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Industrial End-Users' Preferred Characteristics for Wood Biomass Feedstocks

Kons, Kalvis and Blagojevic, Bosko and Mola-Yudego, Blas and Prinz, Robert and Routa, Johanna and Gagnon, Bruno and Bergström, Dan (2022). Industrial End-Users' Preferred Characteristics for Wood Biomass Feedstocks. Energies. 15 :10 , 3721
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Abstract

The use of sustainably sourced biomass is an important tool for mitigating the effects of climate change; but biomass is far from being a homogeneous resource. The aim of this study was to examine the decision-making process of industrial end-users considering biomass procurement. An online, two-part survey generated responses from 27 experienced professionals, representing a portfolio of facilities varying in size, technology, and biomass types, across Australia, Canada, Finland, and Sweden. A PAPRIKA conjoint analysis approach was used to analyze the data so that the attributes that influenced procurement decisions could be weighted and ranked. The results provided an insight into end-users' views on factors including facility location, size, and biomass storage, handling, and procurement for different wood-based industrial services. The most important decision-making attribute appeared to be the type of biomass assortment, at individual, national, and aggregated levels. Of seven sub-categories of biomass assortments, sawdust (35%) was the most preferred type followed by stem wood chips (20%) and energy wood (15%). We concluded that, from the end-user's perspective, a pre-defined biomass assortment is the most important factor when deciding on feedstock procurement at a bioenergy facility. These results help us better understand end-users' perceptions of biomass properties in relation to their conversion processes and supply preferences and can inform product development and the securement of new niches in alternative business environments by existing and future biohubs.

Authors/Creators:Kons, Kalvis and Blagojevic, Bosko and Mola-Yudego, Blas and Prinz, Robert and Routa, Johanna and Gagnon, Bruno and Bergström, Dan
Title:Industrial End-Users' Preferred Characteristics for Wood Biomass Feedstocks
Series Name/Journal:Energies
Year of publishing :2022
Volume:15
Number:10
Article number:3721
Number of Pages:22
Publisher:MDPI
ISSN:1996-1073
Language:English
Publication Type:Research article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 2 Engineering and Technology > 209 Industrial Biotechnology > Bioenergy
Keywords:biohubs, expert analysis, conjoint analysis, PAPRIKA method, bioenergy
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-117390
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-117390
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Type of IDID
DOI10.3390/en15103721
Web of Science (WoS)000801399800001
ID Code:28296
Faculty:NJ - Fakulteten för naturresurser och jordbruksvetenskap
S - Faculty of Forest Sciences
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Crop Production Ecology
(S) > Department of Forest Biomaterials and Technology
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:10 Jun 2022 09:26
Metadata Last Modified:10 Jun 2022 09:31

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