In the U.K. context, the South Yorkshire area has been active in the installation of medium-scale wood fuel heating installations, however, only a few boilers have been installed to date. Annual wood fuel consumption in the region is 1.38 MWh. There is currently no formalised supply chain to meet this demand. With the appropriate infrastructure there is significant potential for growth in demand (10 MWh).
However, with the continued development of installations, a wood fuel supply shortage will occur in the future. In the region there is a new CHP plant in the planning stages that will be in operation in 2012. The majority of privately owned woodlands in the area are not being managed so as to maximise wood fuel production. Consequently, the AFO project aims to provide a means for addressing both of the aforementioned problems relative to the South Yorkshire area and its surroundings.