BeWhere YSSP

Students participating in IIASA's Young Scientists Summer Program have contributed in the development of the BeWhere model since 2008

Summer 2017

Hana Mandova (UK/Czech Republic)

Leeds University, UK

Integration of biomass in steel industries

Hana developed the European BeWhere model with the integration of biomass in the existing steel industries in Europe and assessed the theoretical, technical and economic potential based on forestry residual and sewage.

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An-Ha Truong (Vietnam)

University of Science and Technology of Hanoi (USTH), Vietnam

Coal plant transformation into co-firing in Vietnam

An-Ha developed the BeWhere Vietnam model, and adapted the model to be recursive dynamic. The model identifies when the existing coal plants would be transformed into co-firing based on rice residues.

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Kasparas Spokas (USA/Canada)

Princeton University, USA

BECCS in gas and coal power plants in the US

Kasparas adapted the USA BeWhere model with the integration of the gas and coal power plants. He studied the economic potential of those plants to be converted towards biomass use and carbon capture and sequestration (BECCS).

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Summer 2016

Poh (Rachel) Hoo (Malaysia)

Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Johor, Malaysia

Biogas production in Malaysia

Rachel applied the biogas model developed by Piera. The model is applied in Malaysia. Biogas will be produced based on palm oil waste, animal manure or municipal solid waste. The model will determine new biogas production plants as well as new extension of the pipeline network.

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Maria Xylia (Sweden/Greece)

Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm, Sweden

Locations of electric charging stations in Stockholm

Maria adapted the BeWhere model to determine the optimal locations of the future electric charging stations for the city of Stockholm. The model will identify what technology should be implemented on each bus line. The buses can run on biogas, biodiesel or electricity - conductive or inductive.

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Sudhanya Banerjee (USA/India)

University of Minnesota Twin Cities, Minneapolis, USA

CO2 distribution between algae production and sequestration

Sudhanya developed the BeWhere model to identify the trade-off between CO2 sequestration and CO2 use for algae based biodiesel production. He applied the model for the state of Texas where there are a high availability of CO2 emissions and saline water optimal for algae growth.

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Summer 2015

Sie Ting Tan (Malaysia)

Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Johor, Malaysia

Waste management in Malaysia

Ting applied the BeWhere model to estimate the potential of recycling Municipal households waste into power though divers type of technologies in Malaysia. The economic and environmental impact of MSW has been assessed.

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Daniel Sanchez (USA)

University of California, Berkeley, USA

Temporal and geographic allocation of resources

Daniel analyzed the spatial and temporal resolution of renewable resources in the Alps. His work was a preliminary phase for the potential assessment of power to gas/liquid.

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Sennai Mesfun (Sweden/Eritrea)

Luleå University of Technology, Luleå, Sweden

Power to gas/liquid technology

Senai developed the BeWhere model by integrating the power to gas/liquid (P2G/L) technology. He integrated the data compiled from Daniel Sanchez on a detailed temporal resolution and analyzed the potential of P2G/L in the Alps under divers policy scenarios.

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Summer 2014

 Piera Patrizio (Italy)

University of Udine, Udine, Italy

Biogas production in North Italy

Piera developed the biogas technology in the BeWhere model applied in North Italy. Crop or manure can be used as feedstock in order to produce power heat or transport fuel.

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Piero Campana

 Pietro Campana (Sweden/Italy)

Mälardalen University, Västerås, Sweden

PV water pumping system in China

Pietro developed the BeWhere model to identify the optimal locations of PV water pumping system in china for irrigation of grass on agricultural land. The produced grass is dedicated for feed.

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Summer 2013

Kalvis Kons

Kalvis Kons (Sweden/Latvia)

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Umeå, Sweden

Integration of terminals in the BeWhere model

Kalvis contributed in the development of the BeWhere model by integrating the forest terminals. He applied his research for Sweden, where he compiled a database of the actual terminals, and used it as an input data into the BeWhere model.

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Summer 2012

Dilip Khatiwada

Dilip Khatiwada (Sweden/Nepal)

Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm, Sweden

Development of BeWhere Brazil

Dilip contributed in the development of the BeWhere model for Brazil. He studied the impact of the use of bagasse and residuals from sugar cane for the production of 2nd generation bio-ethanol on the costs, emissions, and international trades.

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Summer 2011

Ellen Slegers

Ellen Slegers (The Netherlands)

Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands

Optimal location for algae production

Ellen contributed in the development of the BeWhere model by including the production of algae. Sea water and CO2 emissions from electrical power plants are the resources used for algae production. The study is focused on the comparisons for the optimal location of algae based biofuel production plants between Benelux, South of France and North Africa.

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Anna Olsson

Anna Olsson (Sweden)

Luleå University of Technology, Luleå, Sweden

Forestry market in Sweden

Anna developed a partial equilibrium model that determines the optimal distribution of forestry wood resources between the different woody based industries. The output from her model, (i.e. amount of biofuel that can be produced) will be used as input into the BeWhere model applied for Sweden.

Viktoria Gass

Viktoria Gass (Austria)

University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU), Vienna, Austria

Development of BeWhere Wind for Austria

Viktoria developed the BeWhere model applied for wind turbines for Austria. Based on a GIS modeling, on a 100*100 m2 grid, Viktoria determined the leveled cost of electricity generated from the wind turbines at different optimal locations.

Summer 2010

Elisabeth Wetterlund

 Elisabeth Wetterlund (Sweden)

Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden

Development of BeWhere Europe

Elisabeth contributed in the development of the BeWhere model at the European level. Forest biomass and lignocellulosic waste were used as feedstock, and the location of both ethanol and Fischer-Tropsh diesel production plants were determined regarding heat and electricity demand, price, and carbon cost.

Elisabeth received the Mikhalevich Award for her outstanding work during the YSSP.

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Summer 2009

Yun We

Yun Wu (USA/China)

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, USA

Bioenergy Production Potential in the Forest Market of Southeastern US

Yun studied the biofuel production potential from the pulp and paper mills. She included into the BeWhere model the possibility to produce biofuel from the pulp and paper mills or and from new second generation biofuel production plants. She applied the model for the Southeastern US.

Summer 2008

Johannes Schmidt

Johannes Schmidt (Austria)

University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU), Vienna, Austria

Development of BeWhere by including the Use of Waste Process Heat

Johannes contributed in developing the BeWhere model to consider waste heat utilization for district heating. He built up a geographical database of heating demand in Austria and integrated the heat demand and heating infrastructure costs. The heat demand was estimated applying a bottom up approach, combining data on dwelling areas with average consumption quantities.

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Last edited: 29 September 2016


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