Research and Markets: Biomass Industry in Germany 2013

Fri Jun 7, 2013 7:42am EDT

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Research and Markets: Biomass Industry in Germany 2013

Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/7jjfsb/biomass_industry) has announced the addition of the "Biomass Industry in Germany" report to their offering.

Germany has been an ardent supporter of power generation through renewable resources for a long time now. Germany has a combination of biomass power-specific government subsidies, programs and feed-in tariffs, which encourage the biomass power market. In Germany, biomass is used in solid, liquid and gaseous form for the generation of electricity and production of heat as well as for manufacturing biofuels. Germany offers immense biomass feedstock in terms of agricultural byproducts, forestry sectors and dedicated energy crops.

According to Germany's Federal Ministry for the Environment, the agricultural and forestry sector forms part of the 17 million hectares of agricultural land, with approximately 12 million hectares of arable land and approximately 5 million hectares of grassland.

Germany encourages the growth of biomass feedstock for producing transportation fuel. In this regard, Germany's Biofuel Quota Act sets minimum quotas for biodiesel and bioethanol in conventional motor fuel. According to legislation in effect since the beginning of 2011, the only biofuels which can be sold in Germany's transportation market are those which can be demonstrated as coming from feedstock which was grown in line with the principles of sustainability.

Currently, the EEG Act plans to increase the proportion of renewable resources in Germany's total energy supply to at least 30% by 2020 and to continuously increase this proportion thereafter. Clearly, this indicates the existing regulatory framework for electricity generation will create opportunities for additional renewable power technology capacity installation in Germany. The EEG Act specifies the renewable energies' share of heat supply is to grow to 14% by 2020. In addition, under Germany's Biomass Action Plan, the biofuels' share of fuel use is to be increased to a level which yields a greenhouse gas emissions reduction of 7% by 2020.

High government support mechanisms will create opportunities for electricity generation using biomass feedstock in Germany. Germany's ambition to substitute non-renewable resources including oil, natural gas,and phase out nuclear power will likely make the federal government promote renewable resources especially biomass power, due to availability of feedstock and commercial viability of biomass power plant operations.

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 Germany

5. Analysis of Major Players

6. Glossary

Companies Mentioned

- Areva SA

- RWE AG

- Interargem GmbH

For more information visit http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/7jjfsb/biomass_industry

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