Alterra and CLM have developed the tool BioESoil. The BioESoil tool assesses the impacts of bio-energy on soil quality. It takes into account nutrient losses during the bio-energy production process, potential nutrient return with bio-energy production residues and effects on soil organic matter. The tool was developed to have an easy-to-use interface and suits both large and small scale bioenergy users and producers.
This tool can help bio-energy producers, consultants and certification organisations to determine the impact of bio-energy production on soil fertility and soil organic matter. The tool can be used in bioenergy certification. Furthermore, this tool can help NGOs and other organisations to create awareness for nutrient recovery option in bio-energy use and production.
Download and instruction to use
This will install the tool and the manual. The setup works only on computers with Windows OS.
The tool is designed to be used with Microsoft Excel 2007 and later versions. Nevertheless, the tool can also be used with earlier versions of Excel (97 and later), hence, the lay out of the tool is not optimal and some error messages may appear, which can be ignored.
Download the manual (pdf)
Please contact advisor Bas Allema for more information