Biomass supply chain management and challenges

Chun Hsion Lim, Sue Lin Ngan, Wendy Pei Qin Ng, Bing Shen How, Hon Loong Lam

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

5 Citations (Scopus)


With the strong resonance for sustainable development and cleaner production, biofuel has been recognized as one of the promising solutions to substitute depleting fossil fuels. Nonetheless, the biomass supply chain for biofuel production is associated with multiple challenges, including the variation in biomass availability, distinct characteristics of each species, uncertainties of the technology performance, logistics and transportation issues. External factors such as high upfront capital, difficulties to secure financing to start-up or sustain its operation, social awareness and acceptance of biofuel contribute to the complication of its supply chain management. Thus, the Hazard and Operability Analysis method, originated from process safety review technique, is adapted to systematically review the complex elements in the biomass supply chain and the current development of biomass supply chain optimization models. Mitigation and management solutions are then proposed to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of the biomass supply chain management.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationValue-Chain of Biofuels
Subtitle of host publicationFundamentals, Technology, and Standardization
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9780323858991
ISBN (Print)9780128243886
Publication statusPublished - 2022


  • Biomass supply chain management
  • HAZOP review
  • biomass supply chain optimization model
  • complex system review technique

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Energy


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