Establishing the biomass supply chain is critical to the viability of a bioenergy project.
A sustainable biomass supply (Chapter 4) and supply chain components (Chapter 5) are discussed in Bioenergy in Australia: Status and opportunities [PDF, 9.1 MB], published by Bioenergy Australia in 2012. Guidelines for developing a sustainable biomass supply chain [PDF, 1 MB] describes a process for establishing a supply chain for producing biofuels. Published by the University of Minnesota in 2011, it breaks the supply chain down into distinct areas:
- Identify locally occurring biomass resources that may be available for use.
- Clarify the roles of individuals and organisations in the supply chain.
- Examine quality control and pre-processing needs for the feedstock.
- Think through storage aspects.
- Evaluate the overall economics associated with collecting and delivering biomass feedstocks.
- key issues
- biomass markets
- getting connected to markets
- supply logistics
- social issues.
- Chapter 5 is an analysis of the sugarcane industry’s supply chain historically and what we can learn from it.
- Chapter 6 is an analysis of the mallee industry’s supply chain, and many of the same points apply to other biomass types.