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Biomass fuels Related to forestry and agriculture

Biomass fuels are a particular opportunity and have been extensively reviewed in the past 2 years in relation to agricultural diversification (e.g. Towers et al. 2004). Table 12.1 provides a summary of the main biomass fuel groups and fuel types (adapted from Towers et al., 2004).

Table 12.1: Main biomass fuel groups and types



Agricultural Residues

  1. Straw
  2. Animal Manures (Wet)
  3. Animal Manures (Dry)
  4. Animal By-products

Wood Residues

  1. Forestry Residues
  2. Wood Processing Co-products

Energy Crops

  1. Short Rotation Coppice (SRC)
  2. Short Rotation Forestry (SRF)
  3. Energy Grasses
  4. Energy Crops for Liquid Biofuels

Source: Towers et al. (2004)

It is likely that the production of biomass fuels will become locally important over the next decade, however in Scotland the main potential is thought to be associated with wood residues rather than energy crops.


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