Residues and bio-energy generation: a case study modelling value chain optimisation in Tasmania

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Woo, Heesung ORCID: 0000-0002-7649-0953, Moroni, Martin ORCID: 0000-0003-1199-8788, Park, Joowon ORCID: 0000-0001-7505-6912, Taskhiri, Mohammad Sadegh ORCID: 0000-0002-9871-361X and Turner, Paul ORCID: 0000-0003-4504-2338 (2020) Residues and bio-energy generation: a case study modelling value chain optimisation in Tasmania. Energy, 196. ISSN 0360-5442


Internationally biomass residues, primarily from forestry and agricultural production cycles, are increasingly being used to produce bio-energy. This case study presents modelling of the potential socio-economic impacts from a proposed co-generation bio-energy plant (under 50 MW) in the Valley Central Industrial Precinct (VCIP) in Northern Tasmania. The modelling uses data related to residue availability and bio-energy generation output to examine and evaluate potential impacts under a range of scenarios. Potential bio-energy residue feedstock is categorised into viable onsite and offsite sources and quantified in terms of their different bio-energy outputs for different sized bio-energy plants. To complete the evaluation of the potential socio-economic impact of the proposed plant, analysis is conducted using the JEDI (Jobs and Economic Development Impact model). The results of the modelling indicate that the location, quality and quantity of biomass residue feedstock and optimal socio-economic impacts are best aligned with the local supply chain by a bio-energy plant of (10 MW). Importantly, the modelling presented in this paper excludes consideration of forest harvest residues as a potential source of biomass residues due to the lack of certainty on the viability of commercial supply to the VCIP. In this context, it is anticipated that the underlying assumptions and approach used in this case study will be of value to other regions exploring the viability of bioenergy generation from biomass residues.

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Item type Article
DOI 10.1016/
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Subjects Current > FOR (2020) Classification > 3007 Forestry sciences
Current > FOR (2020) Classification > 3503 Business systems in context
Current > FOR (2020) Classification > 3802 Econometrics
Current > Division/Research > Institute for Sustainable Industries and Liveable Cities
Keywords value chain optimization, biomass residue, forestry and agriculture, Tasmania, Australia
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