Biomass, remediation, re-generation (bioregen life project): reusing brownfield sites for renewable energy crops

Richard Lord, Janet Atkinson, Andy Lane, Jonathan Scurlock, Graham Street

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Biomass fuel composition is compared to host soil contamination for energy crops grown on five contrasting sites in NE England. These include three contaminated brownfield sites and control sites in both urban and rural settings. Fuel quality is compared for willow (Salix spp.) short rotation coppice (SRC), miscanthus (Miscanthus spp.), reed canarygrass (Phalaris arundinacea) and switchgrass (Panicum virgatum). The information is used to assess the potential for long-term remediation of contaminated land during energy crop growth. Concentrations of Zn and Cd are consistently higher in SRC willow for a given site, whereas the grasses have higher ash contents, which are richer in SiO2 but lower in K2O. Initial actions of the full-scale demonstration plantings carried out under the Life III Environment Programme are described together with an analysis of the wider economic, environmental and social benefits of this sustainable type of reuse of derelict brownfield land and carbon neutral approach to remediation. Copyright ASCE 2008.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of Sessions of GeoCongress 2008 - GeoCongress 2008
Subtitle of host publicationGeotechnics of Waste Management and Remediation, GSP 177
Place of PublicationReston, VA
PublisherAmerican Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9780784409701
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2008
Externally publishedYes
EventGeoCongress 2008: Geotechnics of Waste Management and Remediation - New Orleans, LA, United States
Duration: 9 Mar 200812 Mar 2008


ConferenceGeoCongress 2008: Geotechnics of Waste Management and Remediation
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityNew Orleans, LA


  • biomass
  • bioregen
  • brownfield biomass

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