Green Farm

Last changed: 11 March 2011

Green Farm

The purpose of organic farming is to create sustainable production system based on renewable energy and locally produced goods. Today however, an estimated 61 % of the energy demand of an organic farm is supplied by fossil fuels, despite the intention of the Swedish association for organic standards, KRAV, to minimize the use of fossil fuels in agricultural production.

In this project, systems that can be applied by organic farms in order to be self-sufficient on electricity, heat and motor fuels are studied. The environmental impact from a lifecycle perspective as well as the economic aspects is analyzed. The systems use different methods of extracting energy from biomass, such as anaerobic digestion, gasification and direct combustion, and state-of-the-art technologies for heat, power and motor fuel production.

This is a joint project between the Department of Energy and Technology at SLU and the Swedish Institute of Agricultural and Environmental Engineering (JTI). The project is financed by the Swedish Research Council FORMAS.

Contact: Marie Kimming, Per-Anders Hansson