Optimization of Balanites aegyptiaca seeds supply chain for biofuel production in West Africa sahelian regions

Sawadogo M., Bambara Linda Dominique, Blin Joël, Anciaux Didier, Roy Daniel. 2017. Optimization of Balanites aegyptiaca seeds supply chain for biofuel production in West Africa sahelian regions. In : Renewable Energy Congress (IREC), 2017 8th International. Maher Chaabene (ed.). IEEE. Amman : IEEE, pp. 1-5. (IEEE Conference Proceeding) ISBN 978-150906750-3 International Renewable Energy Congress, IREC 2017. 8, Amman, Jordanie, 21 March 2017/23 March 2017.

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Abstract : Balanites aegyptiaca (B. aegyptiaca) is one of the plant species targeted and already studied for the production of oilseed-based biofuels. This paper presents an optimization model of B. aegyptiaca seeds supply chain in West African sahelian context. It has been developed considering the West Africa rural context where family farming is mainly practiced. The model has been applied to a theoretical case of study in the sub sahelian region of the Burkina Faso. Four scenarios on the location of the pre-processing and on the transportation means used between B. aegyptiaca feedstock growing areas and feedstock gathering points (GP) have been performed. Considering different feedstock growing areas with different territorial yield, and different transportation means, the results show that the most efficient option is the cart for transportation between the feedstock growing areas and the GP with the location of the pre-processing at the GP. The results also show that more than 65% of the seeds cost price at the biorefinery gate is composed of the transportation costs. (Résumé d'auteur)

Mots-clés libres : Biomass conversion, Balanites aegyptiaca, Optimization, Supply chain

Classification Agris : P06 - Renewable energy resources
F03 - Seed production and processing
E16 - Production economics
E70 - Trade, marketing and distribution

Auteurs et affiliations

  • Sawadogo M., 2IE (BFA)
  • Bambara Linda Dominique, CIRAD-PERSYST-UPR BioWooEB (FRA)
  • Blin Joël, CIRAD-PERSYST-UPR BioWooEB (FRA) ORCID: 0000-0001-6715-2453
  • Anciaux Didier, Université de Lorraine (FRA)
  • Roy Daniel, Université de Lorraine (FRA)

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