Monday, March 4, 2013

Biomass Utilization Allocation in Biofuel Production: Model and Application


Another article published as a result of the cooperation between the Journal of Forest Energy and the International Journal of Forest Engineering. 
International Journal of Forest Engineering Volume 23, Number 1 (2012)
by Jianbang Gan, C.T. Smith

Abstract

Various biomass sources can potentially be used for biofuel production, and many of these same biomass sources also have other uses. This raises an important question about biomass utilization allocation. We demonstrate an economic principle for bio-mass allocation by examining the profitability of woody biomass utilization in a simple two-product case. We then develop a mixed-integer programming model for allocating multiple biomass resources in the production of different biofuels and bioproducts. Our model combines biomass utilization allocation with biofuel supply chain optimization. The model is applied to solving the forest biomass utilization allocation problem for East Texas in the southern United States. We find that besides biofuel prices, production scale and CO 2 offset credits also significantly affect biomass utilization allocation. Our findings validate our integrative model approach to addressing biomass allocation and provide useful implications for enhancing the efficient utilization of forest biomass.

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