SP6 - Value chain assessment

Francesco Cherubini 

SP6 Leader,
Norwegian University of Science and Technology

 

SP6 aims at integrating a wide array of expertise and knowledge matured within CenBio along with detailed datasets generated from the other SPs into a holistic environmental assessment of bioenergy value chains. This goal requires a thorough and detailed assessment of the existing bioenergy chains as well as of the possible future options. This research is essential to provide sustainable directions for the national goal of doubling bioenergy production by the year 2020.

 

The specific objective of SP6 is to identify the portfolio of individual value chains that will enable a sustainable increase of bioenergy utilization in Norway. This task entails the following four sub objectives:

  • Identification of the environmental and economic characteristics of current individual Norwegian bioenergy value chains (individual performance)
  • Identification of the total overall environmental and economic characteristics of the current Norwegian bioenergy system (total performance)
  • Identification of the environmental and economic characteristics of prospective novel individual Norwegian bioenergy value chains (individual performance)
  • Identification of the total overall environmental and economic characteristics of alternative scenarios for different prospective Norwegian bioenergy systems (total performance)

The value chains concept can be seen as a combination of many research activities from CenBio. Per today, CenBio accounts for 30 value chains, grouped by fuel type.

In 2015, the SP6 team has been working on the calibration of the value chains, with a focus on the Waste-to-energy (WtE), the Biogas and the Wood stove value chains. See a representation of the CenBio value chains in Figure 1.

Figure 1: CenBio's 30 value chains.

 

More information on the research activities can be found in the latest CenBio Annual Report.

Published July 29, 2016