Biomass Energy production in Australia – Status, costs and opportunities for major technologies

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  • Published: 2 Oct 2008

  • Author(s): Stucley, C.R., et al

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While environmental and social benefits are admirable reasons for tree planting, farm forestry has a greater chance of adoption if it includes commercial returns for farmers. However there are large parts of Australia that do not have the necessary rainfall or proximity to coastal markets and ports to compete with existing plantations of softwoods, or with eucalypts such as blue gum. New products from wood are needed if these inland, low rainfall areas are to reap significant benefits from farm forestry. While any new industry will offer returns to the growers that supply it with wood, products that require large quantities of wood will catalyse tree planting on a scale that many agree is needed to offer a substantive solution to major issues such as salinity.