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GLRPPR Sector Resource: Bioenergy Assessment Toolkit

Bioenergy Assessment Toolkit

Here we describe a process by which bioenergy opportunities can be assessed along with a set of resources to assist in this process. The first step in identifying bioenergy opportunities in a given area is to examine feedstock availability -- their quantity, location, and costs. An assessment of biomass resources is best followed by an assessment of the potential markets and competition for those feedstocks. This step includes technology evaluation, high-level cost estimates, assessment of socio-economic and environmental impacts, as well as review of existing/proposed policies and import/export opportunities. Once a promising bioenergy opportunity is identified, a detailed feasibility study can be performed to determine its economic viability--or a roadmap is developed to outline steps necessary for implementation of national research, development, and deployment efforts.


National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

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