ADVANCED FUELS CRUCIAL TO ENERGY MIX
What are advanced renewable fuels?
THE RESFUEL VALUE CHAIN
- Lack of clarity about environmental constraints and land availability
- High cost of feedstock
Consider location specific biophysical characteristics which steer environmental constrains
The use of marginal land to increase available land for lignocellulosic energy crops production
Implementation of innovative cropping schemes could lead to more cost efficient feedstock availability
Land of little agricultural value is called marginal land. Land availability and sustainable land use for dedicated biomass production is an essential element to avoid and reduce negative environmental impacts. A spatial explicit approach that assesses the current and future availability of marginal land, and environmental impacts of lignocellulosic energy crops cultivated on these lands will provide some clarity in Europe.
Fields of innovation
Breeding can lead to cropping innovations that decrease biomass production costs: e.g. breeding to enable miscanthus propagation by seed-based planting instead of rhizome planting (underground stem parts).
Crop rotation is another identified innovations to increase yield and, hence, decrease biomass production costs, and at the same time have potentially positive effects on environmental (e.g. erosion, soil fertility, soil organic carbon) and social impacts (e.g. jobs, environmental values).
Source: BECOOL Project
- Absence of structural mechanism to bridge the price gap between renewable and fossil-based fuels
- High production cost of advanced renewable fuels
- Stable investment climate enabled by policy frameworks, feed-in tariffs, reduction of financial valorisation up to penalisation of fossil fuels
- Reduction of capital and operational expenditures via technical learning and using current infrastructure.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement N.º764799.