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An investigation of the potential adoption of anaerobic digestion for energy production in irish farms

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dc.contributor.author O'Connor, Sean
dc.contributor.author Ehimen, Ehiaze
dc.contributor.author Pillai, Suresh C.
dc.contributor.author Power, Niamh
dc.contributor.author Lyons, Gary A.
dc.contributor.author Bartlett, John
dc.date.accessioned 2021-05-10T11:14:14Z
dc.date.available 2021-05-10T11:14:14Z
dc.date.issued 2021-01-27
dc.identifier http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12518/254
dc.identifier.citation O’Connor, S., Ehimen, E., Pillai, S. C., Power, N., Lyons, G. A. and Bartlett, J. (2021) ‘An Investigation of the Potential Adoption of Anaerobic Digestion for Energy Production in Irish Farms’, Environments. MDPI AG, 8(2), p. 8. doi: 10.3390/environments8020008. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 2076-3298
dc.identifier.uri https://doi.org/10.3390/environments8020008
dc.description Published online: Accepted - 20 January 2021; Published online - 27 January 2021 en_US
dc.description.abstract Anaerobic digestion (AD) has been recognised as an effective means of simultaneously producing energy while reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Despite having a large agriculture sector, Ireland has experienced little uptake of the technology, ranking 20th within the EU-28. It is, therefore, necessary to understand the general opinions, willingness to adopt, and perceived obstacles of potential adopters of the technology. As likely primary users of this technology, a survey of Irish cattle farmers was conducted to assess the potential of on-farm AD for energy production in Ireland. The study seeks to understand farmers’ motivations, perceived barriers, and preferred business model. The study found that approximately 41% of the 91 respondents were interested in installing AD on their farming enterprise within the next five years. These Likely Adopters tended to have a higher level of education attainment, and together, currently hold 4379 cattle, potentially providing 37,122 t year−1 of wastes as feedstock, resulting in a potential CO2 reduction of 800.65 t CO2-eq. year−1. Moreover, the results indicated that the primary consideration preventing the implementation of AD is a lack of information regarding the technology and high investment costs. Of the Likely Adopters and Possible Adopters, a self-owned and operated plant was the preferred ownership structure, while 58% expressed an interest in joining a co-operative scheme. The findings generated provide valuable insights into the willingness of farmers to implement AD and guidance for its potential widespread adoption. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Union’s INTERREG VA Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB), with match funding provided by the Department for the Economy (Northern Ireland) and Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment (Republic of Ireland), grant number IVA5033. The views and opinions expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect those of the European Commission or the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB). en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher MDPI en_US
dc.rights Copyright: © 2021 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (https:// creativecommons.org/licenses/by/ 4.0/). en_US
dc.subject anaerobic digestion en_US
dc.subject farm-scale en_US
dc.subject decentralised en_US
dc.subject biogas production en_US
dc.title An investigation of the potential adoption of anaerobic digestion for energy production in irish farms en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dcterms.dateAccepted 2021-01-20
dcterms.dateSubmitted 2020-11-30


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