Logistic Optimization for Renewable Energy Carriers

Publication, 2016


G. K. Kronberger, E. Pitzer, S. Kühner, K. Lenz - Logistic Optimization for Renewable Energy Carriers - 14th Symposium Energy Innovation (EnInnov2016), Graz, Austria, 2016, pp. 1-12


We describe a tool for the simulation and optimization of a EU-wide multi-echelon logistics network. In particular we evaluate the feasibility and profitability of a de-centralized approach to biofuel production from residual biomass on an EU-wide level. The overall objective of the FP7 project BioBoost was “[…] to pave the way for de-central conversion of residual biomass to optimised, high energy density carriers, which can be utilised in large scale applications for the synthesis of transportation fuel and chemicals or directly in small-scale combined heat and power (CHP) plants”. One of the sub-goals was the development of a software tool for the simulation of different scenarios of utilization and for the optimization of logistics. The resulting software has been used to calculate optimized scenarios that can be explored online via the BioBoost Navigator and is now available as open-source software for application to similar optimization problems.