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Modeling woody biomass procurement for bioenergy production at the Atikokan Generating Station in Northwestern Ontario, Canada

dc.contributor.authorAlam, Bedarulen_ZA
dc.contributor.authorPulkki, Reinoen_ZA
dc.contributor.authorShahi, Chanderen_ZA
dc.contributor.authorUpadhyay, Thakuren_ZA
dc.date.accessioned2013-07-03T08:18:39Z
dc.date.available2013-07-03T08:18:39Z
dc.date.issued2012-12-03
dc.identifier.citationAlam, M. B., Pulkki, R., Shahi, C. & Upadhyay, T. 2012. Modeling woody biomass procurement for bioenergy production at the Atikokan Generating Station in Northwestern Ontario, Canada. Energies, 5(12):5065-5085, doi:10.3390/en5125065.
dc.identifier.issn1996-1073 (online)
dc.identifier.otherdoi:10.3390/en5125065
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/81193
dc.descriptionCITATION: Alam, M. B., Pulkki, R., Shahi, C. & Upadhyay, T. 2012. Modeling woody biomass procurement for bioenergy production at the Atikokan Generating Station in Northwestern Ontario, Canada. Energies, 5(12):5065-5085, doi:10.3390/en5125065.
dc.descriptionThe original publication is available at http://www.mdpi.com/journal/energies
dc.description.abstractENGLISH ABSTRACT: Efficient procurement and utilization of woody biomass for bioenergy production requires a good understanding of biomass supply chains. In this paper, a dynamic optimization model has been developed and applied to estimate monthly supply and procurement costs of woody biomass required for the Atikokan Generating Station (AGS) in northwestern Ontario, based on its monthly electricity production schedule. The decision variables in the model are monthly harvest levels of two types of woody biomass, forest harvest residues and unutilized biomass, from 19,315 forest depletion cells (each 1 km2) for a one year planning horizon. Sixteen scenarios are tested to examine the sensitivity of the cost minimization model to changing economic and technological parameters. Reduction in moisture content and improvement of conversion efficiency showed relatively higher reductions in monthly and total costs of woody biomass feedstock for the AGS. The results of this study help in understanding and designing decision support systems for optimal biomass supply chains under dynamic operational frameworks.en_ZA
dc.description.abstractAFRIKAANSE OPSOMMING: Geen opsomming beskikbaaraf_ZA
dc.description.urihttp://www.mdpi.com/1996-1073/5/12/5065
dc.format.extent21 pagesen_ZA
dc.language.isoen_ZAen_ZA
dc.publisherMDPIen_ZA
dc.subjectWood -- biomassen_ZA
dc.subjectBiomass -- Industrial procurementen_ZA
dc.subjectBusiness logisticsen_ZA
dc.subjectBiomass energy -- Production managementen_ZA
dc.titleModeling woody biomass procurement for bioenergy production at the Atikokan Generating Station in Northwestern Ontario, Canadaen_ZA
dc.typeArticle
dc.description.versionPublisher's journal
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