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

(2018) BIOMASS & BIOENERGY. 109. p.209-220
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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

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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.
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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.
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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. 2018;109:209–20.
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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.
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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},
  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},
}

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