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While second-generation biomass resources, such as agricultural residues, are crucial for the development of the
bioeconomy, value chains and markets of locally available agricultural residues remain uncommon. Current
research predominantly provides useful insights into technological or techno-economic aspects of agricultural
residue harvesting and processing, but, for investors in bio-refineries, one of the main challenges remains ensuring
a continuous feedstock supply to the plant. In this article, we present the results of a mixed-method
approach, combining insights from semi-structured interviews with simulation results of an agent-based model.
This model simulates the decisions of individual economic actors in the value chain – including farmers, custom
harvesters and one processor – under four coordination scenarios (direct sale, a custom harvester, mediated
contract and two cooperative structures). Our results provide useful insights in the way different factors influence
the ability to ensure a continuous feedstock supply. We find that besides actors' willingness, actors' coordination
and supply reliability, also actors' actual participation and economic context play a crucial role.
Furthermore, we are able to demonstrate the complex interplay between these factors. Our findings are relevant
to guide successful future development of agricultural residue value chains for the bioeconomy.
Originele taal-2Engels
TijdschriftBiomass & Bioenergy
Pagina's (van-tot)209–220
Aantal pagina's12
StatusGepubliceerd - jan-2018

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