By Frank Rosillo-Calle, Peter de Groot, Sarah L. Hemstock, Jeremy Woods

The expanding value of biomass as a renewable strength resource has bring about an acute want for trustworthy and specific details on its evaluate, intake and provide. Responding to this desire, and overcoming the inability of standardized size and accounting methods, this guide presents the reader with the abilities to appreciate the biomass source base, the instruments to evaluate the source, and explores the professionals and cons of exploitation. subject matters lined comprise review tools for woody and herbaceous biomass, biomass provide and intake, distant sensing suggestions in addition to important coverage concerns. foreign case stories, starting from suggestions for measuring tree quantity to transporting biomass, aid to demonstrate step by step tools and are in response to box paintings adventure. Technical appendices supply a word list of phrases, power devices and different beneficial source facts

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This range excludes cascading and does not take into account the time delay between production of the material and ‘release’ as (organic) waste. Source: Faaij et al (2002). 1 shows the role of bioenergy in 2000 by major regions. It is important to state that the figures for biomass energy should be regarded as conservative as most official agencies tend to downgrade bioenergy. 2 also shows the current and estimated global energy consumption from 2001 to 2040, based on estimates of the European Renewable Energy Council (EREC), with particular emphasis on renewable energy (RE), which indicates a tenfold increase over this period.

Analysis of the data can take time, and must be carefully planned. Ask yourself if you have the necessary resources to carry out a thoughtful analysis. If not, plan accordingly and explain the reasons why. 6 Do not ignore it because you cannot measure it. It is not always possible to quantify the demand for biomass. It is therefore advisable to incorporate a broad base of empirical information into the regular project reviews. Talk to the local population. 7 Do not be beguiled by averages. Demand figures given as averages should clearly be understood as central tendencies within a distribution.

3 Source: Bhattacharya et al (1999); Bhattacharya (2004). selected Asian countries alone. In addition, replacing all traditional stoves with improved stoves in those countries will save a further 296 Mt annually. Savings in firewood in the domestic sector were estimated at about 152 Mt or 43 per cent of the fuelwood used in households (Bhattacharya, 2004). These figures give an indication of the enormous inefficiency in traditional bioenergy applications and the urgent need for improved technologies.

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