A logistics management system for a biomass-to-energy production plant storage park

Leonel J. R. Nunes, Jorge T. Pereira da Costa, Radu Godina, João C. O. Matias, João P. S. Catalão

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Abstract

The biomass industry is growing due to the current search for greener and more sustainable alternatives to fossil energy sources. However, this industry, due to its singularity, presents several challenges and disadvantages related to the transportation of raw materials, with the large volumes that are usually involved. This project aimed to address this internal logistics situation in torrefied biomass pellets production with two different biomass storage parks, located in Portugal. The main park receives raw material coming directly from the source and stores it in large amounts as a backup and strategic storage park. The second park, with smaller dimensions, precedes the production unit and must be stocked daily. Therefore, a fleet of transport units with self-unloading cranes is required to help to unload the biomass at the main park and transport the raw material from this park to the one preceding the production unit. Thus, the main goal was to determine the dimensions of the fleet used in internal transportation operations to minimize the idle time of the transport units using a methodology already in use in the mining and quarrying industry. This methodology was analyzed and adapted to the situation presented here. The implementation of this study allows the elimination of unnecessary costs in an industry where the profit margins are low.

Original languageEnglish
Article number5512
JournalEnergies
Volume13
Issue number20
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 21 Oct 2020

Keywords

  • Biomass energy
  • Efficiency
  • Optimization
  • Supply chain
  • Transportation

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