Biomass scoping studies

​Two scoping studies on the viability of Australian tropical (sugar cane) and temperate (forest and crop residues) biomass value chains identified that there is sufficient tropical and temperate biomass for commercial scale production of chemicals, materials and fuels/energy. Biomass based industries could create export revenues, reduce Australia’s dependency on petroleum imports and revitalise existing industries (sugar, forestry, pulp and paper and chemicals).

The studies also recognised several challenges in establishing biomass value chains. The processes involved are technically challenging, and the facilities are expensive to set up. Moreover, there are existing markets for both sugar and forest products (such as woodchips). As the economic case for establishing biorefineries depends to a large degree on market prices for these commodities, ensuring a stable feedstock supply for biorefineries may prove challenging.

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