This world biomass market research report provides an overview of the latest biomass industry developments, technologies, and biomass companies. The report analyses each biomass energy resource, their advantages and disadvantages and their current and potential contribution.
What is Biomass?
Biomass, is a renewable energy resource, which is derived from living biological material. Energy can either be created from biomass directly or by converting it into other energy products such as biofuels. Electricity can be generated from plant matter by direct combustion or the biomass can be converted into fibers or other industrial chemicals. As the economics of biomass energy production improve, and concerns about greenhouse gas emissions grow, biomass energy is becoming an increasingly attractive option.
Key reasons to purchase this biomass market research
Using our biomass database and statistics, our biomass analysis can help you:
- Understand the global biomass market
- Assess the biomass technologies and trends
- Evaluate biomass investments and biomass companies
- Summarise biomass development by country
- By country overview of the biomass industry
- Evaluation of the biomass processes
- Global Biomass industry data and statistics
- Biomass companies and techniques
- Environmental impact of biomass
- Biomass technologies such as landfill gas, heat, biogas and more
- Biomass resources review
- Biomass conversion technologies
- Full global biomass market analysis
Biomass Renewable Energy
Of all the renewable sources of energy, biomass is unique in that it is effectively stored solar energy. It is also the only renewable source of carbon and can be processed into convenient solid, liquid, and gaseous fuels.
Environmental Impact of Biomass
On the negative side, the widespread use of wood from natural forests can cause deforestation and localised fuel wood scarcity, with serious ecological and social ramifications. This is currently
occurring on a serious scale in Nepal, Southeast Asia, parts of India, South America, and in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Some biomass applications are not fully competitive at this stage. In electricity production, for example, there is strong competition from new, highly efficient natural gas-fired combined-cycle plants. However, the economics of biomass energy production are improving, and the growing concern about greenhouse gas emissions is making biomass energy more attractive
The biomass market suffered during the economic downturn in the face of low coal prices, logistic barriers and supply issues. 2010 saw more movement in the sector as coal prices are beginning to raise once again making co-firing coal plants with biomass more attractive. Furthermore, the biomass component of a coal-fired plant may be eligible for feed-in tariff or count towards renewable portfolio standards. Most of these plants rely on wood pellets, often transported at great distance, rather than wood chips or other less dense biomass sources. In the wood pellets market, supplies from the US and Canada are cheaper than their European counterparts and thus North America is a major supplier for European biomass plants. CIS countries, Russia, Australia and South Africa have entered as significant suppliers, which if they could ramp up supply, could be serious competitors to the US and Canada. Or in the case of Russia, resolve supply delay issues, could be one of the more major biomass companies in the biomass market.
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Prod. Code: NRGBR1
Edition 1: 2012