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A Geographical Information System (GIS) based methodology for determination of potential biomasses and sites for biogas plants in southern Finland


  • Höhn, J.
  • Lehtonen, E.
  • Rasi, S.
  • Rintala, J.


The objective of this study was to analyse the spatial distribution and amount of potential biomass feedstock for biomethane production and optimal locations, sizes and number of biogas plants in southern Finland in the area of three regional waste management companies.

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  • Höhn, J. & Lehtonen, E. & Rasi, S. & Rintala, J., 2014. "A Geographical Information System (GIS) based methodology for determination of potential biomasses and sites for biogas plants in southern Finland," Applied Energy, Elsevier, vol. 113(C), pages 1-10.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:appene:v:113:y:2014:i:c:p:1-10
    DOI: 10.1016/j.apenergy.2013.07.005

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