Supply Chain Design of Biocarbon Production from Miscanthus through Hydrothermal Carbonization in Southern Ontario: A Life Cycle Assessment Perspective

dc.contributor.advisorDutta, Animesh
dc.contributor.authorMohammad Zamani, Sajad
dc.date.accessioned2023-09-14T14:38:27Z
dc.date.available2023-09-14T14:38:27Z
dc.date.copyright2023-08
dc.date.created2023-08-29
dc.degree.departmentSchool of Engineering
dc.degree.grantorUniversity of Guelphen
dc.degree.nameMaster of Applied Science
dc.degree.programmeEngineering
dc.description.abstractMiscanthus has emerged as a promising energy crop, with successful plantation feasibility demonstrated in southern Ontario. Converting this low-value biomass into valuable biocarbon through hydrothermal carbonization (HTC) presents new opportunities and markets for this feedstock. To promote the scale-up of HTC for biocarbon production from Miscanthus in southern Ontario, an environmentally focused approach was adopted, utilizing various tools and methods to establish diverse supply chain scenarios within the region. Through life cycle assessment (LCA) analysis, it was found that biomass densification at farms did not offer significant environmental benefits in the defined scenarios. However, integrating anaerobic digestion (AD) with HTC resulted in considerably higher environmental advantages compared to using HTC alone. Based on the study's findings, the east side of southern Ontario emerged as the most suitable location for establishing a supply chain dedicated to biocarbon production.
dc.description.embargo2024-08-30
dc.description.sponsorshipNatural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada
dc.description.sponsorshipOntario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10214/27926
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherUniversity of Guelphen
dc.rights.licenseAll items in the Atrium are protected by copyright with all rights reserved unless otherwise indicated.en
dc.subjectLife Cycle Assessmenten
dc.subjectHydrothermal Carbonization,en
dc.subjectAnaerobic Digestionen
dc.subjectMiscanthusen
dc.subjectAgricultural Biomassen
dc.subjectBio-Carbonen
dc.subjectSupply Chainen
dc.subjectHydrocharen
dc.titleSupply Chain Design of Biocarbon Production from Miscanthus through Hydrothermal Carbonization in Southern Ontario: A Life Cycle Assessment Perspective
dc.typeThesisen

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