Minimizing the Cost of Agriculture Waste for Cellulosic Biofuels

  • Rajdeep Golecha Independent, Houston TX 77498, USA
Keywords: corn stover, supply market structure, biomass cost model, cellulosic biofuels

Abstract

Several studies have evaluated ways to reduce biomass cost through optimization of biorefinery location thus reducing biomass transport cost. While other studies have provided models for farmer supply response and participation (market structure), there is a gap in understanding how biomass transportation costs are related to farmer incentives. This study bridges this gap. A biomass cost model is developed to evaluate the trade-offs between biomass transport cost, incentives to farmers, farmer participation, biorefinery size, and alternative feedstock availability. This article finds that a focus on optimizing biomass transport cost and biorefinery location, without considering the relationships between biomass transport cost and farmer incentives increases biomass cost by 15% to 20%.

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Author Biography

Rajdeep Golecha, Independent, Houston TX 77498, USA

Rajdeep Golecha is an industry expert in bioenergy. His expertise is in business portfolio development for a sustainable biofuel businesses, and commercial optimization to reduce input costs. He has served as the commercial manager for a major energy company’s multi-billion dollar biofuel portfolio, where he led the development of cellulosic biofuel projects, and instituted improvements to capital efficiency and reduction in feedstock (biomass) costs through effective feedstock supply and business strategies. His current focus is on developing optimal market structures for cellulosic biofuel programs. He has an MBA from Michigan State University, and a Mechanical Engineer. E-mail: rajdeep. golecha@gmail.com.

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