Chapter Biomass Fuels

2.1 Biomass for fuel can be gathered or grown. Energy crops are grown using agricultural methods; in this chapter we shall examine the main species suitable for use in the UK and the methods of cultivation, economic value and impacts through land-take, water use and soil contamination. Forestry and municipal tree management both lead to substantial arisings of woody plant material that could be gathered for fuel and we shall consider the likely arisings in the UK. The potential resources of straw from cereal and oil seed crops are also considered.

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