6 February 2017 some of them will gather at Umeå, Sweden for a seminar precisely on Feedstock for Sustainable Biofuel Production, set in a system analysis perspective and jointly organised the Swedish Centre for Renewable Transportation Fuels, Bio4Energy and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.
Feedstock for Sustainable Biofuel Production
— Feedstock Potentials, Climate Change Impact of Forestry and the Realisation of Forest Biorefinery
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Why would there be a need to apply system analysis, in efforts where the purpose is expanding the raw material base for the production of biofuel and bio-based materials?
“It is important to understand that it is not enough just to look at the raw material. The whole [value] chain should be taken into account. If we only optimise the input material, there is a risk for suboptimisation of the system as a whole.
“We need to look at the footprint [of a process] from a climate change perspective. It also needs be economically sustainable and competitive. There is always competition. That is why we need to assess different routes in an economic and environmental perspective.
“This is the difficult part: Not all studies take into account the temporal perspective. They start from today’s perspective, while in reality [the new process route] might be due for implementation 25 years from now”.
What services in terms of system analysis does Bio4Energy System Analysis and Bioeconomy offer?
“A part of it are different types of techno-economic studies or environmental impact assessments. Our Economics’ people work on issues of raw material economics, such as price formation in the wake of large outtakes of raw material. Another part is LCA, where we have Venkata [Krishna Kumar Upadhyayula] looking at the climate footprint of various processes”.
Why should the Bio4Energy stakeholders join the seminar Feedstock for Sustainable Biofuel Production?
“This is a burning issue right now. There will be talks on future perspectives, technology potentials and challenges. Personally, I am looking forward to hearing what they have been up to at Obbola (where SCA is integrating biofuel production from black liquor in one of its pulp mills in northern Sweden, Ed’s note). I expect the presentation on climate change impacts of using forest fuels will be very good too.
“Applying system analysis should be the starting point when constructing a new value chain. This is an important message that I want to relate”.