Measuring the regional availability of biomass for biofuels and the potential for microalgae
Kosinkova, Jana, Doshi, Amar, Maire, Juliette, Ristovski, Zoran, Brown, Richard J., & Rainey, Thomas J. (2015) Measuring the regional availability of biomass for biofuels and the potential for microalgae. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 49, pp. 1271-1285.
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Biomass is an important energy resource for producing bioenergy and growing the global economy whilst minimising greenhouse gas emissions. Many countries, like Australia have a huge amount of biomass with the potential for bioenergy, but non-edible feedstock resources are significantly under-exploited. Hence it is essential to map the availability of these feedstocks to identify the most appropriate bioenergy solution for each region and develop supply chains for biorefineries. Using Australia as a case study,we present the spatial availability and opportunities for second and third generation feedstocks. Considerations included current land use, the presence of existing biomass industries and climatic conditions. Detailed information on the regional availability of biomass was collected from government statistics, technical reports and energy assessments as well as from academic literature. Second generation biofuels have the largest opportunity in New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria (NSW, QLD and VIC) and the regions with the highest potential for microalgae are Western Australia and Northern Territory (WA, NT), based on land use opportunity cost and climate. The approach can be used in other countries with a similar climate. More research is needed to overcome key technical and economic hurdles.
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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Keywords:||Bioenergy, Biomass, Microalgae, Biofuel, Australia|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > CHEMICAL ENGINEERING (090400)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > CHEMICAL ENGINEERING (090400) > Non-automotive Combustion and Fuel Engineering (incl. Alternative/Renewable Fuels) (090405)
|Divisions:||Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Chemistry, Physics & Mechanical Engineering
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Current > Schools > School of Economics & Finance
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2015 Elsevier|
|Deposited On:||26 May 2015 22:44|
|Last Modified:||19 Jul 2015 04:51|
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