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European Framework for the Diffusion of Biogas Uses: Emerging Technologies, Acceptance, Incentive Strategies, and Institutional-Regulatory Support

Civil Engineering and Architecture Department (DICAr), University of Pavia, 27100 Pavia, Italy
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Academic Editors: Francesca Montevecchi, Martin Hirschnitz-Garbers, Tomas Ekvall, Martha Bicket and Patrick ten Brink
Sustainability 2016, 8(4), 298; https://doi.org/10.3390/su8040298
Received: 7 February 2016 / Revised: 21 March 2016 / Accepted: 22 March 2016 / Published: 24 March 2016
Biogas will constitute a significant fraction of future power supply, since it is expected to contribute a large share of the EU renewable energy targets. Biogas, once produced, can be combusted in traditional boilers to provide heat, or to generate electricity. It can be used for the production of chemical compounds, or fed into a pipeline. This review paper will briefly analyze the current most promising emerging biogas technologies in the perspective of their potential uses, environmental benefits, and public acceptance; draw a picture of current conditions on the adoption of a biogas road map in the several EU Member States; analyze incentive and support policy implementation status and gaps; discuss non-technological barriers; and summarize proposed solutions to widen this energy’s use. View Full-Text
Keywords: biogas; biomethane; biological processes; public acceptance; incentive policies; institutional role biogas; biomethane; biological processes; public acceptance; incentive policies; institutional role
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Capodaglio, A.G.; Callegari, A.; Lopez, M.V. European Framework for the Diffusion of Biogas Uses: Emerging Technologies, Acceptance, Incentive Strategies, and Institutional-Regulatory Support. Sustainability 2016, 8, 298.

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