Biofuel Transportation Analysis Tool: Description, Methodology, and Demonstration Scenarios

This report describes a Biofuel Transportation Analysis Tool (BTAT), developed by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Volpe National Transportation Systems Center (Volpe) in support of the Department of Defense (DOD) Office of Naval Research (ONR) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The purpose of the BTAT is to help ONR and FAA better understand the transportation needs and constraints associated with biofuel feedstock collection, processing, and fuel distribution, specifically alternative jet fuel produced from oilseed feedstocks. The BTAT uses calculations of available agricultural production and existing transportation infrastructure to generate: locations of potentially supportable biorefineries; optimal transportation routes for moving biofuels from the point of oilseed feedstock production/pre-processing to refinement and finally to fuel aggregation and storage; allocation of feedstock and fuels among biorefineries and depots based on demand and efficient transport patterns; and transportation costs, carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, fuel burn, and vehicle trips and miles traveled as a result of the transportation of feedstock and fuels. This report describes how the BTAT was developed and the functionality of the tool; it also demonstrates the tool’s capability through the analysis of seven scenarios.

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    Volpe National Transportation Systems Center

    55 Broadway
    Cambridge, MA  United States  02142

    Federal Aviation Administration

    Office of Environment and Energy, 800 Independence Ave, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20591

    Office of Naval Research

    800 North Quincy Street
    Arlington, VA  United States  22217
  • Authors:
    • Lewis, Kristin C
    • Baker, Gary
    • Lin, T Tom
    • Smith, Scott
    • Gillham, Olivia
    • Fine, Alisa
    • Costa, Stephen
    • Chen, Ze
    • Cooper, Coralie
  • Publication Date: 2014-1


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Edition: Final Report
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Maps; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 83p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01518881
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: DOT-VNTSC-FAA-14-02, DOT/FAA/AEE/2014-02
  • Created Date: Mar 11 2014 12:32PM