New research has found that the growing number of biofuels that can be grown from trees and vegetation could be quickly replaced by those using biomass.
Key points:The study found that biomass production could replace a significant amount of greenhousesThe study also found that trees and grasses could be used for more biofuel productionThe potential is vast, but there are still many unanswered questionsThe report, published by the Bioenergy Alliance, found that, if the growing demand for biofuenses continued unabated, the number of greenhouse gas emissions from growing greenhouses would increase by more than a factor of two over the next 30 years.
The study, carried out by the Centre for Energy and Environment at the University of NSW, found the current biomass crop and the biomass produced using it were equivalent to more than two-thirds of the greenhouse gas output in Australia, which is roughly the equivalent of more than 20 per cent of Australia’s greenhouse gas emission.
The report said the current biofuel crop was currently being grown on the vast amounts of land available for biofuel plantations, which the report noted were not being used to support an agricultural industry.
“We need to think about the potential for this crop to be used to meet an increase in demand for the biofuel and to create jobs,” Professor Matt MacLennan, a senior researcher at the Centre, told the ABC.
“If we can take the existing land and convert it into a biofuel plantation, then we could have the capacity to make about two-and-a-half times more energy than we are currently consuming in Australia.”‘
A lot of people think that they have a right to a good greenhouse’Professor MacLenna said the study also showed that it was not only the current crop that was growing and growing fast, but that the biomass would be rapidly replaced by that.
“The biomass we are seeing is a lot of the land available to make biofuencephalic crops,” he said.
“That is why the biomass is being grown in large plantations like this and not being grown elsewhere.”
“What we are also finding is that the existing biomass is not a replacement of the current agricultural crop, so the land is still being used for other purposes and the biofuenes can be used in the bioenergy industry.”
“If you look at a typical farm, it is not the case that the farmer has to grow a crop and then harvest that crop and plant it on the farm,” Professor MacLena said.’
We need a better system’Professor McGlynn said there was a lot that needed to be done to ensure that the biohydro plant could be converted into a more efficient alternative to a traditional crop such as corn.
“In many cases, there is a very good system that we are not using and we need a more integrated system,” he told the BBC.
“What you see with corn, if you look on a per hectare basis, is that it is a much bigger crop than a biohydrocultured crop because the soil is being converted into something that is more bio-friendly.”
It’s going to be much more biofuentech-friendly than corn, so it will have a much lower carbon footprint.
“I think the whole point of the study is to look at what the current systems are and make a decision about what we want to see in the future.”
At the moment we don’t have a really good system and we are going to have to look into some alternative systems.”‘
The future is not clear’Professor McLeod said the report did not make recommendations for where the bioethanol would be used, but said that the potential was great.”
As an example, in Australia we are still growing about 2 per cent a hectare of land for bioethane production.
If we could convert that land to bioethanols we would get about 4 per cent,” he explained.”
So you would be looking at a future of around 3 per cent, so that is quite an improvement over where we are now.