Biofuel Refinery Location and Biomass Transportation Planning under Traffic Congestion

This research focuses on planning biofuel refinery locations where the total system cost for refinery investment, public travel and transportation of biomass is minimized. Biomass shipment routing and the resulting traffic congestion are incorporated into the model to decide locations of biofuel refineries. A Lagrangian relaxation (LR) based heuristic algorithm is introduced to obtain near-optimum feasible solutions efficiently. To further ensure optimality, a branch and bound framework with linear programming (LP) and a Lagrangian relaxation (LR) bounding procedures are developed. Numerical examples demonstrated that the proposed algorithms solve the problem efficiently. Finally, an empirical case study based on Illinois biofuel production projection is conducted to show the effect of highway congestion on system costs.


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  • Media Type: DVD
  • Features: Figures; Maps; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 18p
  • Monograph Title: TRB 89th Annual Meeting Compendium of Papers DVD

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  • Accession Number: 01155499
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 10-0444
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Jan 25 2010 10:14AM