Research and Markets: Biomass Industry in Australia 2013

Fri Jun 7, 2013 7:23am EDT

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Research and Markets: Biomass Industry in Australia 2013

Research and Markets ( has announced the addition of the "Biomass Industry in Australia" report to their offering.

The Australian biofuels industry is very small and currently supplies less than 0.5% of nation's transport fuel using first generation technology. There is a pressing need to assess the potential of sustainably produced biomass for second generation, non-food biofuels and associated bioenergy if the industry is to play a more significant role in Australia's energy future.

Biomass was responsible for only about one percent of Australia's overall electricity supply in the year 2011. Australia currently supplies 75% of its transport fuel from local oil and gas sources. However, demand is growing at an increasing rate and without major new discoveries or technological breakthroughs this fraction is estimated to decline to 45% by 2030.

Biofuels can potentially reduce Australia's greenhouse gas emissions, as well as reduce the country's reliance on oil. The future development of the Australian biofuels industry is reliant on a sustainable and economically attractive feedstock supply. Coal is likely to continue dominating Australia's electricity generation mix, but a shift to low carbon fuels is expected as a result of the national government's ambition of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Australia has an abundance of sustainable biomass resources that are currently underutilized. Bioenergy generates an estimated 2,500 GWh of electricity in Australia per year - a contribution of around 12% of renewable energy generation. Western Australia has an established biomass industry based around urban and forestry waste products. In recent years, the State has become a world leader in emerging sources of biomass such as algae biofuels. Australia has a variety of bioenergy feedstocks including sugar cane bagasse, sewage gas, landfill gas, wood waste and black liquor, energy crops, agricultural products and their wastes and municipal solid waste.

In Australia most of the energy created from biomass fuels is in the form of heat from firewood and bioenergy from bagasse (sugar cane waste) or wood wastes. Bioenergy resources are located across all the states of Australia, with most regions engaged in agriculture, forestry and food production producing substantial waste biomass that could be used to support power production.

Key Topics Covered:

1. Executive Summary

2. Introduction to Biomass

3. Challenges Facing the Global Power Industry & the Need for Biomass

4. Biomass Industry in Australia

5. Analysis of Major Players

6. Glossary

Companies Mentioned

- Areva SA

- Drax Group Plc

- EDF Energy Plc


- SSE Plc

- Bios Bioenergiesysteme Gmbh

- Chemrec AB

- MW Power Oy

- New England Wood Pellet Co

- Purepower Holdings Limited

- Wartsila Corporation

- Welsh Power Group

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Sector: Energy and Natural Resources

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