This project examines the potential for development of anaerobic digestion on farms, and the contribution this could make to rural development and agricultural diversification.

Policy issues are addressed through analysis of regulatory measures within the EU and those specific to the UK, identifying drivers and obstacles that could stimulate or inhibit the development of on-farm digestion as part of a wider strategy for rural development, while meeting the cross compliance criteria included in the reformed Common Agricultural Policy. The work will develop models to analyse the economics, energetics and land use implications of diversification into on-farm energy production; assess the benefits and potential drawbacks regarding environmental protection and sustainable agricultural practice, through environmental risk-based analysis methodologies; seek farmers' opinions on diversification and renewable energy production; and explore the potential benefits to the rural community from uptake of anaerobic digestion in integrated farming systems.

Research groups at the Universities of Southampton and Reading will draw together information to produce reliable datasets for modelling different land usage scenarios, which can then be used to make economic evaluations and environmental risk assessments. Both approaches will be developed within a framework model allowing application to a wide variety of situations.



AD in an integrated farming environment

Author: Andrew Salter Date: 10 February 2011 Conference paper/presentation

Two-phase hydraulic flush reactors for maize digestion at high loading rates

Author: Sonia Heaven Date: 29 December 2010 Conference paper/presentation

Study of the biochemical methane production of winter wheat : influence of growth stage and storage practice

Author: Barbara Rincon Date: 29 December 2010 Conference paper/presentation

Plug flow anaerobic digestion of ryegrass as an energy crop

Author: David Neylan Date: 29 December 2010 Conference paper/presentation

Impact of the addition of maize on the anaerobic digestion of cattle slurry

Author: Marie Cornell Date: 29 December 2010 Conference paper/presentation

Renewable energy from crops and agrowastes

Author: Charles Banks Date: 29 December 2010 Conference paper/presentation

Integration of energy production and nutrient management in farming

Author: Charles Banks Date: 29 December 2010 Conference paper/presentation

Overall energy balances : parasitic inputs & beneficial outputs

Author: Andrew Salter Date: 29 December 2010 Conference paper/presentation

Mandates, buyouts and fuel-tax rebates : some economic aspects of biofuel policies using the UK as an example

Author: Alan Swinbank Date: 29 December 2010 Journal article

Linking economic and energy modelling with environmental assessment when modelling the on-farm implementation of anaerobic digestion

Author: Andreas Muskolus Date: 11 February 2010 Conference paper/presentation

Biochemical methane potential of winter wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) : influence of growth stage and storage practice

Author: Barbara Rincon Date: 01 January 2010 Journal article

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Modelling the commercial profitability of AD energy production at the farm level within arable and dairy systems

Author: Philip Jones Date: 01 January 2010 Other publication/report

EU support for biofuels and bionenergy, environmental sustainability criteria, and trade policy

Author: Alan Swinbank Date: 01 June 2009 Conference paper/presentation

Potential errors in the qualitative evaluation of biogas production in anaerobic digestion processes

Author: Mark Walker Date: 01 January 2009 Journal article

Establishing an energy balance for crop based digestion

Author: Andrew Salter Date: 01 January 2009 Journal article

EU policies on bioenergy and their potential clash with the WTO

Author: Alan Swinbank Date: 01 January 2009 Journal article

Anaerobic digestion and its implications for land use

Author: Charles Banks Date: 01 January 2009 Book chapter

Anaerobic digestion of maize in coupled leach-bed and anaerobic filter reactors

Author: Denise Cysneiros Date: 01 January 2008 Journal article

Effect of solid and liquid retention times on hydrolysis of maize

Author: Sonia Heaven Date: 01 January 2008 Journal article

Start date
30 September 2007
End date
29 September 2010
Grant holder
Professor Charles Banks
Co-applicants
Professor Alan Swinbank
Dr Andrew Salter
Mr Richard Tranter
Professor Guy Poppy
Mr Philip Jones
Grant amount
£622,725.57
Grant reference
RES-229-25-0022
Discipline
Environmental Planning
Grant type