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One Gifford Pinchot Drive
Madison, WI 53726-2398
Phone: (608) 231-9200
Fax: (608) 231-9592


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Dr. Kamalakanta Sahoo
Dr. Kamalakanta Sahoo

Kamalakanta Sahoo

Statistics, Life Cycle Analysis, and Economics Research
Unit: FPL-4851
Assistant Scientist
One Gifford Pinchot Drive
Madison, WI
United States

Phone: 608-231-9272

Current Research

  • Design and simulation of bioenergy supply chain using integrated modeling approaches to optimize economic, environmental and social impacts
  • Integrated LCA-TEA models to estimate both environmental and economic impacts of producing wood briquettes, torrefied-wood briquettes, and biochar from forest residues using portable systems (using SimaPro).
  • Life cycle assessment of redwood lumber
  • Working on to develop a multi-objective linear programming model to optimize the supply chain network of bioenergy/bio-products produced from forest residues (using Gurobi).
  • Working on to develop a discrete-event simulation model of bioenergy/bio-products supply chain to produce terrified pellets, briquettes and biochar using forest residues to quantify supply chain performances such as cost, GHG emissions and energy use and measure various risks (using Anylogic).

Research Interest

  • Supply chain sustainability analysis, Lifecycle assessment (LCA) and Techno-economic analysis (TEA)
  • Discrete-event simulation and Supply chain optimization
  • Big-data analytics and Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • Statistical Analysis, Geospatial modeling and analysis, and Biomass resource assessment
  • Watershed modeling (Biomass yield prediction, and soil and water quality analysis)

Past Research

Sahoo, Kamalakanta; Bilek, Edward; Bergman, Richard; Mani, Sudhagar. 2019. Techno-economic analysis of producing solid biofuels and biochar from forest residues using portable systems. Applied Energy. 235: 578-590. Bergman, Rick; Berry, Michael; Bilek, E. M. (Ted); Bowers, Tait; Eastin, Ivan; Ganguly, Indroneil; Han, Han-Sup; Hirth, Kolby; Jacobson, Arne; Karp, Steve; Oneil, Elaine; Page-Dumroese, Deborah S.; Pierobon, Francesca; Puettmann, Maureen; Rawlings, Craig; Rosenbaum, Sevda Alanya; Sahoo, Kamalakanta; Sasatani, Daisuke; Sessions, John; Sifford, Cody; Waddell, Tom. 2018. Waste to Wisdom: Utilizing forest residues for the production of bioenergy and biobased products. Final Report: Biomass Research and Development Initiative Program Award Number DE-EE0006297. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Energy. 65 p.


  • University of Georgia, Phd, Engineering Life cycle Assessment, Techno-economic Analysis, Supply chain optimization and simulation, Geospatial Analysis , 2017
  • Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, M.S. Industrial Engineering Supply chain optimization , 2008
  • Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology, Bhubaneswar , B.S. Agricultural Engineering Agricultural Engineering , 2005

Professional Experience

  • Research Assistant, University of Georgia 2012 - 2017 -Optimization of sustainable biomass supply chain for the production of biogas from organic waste and energy crops -Economic and environmental assessments of Bio-CNG production via liquid-state and solid-state anaerobic digestion technologies -Lifecycle analysis of Miscanthus biomass supply chain using discrete-event simulation -Sustainable assessment of crop residues, organic waste, manure and energy crops (from strip-mined areas) in the state of Ohio and optimal locations of biorefineries -Techno-economic analysis of bale, chips, and pellet storage systems for a large scale bio-refinery -Engineering economics of cotton stalk supply logistics systems for bioenergy applications

Below are the 9 US Forest Service publications sorted by year. You may re-sort the list by: Title, Date Posted, Category, Publication or Year.

