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Modelling of the potential for energy crop utilisation in northern Sweden

Larsson, Sylvia (2003). Modelling of the potential for energy crop utilisation in northern Sweden. Umeå : Sveriges lantbruksuniv.
[Licentiate thesis]

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Within this thesis, a methodology for estimation of the potential supply of biomass feedstock from the energy crop reed canary grass (Phalaris arundinacea L.) is summarized and discussed. In the studied area, Västerbotten County in northern Sweden, agriculture is dominated by dairy and beef production, abandoned farmland constitutes 23% of the total arable land area, and EU subsidies have a strong influence on the profitability of different agricultural branches. A partial equilibrium model with a break-even price approach was used to create supply curves for reed canary grass under the assumption that reed canary grass would be produced if the net return equalled or exceeded the current land use. Supply curves were created for three different scenarios; current EU subsidy scheme, proposed subsidy scheme of 2004, and without EU subsidies. To quantify the restoration costs for making abandoned farmland available for energy crop cultivation, an orthophoto interpretation method was developed, and the real restoration costs for a sample of fields was determined by a fieldwork inventory. From orthophoto interpretation abandoned fields could be divided into two different classes with a mean estimated restoration cost per hectare of 173 SEK and 3990 SEK, respectively. The mean annual restoration costs of abandoned fields were used as an opportunity price for reed canary grass production on abandoned farmland. Under the current subsidy scheme, the lowest reed canary grass farmgate fuel price was 56 SEK MWh-1 for a feedstock production equalling 0.36 TWh. Under the proposed subsidy scheme of 2004, a farmgate fuel price of 99 SEK MWh 1 was required for 1.1 TWh of feedstock. With no subsidies, the lowest break-even price was 115 SEK MWh-1. In all scenarios, a biofuel feedstock production from reed canary grass equal to 1.3 TWh would be available at a farmgate fuel price of 116 SEK MWh-1. By the use of GIS tools, the spatial distribution of feedstock supplies was illustrated and analysed. The reed canary grass supply would be concentrated to the coastal area of the county, which also has the most developed infrastructure and the highest population density.

Authors/Creators:Larsson, Sylvia
Title:Modelling of the potential for energy crop utilisation in northern Sweden
Year of publishing :March 2003
Number of Pages:18
ALLI. Larsson, S. and C. Nilsson. 2005. A remote sensing methodology to assess the costs of preparing abandoned farmland for energy crop cultivation in northern Sweden. Biomass & Bioenergy 28(1): 1-6. II. Larsson, S. 2006. Supply curves of reed canary grass (Phalaris arundinacea L.) in Vasterbotten County, northern Sweden, under different EU subsidy schemes. Biomass and Bioenergy 30(1): 28-37.
Place of Publication:Umeå
Publication Type:Licentiate thesis
Full Text Status:Public
Agris subject categories.:P Natural resources > P06 Renewable energy resources
E Economics, development, and rural sociology > E11 Land economics and policies
Subjects:Not in use, please see Agris categories
Agrovoc terms:phalaris arundinacea, fuel crops, biofuels, reclamation, costs, supply functions, economic analysis, sweden
Keywords:reed canary grass, supply curves, biomass feedstock, potential, abandoned farmland
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ID Code:1067
Department:(NL, NJ) > Unit of Biomass Technology and Chemistry (t.o.m. 121231)
Deposited By: Sylvia Larsson
Deposited On:15 Mar 2006 00:00
Metadata Last Modified:02 Dec 2014 10:09

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