Modern bioenergy has gained increased attention in the past decade. Not only does it provide an effective option for the provision of energy services from the technical point of view, but it is based on resources that can be utilized on a sustainable basis all around the globe. In addition, the benefits accrued go beyond energy provision, creating unique opportunities for regional development. Today, biomass is seen as one of the most promising renewable sources of modern energy services in the medium term. Know-how and experiences from different countries pave the way to further development of bioenergy systems. Bioenergy: Realising the Potential integrates the key technical, policy and economic issues surrounding bioenergy projects in industrialised and developing countries, with a critical focus on four major topics: The biomass resource availability and potential The institutions and markets development Technical and economic enhancements Successful examples from Europe and developing countries


Scientists, students, researchers in the energy field. Anyone with an interest in renewable energy resources.

Table of Contents

PART I Exploring the Bioenergy Potential
Chapter 1: How to realise the bioenergy prospects?
1.1 What is the news? 1.2 This book 1.3 Bioenergy as part of the renewable basket 1.4 The turning point 1.5 Taking the leap towards bioenergy References
Chapter 2: Biomass in Europe
2.1 Is biomass important to Europe? 2.2 Biomass resources and conversion technologies 2.3 The role of biomass in climate change mitigation 2.4 The EU energy and agriculture policies 2.5 Examples of country policies within the EU 2.6 Concluding remarks References
Chapter 3: New challenges for bioenergy in Sweden
3.1 Bioenergy in transition 3.2 Biomass utilization in Sweden 3.3 Important drives affecting bioenergy utilization 3.4 Four major tasks in the development of bioenergy in Sweden 3.5 Concluding remarks References
Chapter 4: Dissemination of biomass district heating systems in Austria: lessons learned
4.1 District heating in Austria 4.2 The diffusion of BMDH in Austrian villages 4.3 Technology performance and qualification of professionals 4.4 The socio-economic conditions of villages 4.5 Economic aspects of plants 4.6 The socio-cultural context 4.7 The role of policies in supporting technology introduction 4.8 Conclusions References
PART II Managing Resources and Enhancing Biomass Production
Chapter 5: Man


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About the editor

Dr. Semida Silveira

Affiliations and Expertise

Swedish Energy Agency, Eskilstuna, Sweden