Sustainability considerations for electricity generation from biomass

Annette Evans, Vladimir Strezov*, Tim J. Evans

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The sustainability of electricity generation from biomass has been assessed in this work according to the key indicators of price, efficiency, greenhouse gas emissions, availability, limitations, land use, water use and social impacts. Biomass produced electricity generally provides favourable price, efficiency, emissions, availability and limitations but often has unfavorably high land and water usage as well as social impacts. The type and growing location of the biomass source are paramount to its sustainability. Hardy crops grown on unused or marginal land and waste products are more sustainable than dedicated energy crops grown on food producing land using high rates of fertilisers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1419-1427
Number of pages9
JournalRenewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2010


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