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The Global Bio-Energy Industry (2018)

The Global Bio-Energy Industry (2018)

From wood-burning stoves to jet fuel, as one of our oldest sources of energy Bio-Energy is increasingly gaining in popularity with an ever-growing list of applications suitable for our modern, energy-hungry world. When we speak of bioenergy, there are certain distinctions that need to be made. As an energy source, bioenergy is that energy that is produced using fuels derived directly or indirectly from organic material including plant materials and animal waste. Broadly speaking, within the bioenergy sector, we can further branch out the definitions to include Biomass energy and Biofuels energy. Each provides their own way of generating the energy based on the fuels used, though specifically how the fuel is created and used during the process. NRG Expert's the Global Bio-Energy Industry (2018) Report takes a look at the sector and describes the features and developments taking place in this dynamic field.


  • Introduction
    • Introduction to Biomass
    • Introduction to Biofuels
      • Table Production processes for first generation biofuels
  • Biomass Energy
    • Usage patterns
    • The Fuel Ladder
    • Rural usage
    • Future biomass primary energy production and consumption
  • Environmental Impact
    • Table Emissions Lifecycle for each Feedstock
    • Table How green are biofuels?
  • Benefits and constraints of bioenergy
    • Factors encouraging the development of biomass energy
  • Biomass resources
    • Table Biomass resources
    • Agricultural crops
    • Agricultural residues
    • Sugar industry wastes/Bagasse
    • Forestry crops
    • Forestry residues
    • Cereal straw
    • Energy cropping
    • Black liquor
    • Animal waste
    • Sewage
    • Industrial waste
    • Municipal solid waste (MSW)
  • Biomass conversion technologies
    • Table Key figures and data for biomass-based technologies
    • Direct use
      • Combustion
      • Cogeneration
    • Transformation
      • Electricity generation
      • Conventional steam boiler
      • Co-firing
        • Table Characteristics of coal-fired power plants
      • Anaerobic digestion
      • Gasification
      • Pyrolysis
      • Charcoal production
      • Briquetting and pelletizing
      • Modular systems
    • Biofuels for transportation
    • Bio-based products
    • Technology developments
  • Biomass usage and technologies
    • Biomass electricity and heat
      • Biomass heat
    • MSW (Municipal Solid Waste)
      • Table Technology and risks involved for waste-to-energy plants
    • Landfill gas
      • Environment
      • Technology
      • Landfill gas market
    • Biogas
      • Biogas in the developing world
    • Biopower
      • Technology
      • Conventional steam cycle plant
      • Gasification and other advanced processes
      • Co-firing with fossil fuels
      • Advantages of co-firing
      • Disadvantages of co-firing
  • Biofuels
    • First generation biofuels
      • Ethanol (Bioethanol)
        • Table Advantages and disadvantages of ethanol compared to gasoline
        • Table Products from sugar cane production
    • Energy Crops
      • Table By-products from jatropha
      • Table The advantages and disadvantages of jatropha
    • Waste vegetable oil and tallow
    • Algae
      • Ethanol from macro algae and some microalgae
    • Cellulosic biofuels (lignocellulosic biofuels)
      • Biobutanol
    • Conversion process
      • Table Description of Conversion Pathway
  • Logistics
    • Freight
      • Table Main solid biomass traded in Europe
    • Barriers
    • Development
  • Competitiveness
    • Table Comparison of coal and wood pellets
    • Table Estimated energy and fuel yields for different feedstocks

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