Biofuels - towards an integrated approach

Pollard, Sue
June 2005
Ecos - A Review of Conservation;2005, Vol. 26 Issue 2, p18
The article reports on the state of development of biofuel production schemes in Great Britain. It describes a drive to build large biofuel plants, which is being led by local government authorities, as well as powerful agri-business lobby groups. This is in strong contradiction to the stated government policy in favour of localised, distributed energy production, and is actually being fast-tracked ahead, without even undertaking an assessment of local production potential. This is justified in the name of meeting production targets quickly and developing supply chains, even though the inefficiencies of centralised power generation are well known. The article advocates that attention should instead be paid to small-scale local technologies for conversion of biomass. For example, there is much potential for production of biogas from food industry, biodegradable municipal waste, farm waste and sewage. Biogas provides a reliable and continuous energy source that can be used to balance renewable energy production.


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