Today in the Lab – Tomorrow in Energy?
Highlighting research projects under development in the Technology Collaboration Programmes
What is the aim of this project?
This project considers the potential role of bioenergy – the energy obtained from organic material – by examining the synergies, trade‐offs and tensions between deploying bioenergy and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. For example, the project is estimating the most favourable balance between preserving forests because they store carbon and harvesting biomass to replace fossil fuels and resources in industries. The project is analysing how biomass supply systems can advance many societal objectives, including reducing greenhouse gas emissions, protecting the environment, ensuring energy security and promoting human wellbeing.
How could this technology be explained to a high school student?
Bioenergy is the energy retrieved from organic material such as agricultural crops, organic wastes and forest residues. Since trees and crops are natural CO2 absorbers and storage units, there needs to be a balance between the quantity of biomass harvested for bioenergy and the growth of trees and other plants in forests and fields. Responsible use of biomass can be an important tool to fight climate change while providing other opportunities, for example for rural communities.
What is the value of this project for society?
At what stage of development is this project?
The project started in January 2019 and is expected to end by December 2021.
What government policies could bring this from the lab to the market?
About the Technology Collaboration Programme on Bioenergy (Bioenergy TCP)
The aim of the Bioenergy TCP, created in 1976, is to increase knowledge and understanding of bioenergy systems in order to facilitate the commercialisation and market deployment of environmentally sound, socially acceptable and cost-competitive low-carbon bioenergy systems and technologies, and to advise policy makers and industrial decision makers accordingly.
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