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Assessing the potential for the uptake of on-farm anaerobic digestion for energy production in England

R.B. Tranter, Alan Swinbank (), P.J. Jones, C.J. Banks and A.M. Salter

Energy Policy, 2011, vol. 39, issue 5, 2424-2430

Abstract: We report on an assessment of the potential for energy production from on-farm anaerobic digestion (AD) in England based on findings from a survey of farmers where it was found that around 40% of 381 respondents might install AD on their farms. These 'possible adopters' tended to have large farms and might together utilise some 6560Â ha of land for feedstock production along with the wastes from some 12,000 beef and dairy cattle and 9000 pigs. When raised to the national level, such a level of AD activity would produce around 3.5Â GWh of electricity. This approximates to just 0.001% of national electricity generation. Further, there are considerable perceived barriers to the widespread adoption of AD on farms in England; these include the high capital costs of installing AD and doubts about the economic returns being high enough.

Keywords: Anaerobic; digestion; Farm; businesses; Electricity; generation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2011
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