Can resource competition encourage market development: A case study for the development of a corn stover market in Flanders

Anouk Mertens, Jef Van Meensel, Lander Willem, Jeroen Buysse

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    Corn stover gains attention as a valuable biomass resource for the bio-economy. However, today, the corn stover is hardly harvested and a market is yet to be developed. Hence, potential investors in processing plants face large investment risks, as they are not sure sufficient corn stover will be available for their activities, nor what the corn stover prices may be. With the help of an agent-based model, we investigated whether competition for corn stover between one large scale centralized cellulosic sugar production plant and multiple decentralized small scale biogas plants could encourage the emergence of a corn stover value chain in Flanders. This papers details the results of simulations for three scenarios. We found that competition lowers the volumes of corn stover that can be acquired by the cellulosic sugar production plant and increases the corn stover prices. However, we also found that competition increases the involvement of the corn stover suppliers and allows for an easier emergence of the corn stover value chain. Our findings provide crucial insights, allowing potential stakeholders in the corn stover value chain to better understand how this value chain could develop under different circumstances.
    TaalEngels
    Aantal pagina's10
    StatusGepubliceerd - jun-2016
    Evenement24th European Biomass Conference and Exhibition - Amsterdam, Nederland
    Duur: 6-jun-20169-jun-2016

    Congres

    Congres24th European Biomass Conference and Exhibition
    LandNederland
    StadAmsterdam
    Periode6/06/169/06/16

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