Project Archive | 2011

Analysis of an Emerging Biomass Resource Play

Client: Global energy industry player
Our client required an analysis of global biomass supply opportunities with the aim of becoming a large-scale biomass supplier to a range of bioenergy applications.
We first assessed the opportunity by analysing global biomass demand potential until 2030 in the heat, power and transport sectors, with a particular focus on lignocellulosic biomass demand. This included an analysis of current policy and future conversion technologies. We then developed a framework to assess a range of resources in different regions and prioritise three feedstock and region combinations based on energy crops, forestry and agricultural residues. For the prioritised feedstocks, we performed a supply chain analysis, including market status and potential in 2020, production costs and supply chain structures and value, and market entry opportunities. Our client used the work to explore specific opportunities in further detail.
One such opportunity involved E4tech assisting our client with development of a European energy crop business strategy, identifying the most compelling option for a biomass activity in Europe, in terms of defining the most attractive geography, costs and scale. This involved a high level screening of countries based on their feedstock potential, followed by more detailed analysis for six countries, mapping out land access and scale, local production and delivery costs, policy risks, markets and infrastructure. Our client used these country case studies to establish the attractiveness of an EU activity compared with other potential projects globally.

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Technology Innovation Needs Assessment – Bioenergy

Client: Carbon Trust
DECC commissioned Carbon Trust to assess several low carbon technology areas to guide future policy and investment decisions. E4tech was approached to review energy crops, algae, advanced biofuels, biopower, bioheat, biomethane and biochemicals. We used proprietary data, UK energy system model outputs, published reports and expert interviews to assess the potential for innovation to reduce bioenergy costs to 2050, and identify key market failures and barriers to innovation. Supply chain component modelling and UK/global deployments were used to estimate market values in low, medium and high cases. An assessment of relative UK capabilities then led to business value and job creation figures. The reports were peer reviewed at a stakeholder workshop, and have been summarised into a bioenergy summary report for publication by the Low Carbon Innovation Coordination Group (LCICG).

We also developed an additional process to the overall TINA framework for determining the most appropriate interventions in any technology area, and applied this methodology to the Bioenergy sector assessment.

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Review of the Carbon Trust Future Impact Estimation tool

Client: Carbon Trust

For their Annual Report and helping prioritise specific technology areas, the Carbon Trust undertakes an annual assessment of the impact of its activities in terms of the total CO2 saved. To achieve this, the Carbon Trust developed a Future Impact Estimation methodology and tool for project managers to build a consistent and robust carbon case for each project. For several years, E4tech provided the data, updates and external review of this tool, analysing UK and global deployment, carbon savings and market potential for 50 low carbon technologies to 2050. This involved data gathering from prior E4tech research, published reports and expert interviews, then the creation of a detailed excel model containing the calculations and data for each technology.

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Newfoundland and Labrador Energy Roadmap Planning

Client: Newfoundland and Labrador Government

The E4tech team was asked to assist the client in developing a strategy for energy innovation support, using oil and gas revenues. This project was conducted with Orion Innovations and a local partner. Phase 1 involved a scan and analysis of the N&L energy sector for innovation opportunities based on various review and screening criteria. The innovation opportunities also considered the uniqueness of the N&L cold, harsh environment. The goal of Phase 1 was to determine strategic areas to focus innovation roadmap development. As a follow-on piece of work, and in light of the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster, E4tech were asked to survey oil majors, asking whether any of their health and safety regimes for Canadian deployment were going to significantly change.

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