Wheat straw availability for bioenergy in England

Townsend, T.J. and Sparkes, D.L. and Ramsden, S.J. and Glithero, N.J. and Wilson, P. (2018) Wheat straw availability for bioenergy in England. Energy Policy, 122 . pp. 349-357. ISSN 0301-4215

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Abstract

In an effort to meet energy demands while reducing carbon emissions, crop residues, such as wheat straw, have been investigated for their use as feedstock for biofuel production. In order to identify the feasibility of utilising crop residues as bioenergy feedstock, a postal survey was conducted to determine current farm business wheat straw use, destination and potential future supply. The survey responses showed a bias towards larger, more commercially-minded farms, therefore capturing a large area of straw production. Results demonstrated a wide range of responses to both current straw use and potential for the supply of straw to different markets in the future. Interestingly, even for a very generous payment for straw, 28.5% of straw currently chopped and incorporated would not be sold, suggesting that straw supply for bioenergy feedstock is likely to be more limited than previously assumed. However, higher prices for straw would encourage farmers to explore ways of increasing straw yield.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Bioenergy; Wheat; Postal survey; Straw
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Science > School of Biosciences > Division of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.enpol.2018.07.053
Depositing User: Lashkova, Mrs Olga
Date Deposited: 22 Aug 2018 14:15
Last Modified: 03 Aug 2019 04:30
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/53389

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