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Optimal equipment deployment for biomass terminal operations

I. Dafnomilis, M.B. Duinkerken, M. Junginger, G. Lodewijks and D.L. Schott

Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review, 2018, vol. 115, issue C, 147-163

Abstract: This paper investigates the optimization of biomass terminal equipment deployment. A mixed integer linear programming model is developed and applied to minimize the terminal’s investment and operational costs related to dedicated and partially used or shared equipment between a terminal’s operational steps. The results minimize annual terminal costs through equipment and infrastructure selection and utilization. Tipping points where the technology and equipment type or size change in relation to the increasing throughput are highlighted. Analytical results emphasize the importance of storage costs in all biomass terminals, as well as the critical influence of operational costs in larger facilities.

Keywords: Biomass equipment; Biomass terminals; Terminal operations; MILP; Equipment selection; Terminal logistics (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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