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Bioenergy ‘hotspots’ revealed

cropsA new report highlighting ‘hotspot’ areas for South Australia’s bioenergy industry has been released.

A Bioenergy Roadmap for South Australia identifies Mount Gambier and Penola as prospective areas for bioenergy.

The project significantly increased information about the potential location and use of bioenergy generation in the State.

It shows the most prospective area for bioenergy is Penola and Mount Gambier, while purpose-grown biomass crops are best suited to the areas of Peake, Naracoorte, Elliston, Spalding and Cummins.

Consultancy group Jacobs analysed South Australia’s bioenergy potential and produce a report and associated spatial data as a first step towards creating a substantial and sustainable bioenergy industry.

Jacobs arrived at these ‘hotspot’ areas in the State by matching biomass feedstock information to companies with a demand for both electricity and heat.

The company investigated commercial conversion technologies, mapped potential biomass feedstocks for those technologies and explored the potential for new purpose-grown biomass crops.

Bioenergy can be produced from organic matter, derived from plants, animals or manufactured food waste, known as biomass or biofuel feedstocks.

Biomass resources are a sustainable and environmentally-friendly feedstock that will contribute significantly to a diversifying our energy sources.

Electricity, transportation fuels, chemicals and materials currently produced from petroleum and natural gas could instead be produced from biomass resources.

Bioenergy could play a significant role in coming years by supplying a localised energy source in low input, peak demand periods.

Stage 2 of the project will involve relevant industries in the hotspot areas to investigate the feasibility of developing specific projects.

Image Caption: Bioenergy hotspots have been identified across South Australia

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