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The Silver Bullet Machine 

Manufacturing Company Limited 

Barnsdale Grange

The Avenue

Exton

Rutland

LE15 8AH

UK


 

+44 (0) 1572 813 690

+44 (0) 7715 047 947

dennis@silverbulletmachine.com

Systems thinking for the Scottish Government

 

 

Dennis recently completed a project, on behalf of the renewable energy team in the Scottish Government, using systems thinking and system dynamics modelling to support the formulation of wise policies for the use of biomass - that's largely timber-based material – as the fuel for power generation.

 

This is a fiendishly complicated policy issue, with problems ranging from how best to design an incentive package for industry that encourages them to do the 'right thing' (which in this case means building plants to generate both electricity and heat, rather than electricity alone), to dealing with local lobbies; from the impact of a sudden demand for timber on the local market for timber (and the consequential impact on price and other timber-using industries), to the overall effect on atmospheric carbon dioxide.

 

The project has been very successful, and the renewables team found both the causal loop diagrams, and also the prototype system dynamics simulation model of the timber market, very useful. And it also led to Jim Mather, the Scottish Minister for Enterprise, Energy and Tourism, quoting Dennis in a debate at the Scottish Parliament - click here, and search on that page for Dennis's name!

 

If you would like some further information on this project, please contact Dennis.

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