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Impact of Biomass Availability on Selection of Optimal Energy Systems and Cost of Energy

This paper assesses the impact of biomass availability on the selection of optimal energy systems, allocation of energy to various energy needs, and cost of energy to villages. Proposals are considered for the development of biomass resources and subsidization of biomass-based energy systems. The analysis applies the Mixed Integer Linear Programming (MILP) optimization model to four villages under existing conditions, as well as under various proposals affecting biomass availability and costs of energy systems using biomass. It is based on a comprehensive study (Moulik and Shukla, 1985) that contains many details beyond the scope of this paper.

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Energy Specializations: Energy Modeling – Other; Renewables – Biofuels

JEL Codes: Q40: Energy: General, Q42: Alternative Energy Sources

Keywords: Bioenergy, Biomass, Mixed integer linear programming, subsidies

DOI: 10.5547/ISSN0195-6574-EJ-Vol7-No2-8

Published in Volume 7, Number 2 of the bi-monthly journal of the IAEE's Energy Economics Education Foundation.


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