A review of lignocellulosic biomass and biofuel supply chain models

Halil Ibrahim Cobuloglu, I. Esra Büyüktahtakin

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Biofuels have received considerable attention lately due to the scarcity of fossil-based energy and its adverse impact on the environment. Furthermore, the need for a consistent energy supply has led researchers and practitioners to investigate renewable sources such as biofuels and biomass. However, more investigation is needed, particularly for lignocellulosic (energy crops) biomass production and the biofuel supply chain. Various studies have been conducted to ensure the feasibility of biofuel and biomass production while maximizing its benefits, and to gain insights about energy generation from biomass-based sources. In this paper, we provide a literature review of the models developed for supply chain and production of lignocellulosic biofuel and biomass from energy crops, such as switchgrass and miscanthus. We also distinguish studies in terms of research area and methodology. Additionally, we compare three studies in detail with respect to the considered methodology, objective function, constraints, decisions taken, and application area. Finally, we provide a discussion of the areas where there is a research gap, and we highlight research needs in the biomass and biofuel supply chain area.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationIIE Annual Conference and Expo 2014
PublisherInstitute of Industrial Engineers
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9780983762430
StatePublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes
EventIIE Annual Conference and Expo 2014 - Montreal, Canada
Duration: May 31 2014Jun 3 2014

Publication series

NameIIE Annual Conference and Expo 2014


OtherIIE Annual Conference and Expo 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Control and Systems Engineering


  • Biofuel and biomass
  • Lignocellulosic
  • Operation research
  • Review
  • Supply chain


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