National Database (ABBA) and Resource Mapping (AREMI)Six Australian states (not including NT) are active participants in the target=”_blank”>ARENA funded ABBA (Australian Biomass for Bioenergy Assessment) Project. The project will deliver a national database of biomass resources for bioenergy across Australia. [Media release – 7 January 2016: target="_blank">National bioenergy database to create new opportunities]. The latest information on biomass feedstock across Australia is available through the target=”_blank”>Australian Renewable Energy Mapping Infrastructure (AREMI) website. AREMI is an target=”_blank”>ARENA project funded under the Emerging Renewables Program. The AREMI project maps the available data and can be interrogated to show bioenergy resources in those target=”_blank”>States participating in the project. Securing a constant, reliable, sustainable supply of biomass is a critical success factor in the delivery of any bioenergy project. Both the ABBA and AREMI projects will provide valuable information for sector participants. In addition to ABBA and AREMI, estimates of the availability of different types of biomass have been done at a number of levels (National and State) as outlined below.
- the New South Wales Slopes
- the Wimmera and Mallee in Victoria
- the Yorke Peninsula and Eyre Peninsula regions of South Australia.
New South Wales
- dead native trees
- sawmill waste
- plantation thinnings (silvicultural waste)
- Recycled construction timber
- urban ‘green debris’
- wood from thinned farm woodlots or shelterbelts
- purpose-grown firewood
- native forest silvicultural waste
- horticultural waste products such as olive pips and nut shells
- woody weeds such as willow, pine, poplars, privet, box elder and honey locust.
- energy demand
- waste streams
- purpose-grown biomass crops
- bioenergy hotspots.
- native forest regrowth
- wood-processing residues.
- Dorset Renewable Industries investigated opportunities for establishing a biofuel production plant in Scottsdale: Dorset Woody Biomass Pre-Feasibility Study 2013. They found that sufficient woody biomass is available within a 65 km radius of the township to sustainably supply a plant over a 20-year lifespan at the rate of 150,000 green tonnes a year.
- Huon Valley Diversified Industries Incorporated investigated opportunities for establishing biofuel or bioenergy production in Huonville: Huon Woody Biomass Pre-Feasibility Study 2013. They found that sufficient woody biomass is available within a 34 km radius of the township to sustainably supply a plant over a 20-year lifespan at the rate of 150,000 green tonnes a year.
- CSIRO’s Regional estimates of Victorian biomass resources, which consolidates and validates a series of studies conducted in each major Victorian region
- the Victorian Department of Primary Industries’ 2011 research into the potential for bioenergy crop production on marginal and under-resourced land
- URS’s 2010 study of biomass resources in Victoria’s timber industry.
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