Biomass Scenario Model
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The National Renewable Energy Laboratory developed system dynamics model, the Biomass Scenario Model (BSM), represents the primary system effects and dependencies in the biomass-to-bioenergy supply chain and provides a framework for developing scenarios and conducting bioenergy policy analysis.
Questions the BSM Can Help Answer
- What points of leverage exist for accelerating the adoption of bioenergy?
- How do particular policies and incentives rank in terms of their effectiveness?
- What supply-chain bottlenecks slow the growth of high-blend ethanol consumption?
- How do tipping-point dynamics affect the dominance of particular bioenergy pathways?
- What opportunities exist for coordinating incentives and policies across the supply chain?
- How naturally inclined is the bioenergy supply chain to develop toward meeting targets such as the Renewable Fuel Standard Program (RFS2) volume requirements and percentage standards?
- How does the achievement of U.S. Department of Energy Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) targets through R&D efforts affect the overall success of bioenergy?
- How substantially do BETO demonstration and market transformation investments foster the growth of particular biomass-to-bioenergy conversion pathways?
- What might happen if the RSF2 or its implementation is changed significantly?
Using the BSM
The public version of the BSM may be downloaded from the BSM-public GitHub site, which contains additional user guidance.