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A cutting management regime maintains high levels of biodiversity in semi-natural habitats across Europe. We utilise three years of annual yield data from Welsh semi-natural areas to calculate the mean feedstock production from cutting management to be 1.05 × 106 t DM annum−1. Using formulae based upon Fischer Tropsch (FT) fuel process models, we predict that 2.12 × 105 t of FT fuel annum−1 could be produced. That represents 38% of the Welsh transport sector’s green house gas (GHG) reduction target for 2020. Alternatively, predictive formulae reveal that methane yields from anaerobic digestion of the feedstock could reduce GHG emissions by 11% of the domestic sector’s reduction target for 2020. Electricity generation from methane is also explored. The results presented encourage further investigation into the contribution of this resource to sustainable domestic energy supply. Furthermore, the proposed system would potentially protect a broad range of ecosystem services and maintain biodiversity.
|Number of pages||7|
|Publication status||Published - Feb 2013|
- Fischer Tropsch
- Mixed species feedstock
- Low input high diversity
- Symons and Buswell
- Anaerobic digestion
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Optimising energy output and biorefining
Donnison, I., Gallagher, J., Shah, I. & Winters, A.
Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
01 Apr 2012 → 31 Mar 2017
Project: Externally funded research