International Cooperation to Develop Global Bioenergy Capacity: Biomass without Borders: Lessons from International Ventures
By Liliana Diaz (Navigant Consulting) Opening with the report on repeated failure of a biomass based Idaho power company’s ability to meet delivery deadlines because of the non-reliable source of fuel, Diaz effectively made her point. The production of biopower is tied to the securing of continuous and consistent supply of feedstock.
She went on to contrast it with Brazil, where the complete value chain is established for at least three clean energy technologies (biofuels, biomass & waste, and hydro). Brazil’s choice of eucalyptus as the preferred biomass has ensured, with planting, year round harvest.
With sourcing secure, renewable energy production has become increasingly feasible, viable and economical. Additionally, eucalyptus is not a food crop. Planting is part of the project life cycle, and hence self reliant. It has the additional security by being supported by the government. She concluded by providing a list of skills needed for this industry – land acquisition, feedstock management, processing, marketing and transportation included – a great opportunity to provide a lot of varied jobs.
Key words: sustainability, biomass, eucalyptus, feedstock READ MORE