Biomass Supply Chains for Bioenergy and Biorefining

Biomass Supply Chains for Bioenergy and Biorefining

1st Edition - February 23, 2016

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  • Editors: Jens Holm-Nielsen, Ehiaze Augustine Ehimen
  • Paperback ISBN: 9781782423669
  • eBook ISBN: 9781782423874

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Biomass Supply Chains for Bioenergy and Biorefining highlights the emergence of energy generation through the use of biomass and the ways it is becoming more widely used. The supply chains that produce the feedstocks, harvest, transport, store, and prepare them for combustion or refinement into other forms of fuel are long and complex, often differing from feedstock to feedstock. Biomass Supply Chains for Bioenergy and Biorefining considers every aspect of these supply chains, including their design, management, socioeconomic, and environmental impacts. The first part of the book introduces supply chains, biomass feedstocks, and their analysis, while the second part looks at the harvesting, handling, storage, and transportation of biomass. The third part studies the modeling of supply chains and their management, with the final section discussing, in minute detail, the supply chains involved in the production and usage of individual feedstocks, such as wood and sugar starches, oil crops, industrial biomass wastes, and municipal sewage stocks.

Key Features

  • Focuses on the complex supply chains of the various potential feedstocks for biomass energy generation
  • Studies a wide range of biomass feedstocks, including woody energy crops, sugar and starch crops, lignocellulosic crops, oil crops, grass crops, algae, and biomass waste
  • Reviews the modeling and optimization, standards, quality control and traceability, socioeconomic, and environmental impacts of supply chains


R&D managers in energy generation companies as well as academics and postgraduate students working in the areas of biomass and biofuel energy generation

Table of Contents

  • Part 1: Biomass resources, supply chains and markets

    1. Introduction to biomass supply chains

    2. Biomass feedstocks

    3. Biomass resource assessment

    4. Biomass supply, demand and markets

    Part 2: Biomass harvesting, handling, storage and transportation

    5. Biomass harvesting and collection

    6. Biomass Storage

    Part 3: Biomass and biofuel supply chain design and management

    7. Biomass and biofuel supply chain modelling and optimization

    8. Modeling of forest and wood residues supply chains for bioenergy and biofuel production

    9. Socio-economic and environmental impacts of biomass and biofuel supply chains

    Part 4: Particular biomass supply chains

    10. Short rotation woody energy crop supply chains

    11. Sugar and starch crop supply chains

    12. Lignocellulosic crop supply chains (e.g. miscanthus, switchgrass, reed canary grass, rye, giant reed etc)

    13. Grass crop supply chains

    14. Algae biomass supply chains

    15. Solving the woody supply chain for Ireland's expanding biomass sector: a case study

    16. Manure and municipal sewage biomass supply chains

Product details

  • No. of pages: 410
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Woodhead Publishing 2016
  • Published: February 23, 2016
  • Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
  • Paperback ISBN: 9781782423669
  • eBook ISBN: 9781782423874

About the Editors

Jens Holm-Nielsen

Dr Jens Bo Holm-Nielsen is Associate Professor and Head of Center for Bioenergy and Green Engineering, Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor and Head, Center for Bioenergy and Green Engineering, Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark

Ehiaze Augustine Ehimen

Ehiaze Augustine Ehimen is a Senior Research Coordinator at Future Analytics Consulting Ltd., Ireland.

Affiliations and Expertise

Future Analytics Consulting Ltd., Ireland

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