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Global EnergyIssues, Potentials, and Policy Implications$
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Paul Ekins, Mike Bradshaw, and Jim Watson

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198719526

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198719526.001.0001

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Bioenergy resources

Bioenergy resources

(p.331) 17 Bioenergy resources
Global Energy

Raphael Slade

Ausilio Bauen

Oxford University Press

Using biomass to provide energy services is one of the most versatile options for increasing the global uptake of renewable energy. Many biomass conversion technologies are commercially available, and in favourable locations they may already be cost competitive with fossil fuels. Ultimately, however, the contribution that bioenergy makes to the global energy mix will depend not only on the efficacy of the conversion technology, but also the availability of biomass and the social acceptability of large-scale adoption. This chapter explores each of these aspects of modern bioenergy deployment. It starts by examining how biomass is currently being used to provide heat, power, and transport fuels, and how production trends have developed over the last ten years. It then explores the range of global biomass availability estimates. Finally, it focuses on the challenge of ensuring biomass supply is sustainable, and considers how this might constrain future expansion.

Keywords:   biomass, bioenergy, biofuels, resource potentials, co-firing, anaerobic digestion, sustainability, governance, global trends

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