Publication Year: 2020
Title: A life cycle assessment of hardwood lumber production in the northeast and north Central United States
Source: CORRIM Report. 45 p.
Author(s) Hubbard, Steven S.; Bergman, Richard D.; Sahoo, Kamalakanta ; Bowe, Scott A.
Year: 2020   view abstract, download publication »
Title: Assessing plant biomass properties for their handling and conversion performances using machine learning
Source: Res. in Prog. FPL-RIP- 4851-024. Madison, WI: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory. 2 p.
Author(s) Mani, Sudhagar ; Bergman, Richard ; Sahoo, Kamalakanta
Year: 2020   view abstract, download publication »
Publication Year: 2019
Title: Economic analysis of forest residues supply chain options to produce enhanced-quality feedstocks
Source: Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefining. 610-611(1):802-823.
Author(s) Sahoo, Kamalakanta ; Bilek, Edward ; Bergman, Richard ; Kizha, Anil R.; Mani, Sudhagar
Year: 2019   view abstract, download publication »
Title: Environmental impacts of redwood lumber: a cradle-to-gate assessment
Source: In: Proceedings, 62nd international convention of the society of wood science and technology. 266-277.
Author(s) Sahoo, Kamalakanta ; Bergman, Richard D.
Year: 2019   view abstract, download publication »
Title: Life cycle assessment of forest-based products: a review
Source: Sustainability. 11(17). 30 p.
Author(s) Sahoo, Kamalakanta ; Bergman, Richard ; Alanya-Rosenbaum, Sevda ; Gu, Hongmei ; Liang, Shaobo
Year: 2019   view abstract, download publication »
Title: Production of ethanol from livestock, agricultural, and forest residuals: an economic feasibility study
Source: Environments. 6(8). 15 p.
Author(s) Ro, Kyoung ; Dietenberger, Mark ; Libra, Judy ; Proeschel, Richard ; Atiyeh, Hasan K.; Sahoo, Kamalakanta ; Park, Wonkeun J.
Year: 2019   view abstract, download publication »
Title: Techno-economic analysis of producing solid biofuels and biochar from forest residues using portable systems
Source: Applied Energy. 235: 578-590.
Author(s) Sahoo, Kamalakanta ; Bilek, Edward ; Bergman, Richard ; Mani, Sudhagar
Year: 2019   view abstract, download publication »
Publication Year: 2018
Title: Techno-economic and environmental assessments of storing woodchips and pellets for bioenergy applications
Source: Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews. 98: 27-39.
Author(s) Sahoo, Kamalakanta ; Bilek, E.M. (Ted); Mani, Sudhagar
Year: 2018   view abstract, download publication »
Title: Waste to Wisdom: Utilizing forest residues for the production of bioenergy and biobased products
Source: Final Report: Biomass Research and Development Initiative Program Award Number DE-EE0006297. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Energy. 65 p.
Author(s) Bergman, Rick ; Berry, Michael ; Bilek, E. M. (Ted); Bowers, Tait ; Eastin, Ivan ; Ganguly, Indroneil ; Han, Han-Sup ; Hirth, Kolby ; Jacobson, Arne ; Karp, Steve ; Oneil, Elaine ; Page-Dumroese, Deborah S.; Pierobon, Francesca ; Puettmann, Maureen ; Rawlings, Craig ; Rosenbaum, Sevda Alanya; Sahoo, Kamalakanta ; Sasatani, Daisuke ; Sessions, John ; Sifford, Cody ; Waddell, Tom
Year: 2018   view abstract, download publication »
Publication Year: 2018
Torrefied wood chip briquettes produced from forest residues using a portable system near forest setup. USDA Forest Service
Highlight ID: 1314
Economic Analysis of Making Solid Biofuels and Biochar from Forest Residues Using Portable Production Systems in the U.S.

Higher logistic cost is one of the major bottlenecks to produce renewable power, fuel, or bioproducts from forest residues in large-scale production facilities. Smaller scale and portable production facilities that consume forest residues near to the ...

Wood chips storage types (Top-left: Outdoor-open, Top-right: Outdoor-tarped, Bottom-left: Indoor, Bottom-right: Silo). USDA Forest Service
Highlight ID: 1315
Techno-economic and Environmental Assessments of Storing Woodchips and Pellets for Bioenergy Applications

Storage is the critical operation within the biomass supply chain to reduce feedstock supply risks and to manage smooth year-around operations of a biorefinery or a bioenergy plant. Moreover, storage incurs the cost and produces potent greenhouse gas ...