Bioenergy in Australia
What is the future potential for bioenergy in Australia?
Within Australia, The Clean Energy Council’s Bioenergy Roadmap suggests that by 2020 the contribution from biomass for electricity generation could be 10,624 GWh per year or six times the current generation. It further identifies the long-term potential for electricity from biomass in 2050 to be as much as 72,629 GWh/year, which is approximately 40 times the current level.
CSIRO has reported that there is potential for second generation biofuels to replace between 10% and 140% of current petrol only usage over time (Bio fuels in Australia, RIRDC 2007). At $1 a litre (before excise), replacing the current Australian current Australian transport fuels with renewable would represent sales of some $45 billion per annum.
Bioenergy Australia presents "The Essence of Bioenergy" - a concise 2 pager outlining what bioenergy is and the opportunities it presents in Australia.
Key Reports/Resources on Bioenergy in Australia
- AREMI - The Australian Renewable Energy Mapping Infrastructure (AREMI) project is being developed to share mapping data and information with the renewable energy industry. The mapping platform is being developed by National ICT Australia (NICTA), Australia’s Centre of Excellence in Information and Communication Technology Research and Development. See more at www.nationalmap.gov.au/renewables.
This NICTA map shows the renewables details - specifically bioenergy. At this time only Waste Management Facilities are shown but as data collection progresses the picture of bioenergy will become more informative.
- Bioenergy in Australia - status and opportunities (9MB) - This 2012 report published by Bioenergy Australia presents a comprehensive overview of bioenergy in Australia.
- Clean Energy Australia Report - The Clean Energy Australia Report 2013 is a comprehensive overview of Australia's renewable energy and energy efficiency sectors, and includes key figures and statistics on the energy market. (see the page labelled as '49' sets out the current contribution to clean energy of biomass).
- BIOMASS PRODUCER - Bioenergy Information for Australia's Primary Industries - this Government web-site is a useful resource setting out national and state level initiatives, contacts and industry groups.
- Bioenergy Research - Australian Government Information - this web-site presents details on 6 government funded projects looking at how to prepare forest industries for the future and the role of forestry in bioenergy growth.
BIOENERGY IN AUSTRALIA.pdf (9.6Mb)
A Clean Energy Future for Australia (Full Report), March 2004 (PDF-document, 1.2 Mb)
A Clean Energy Future for Australia (Executive Summary), March 2004 (PDF-document, 2.0 Mb)
[Note - Biogas Reports/Resources in Australia - for biogas reports and sources of information in Australia see the IEA Bioenergy Task 37 webpages on the Bionergy Australia website.
Bioenergy per State
The following sections provide details on bioenergy across Australia presented per State. Key activities and resources are presented with details on major players and their activities.
Promoting bio-based activities in Queensland. The Queensland Government has produced the following resources aimed at promoting Queensland's bio potential to the international market:
Biofuels and Bioenergy Projects in Queensland. This Government site gives a snapshot of some of the current activities (projects and players) in bioenergy in Queensland.
Queensland's QUT commissioned this 2014 report by Corelli Consulting and Deloitte Access Economics:
Promoting Biomass Opportunities in Western Australia. The WA Government has created a resource outling the potential opportunities presented by waste biomass. WA produces over ten million tonnes of waste biomass every year. Realising its full potential could open up new commercial opportunities.
Promoting bioenergy resources in Western Australia. The WA Government has created the following on Bioenergy Projects and Resources in WA.
Biomass Scoping Study - Opportunities for Agriculture in Western Australia, Nov 2014 - This report aims to provide a summary of national and international activity in the use of agricultural by-products for the production of bioenergy and biofuels.
Natural drying and optimising a forest residue supply chain to reduce the total operating costs: A case study in Western Australia - AFORA, University of the Sunshine Coast - This project aimed to introduce an approach to optimise eucalyptus plantation forest residue supply chains in Western Australia through a simplified, generic example in the optimised biomass supply chain planning tool BIOPLAN.
The Energy Resources and Infrastructure 2010 map shows the location of landfill gas facilities in Western Australia.
New South Wales