The Biomass for Bioenergy Project is part of the NSW Climate Change Fund (CCF). It comes under the Primary Industries Climate Change Research Strategy and is Project 3. We are investigating opportunities for increasing the amount of sustainable biomass use in NSW with a focus on electricity generation. The purpose of the project is to identify available and potential feedstocks for bioenergy generation at varying scales, with an understanding of techno-economic and social constraints.
There are a number of topics being investigated in this project, all with a focus on regional NSW. These include the potential of woody biomass crops for bioenergy and technical economic assessments on the use of biomass for electricity generation, including co-firing with coal, stand-alone biomass power stations and hybrid solar-biomass plants. The work also includes an analysis of the climate impacts on the use of biomass for bioenergy and approaches for community engagement and social impact assessments in selected regions. For more information on specific activities and outcomes please go to the Biomass for Bioenergy Project Factsheet (PDF, 892.96 KB).
This project is being carried out in collaboration with the University of Newcastle, Sydney University, University of Technology and CSIRO. Refer to the project poster (JPG, 1665.79 KB) below for an overview of the projects components.
The infographics below explain some of the key concepts of biomass for bioenergy such as:
These factsheets outline some of the key topics being investigated under the Biomass for Bioenergy project.
The biomass crop trials are being carried out by our team in conjunction with the CSIRO Australian Tree Seed Centre. More than 50,000 trees have been planted across NSW as far north as Glen Innes and as far south as Yanco. These trials are looking at a large number of woody species for potential use as short rotation energy crops on marginal and unproductive land in different climates. Species being trialled include mallees, other eucalypts, acacias and casuarina.
Below are a number of publications and presentations related to the project and useful links to other relevant sites.
For information about this project please email:
Fabiano Ximenes | Senior Research Scientist - firstname.lastname@example.org
Catherine Carney | Research Officer - email@example.com
For additional information about the Climate Change Research Strategy please email firstname.lastname@example.org