Modelling supply and demand of bioenergy from short rotation coppice and Miscanthus in the UK

Bauen, A.W., Dunnett, A.J., Richter, G.M., Dailey, A.G., Aylott, M., Casella, E. and Taylor, G. (2010) Modelling supply and demand of bioenergy from short rotation coppice and Miscanthus in the UK. Bioresource Technology , 101, (21), 8132-8143. (doi:10.1016/j.biortech.2010.05.002).


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Biomass from lignocellulosic energy crops can contribute to primary energy supply in the short term in heat and electricity applications and in the longer term in transport fuel applications. This paper estimates the optimal feedstock allocation of herbaceous and woody lignocellulosic energy crops for England and Wales based on empirical productivity models. Yield maps for Miscanthus, willow and poplar, constrained by climatic, soil and land use factors, are used to estimate the potential resource. An energy crop supply–cost curve is estimated based on the resource distribution and associated production costs. The spatial resource model is then used to inform the supply of biomass to geographically distributed demand centres, with co-firing plants used as an illustration. Finally, the potential contribution of energy crops to UK primary energy and renewable energy targets is discussed.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1016/j.biortech.2010.05.002
ISSNs: 0960-8524 (print)
1873-2976 (electronic)
Keywords: biomass, bioenergy, energy crops, short rotation coppice, miscanthus
Subjects: Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Biological Sciences
ePrint ID: 160045
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
November 2010Published
Date Deposited: 12 Jul 2010 10:18
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 13:28

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