Biomass Scenario Model
From Open Energy Information
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.