Special Issue "Supply Chain Optimization for Biomass and Biofuels"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (20 December 2019).
Interests: wood and biomass supply chain optimisation; harvesting and transport logistics; forest operations planning; mathematical programming; decision support systems; sensor and computer vision technologies
Interests: harvesting; modelling; logistics; LiDAR; GIS; biomass
Forest residues represent a feasible option for the production of biofuels (e.g., ethanol and biodiesel) and bioenergy (e.g., heat and electricity), of which utilization has the potential to generate additional income for forest owners while diversifying energy sources and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Forest residues for bioenergy generation and biofuel production include residues generated as by-products during harvesting operations (e.g., tops, branches, bark, and small logs), as well as residues generated at sawmills (e.g., sawdust, chips, bark). A major obstacle for the use of forest residues and implementation of biomass projects is the high cost associated with their collection, processing, and transport. Increased operational costs along the supply chain have called for new technological solutions for the collection and transport of forest residues, and complex mathematical models to optimizing processes and supporting the planning of bioenergy supply chains.
Different mathematical modelling and optimization methods, primarily linear and mixed-integer programming, have been used to support effective planning and management of bioenergy supply chains, to address decisions about sourcing, capacity and geographical location of bioenergy and biofuel plants, and to design optimized supply chain networks for different types of biomass products and production facilities. Previous studies have presented models to optimise the allocation of collection and transport equipment to different sources of forest residues, as well as the optimal supply of forest residues to bioenergy markets and competing industries (e.g., panel-board mills). A few models have been developed to optimise optimal drying time of forest residues before transportation to biofuels and bioenergy plants, and to optimise supply chain costs based on forest residues drying models.
This Special Issue of Forests is focused on applied optimization methods and solutions for biofuels and biomass to reduce supply chain costs and greenhouse emissions. Research articles may focus on any application of mathematical models and decision support tools for the optimization of one or more components of the supply chain, including decisions at the strategic, tactical, or operational planning level. Topics could include, but are not limited to, supply chain optimization including economic, social and environmental values, optimised design of biomass and biofuels supply chain networks, optimal location of biomass and biofuel plants, optimal allocation and selection of equipment for the collection and transport of forest residues, optimized transport logistics, and optimized moisture content management of forest residues. Solution techniques may include, among others, linear and nonlinear programming, mixed-integer programming, stochastic programming, multi-objective and goal programming, dynamic programming, network programming, heuristics, metaheuristics, and simulation models.
Dr. Mauricio Acuna
Dr. Elena Canga
Manuscript Submission Information
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- supply chain optimisation
- network design
- facility location
- transport logistics
- mathematical modelling