Study: UK domestic biomass resources could yield up to 44 % of energy needs

By Staff | April 03, 2014

A new study has found the U.K. could generate up to 44 percent of its energy needs from domestic biomass sources by 2050. The study, titled “Securing a BioEnergy Future without Imports,” was completed by scientists from the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research at the University of Manchester.

The study explores four possible potential scenarios toward 2050 and forecasts the biomass resource availability and bioenergy potential associated with each. A food-focused scenario prioritizes U.S. food security and productivity, while an economic focus scenario assumes future emphasis on economic development and resource competition. A conservation focus scenario prioritizes the conservation of land, biodiversity and resources. Finally, an energy focus scenario assumes the U.S. places a future emphasis on development the bioenergy sector and mobilizing biomass resources to meet energy targets. The energy scenario includes a series of subscenarios that analysis the bioenergy associated with biomass conversion to power, heat and transport fuels.

According to the report, the modeling of these scenarios has determined that between 19 and 44 percent of the U.K.’s primary energy demand could be delivered from indigenous biomass, with the food and energy-focused scenarios both allowing for the 2050 bioenergy targets to be met with domestic biomass sources. A future energy-focused scenario in which the U.K. prioritized the production of thermal energy from biomass was found to provide the highest energy generation for the resources available. Even if the U.K. prioritizes conservation or economic themes, however, the analysis found that domestic biomass could meet as much as 19 percent of U.K. energy demand