Optimized logistics planning for growing energy crops along Illinois highway right-of-way

Wei Ting Liao, Sijie Shi, Luis F. Rodriguez, Tao Lin, Todd Rusk, Hans Blaschek

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Abstract

To satisfy emerging energy demands, cellulosic biomass shows the potential to improve U.S. energy security and lower greenhouse gases emissions. Cellulosic biomass is valuable and has manifold possible uses, such as manufacturing advanced biofuels, supplying materials for biomass burners and power plants. Growing cellulosic biomass on non-agricultural lands, such as highway right-of-way (ROW), can avoid land use competition between energy and food crops on agricultural lands. Several Departments of Transportation around the U.S. have considered this opportunity because of typically millions of dollars expenditures for mowing and maintaining costs every year. Growing energy crops, while replacing turf grasses, provides opportunity to create economic benefits. This study will analyze the optimal harvesting and logistics operation strategies for highway ROW scenarios for Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT). Available lands for growing energy crops along highway ROW can be identified and grouped into segments by Geographic Information System (GIS) data analysis. Given the information regarding available lands, biomass feedstock production optimization modeling is applied to determine harvest schedules and estimate biomass yield. Expected results will identify the optimal trip assignment and truck routing strategies for the IDOT scenarios. Estimated operational cost and time are also calculated. These results will provide information for decision makers and equipment operators, not only determining the best operational strategy, but also keeping flexibility for the realistic application.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAmerican Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Annual International Meeting 2014, ASABE 2014
PublisherAmerican Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers
Pages3351-3360
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781632668455
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014
EventAmerican Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Annual International Meeting 2014, ASABE 2014 - Montreal, Canada
Duration: Jul 13 2014Jul 16 2014

Publication series

NameAmerican Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Annual International Meeting 2014, ASABE 2014
Volume5

Other

OtherAmerican Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Annual International Meeting 2014, ASABE 2014
CountryCanada
CityMontreal
Period7/13/147/16/14

Keywords

  • Cellulosic biomass
  • Highway right-of-way
  • Optimization modeling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Mechanical Engineering

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    Liao, W. T., Shi, S., Rodriguez, L. F., Lin, T., Rusk, T., & Blaschek, H. (2014). Optimized logistics planning for growing energy crops along Illinois highway right-of-way. In American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Annual International Meeting 2014, ASABE 2014 (pp. 3351-3360). (American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Annual International Meeting 2014, ASABE 2014; Vol. 5). American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers.