A key factor in evaluating investment in biofuel production must be the availability and cost of biomass feedstock. In contrast with crude oil which tends to be highly concentrated in geologic deposits, biomass tends to be distributed in varying concentrations across large geographic areas. Understanding the feedstock supply chain logistics and cost allow bioenergy project developers to develop a supply curve reflective of the resources available at a particular location. This talk will introduce the biomass supply chain generally, discuss key cost centers in the supply chain and present some tools and approaches for developing site specific biomass supply curves, and address particular challenges associated with aggregating biomass derived from moderate-sized parcels primarily developed for environmental uses.
This project is supported by an Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grant no. 2011-68005-30407 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).