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Ensuring continuous feedstock supply in agricultural residue value chains: A complex interplay of five influencing factors

Anouk Mertens UGent, Jef Van Meensel, Lander Willem, Ludwig Lauwers UGent and Jeroen Buysse UGent (2018) BIOMASS & BIOENERGY. 109. p.209-220
abstract
While second-generation biomass resources, such as agricultural residues, are crucial for the development of the bioeconomy, value chains and markets of locally available agricultural residues remain uncommon. Current research predominantly provides useful insights into technological or techno-economic aspects of agricultural residue harvesting and processing, but, for investors in bio-refineries, one of the main challenges remains ensuring a continuous feedstock supply to the plant. In this article, we present the results of a mixed-method approach, combining insights from semi-structured interviews with simulation results of an agent-based model. This model simulates the decisions of individual economic actors in the value chain - including farmers, custom harvesters and one processor - under four coordination scenarios (direct sale, a custom harvester, mediated contract and two cooperative structures). Our results provide useful insights in the way different factors influence the ability to ensure a continuous feedstock supply. We find that besides actors' willingness, actors' coordination and supply reliability, also actors' actual participation and economic context play a crucial role. Furthermore, we are able to demonstrate the complex interplay between these factors. Our findings are relevant to guide successful future development of agricultural residue value chains for the bioeconomy.
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CORN STOVER, BIOENERGY PRODUCTION, ENERGY-PRODUCTION, BIOMASS, CONVERSION, ETHANOL, SYSTEMS, FARMER, MODEL, POWER, Agricultural residue value chains, Bio-economy, Continuous feedstock, supply, Agent-based modelling, Corn stover
journal title
BIOMASS & BIOENERGY
Biomass Bioenerg.
volume
109
pages
12 pages
publisher
Pergamon-elsevier Science Ltd
place of publication
Oxford
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Article
Web of Science id
000424939200024
ISSN
0961-9534
1873-2909
DOI
10.1016/j.biombioe.2017.12.024
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English
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yes
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U
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8554293
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http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-8554293
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2018-03-09 11:57:29
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  abstract     = {While second-generation biomass resources, such as agricultural residues, are crucial for the development of the bioeconomy, value chains and markets of locally available agricultural residues remain uncommon. Current research predominantly provides useful insights into technological or techno-economic aspects of agricultural residue harvesting and processing, but, for investors in bio-refineries, one of the main challenges remains ensuring a continuous feedstock supply to the plant. In this article, we present the results of a mixed-method approach, combining insights from semi-structured interviews with simulation results of an agent-based model. This model simulates the decisions of individual economic actors in the value chain - including farmers, custom harvesters and one processor - under four coordination scenarios (direct sale, a custom harvester, mediated contract and two cooperative structures). Our results provide useful insights in the way different factors influence the ability to ensure a continuous feedstock supply. We find that besides actors' willingness, actors' coordination and supply reliability, also actors' actual participation and economic context play a crucial role. Furthermore, we are able to demonstrate the complex interplay between these factors. Our findings are relevant to guide successful future development of agricultural residue value chains for the bioeconomy.},
  author       = {Mertens, Anouk and Van Meensel, Jef and Willem, Lander and Lauwers, Ludwig and Buysse, Jeroen},
  issn         = {0961-9534},
  journal      = {BIOMASS \& BIOENERGY},
  keyword      = {CORN STOVER,BIOENERGY PRODUCTION,ENERGY-PRODUCTION,BIOMASS,CONVERSION,ETHANOL,SYSTEMS,FARMER,MODEL,POWER,Agricultural residue value chains,Bio-economy,Continuous feedstock,supply,Agent-based modelling,Corn stover},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {209--220},
  publisher    = {Pergamon-elsevier Science Ltd},
  title        = {Ensuring continuous feedstock supply in agricultural residue value chains: A complex interplay of five influencing factors},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.biombioe.2017.12.024},
  volume       = {109},
  year         = {2018},
}

Chicago
Mertens, Anouk, Jef Van Meensel, Lander Willem, Ludwig Lauwers, and Jeroen Buysse. 2018. “Ensuring Continuous Feedstock Supply in Agricultural Residue Value Chains: A Complex Interplay of Five Influencing Factors.” Biomass & Bioenergy 109: 209–220.
APA
Mertens, Anouk, Van Meensel, J., Willem, L., Lauwers, L., & Buysse, J. (2018). Ensuring continuous feedstock supply in agricultural residue value chains: A complex interplay of five influencing factors. BIOMASS & BIOENERGY, 109, 209–220.
Vancouver
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Mertens A, Van Meensel J, Willem L, Lauwers L, Buysse J. Ensuring continuous feedstock supply in agricultural residue value chains: A complex interplay of five influencing factors. BIOMASS & BIOENERGY. Oxford: Pergamon-elsevier Science Ltd; 2018;109:209–20.
MLA
Mertens, Anouk, Jef Van Meensel, Lander Willem, et al. “Ensuring Continuous Feedstock Supply in Agricultural Residue Value Chains: A Complex Interplay of Five Influencing Factors.” BIOMASS & BIOENERGY 109 (2018): 209–220. Print.