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This report provides a detailed study of the use of biomass as an energy source and discusses possible ideas for its use in the future. Biomass is a group of renewable energy raw materials and energy products which have their origin in organic material generated by biological processes. Biomass energy products include liquid or gaseous fuels for transportation, pre-treated raw biomass (eg chips, pellets), bio-gas, and crude/refined bio-oil for heat and/or electricity generation. There is a broad agreement on the potential benefits of biomass energy, with particular reference to energy supply, environmental features and possible socio-economic opportunities. The study aims to provide a basis for discussion and seeks to explore in depth technology filières, socio-economics and regulatory lines; fully analysing the possible effects of combining present or future multiple options.

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Authors: CHARTIER P, JRC Sevilla (ES)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 17705 EN (1997) 91pp., FS, free of charge
Availability: Available from the Public Relations and Publications Unit, JRC Ispra, I-21020 Ispra (IT), Fax: +39-332-785818
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