Anaerobic digestion plants in rural Wales: Social-spatial diffusion of technology, social acceptance and energy transition

Funder of the project
Project was funded by the Horizon2020 (the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions) and Welsh Government

Funding period
February 2018 - February 2020

Members of the research team
Stanislav Martinát, Richard Cowell

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Aim of the project
The project aimed to develop an enhanced understanding of the dynamics of renewable energy development, focusing on anaerobic digestion (AD) plants, by examining the social context of technology adoption. This was achieved by analysing social-spatial patterns and regional differences in the development of AD plants across Wales, identifying enablers (success factors) and barriers to the more effective and less conflictual exploitation of the energy potential of biomass (like agricultural waste, household waste). Attention was be also devoted to farmers understanding of AD plants operation as their contribution to the low carbon energy transition, to develop an enhanced understanding of how AD expansion can fit into agricultural and rural change.