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Optimization of Biomass-to-Bioenergy Logistics Network Design Problem: A Case Study

Meisam Shamsi / Reza BabazadehORCID iD: http://orcid.org/0000-0001-8070-6473 / Maghsud Solimanpur
Published Online: 2018-09-04 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ijcre-2017-0251


Increasing the emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG) due to fossil fuel consumption has led to problems such as global warming, climate change, loss of biodiversity, and urban pollutions. Bioethanol production especially from different biomass such as wheat straw has been specified as one of the sustainable solutions to deal with energy crisis. Bioethanol logistics network optimization will reduce total costs of supply chain management and improves its competency with fossil fuels. In this paper, a mixed-integer linear programming (MILP) model is proposed to integrate and optimize bioethanol logistics network design problem. The proposed model is a multi-period and multi-echelon including feedstock supply centers, collection centers, bio-refineries, and customer centers. The proposed model is applied in a real case in Iran. The results justify the applicability and performance of the model in efficient design of bioethanol logistics network problems.

Keywords: bioethanol logistics network; optimization; mathematical programming; biomass


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About the article

Received: 2017-12-23

Accepted: 2018-08-27

Revised: 2018-06-22

Published Online: 2018-09-04

Citation Information: International Journal of Chemical Reactor Engineering, 20170251, ISSN (Online) 1542-6580, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ijcre-2017-0251.

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