What is the Australian Biomass for Bioenergy Assessment (ABBA) project?
The purpose of the Australian Biomass for Bioenergy Assessment project is to:
Catalyse investment in the renewable energy sector by providing information about Australian biomass resources.
Assist in project development and decision making for new bioenergy projects.
Provide linkages between biomass suppliers to the end user.
The project will collect state based data about the location, volumes and availability of biomass to be displayed on the Australian Renewable Energy Mapping Infrastructure (AREMI) platform as customisable layers.
This geospatial data will then be available to renewable energy project developers, policy makers and producers. This data will complement existing information such as energy infrastructure, power utilities, population and land use data.
The project commenced in early 2016 and will continue to develop over the next five years.
What data will be available?
Data collected will include:
The types, locations and volumes of existing and potential biomass resources.
The types, locations and volumes of existing bioenergy industries.
Land capability for future biomass.
Tools will be developed to provide further information relating to estimated biomass cost, availability and future biomass potential.
What are the expected benefits?
While the ABBA is aimed at growing the Australian domestic renewable energy market and associated state level investment activities, participation may also have state and regional export trade benefits.
In addition to providing biomass industry relevant data and information for the AREMI platform, the project will assist in creating market pull for bioenergy through tying bioenergy availability to biomass demand.
The ABBA project is funded by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) in conjunction with the states and territories, Queensland University of Technology and the University of the Sunshine Coast. The project is being managed by the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC).