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Logistics management and costs of biomass fuel supply

J. Allen (Transport Studies Group, University of Westminster, London, UK)
M. Browne (Transport Studies Group, University of Westminster, London, UK)
A. Hunter (Scottish Agricultural College, Penicuik, Scotland, UK)
J. Boyd (Scottish Agricultural College, Penicuik, Scotland, UK)
H. Palmer (Scottish Agricultural College, Penicuik, Scotland, UK)

International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management

ISSN: 0960-0035

Article publication date: 1 August 1998

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Abstract

Discusses part of a project conducted by the authors into the logistics planning and management and costs of supplying biomass fuels to biomass‐fired power stations in the UK. Defines biomass fuels and the reasons for the growth in interest in their use for electricity generation. The activities and parties involved in the biomass fuel supply chain are discussed together with the management of the chain in order to achieve smooth and consistent flow of biomass fuel to power stations. Explains the approach used to modelling the delivered costs of biomass fuels for four types of biomass fuel included in the project: forest fuel, short rotation coppice, straw and miscanthus. Comments are given on the environmental impacts of the fuel supply chains. The results indicate that straw supply systems are capable of producing the lowest delivered costs of the four fuels studied. Short rotation coppice and miscanthus, two new energy crops, are likely to have the highest delivered costs at present. This is due to the cost of growing these fuels and the financial incentives required by farmers to persuade them to grow these crops. Logistics costs (i.e. transport, storage and handling) are shown to represent a significant proportion of total delivered cost in biomass supply. Careful supply chain planning and logistics management will be of central importance to the success of the biomass industry.

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Allen, J., Browne, M., Hunter, A., Boyd, J. and Palmer, H. (1998), "Logistics management and costs of biomass fuel supply", International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management, Vol. 28 No. 6, pp. 463-477. https://doi.org/10.1108/09600039810245120

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