Thursday, August 16, 2012

[biofuelwatch] UK Govt eyes wetland biomass as fuel



www.utilityweek.co.uk/news/news_story.asp?src=nl&id=197324

Government wants help to determine how much biomass fuel could be sustainably extracted from wetlands. The department of energy and climate change (Decc) is mulling over a competition that would give funding to wetland managers that can optimise biomass produced.

The department said that currently potential fuel is wasted by being burnt or left to decompose. It wants academia and industry to help shape the competition and provide information on the current state of the market and its potential.

Expressions of interest must be submitted by 20 September. Those that respond will be invited to a Decc briefing in Autumn.

See this link for details (DECC pdf at www.decc.gov.uk/assets/decc/11/meeting-energy-demand/bio-energy/6097-wetland-biomass-to-bioenergy-competition.pdf ).



Extract below

1. Introduction
The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) is responsible for all aspects of UK energy policy, and for tackling global climate change on behalf of the UK.

The Spending Review of November 2010 announced funding of over £200 million for low carbon technologies over the next four financial years from April 2011. This funding has been allocated across the energy sector, including support to Bio-energy projects.

2. Background

The recently published Bio-energy Strategy1 emphasised the need for sustainably supplied feed-stocks to underpin any future bio-energy system. The strategy considers a number of factors that can affect the overall value of bio-energy, including:

* the impact of direct and indirect land use changes on carbon emissions
* potential land use competition with food production.

The UK undertakes a considerable amount of land management activities on private and public land, for example to maintain parkland or to conserve wildlife habitats. This land management results in the production of biomass arisings that in many cases are either burned or left to decompose.

DECC are considering running a competition in collaboration with UK wetland managers that will provide funding to projects that develop and demonstrate an efficient bio-energy system
that optimises existing wetland management activities and utilises the biomass arisings.

3. Required outcomes of competition

DECC require the following outcomes from potential projects:

* Increased biomass harvests in line with wetland habitat conservation requirements and limitations
* Efficient production of bio-energy feed-stocks utilising the resultant biomass (likely to be reeds, rushes, grasses and fen) that comply with emission standards or equivalents when used to generate energy
* A cost effective and energy/carbon efficient bio-energy conversion process capable of utilising the specified biomass arisings.



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