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What is Bioenergy?

What is Bioenergy?

With the increased interest in green energy around the world, concepts like bioenergy have become a more talked about topic when it comes to energy production. We have started tapping into the potential that nature offers us in the form of eco-friendly energy sources, as well as the concept that areas such as landfills could offer energy options if used correctly. Bioenergy is a part of this, being a form of renewable energy that is produced from biomass.

What does bioenergy mean?

Bioenergy means a renewable energy source that is created by living organism systems.

How is bioenergy produced?

Bioenergy can be produced in many ways, depending on the biomass that is being relied on. They can range from very simple, such as growing then burning wood for heat, to complex controlled processes that require very specific environmental circumstances. Conversion pathways that use biomass to create energy including mechanical, biochemical or thermal components, in isolation or combined. Many facilities, known as biorefineries, utilise these pathways to help the process of biomass to fuel in many efficient ways.

What is bioenergy used for?

Bioenergy is responsible for around 7% of Australia’s renewable energy and 1% of its electricity creation, with biofuels in general accounting for around 1-3% of Australia’s fuel consumption. Bioenergy can be used for heat, transportation fuel and electricity, which are then used in homes, in agriculture or the forestry industry

Are biomass and bioenergy the same?

No. Bioenergy uses an array of biomass resources in its creation, including :

  • Agricultural waste
  • Landfill gas
  • Forestry waste
  • Bagasse
  • Food waste
  • Sewage

Therefore, biomass is used to produce renewable electricity, biofuels and thermal energy, whereas bioenergy is the actual energy produced.

What are the benefits of bioenergy?

There are many advantages to bioenergy, including but not limited to :

  • The creation of bioenergy does not contribute extra CO2 in the environment
  • Renewable energy source
  • Generates both heat and electricity
  • Use of landfills as biomass results in less landfill waste
  • Increase in overall environmental benefits relating to energy output

There are also potential economic benefits, such as reducing greenhouse gas emissions, increasing energy security in Australia and growing regional areas.

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