Biomass Scenario Model Documentation: Data and References

Research output: NRELTechnical Report


The Biomass Scenario Model (BSM) is a system dynamics model that represents the entire biomass-to-biofuels supply chain, from feedstock to fuel use. The BSM is a complex model that has been used for extensive analyses; the model and its results can be better understood if input data used for initialization and calibration are well-characterized. It has been carefully validated and calibratedagainst the available data, with data gaps filled in using expert opinion and internally consistent assumed values. Most of the main data sources that feed into the model are recognized as baseline values by the industry. This report documents data sources and references in Version 2 of the BSM (BSM2), which only contains the ethanol pathway, although subsequent versions of the BSM containmultiple conversion pathways. The BSM2 contains over 12,000 total input values, with 506 distinct variables. Many of the variables are opportunities for the user to define scenarios, while others are simply used to initialize a stock, such as the initial number of biorefineries. However, around 35% of the distinct variables are defined by external sources, such as models or reports. The focus ofthis report is to provide insight into which sources are most influential in each area of the supply chain.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages191
StatePublished - 2013

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/TP-6A20-57831


  • biofuels
  • biomass
  • biomass scenario model
  • BSM
  • data
  • model
  • references


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