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Title: Determining potential locations for biomass valorization using a macro screening approach
Authors: VAN DAEL, Miet 
VAN PASSEL, Steven 
Pelkmans, Luc
Guisson, Ruben
SWINNEN, Gilbert 
SCHREURS, Eloi 
Issue Date: 2012
Source: Biomass & bioenergy, 45, p. 175-186
Abstract: European policy states that by 2020 at least 20% of final energy consumption should come from renewable energy sources. Biomass as a renewable energy source cannot be disregarded in order to attain this target. In this study a macro screening approach is developed to determine potential locations for biomass valorization in a specified region. The approach consists of five steps: (1) criteria determination, (2)data gathering, (3)weight assignment, (4) final score, (5)spatial representation. The resulting outcome provides a first well balanced scan of the possibilities for energy production using regional biomass. This way policy makers and investors can be supported and motivated to study the possibilities of building energy production plants atb specific locations in more detail, which can be described as 'micro-screening'. In our case study the approach is applied to determine the potentially interesting locations to establish a biomass project. The region has been limited to the forty-four communities in the province of Limburg (Belgium). The macro screening approach has shown to be very effective since the amount of interesting locations has been reduced drastically.
Keywords: macro-screening; biomass; renewable energy; MCDA; GIS; site selection
Document URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1942/13779
ISSN: 0961-9534
e-ISSN: 1873-2909
DOI: 10.1016/j.biombioe.2012.06.001
ISI #: 000308384500019
Category: A1
Type: Journal Contribution
Validations: ecoom 2013
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