Machine Cost Calculation Model: Tool for Cost Calculation within Biomass harvesting operations

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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Cost Calculation

More information on the tool and contacts can be found at—machine-cost-calculation/

For more information on the COST Action FP0902 and the Forest Energy Portal see:

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.


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Developing a local bioenergy market can provide significant opportunities for rural and remote areas, by improving security of energy supply, contributing to a reduction in CO2 emissions and stimulating the local economy by creating jobs and keeping payments for energy within the local community. A new project, BioPAD (Bioenergy Proliferation and Deployment), which targets the Northern Periphery of Europe, aims to ensure that bioenergy becomes more widely used and that awareness of the opportunities it provides are increased. The project will help the development of bioenergy and improve our understanding of the links between supply and demand by looking at supply chains for a variety of bioenergy fuels and different ways of converting these fuels into sustainable energy. Understanding the supply chains and the ways bioenergy moves from fuel source to energy provision will help the establishment of robust and efficient supply services which can match local demand. BioPAD is led by the Western Development Commission (Ireland) and is funded under the ERDF Interreg IVB Northern Periphery Programme (NPP)
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