Simulation-Based Assessment of the Properties and Performance of a Biomass Terminal

Olli-Jussi Korpinen, Mika Aalto, Matti Virkkunen, Jyrki Raitila, Tapio Ranta

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    Abstract

    The profitability of a biomass terminal can be analysed as an individual cost pool in biomass logistics by static calculations, but they can be also complemented by simulation studies. The dynamic simulation approach accounts for temporal factors, whose impacts on the sizing and resource needs of the terminal can be substantial. They can also have economic reflections on the supply system outside the terminal. This paper presents a simulation model and an experiment simulating operations in a large feed-in terminal with different solutions of biomass deliveries. The results indicate that, in typical Nordic circumstances, biomass terminals based on stemwood processing have relatively high storage size and resource need in the winter and underutilization of terminal space in the remaining seasons. Adjustment of the optimal number of resources for each period of the operational year guarantees the fluency of operations at the terminal without significant delays for inbound and outbound truck deliveries.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationEUBCE Conference Proceedings
    PublisherETA-Florence Renewable Energies
    Pages48-51
    Number of pages4
    ISBN (Print)978-88-89407-17-2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2017
    MoE publication typeB3 Non-refereed article in conference proceedings
    Event25th European Biomass Conference and Exhibition, EUBCE 2017 - Stockholm, Sweden
    Duration: 12 Jun 201715 Jun 2017

    Publication series

    SeriesEuropean Biomass Conference and Exhibition Proceedings

    Conference

    Conference25th European Biomass Conference and Exhibition, EUBCE 2017
    Abbreviated titleEUBCE 2017
    Country/TerritorySweden
    CityStockholm
    Period12/06/1715/06/17

    Keywords

    • storage
    • transportation
    • upgrading
    • supply chain
    • biomass terminal
    • simulation modelling

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