Publication Date

2017

Document Type

Dissertation/Thesis

First Advisor

Moraga, Reinaldo J.||Chen, Shi-Jie (Gary)

Degree Name

M.S. (Master of Science)

Department

Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

LCSH

Engineering

Abstract

Energy has historically been of great importance to the world. Depletion of fossil fuels, growing demand, global warming, and etc. have even accentuated this importance more. Amongst the biomass for production of biofuel which is one of the most promising renewable energy options, algae have been gaining a lot of attention in recent years. This thesis will propose a Biofuel Supply Chain Network Design for the development of algal biofuels. In order to do so, a Mixed Integer Linear Program will be created to design and optimize a biofuel supply chain from raw material procurement to biofuel distribution. Furthermore, a robust optimization method will be utilized to enable the model to cope with uncertainties of the biofuel supply chain. In addition, an environmental objective would be considered alongside an economic objective both of which are optimized by augmented [epsilon]-Constraint method to address issues such as global warming.

Comments

Advisors: Reinaldo J. Moraga; Shi-Jie Chen.||Committee members: Christine Nguyen; Ziteng Wang.||Includes bibliographical references.||Includes illustrations.

Extent

iii, 90 pages

Language

eng

Publisher

Northern Illinois University

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In Copyright

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Text

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