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Australian Biomass for Bioenergy Assessment

Australian Biomass for Bioenergy Assessment

Pellets © The State of Queensland

From sugarcane trash to poultry and piggery manure, from paper and wastewater to greasetrap solid wastes, a key biofutures initiative has turned the traditional concept of waste on its head.

As part of the Australian Biomass and Bioenergy Assessment (ABBA) project, the Department of Environment and Science (DES) has worked closely with Queensland’s agriculture and waste industries to identify sources of organic renewable material (known as biomass) for all local government areas.

That information is now readily available through an interactive central, and national, database, making it easier for biomass suppliers and end users to connect, while driving investment to the bioindustry.

Encouragement of the development and growth of bioenergy is critical to Queensland’s Biofutures 10-Year Roadmap and Action Plan.

Tried and tested bioenergy technologies can harness what was previously considered ‘waste’, turning biomass into resource commodities of value used to produce heat, electricity, biogas, or liquid fuels.

Wastewater and municipal waste, along with agricultural, forestry and industrial sectors’ waste streams, can be used to power bioenergy infrastructure.

The biomass data and mapping tool provides data on forestry, cropping, urban waste, intensive livestock, food processing and horticulture, detailing type, available volume and locations of potential bioenergy feedstocks by local government area.

It also captures the locations of existing bioenergy industries and other related information such as energy and transport infrastructure, population, and land use data.

Ongoing programs within Queensland Government are helping to link investment in cropping, including bioenergy crops, with suitable soils, climates, and infrastructure.

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