Biomass Supply Chains Optimizer for agricultural co-operatives
Takes into account all of the parameters impact biomass logistics
Optimizes operating costs (harvest, transport, handling, storage, labor)
Optimizes investments (new sites, size/location, number/type of equipment)
Reduces the environmental impact of the supply chain (co2 emissions, fuel consumption)
Traceability of primary materials (stock flows/levels, humidity, losses/damage)
Reliable, stable model resulting from years of research
Organizing the harvest, transport and storage of biomass with the aim of transforming it into another product constitutes a highly complex supply chain that involves many different parameters: diversity of agricultural resources, location of sites, harvest window, capacity and availability of storage sites and transport equipment, etc. This logistical complexity is even more problematic when new uses of biomass are taken into account: mobilizing all parts of the plant to provide for food and non-food use. In addition to the logistical complexity of the planning, these supply operations are strongly influenced by the cost of the primary materials (up to 70% according to some studies). Optimizing the supply chain for biomass is thus a major issue for the entire value chain, from the farmer to the agricultural processor, also including co-operatives and storage companies.
We have developed a software solution specifically designed for those involved in the biomass sector, particularly agricultural co-operatives, to model and optimize their supply chains whilst taking into account all of the factors which impact it. This solution is suitable for both traditional biomass uses (grains, seeds, etc.) and for new uses (other uses for straw, chaff, etc.). From a tactical standpoint, it enables users to model, plan, and optimize biomass supply chains, from the fields through to converted units or end users. Strategically, the software enables users to optimize their investments in the supply chain for greater profitability (new silos, new harvesting equipment, new transport, etc.). Based on our extensive experience in the biomass sector, and robust and stable mathematical models (already validated using real-world scenarios), our software solution enables biomass supply chains to be efficiently modelled by optimizing the associated costs, energy consumption, and the environmental impacts, whilst ensuring the traceability of materials.