Practice Summary: Deriving the Optimal Location of a Biorefinery in Northern Spain

Adrian Serrano-Hernandez, Jesus M Pintor, Christian Fikar, Javier Faulin, Irantzu Alegria, Pablo Astiz

Publication: Scientific journalJournal articlepeer-review


This work highlights how mathematical programming modeling supported the decision-making process of locating a biorefinery in Northern Spain. Through close cooperation with relevant stakeholders, we considered a wide range of influencing factors such as supply and storage strategies, transport infrastructure, and individual characteristics of biomass products. The findings of this study provided decision makers with a ranking of potential locations and highlighted the importance of facilitating intermediate storage points for supplying the biorefinery. Currently, the Government of Navarre (Spain) is evaluating the results for its economic sustainability and plans to make the final decision on one of the top-ranked locations in the near future.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)596 - 600
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Austrian Classification of Fields of Science and Technology (ÖFOS)

  • 502017 Logistics
  • 101015 Operations research

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