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Renewables, Climate and Future Industries Tasmania

Bioenergy

Bioenergy is the largest form of renewable energy in Australia and the world.

Also known as “biomass”, it’s made from plant-derived organic matter, organic by-products and waste streams. This organic matter is used to produce heat, cooling, electricity, transport fuel and a host of different products.

In Tasmania, an abundance of under-utilised biomass makes bioenergy an attractive, cost-effective form of renewable energy. Thanks to our readily available resources, we can adopt bioenergy easily and rapidly, replacing fossil fuels in every market. It has great potential for fueling transport, injection into the gas network and powering industrial hubs and processes, hospitals, nursing homes, aquatic centres, schools, shopping centres and large buildings.

This position is supported by work of the Australian Biomass to Bioenergy Assessment project (ABBA), who conducted a biomass resource audit of Tasmania’s organic wastes to identify sources, types and quantities or organic matter that may be available for bioenergy production. The ABBA project was part-funded with a $240 000 grant from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency and AgriFutures.

The Government’s vision for bioenergy is currently being developed and will be available for public consultation during 2021.

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