The evaluation of effective criteria on site selection for energy production units from cellulosic biomass in Iran

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Majid Azizi
Fatemeh Rahimi
Mohammad Amin Jonoobi
Mosen Ziaie


Both Analytical Hierarchy Process (AHP) and benefits, opportunities, costs and risks (BOCR) techniques were used successfully to evaluate the effective criteria on site selection for energy production unit development from cellulosic biomass in Iran. The results showed that the benefits criteria was at the first level while the initial cellulosic raw materials and opportunities with the aim of the local economy had the second position as the most important indices on site selection. In addition, third criterion has been introduced for the costs criteria (transportation cost) and social barriers by the experts. However, risks criteria which referred to instability of providing cellulosic raw materials is one of the less important effective indices on site selection to make energy production unit. The results illustrated that the economy and politics as two environmental effective factors affected on the site selection process generally.


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Azizi, M., Rahimi, F., Jonoobi, M. A., & Ziaie, M. (2017). The evaluation of effective criteria on site selection for energy production units from cellulosic biomass in Iran. Economics, Management and Sustainability, 2(2), 104–119.
Author Biographies

Majid Azizi, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Tehran

Professor, Faculty of Natural Resources, Wood and Paper Sciences and Technology Department

Fatemeh Rahimi, University of Tehran

M.S. Graduate Student

Mohammad Amin Jonoobi, University of Tehran

M.S. Graduate Student

Mosen Ziaie, University of Putra Malaysia

PhD Student, Department of Wood and Paper Sciences and Technology


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