Integrated Biomass Supply Analysis and Logistics model (IBSAL)
The Integrated Biomass Supply Analysis and Logistics model (IBSAL) is a dynamic, discrete-event framework developed at Oakridge National Laboratory (ORNL) for simulating biomass supply chains. It was constructed in ExtendSim® (Imagine That, Inc.).
IBSAL simulations of harvest, in-field collection, transport and storage operations are used to identify system bottlenecks; estimate costs, labor and machinery requirements; and track quality changes through the supply chain. IBSAL has been used for a variety of feedstocks including switchgrass, corn stover, wheat straw, woody energy crops and whole trees.
IBSAL simulations are effective,
economical tools to evaluate system design and performance before system
implementation to avoid costly trial-and-error solutions.