ETI seeks bioenergy logistics partners

Project aims to improve understanding of how future biomass logistics will operate in the UK

The Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) is to investigate how the UK’s rapidly growing biomass sector will cover future demand.

On 14 March, the institute launched a call for potential partners to work with it to identify future biomass sources, saying domestic production could not sustain a viable industry.

However, the project will also look to support a "strong and commercially viable" biomass feedstock supply chain in the UK, according to the ETI.

Overall the ETI feels the most "pragmatic approach" is to develop a sector based on near-term increases in biomass imports derived from sustainable sources.

It says this will allow companies in the supply chain to learn more about logistics, handling, designing and operating bioenergy conversion technologies.

Under the project, the ETI will look to develop what it calls "infrastructure pathways" for different bioenergy scenarios up until 2050.

In particular the project is seeking to identify those "scenario-resilient" actions without which the infrastructure required would not keep pace with demand for bioenergy, according to the ETI.

Interested parties have just over a month, until 18 April, to tell the ETI they are interested in working with it.

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