A paper presented by CHBE Graduate student David Zamar won Best Oral Presentation Award at ADCHEM 2015, the 9th International Symposium on Advanced Control of Chemical Processes. The Symposium took place in Whistler, BC, June 7 to 10, 2015.
“Robust Optimization of Competing Biomass Supply Chains under Feedstock Uncertainty” was co-authored by David Zamar, Bhushan Gopaluni, Shahab Sokhansanj and Nathaniel Newlands. The paper presented a robust approach for optimization under uncertainty and applied a method to address the problem of analyzing, subject to stochastic demand and supply in addition to numerous constraints, a system of three biomass supply chains competing for the same feedstock. The energy demand and feedstock supply for each power plant were considered uncertain, but with known distributions. The optimal catchment areas identified by the solution satisfied 90% of the demand, with a probability of 95%.