A Composite-Curve-Based Biomass Procurement Planning Approach

Wen Zhao Wu, Daniel Kurniawan, Wen Bo Zhu, Christos T. Maravelias

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAdvances in Energy Systems Engineering
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9783319428031
ISBN (Print)9783319428024
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Engineering
  • General Environmental Science


  • Corn Stover8Polar Coordinate System
  • Procurement Cost
  • Procurement Plan
  • Transportation Distance


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