Modeling Integrated Bioenergy Supply Chain Systems Under Uncertainty

Biofuels has been promoted by governmental policies for reducing fossil fuel dependency and greenhouse gas emissions as well as facilitating regional economic growth. Sophisticated model analysis is needed to study the economic and environmental impact of developing bioenergy production systems, and the effectiveness of relevant biofuel policies. For cellulosic biofuel supply systems, existing models have not simultaneously addressed the competition between multiple participating agents (e.g., farmers, biofuel industry) and the uncertain/risk issues in the system. This dissertation develops an integrated modeling framework for advanced biofuel production system from dedicated energy crops under uncertainty. The goal of this framework is to support strategic infrastructure development and policy making for bioenergy production systems. The model will be implemented in large-scale case studies for the Pacific Northwest U.S. region. The proposed framework uses a multi-agent setting to model the competition between biomass feedstocks and agricultural crops, and captures the interaction between cropland allocation and biorefinery siting decisions in the system. Hence, such a framework enables comprehensive comparisons for policy combinations that are targeted at different participants 1 in the supply chain. The framework is also enhanced by using stochastic programming to improve the robustness and resilience of the optimized solutions and policy analyses.

Language

  • English

Project

  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $25000
  • Contract Numbers:

    DTRT13-G-UTC29

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    National Center for Sustainable Transportation

    University of California, Davis
    Davis, CA  United States 

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Managing Organizations:

    University of California, Davis

    Institute of Transportation Studies
    Davis, CA  United States  95616

    National Center for Sustainable Transportation

    University of California, Davis
    Davis, CA  United States 
  • Project Managers:

    lacobucci, Lauren

  • Performing Organizations:

    National Center for Sustainable Transportation

    University of California, Davis
    Davis, CA  United States 

    University of California, Davis

    Institute of Transportation Studies
    Davis, CA  United States  95616
  • Principal Investigators:

    Li, Yuanzhe

  • Start Date: 20160901
  • Expected Completion Date: 20170930
  • Actual Completion Date: 20170930
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01710674
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Center for Sustainable Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT13-G-UTC29
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Jul 5 2019 9:53PM