Current trends and directions in achieving sustainability in the biofuel and bioenergy supply chain

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Abstract

A major obstacle to sustainable biofuel production is the sheer complexity of the decisions facing producers and stakeholders. Integrated biorefining is a viable technology for converting a wide range of resources - biomass waste materials, dedicated energy crops, municipal solid waste, animal waste and forest products - into fuels and chemicals. But making the best choice among various available resources, process technologies and supply chain designs is no simple task, especially when sustainability is a criterion. Additional complexity arises because the relevant factors will be weighted differently by different constituencies. The risk of unintended consequences must also be considered: what can seem to be good decisions may prove unsustainable in the long term unless all potential implications can be assessed. To addresses these challenges an integrated approach including discrete event simulation is required due to the necessity to evaluate the effects of uncertainty over an extended time horizon.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)55-60
Number of pages6
JournalCurrent Opinion in Chemical Engineering
Volume6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2014

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Energy

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