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Reference Number RES-229-25-0022
Title Integrated systems for farm diversification into energy production by anaerobic digestion: implications for rural development, land use & environment
Status Completed
Energy Categories RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES(Bio-Energy, Production of other biomass-derived fuels (incl. Production from wastes)) 50%;
RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES(Bio-Energy, Applications for heat and electricity) 50%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields SOCIAL SCIENCES (Economics and Econometrics) 10%;
SOCIAL SCIENCES (Business and Management Studies) 10%;
SOCIAL SCIENCES (Politics and International Studies) 10%;
BIOLOGICAL AND AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES (Agriculture, Veterinary and Food Science) 70%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Systems Analysis related to energy R&D (Energy modelling) 25%;
Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Policy and regulation) 50%;
Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Other sociological economical and environmental impact of energy) 25%;
Principal Investigator Professor C (Charles ) Banks
No email address given
Faculty of Engineering and the Environment
University of Southampton
Award Type Standard
Funding Source ESRC
Start Date 01 October 2007
End Date 30 September 2010
Duration 36 months
Total Grant Value £622,725
Industrial Sectors No relevance to Underpinning Sectors
Region South East
Programme
 
Investigators Principal Investigator Professor C (Charles ) Banks , Faculty of Engineering and the Environment, University of Southampton (99.995%)
  Other Investigator Dr A (Andrew ) Salter , Faculty of Engineering and the Environment, University of Southampton (0.001%)
Prof GM (Guy ) Poppy , School of Biological Sciences, University of Southampton (0.001%)
Prof A (Alan ) Swinbank , School of Agriculture, Policy and Development, University of Reading (0.001%)
Mr R (Ricahrd ) Tranter , School of Agriculture, Policy and Development, University of Reading (0.001%)
Mr P (Philip ) Jones , School of Agriculture, Policy and Development, University of Reading (0.001%)
Web Site https://gtr.ukri.org/projects?ref=RES-229-25-0022
Objectives Objectives not supplied
Abstract 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.
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