One important part of supply chain analysis is to understand the amount of manpower and equity that is needed for procurement.
There are different types of machines needed for biomass procurement and making a cost calculation model is one way to reduce the risk of investment. The calculation tool is easily modified by user and it includes fixed cost, variable cost, operating cost, productivity and general input formats. The output of the tool is a table where you can see the annual, monthly and cost per machine hour.
The calculation model is the final version as part of the COST Action FP0902 Working Group 3 outcome and displays a key result of the COST Action FP0902.
The Final Version of the “Machine Cost Calculation Model” has been produced by an international group of experts, operating within the framework of COST Action FP0902. The new calculation model is specifically designed for cost calculations within biomass harvesting operations, but they are fit for general use and can be applied to many other fields where costing models are needed.
You can download the Final Costing Model here.
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More information on the tool and contacts can be found at http://www.forestenergy.org/pages/costing-model—machine-cost-calculation/
For more information on the COST Action FP0902 and the Forest Energy Portal see: www.forestenergy.org
In BioPAD -project Metla is responsible of the case study analysis and supply chain -tool development. The first version of Supply Chain –tool BISCUIT will be launched on February 2014.