Connectedness and its dynamics in the Swedish biofuels for transport industry
2014 (English)Manuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
Connectedness through cooperation with other sectors regarding feedstock, energy, products and by-products is important for environmental performance of industrial production. The aim of this study is to provide a better understanding of the level of connectedness in the Swedish biofuels for transport industry, involving producers of ethanol, biogas and biodiesel. In interviews, the CEOs of four important companies talked about current strategies, historic and planned development, and influential drivers. The studied production systems involve many actors and, e.g., cooperation regarding by-products and utilities. Heating based on a large share of renewables was most common. Generally, the production systems are dynamic and have changed significantly over time. The ethanol company focuses on valorisation and diversification, as does the biodiesel company to some extent. Naturally, there was a common focus on the price of feedstock, especially in the biogas companies. One option is to have flexible production, being able to handle many feedstock categories.
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Engineering and Technology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-106650OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-106650DiVA: diva2:717723