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Energies 2017, 10(11), 1895; doi:10.3390/en10111895

Reliable Biomass Supply Chain Design under Feedstock Seasonality and Probabilistic Facility Disruptions

School of Management, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 403374, China
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL 61801, USA
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Received: 29 September 2017 / Revised: 11 November 2017 / Accepted: 12 November 2017 / Published: 18 November 2017
(This article belongs to the Section Energy Sources)
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While biomass has been recognized as an important renewable energy source which has a range of positive impacts on the economy, environment, and society, the existence of feedstock seasonality and risk of service disruptions at collection facilities potentially compromises the efficiency and reliability of the energy supply system. In this paper, we consider reliable supply chain design for biomass collection against feedstock seasonality and time-varying disruption risks. We optimize facility location, inventory, biomass quantity, and shipment decisions in a multi-period planning horizon setting. A real-world case in Hubei, China is studied to offer managerial insights. Our computational results show that: (1) the disruption risk significantly affects both the optimal facility locations and the supply chain cost; (2) no matter how the failure probability changes, setting backup facilities can significantly decrease the total cost; and (3) the feedstock seasonality does not affect locations of the collection facilities, but it affects the allocations of collection facilities and brings higher inventory cost for the biomass supply chain. View Full-Text
Keywords: biomass; supply chain; inventory; facility location; seasonality; disruption risk biomass; supply chain; inventory; facility location; seasonality; disruption risk

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Liu, Z.; Wang, S.; Ouyang, Y. Reliable Biomass Supply Chain Design under Feedstock Seasonality and Probabilistic Facility Disruptions. Energies 2017, 10, 1895.

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