Project Archive | 2017

UK bioenergy sector roadmapping to 2050

To determine which supply chains can best contribute to efficient, low cost, and low emission bioenergy provision in the UK by 2050, E4tech developed a spatial Bioenergy Value Chain Model for the Energy Technology Institute. This toolkit has been used extensively by the ETI and E4tech since 2011, building up a knowledge base of scenarios able to achieve negative emissions. In 2016, ETI required assistance from E4tech to analyse 18 scenarios, highlighting key regions and technologies for growing and converting biomass into useful end vectors, and interpreting the differences and commonalities between scenarios. Our key findings regarding the dominance of local biomass heating and large centralised bioenergy with CCS facilities have been used by the ETI to generate a high-level roadmap, to be included in a future ETI bioenergy insights paper outlining the achievements of the ETI’s bioenergy programme.

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Review of UK Bioenergy Potential

In 2011 the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) conducted a review of the UK’s bioenergy potential. In 2017, our client Cadent Gas sought an update of the CCC scenarios, reflective of more recent data and developments, to derive the potential for biomethane and bioSNG production. E4tech assessed the resource potential of non-waste feedstocks, while partner Anthesis assessed the potential of waste resources. An initial review of the CCC’s report, including a critique of the assumptions and data in light of new published sources produced a starting point for the update. We identified 9 key non-waste feedstock types and developed low, medium and high scenarios for each to build up the overall bioenergy resource potential to 2050. In building these estimates for each feedstock, it was necessary to assess the total resource available and then apply competing uses, sustainability criteria and other constraints such as market, regulatory, technical, and infrastructure barriers. The client used this report to validate their internal business plans, and to present to stakeholders and decision makers as an indicator of the domestic bioenergy potential in the UK. The report is available from Cadent’s website.

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Input to biofuels strategy for a global energy industry player

E4tech supported a global energy industry player in developing its future biofuels strategy. We researched the size and nature of different global biofuel markets and explored the risks and uncertainties associated with these markets. We also provided insight on the likely available supply of biofuels in those markets, and the current status of different types of biofuel production technologies. E4tech’s contribution was invaluable in testing and challenging ongoing assumptions of the client, and supporting them in developing its position on the technologies and markets to target in the coming years. We have since been asked to provide similar input to other elements of the client’s wider bioenergy strategy.




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