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Facilitating the adoption of biomass co-firing for power generation
Summary This preliminary proposal is open to adjustment of scope and budget, pending feedback from RIRDC and also potential industry cofunding.

The potential to generate electricity from biomass resources is well known. Cofiring of biomass for power generation is considered to be one of the least cost options in this regard, requiring minimal new technology or investment. Nevertheless, adoption has been very poor to date, falling far short of levels possible using current potentially available biomass.

The reasons for this low adoption rate need to be well understood and addressed because cofiring is an important transition stage for the more sophisticated, second and thirdgeneration technologies currently under development – in particular greenfield biomass electricity generation.

The project will:
address commercial, institutional, technical and logistical barriers to adoption of cofiring using a stakeholder consultation and analytical approach, underpinned by a sound understanding of the power generation and rural sectors.
complement work underway through the CSIRO Energy Transformed Flagship project Sustainable Biomass Production for Biofuels and Bioenergy in Australia.Recent discussions with members of the CSIRO team have confirmed the need to address the hurdles to cofiring (using existing biomass resources and existing power plants). The CSIRO November 2007 RIRDC report Bioenergy, Bioproducts and Energy A Framework for research and development also highlights supply logistics as a key area for investigation.
gather data and develop principles that can also be applied to the adoption of future, more complex options, such as greenfield biomass electricity generation and the development of specific biofuel/biomass crops and/or biorefineries.
Given its relatively low entry cost, facilitating the uptake of biomass cofiring is a key enabler for the wider use of biomass in electricity generation.
Program Bioenergy, Bioproducts and Energy
Research organisation E3 International Pty Ltd
Objective summary To understand the coal fired electricity generation sector’s perceptions and experience to date of biomass cofiring
To identify supply and demand side barriers that are limiting the uptake of biomass cofiring by coal fired electricity generators, and conditions that would need to need to be satisfied on both sides for such large scale adoption to occur
To identify strategies that would address these barriers
Project Stage Closed
Project start date Sunday, May 30, 2010
Project completion date Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Journal articles from project Not Available
National priority Frontier technologies for building and transforming Australian industries
Rural priority Advanced Technology
RIRDC goal BBE-Bioenergy, Bioproducts and Energy
Principal researcher Gerard McEvilly
Research manager Duncan Farquhar
Admin contact Jude Brisset