Bioenergy systems

Bioenergy is the most significant renewable energy source used in the world today, representing 80 percent of the total amount of renewables or 10.4 percent of the world total energy supply. Countries in different parts of the world have become more aware of the biomass potential they possess and the ways in which it can be used to satisfy modern energy needs and promote development. As a result, the status of bioenergy as an alternative solution to meet energy demand and mitigate climate change has improved. But the future of biomass in sustainable energy systems is not given. Though we have many scenarios that capture the biomass potential and indicate the importance it can reach, we still lack a road map to take us there in a sustainable way.

Sugarcane - a bioenergy resource. Photo: Henrique Pacini / Usina Pitangueiras

In our research, we look into ways through which the bioenergy potential can be realized. We have seen how countries at different levels of development and with different endowments can find ways to benefit from local biomass resources for both energy provision and sustainable development. We look into policies, technologies, industrial synergies, and creative ways to foster collaboration among countries towards the implementation of global and local social and environmental agendas.

Concrete examples of bioenergy utilization and continued activities of research and development help understand and disseminate bioenergy solutions, improving technical expertise, managerial practices, policies and markets. For that matter, we look into multiple gains that can be obtained through improvement of biomass utilization. The benefits can be in the form or improved energy and emissions balances, but also in the form of more robust energy systems to support development and/or the shift towards technologies based on renewables.

Belongs to: Department of Energy Technology
Last changed: Feb 10, 2016