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National and regional supply/demand balance for agricultural straw in Great Britain

Category: feedstocks
Published: 01/11/2008
Author: NNFCC
The developing renewable heat and power sector is looking for areas where biomass supply can be confidently secured.

Highlights

  • Assessment of straw availability in Great Britain, both nationally and by region
  • Analysis of how other markets affect straw availability
  • Discussion of where straw derives its value from

Reasons to buy

  • To find sources of straw for use in renewable heat and power generation
  • To assess potential transport costs of said straw to the intended end-use location

Number of pages: 17

Accessibility: This item is available to all NNFCC subscribers or through individual purchase

Summary

In 2008 the Central Science Laboratory were commissioned by NNFCC to undertake a simple mass balance analysis of the current production and use of agricultural straw sources in Great Britain.

The developing renewable heat and power sector is looking to source biomass and for opportunities to site facilities in areas where biomass supply can be confidently secured. Hence, there is growing interest relating to information on the availability of cereal straw that would otherwise be ploughed back into soil.

Additional sources of straw could also be derived from oilseed rape and linseed crops, although only very small volumes are currently collected.

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