Title: A spatial analysis of biogas potential from manure in Europe
Authors: SCARLAT NICOLAEFAHL FERNANDODALLEMAND JEAN-FRANCOISMONFORTI-FERRARIO FABIOMOTOLA VINCENZO
Citation: RENEWABLE & SUSTAINABLE ENERGY REVIEWS vol. 94 p. 915-930
Publisher: PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD
Publication Year: 2018
JRC N°: JRC98695
ISSN: 1364-0321 (online)
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC98695
DOI: 10.1016/j.rser.2018.06.035
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: Anaerobic digestion is increasingly used worldwide to generate energy from biogas, bringing significant economic and environmental benefits. In particular, in the European Union (EU), biogas can contribute significantly in several countries to reach the renewable energy targets. This study provides an assessment of the spatial distribution of the biogas potential of farm manure from livestock and poultry in Europe, which is a key issue for the location and economic performances of a bioenergy plant. Biogas estimates provided in this study are computed through a spatial analysis algorithm that uses data of livestock and poultry, manure production and collection, leading to the evaluation of the spatial distribution of biogas potential at 1 km spatial resolution. Following this analysis, the theoretical biogas potential of manure was estimated at 26 billion m3 biomethane in Europe (23 billion m3 biomethane in the EU) and the realistic biogas potential, counting on collectible manure, was assessed at 18 billion m3 biomethane in Europe (16 billion m3 biomethane in the EU). Several maps provide the suitable locations and capacity of manure-based biogas plants in two different scenarios. Between 13,866 and 19,482 biogas plants could be built in Europe, with a total installed capacity between 6144 MWe and 7145 MWe, and an average capacity between 315 kWe and 515 kWe.
JRC Directorate:Energy, Transport and Climate

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