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BIOENERGY: A RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCE

Pros/Cons and Outlook for the Future
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Priyanka Surio

on 8 October 2015

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Transcript of BIOENERGY: A RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCE

INTRODUCTION
Energy derived from biomass
A renewable energy source.
Major sources: forest, agriculture and waste
Most widely used form of renewable energy in the world.


PROS/CONS
CHALLENGES TO PROGRESS
Cost-effective strategies for industry
Balance environmentally sustainable with economically competitive
Seasonal nature of biomass crops
Cimate change and renewable energy resource base
Impacts on biomass production - altered soil, precipitation, crop productivity
Technology specific challenges: design and geothermal systems
Policy measures required to ensure rapid development of bioenergy
THE FUTURE
Energy independence
Government mandates and carbon regulatory measures
Accelerate access to energy
Water availability
social and economic development
10% replacement of coal by biomass would be equivalent to taking 600 million cars off the road.
PROS
Primary energy with multiple uses
Many uses and many sources (wood, straw, sugarcane, recycling byproducts of agriculture)
Provide millions of households with incomes, livelihood activities and employment.
Biofuels significantly reduce or eliminate nearly all forms of air pollution
Biomass is more reliable than solar or wind energy
Produced using organic waste material
Renewable natural source
BIOENERGY: A RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCE
Pros/Cons and Outlook for the Future
CONS
Smaller energy content
Higher cost of labor, transportation and storage
Water and nutrients, which are in short supply in many areas are required to grow biomass crops
Space for storage
Seasonal nature of biomass crops

External Sources:
http://www.bioenergy.org.nz/home
http://www.performanceplants.com/commercial-markets/bioenergy
International Energy Agency
Environmental Protection Agency
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