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Economic viability of phytoremediation of a cadmium contaminated agricultural area using energy maize: part II: economics of anaerobic digestion of metal contaminated maize in Belgium

Theo Thewys, Nele Witters, Erik Meers UGent and Jaco Vangronsveld (2010) INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PHYTOREMEDIATION. 12(7). p.663-679
abstract
This paper deals with remediation of the Campine soil, an agricultural area diffusely contaminated with metals where most farmers raise dairy cattle and grow fodder maize. In a previous study, we calculated the effect of switching from fodder to energy maize on the farmer's income. Selling this energy maize as feedstock for anaerobic digestion to produce renewable energy could lead to a significant increase in his income. This paper explores the economic opportunities for the farmer of digesting the harvested contaminated biomass himself, by performing a Net Present Value (NPV) analysis on the digestion activity and by calculating the probability of a positive NPV of income resulting from the digestion installation. We investigate the trade off between the maximum price for energy maize that can be paid by the digestion activity and the minimum price that the farming activity needs to compensate for covering its production costs. Integrating the previous study in the current analysis results in an increase of total extra income for the farmer (i.e., from both growing energy maize and performing digestion).
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organization
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journalArticle (original)
publication status
published
subject
keyword
BIOGAS PRODUCTION, SEWAGE-SLUDGE, sensitivity analysis, phytoextraction, energy, cost-benefit analysis (CBA), agriculture, campine, PHYTOEXTRACTION, DENMARK, WASTES, PLANTS
journal title
INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PHYTOREMEDIATION
Int. J. Phytoremediat.
volume
12
issue
7
pages
663 - 679
Web of Science type
Article
Web of Science id
000282027600003
JCR category
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES
JCR impact factor
1.936 (2010)
JCR rank
71/192 (2010)
JCR quartile
2 (2010)
ISSN
1522-6514
DOI
10.1080/15226514.2010.493188
language
English
UGent publication?
yes
classification
A1
copyright statement
I have transferred the copyright for this publication to the publisher
id
1113216
handle
http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-1113216
date created
2011-01-31 22:09:00
date last changed
2012-01-01 00:30:32
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  abstract     = {This paper deals with remediation of the Campine soil, an agricultural area diffusely contaminated with metals where most farmers raise dairy cattle and grow fodder maize. In a previous study, we calculated the effect of switching from fodder to energy maize on the farmer's income. Selling this energy maize as feedstock for anaerobic digestion to produce renewable energy could lead to a significant increase in his income. This paper explores the economic opportunities for the farmer of digesting the harvested contaminated biomass himself, by performing a Net Present Value (NPV) analysis on the digestion activity and by calculating the probability of a positive NPV of income resulting from the digestion installation. We investigate the trade off between the maximum price for energy maize that can be paid by the digestion activity and the minimum price that the farming activity needs to compensate for covering its production costs. Integrating the previous study in the current analysis results in an increase of total extra income for the farmer (i.e., from both growing energy maize and performing digestion).},
  author       = {Thewys, Theo and Witters, Nele and Meers, Erik and Vangronsveld, Jaco},
  issn         = {1522-6514},
  journal      = {INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PHYTOREMEDIATION},
  keyword      = {BIOGAS PRODUCTION,SEWAGE-SLUDGE,sensitivity analysis,phytoextraction,energy,cost-benefit analysis (CBA),agriculture,campine,PHYTOEXTRACTION,DENMARK,WASTES,PLANTS},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {7},
  pages        = {663--679},
  title        = {Economic viability of phytoremediation of a cadmium contaminated agricultural area using energy maize: part II: economics of anaerobic digestion of metal contaminated maize in Belgium},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15226514.2010.493188},
  volume       = {12},
  year         = {2010},
}

Chicago
Thewys, Theo, Nele Witters, Erik Meers, and Jaco Vangronsveld. 2010. “Economic Viability of Phytoremediation of a Cadmium Contaminated Agricultural Area Using Energy Maize: Part II: Economics of Anaerobic Digestion of Metal Contaminated Maize in Belgium.” International Journal of Phytoremediation 12 (7): 663–679.
APA
Thewys, T., Witters, N., Meers, E., & Vangronsveld, J. (2010). Economic viability of phytoremediation of a cadmium contaminated agricultural area using energy maize: part II: economics of anaerobic digestion of metal contaminated maize in Belgium. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PHYTOREMEDIATION, 12(7), 663–679.
Vancouver
1.
Thewys T, Witters N, Meers E, Vangronsveld J. Economic viability of phytoremediation of a cadmium contaminated agricultural area using energy maize: part II: economics of anaerobic digestion of metal contaminated maize in Belgium. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PHYTOREMEDIATION. 2010;12(7):663–79.
MLA
Thewys, Theo, Nele Witters, Erik Meers, et al. “Economic Viability of Phytoremediation of a Cadmium Contaminated Agricultural Area Using Energy Maize: Part II: Economics of Anaerobic Digestion of Metal Contaminated Maize in Belgium.” INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PHYTOREMEDIATION 12.7 (2010): 663–679. Print.