Biogas Plants: identification of possible locations

Student thesis: Master Thesis and HD Thesis

  • Jes W. Joensen
  • Jesper Mølgaard
This project deals with the initiatives of The Green Growth Agreement (Danish Grøn Vækst aftalen) which will require an expected Planning Act change in the municipalities to include the location of biogas plants in the municipal planning. At this moment there is no recognized methods to identify locations for biogas plants.
This paper has developed a method based on four components (problem areas). The method aims to identify potential areas for placement of biogas plants. The method seeks in the first part, Premises, to uncover the basic elements that must be present in the local area before it is considered realistic with a biogas plant here. Subsequently Flow examine the dynamic circumstances that must be present,
in order to ensure optimal conditions for the production of biogas. The third section, Bindings, clarifies the factors that can and will have (restrictive) influence on the location of the plant itself. The last part of the methodology deals with the Priorities which have to be made in each municipality who wishes to place a biogas plant.
In accordance to the method, the distance to supply and outlets of products in the area must be clarified. Another consideration is the distance to neighbours. In relation to distance limits, it is also important to assess which kind of biomass is required in the plant and the mixture of this biomass. The restriction in the areas must be investigated and assessed in relation to the individual municipality’s
position and profile in the field. Political support for the project is indispensable and also applies for the interest from holdings, among other things through contracts for the supply of manure.
Publication date10 Jun 2010
Number of pages138
Publishing institutionInstitut for Samfundsudvikling og Planlægning, Aalborg Universitet


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