The unique nature of the beetle-kill resource and CPES mobile conversion platform presents novel challenges and opportunities for the design of economically viable biofuel production systems. The financial assessment task will leverage the operations research experience of the team to explore beetle-kill harvest logistics and mobile pyrolysis unit operation in order to estimate the economic feasibility of beetle-kill bioenergy scenarios at the enterprise scale. We will use discounted cash flow analysis to compute the net present value of the CPES system deployed under different operational and economic conditions over a ten-year project period. These results will be used to bound the system design space and in the context of system cost-benefit analyses.
Previous estimates of mobile pyrolysis system (biochar only) net present value based on shift-level operational data. The CPES mobile technology produces both high-value liquid fuels and a biochar co-product