Optimal localisation of second generation biofuel production in Sweden

Optimal localisation of second generation biofuel production in Sweden

With a high availability of forest biomass and various types of cellulose based waste, Sweden is of significant interest concerning future large scale production of second generation biofuels. Large plant sizes, however, increase the required feedstock supply area and put significant demands on the supply chain. Competition for the available feedstock further complicates the picture, and as co-production or co-location with other industry provides an opportunity for higher total conversion efficiencies, it also puts additional requirements on the locations.

This project has developed an optimization model for investigation and determination of locations in Sweden for production of second generation biofuels from lignocellulosic feedstocks. The overall aim is to identify locations with boundary conditions robust to energy market prices, policy instruments, investment costs, feedstock competition, and integration possibilities with existing energy systems. The model can be useful for decision support for different biofuel production stakeholders as well as for government and policy makers.

A second phase of this project has been performed, and a third is on-going.

Participating partners in the project:

  • Linköping University
  • Chalmers University of Technology
  • SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden
  • Innventia
  • Luleå University of Technology (Bio4Energy)
  • International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)

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