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Reference Number ETI-BI2012
Title Refining Estimates of Land for Biomass
Status Completed
Energy Categories Renewable Energy Sources (Bio-Energy, Production of other biomass-derived fuels (incl. Production from wastes)) 100%;
Research Types Applied Research and Development 100%
Science and Technology Fields BIOLOGICAL AND AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES (Biological Sciences) 25%;
BIOLOGICAL AND AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES (Agriculture, Veterinary and Food Science) 50%;
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES (Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences) 25%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Project Contact
No email address given
Award Type Institute Project
Funding Source ETI
Start Date 25 September 2015
End Date 10 November 2016
Duration 14 months
Total Grant Value £186,000
Industrial Sectors
Region London
Programme Bioenergy
Investigators Principal Investigator Project Contact , ADAS UK Ltd (99.996%)
  Other Investigator Project Contact , Imperial Consultants (0.001%)
Project Contact , E4Tech Ltd (0.001%)
Project Contact , Crops for Energy Ltd (0.001%)
Project Contact , RDI Associates Ltd (0.001%)
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Abstract Many significant pieces of work have been undertaken to assess UK “2nd generation” bioenergy feedstock production potential. The RELB project was undertaken to help refine and sense-check these existing estimates, including the ETI’s own in-house modelling assumptions, in order to understand what further ‘correction factors’ (if any) may need to be applied to adjust existing estimates. In addition, the project aimed to better understand the process for converting land to 2nd generation bioenergy feedstocks and the impact planting these feedstocks could have on farm businesses. The RELB project had four distinct work packages:
  1. A review of latest theoretical estimates of land available for biomass production in the UK and Europe.
  2. A desk study to identify additional constraint layers which could be used to refine the ETI’s own in-house land availability constraint masks. The suitability of these additional constraint layers was tested through field surveys.
  3. A review of the steps and agencies involved in land use change to bioenergy crops and forestry.
  4. Case studies of three farmers who have planted bioenergy crops, focusing on the financial and food production impacts of their decision.
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