (DDGS). The model aims to minimize total system costs in a multiyear planning horizon for the period of 2007–2022. Certain locations may be more suitable for corn and corn stover-based ethanol plants, others more for producing ethanol using perennial grasses (miscanthus)


Corn Stover Planning Horizon Cellulosic Ethanol Bioenergy Crop Cellulosic Biomass 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Seungmo Kang
    • 1
  • Hayri Önal
    • 2
  • Yanfeng Ouyang
    • 3
  • Jürgen Scheffran
    • 4
    • 5
  • Ü Deniz Tursun
    • 3
  1. 1.Energy Biosciences InstituteUniversity of IllinoisUrbana-ChampaignUSA
  2. 2.Department of Agricultural and Consumer EconomicsUniversity of IllinoisUrbana-ChampaignUSA
  3. 3.Department of Civil and Environmental EngineeringUniversity of IllinoisUrbana-ChampaignUSA
  4. 4.University of IllinoisUrbana-ChampaignUSA
  5. 5.Hamburg UniversityHamburgGermany

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