Element Energy

Biofuels and bioenergy

Biofuels can play a major role in decarbonising the energy mix in the short to medium term. Liquid biofuels, for example, are often one of the cheapest alternative energy sources, and can be used with existing energy infrastructure. For sectors such as aviation, they represent the only viable alternative to fossil fuel in the short term. Solid biomass, such as wood chips or pellets, is very often a cornerstone of energy strategies for organisations seeking to meet their CO2 reduction targets.

Bioenergy is also one of the most complex of alternative energy sources. For each specific development, it is essential to understand resource availability, food / fuel and land use conflicts, and the true environmental and technical performance of these fuels, if bioenergy is to play its part in a low-carbon economy.

Our expertise: over the past five years we have delivered a wide range of consultative projects across the bioenergy sector focusing on anaerobic digestion, solid fuel CHP and biofuels for aviation. The types of services we offer our clients are:

  • Detailed pre-feasibility and feasibility assessments for new bioenergy developments: e.g. anaerobic digestion, biomass CHP in new developments, or district heating schemes.
  • Mapping the available biomass resource surrounding local sites using Geographical Information Systems.
  • Technology sizing and assessment of fuel requirements for biomass heating or CHP plants.
  • Market analysis, business planning and due diligence for companies looking to exploit opportunities in the bioenergy sector.
  • Analysis of technical and environmental performance of individual fuels and manufacturing processes: e.g. physical and chemical properties of the fuel, and the resulting greenhouse gas reductions relative to alternative fossil fuels.