Title
Determining potential locations for biomass valorization using a macro screening approach
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Sciences. Bioscience Engineering
Publication type
article
Publication
London ,
Subject
Engineering sciences. Technology
Source (journal)
Biomass and bioenergy. - London
Volume/pages
45(2012) , p. 175-186
ISSN
0961-9534
ISI
000308384500019
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Abstract
European policy states that by 2020 at least 20% of final energy consumption should come from renewable energy sources. Biomass as a renewable energy source cannot be disregarded in order to attain this target. In this study a macro screening approach is developed to determine potential locations for biomass valorization in a specified region. The approach consists of five steps: (1) criteria determination, (2) data gathering, (3) weight assignment, (4) final score, (5) spatial representation. The resulting outcome provides a first well balanced scan of the possibilities for energy production using regional biomass. This way policy makers and investors can be supported and motivated to study the possibilities of building energy production plants at specific locations in more detail, which can be described as a 'micro-screening'. In our case study the approach is applied to determine the potentially interesting locations to establish a biomass project. The region has been limited to the forty-four communities in the province of Limburg (Belgium). The macro screening approach has shown to be very effective since the amount of interesting locations has been reduced drastically. (c) 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
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