Least Cost Formulation Spatial Tool (LCF)
Abstract: Least Cost Formulation (LCF) tool is an analysis tool that identifies the least‐cost blended feedstock for various conversion process based on logistics cost, quality, and resource availability. The LCF is further expanded to simultaneously optimize feedstock sourcing decisions, and optimal preprocessing depot locations and size, utilizing biomass resources from agricultural residue, energy and municipal solid waste to meet feedstock specifications and feedstock demand for a conversion process. LCF utilized mixed integer linear programming (MILP) model to determine least cost blend. MILP model can be modified to provide various exploratory regional /national scale feedstock supply chain analysis.
SQlite, C++, Cplex, C#
General Modeling Type:
Primary analytical purpose:
Supply chain logistics: Assessment of the implementation or design of supply chain logistics.
Secondary analytical purpose:
Techno-economic analysis: Technical and economic analysis of technologies or systems of technologies.
- Techno-economic Impact
- Other Socio-economic (e.g., GDP impact, Investment/NPV)
INL - Idaho National Laboratory
Damon Hartley, Mohammad Roni
Model start year:
Model last updated:
Fully Developed with periodic updates
Level of validation/review:
External Peer Review / Publicly Released
- Feedstock Types
- Sugar Crops
- Oil Crops
- Fiber Crops
- Cover Crops and Hay
- Agricultural Residues
- Herbaceous Energy Crops
- Forest Residues
- Forest Resources
- Woody Energy Crops
- Solid Wastes (e.g., MSW, C&D, yard trimmings)
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Supply Chain Elements
Information last updated: Sep. 17, 2019 13:45:46 EDT