Bioenergy Supply Chain Contest

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RESS Students (especially those in the Bioenergy option) - here's an interesting opportunity coming from BiofuelNet Canada:

Mobilisation of forest biomass for the production of bioenergy, biofuels and bioproducts: Contest for Highly Qualified Personnel (HQP)

A joint initiative of BioFuelNet Canada and the International Energy Agency Bioenergy - Task 43

Overall objective
The overall objective of this joint initiative is to provide HQPs an opportunity to engage in real industrial
applications in the bio-economy. This is performed in the form of a contest.

Specific objective
The specific objective is for HQP teams to develop a case study of a sustainable supply chain for the production
of bioenergy and biofuel or bioproduct from forest/woody biomass, and to either: identify the socio-economic
outcomes of the chain in its regional context, or to justify the strategic and technological choices underlying
supply and conversion processes.

Formation of teams
The case study is realised by a team of 2-3 HQPs. HQPs are students involved in graduate studies (Master’s,
PhD, postdoctorate). All HQPs enrolled in a graduate program in Canada or abroad in eligible.

Description of activity
Each HQP team chooses a case study for a supply chain for the production of bioenergy, biofuel or bioproducts
from forest/woody biomass. HQP teams are strongly invited to use real-life case studies or projects that they are
currently working on or are aware in their communities or network.
Each team needs to identify an end-product that has the potential to be of interest for a forest owner, a
cooperative, a mill, a village/city, or a consortium of these stakeholders. The team needs to (1) identify and
justify the type of forest biomass feedstock (for example: mill residues, forest management residues, whole
trees, short rotation woody crops, urban wood waste, etc.) and (2) identify at least one potential user for the end-
product. The end-products of the supply and production chain can include bioenergy, biofuel or bioproducts
such as heat, power, liquid fuels, biogas and hydrogen; bioproducts can include composite materials based on
wood fibre, chemical products (intermediate compounds for chemical synthesis, polymers, organic acids,
extractives, etc.). Co-products (i.e. products that are manufactured along with the main end-product) can also be

Each HQP team must choose one of the two options listed below (Option A or Option B):

Option A:
The team identifies a specific regional context in which the forest supply and production chain is set. The
regional context can be a region in a Canadian province, or a region of another country. The choice of the
region to set the case study can be based on the availability of specific feedstock sources in that region, a
specific political context, the presence of potential end-users or local forest industry leaders, etc. The team
needs to justify the reasons and drivers that make the supply and production chain a relevant project for the
regional context including socio-economical, environment and social entrepreneurship sustainability aspects
(e.g. production of renewable energy to substitute fossil fuels, economic diversification, job creation, spin-
off/start-up, etc.).

Option B:
The team identifies specific preprocessing, pretreatment and conversion technologies for the production the
end-product. The team needs to schematize and justify the logistical steps (procurement, transport, pre-
treatment, fractionation, extraction, etc.) and technologies used along the supply and production chain, from the
feedstock source to the end-product, and justify the technological and innovation aspects. Co-products and their
usages also need to be identified, and potential industrial synergies can also be described.
All teams (whether they choose option A or B) need to describe a plan for communication and outreach for the
public about their case study, to inform and raise awareness in the development and deployment of the supply
1and production chain. Additionally, HQP teams are invited to establish contact and seek out support for their
case study from stakeholders in the forms of letters of support, etc.

Each team will produce a short written report (10 pages max) detailing their case study. Additional material,
such as images, photos, videos, etc. can also be provided in support of the case study. Innovation and creativity
will be valued.

Awards and dissemination of results
The teams with the highest scores on the evaluation of their case study will be invited to make an oral
presentation of their case study during the international workshop : “Mobilisation of forest biomass supply
chains : Challenges and opportunities”, which is a joint event organised by the Forestry Task Force of
BioFuelNet Canada, and the International Energy Agency Bioenergy – Task 43. The workshop will be held on
the campus of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver on September 22, 2016. Up to four HQP teams
will be invited.
Moreover, a version of the written report of their case study will become part of a joint BioFuelNet-IEA
Bioenergy publication, as part of the proceedings of the workshop.
All submitted case studies will be disseminated through knowledge transfer products, to be determined (report,
web pages, etc.)

Deadline for submission of case studies
Case studies being proposed for the workshop need to be submitted as a short written report + additional
material (photos, videos, etc.) (see Deliverable section above), by August 1 st . Projects that will be invited to
attend and present at the workshop will be advised no later than August 15 th .
Case studies need to be submitted in electronic format at