Biomass & Bioenergy

Bioenergy – renewable energy made from biological sources or biomass – can be used for heat, power and liquid fuels. Bioenergy encompasses multiple feedstocks from agriculture, forestry, and urban sources, and uses many different technologies.

The AgriFutures Australia Bioenergy, Bioproducts and Energy Program aims to raise awareness in rural industries about the opportunities to engage in the bioenergy supply chain as feedstock producers.

In addition to food, fibre and pharma yield, Australian farms produce biomass yet a lack of reliable information on biomass feedstocks poses a significant roadblock to the development of bioenergy projects across Australia.

AgriFutures Australia leads a project with the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) to undertake biomass resource mapping and develop integrated regional solutions for effective use.

The Australian Biomass for Bioenergy Assessment project will deliver a national database of biomass resources for bioenergy across Australia and a range of interactive tools to enable better access to information.

Working with states and territories to collect, collate and present information through the Australian Renewable Energy Mapping Infrastructure (AREMI), AgriFutures Australia will geospatially map existing and projected biomass resource data alongside other parameters such as existing network and transport infrastructure, land use capability and demographic data.

The project will enable better links between biomass suppliers and end users, supporting local businesses to get more value from organic material destined for landfill, disposal or other low value uses by improving information access and quality.

AgriFutures Australia also funds the Biomass Producer website to showcase examples of how regional solutions are making the most of these available resources.

Contact

Duncan Farquhar
Program Manager, Research & Innovation
02 6923 6912
0429 495 499
duncan.farquhar@agrifutures.com.au

Related Resources

Australian Renewable Energy Agency

Accelerating Australia’s shift to an affordable and reliable renewable energy future.

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Bioenergy Australia

An information and networking forum fostering the use of biomass for energy and bio-based products.

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Biomass Producer

Bioenergy information for Australia's primary industries

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