Recycling of sludge and wastewater to Short Rotation Coppice in Europe – biological and economic potential

Apr 2011

This report was prepared by Ioannis Dimitriou, Håkan Rosenquist and Pär Aronsson at Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. The report discusses recycling of nutrient-rich municipal residues to short rotation coppice plantations as an attractive method for attaining environmental and energy goals set for Europe. It is shown how the residues are treated efficiently and the production of biomass for energy is enhanced. The technical potential in EU for this type of residue treatment – if sludge and wastewater availability sets the limit – corresponds to about 6000 PJ of annual biomass production.