The potential of animal manure, straw and grass for European biogas production in 2030

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Abstract

Biogas is a diverse energy source, suitable as a flexible and storable energy form. In the European Union (EU), biogas is expected to play an important role in reaching the energy policy targets. The sustainability of substrates used for biogas production has however been under a critical discussion. The aim of this study was to project and map the potentials of sustainable biomasses in 2030 in the EU. The investigated types of residual biomass were animal manure, straw from cereal production, and excess grass from both rotational and permanent grasslands and meadows. In total the energy potential from the investigated resources was projected to range from 39.3-66.9 Mtoe, depending on the availability of the residues. In the perspectives of the energy political targets, the projected energy potential could cover 2.3-3.9% of the total EU energy consumption in 2030 or 8.4-14.3% of the total supply of renewables in 2030.
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Biogas is a diverse energy source, suitable as a flexible and storable energy form. In the European Union (EU), biogas is expected to play an important role in reaching the energy policy targets. The sustainability of substrates used for biogas production has however been under a critical discussion. The aim of this study was to project and map the potentials of sustainable biomasses in 2030 in the EU. The investigated types of residual biomass were animal manure, straw from cereal production, and excess grass from both rotational and permanent grasslands and meadows. In total the energy potential from the investigated resources was projected to range from 39.3-66.9 Mtoe, depending on the availability of the residues. In the perspectives of the energy political targets, the projected energy potential could cover 2.3-3.9% of the total EU energy consumption in 2030 or 8.4-14.3% of the total supply of renewables in 2030.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 24th European Biomass Conference and Exhibition
Number of pages10
Volume2016
PublisherETA - Florence Renewable Energies
Publication dateJun 2016
Edition24thEUBCE
Pages1-10
StatePublished - Jun 2016
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes
Event24th European Biomass Conference and Exhibition - RAI Amsterdam Exhibition and Convention Centre, Amsterdam , Netherlands
Duration: 6 Jun 20169 Jun 2016
Conference number: 24
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Conference

Conference24th European Biomass Conference and Exhibition
Nummer24
LocationRAI Amsterdam Exhibition and Convention Centre
LandNetherlands
ByAmsterdam
Periode06/06/201609/06/2016
Internetadresse
SeriesEuropean Biomass Conference and Exhibition Proceedings
ISSN2282-5819

    Research areas

  • Geographical information system (GIS), Grass, Manure, Potential, Straw
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