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Paving the Way towards Virtual Biorefineries

Paving the Way towards Virtual Biorefineries
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Author(s): Barbara Rapp (University of Oldenburg, Germany) and Jörg Bremer (University of Oldenburg, Germany)
Copyright: 2010
Pages: 21
Source title: Corporate Environmental Management Information Systems: Advancements and Trends
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Frank Teuteberg (University of Osnabrueck, Germany) and Jorge Marx Gomez (University of Oldenburg, Germany)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61520-981-1.ch006


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Biomass nowadays gets an ever increasing importance as a substitute for fossil fuels and as a source of energy as well as of materials for chemical products. In comparison with other raw materials, biomass has distinguishing and additional production or rather clearing characteristics that have to be taken into account for sustainable and successful biomass supply chains. This chapter explores the drawbacks and opportunities of existing approaches to biomass logistics and continues with a detailed description of an advanced procurement system, which has been developed as a proof-of-concept by the authors. Procurement driven by meta-data based data acquisition will be discussed as a starting point for a variety of missing features in today’s environmental information system’s support for forming inter-business linkages in regional biomass networks. These ideas are further developed into a concept for a virtual biorefinery as an advanced system for an appropriate treatment of biomass concerning economical, ecological and sociological sustainability issues at the same time.

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