Microalgae Plant Siting and Biomass Potential in North-West Europe under different Land Use Restrictions
Skarka, J., Rösch, C.
Microalgae are seen as a promising option to sustainably produce biomass since they can help to reduce land use competition. The purpose of this work is to identify potential microalgae production sites and to assess the microalgae biomass potential in North-West Europe. Therefore a GIS-based model was developed using high resolution data on land use and climate data and data on infrastructure. With the help of this model the algae biomass potential depending on different land use restriction criteria was calculated. The results were presented as scenario analyses showing an available potential of 11.6 Mt a–1 in the default scenario and a bandwidth of 0.1 to 19 Mt a–1. The generated data on individual algae production sites include information on the distance of the plant to transportation infrastructure and to sources for the supply of CO2 and waste nutrients from industrial or municipal waste streams.
algae, biomass, geographical information system (GIS), land use, potential
Biomass potentials and biomass mobilisation
23rd European Biomass Conference and Exhibition
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