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Biomass and alternative energy sources in Brazil

Biomass and alternative energy sources in Brazil

Renewable sources in Brazil currently represent around 36% of the country’s energy matrix although biomass is still a mere 9% thereof. Among biomass feedstock types, the use of sugarcane bagasse is expected to increase further and there is considerable room for growth. Revenue from renewable sources is expected to grow +44% between 2016 and 2026 with predominant share of solar energy. Nevertheless, the greatest unexplored potential seems to be in biomass, estimated in 129 TWh including bagasse and straw, and experts agree that there is wider potential for broader supply of bioelectricity in Brazil.

This report discusses the subject segment of biomass and renewable energy sources, its main products and segments, market share and potential according to consumer and fuel type as well as other analyses.


1. Renewable energy sources in Brazil:
Introduction to biomass and renewable sources
Use of renewable sources and energy matrix in Brazil (1970 vs. 2010 vs. 2015-2017)
Biomass installed capacity (2006-2017) and electricity matrix (2017)
Biomass generation capacity per feedstock and geographic region in Brazil
Electricity generation and consumption breakdown (2016/17)
Biomass consumption breakdown per feedstock (1970-2017)
Biomass consumption breakdown per consumer sector (1970-2017)
Biomass consumption breakdown per industry (1970-2017)
2. Main expectations and unexplored potential:
Installed capacity per geographic region and thermoelectric plants distribution
Main advantages of biomass use for energy generation
Biomass consumption in Brazil and the world (2016)
Global energy production and consumption breakdown per feedstock (1825-2150)
Global expectations for renewable energy sources (2016 vs. 2026)
Estimated alcohol production per region in the world (2009-2017)
Sugarcane bioelectricity technical potential in Brazil (2010-2020)
Evolution of installed biomass capacity and sugarcane electric potential (2002-2020)
3. Resource analysis and main players:
Biomass capacity breakdown per geographic region and feedstock (Jun 2017)
Biomass capacity in GW per industry and main companies per industry (Aug 2016)
Geographic breakdown of sugarcane and alcohol production (2016/2017)
Overview of the top 3 players of sugar and alcohol in Brazil (2016/2017)
4. Recent investment programmes in Brazil:
Alternative Energy Sources Incentives Programme by the Brazilian government
Programme incentives and funding conditions
Price overview and approval flowchart for the programme
Selection of approved projects for the programme
Approved capacity breakdown per feedstock and destination (Jun 2017)
Overview of the programme reach (2011-2017)
Energy generation per category (2012-2017)
Approved projects and costing breakdown for the programme (2017)
5. Main challenges and opportunities for renewable energy:
Brazilian cost advantage and positioning in the global scenario for alcohol
Estimated production cost for alcohol in Brazil (2020)
Opportunities for ethanol in the automotive sector (2006-2020)
Current and forecasted capacity for wind power in the world (2016 vs. 2020 vs. 2024)

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