New study highlights importance of an optimised biomass supply chain

JANUARY 12, 2015

According to a study by Finland’s bio energy experts , if a customer acquires chips from optimised supply chains, they can obtain better quality biomass and lower their total acquisition costs.

An optimised supply chain includes comprehensive and real-time management features for biomass, resources and conditions.  The most significant benefits will be in fuel economy, boiler efficiency and other energy production costs. The plants will also benefit from fewer production outages and decreased operating and maintenance costs.

‘The higher quality of the forest chips, especially in terms of their moisture and homogeneity, will affect the economic efficiency and profitability of heat and power plants,’ explains Ramboll Finland’s business manager Mirja Mutikainen.  Ramboll is a leading international expert organisation and Finland’s largest engineering, design and consultancy company.

Forest lots used for harvesting energy wood will yield more energy, costs for transportation and intermediate storage will decrease, the acquisition process will become more efficient for suppliers and plants, and the availability of wood will improve. The supply chain will also become more interactive, which improves its reliability and continuity. Delivery chains can also be traced and controlled. Looking at the bigger picture, an optimised overall solution can improve the competitiveness of forest chips as a fuel and the general competitiveness of bioenergy.

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Andrew Dunlop

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