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Methodology for Biomass Energy Potential Estimation: Projections of Future Potential in Colombia

By Gonzalez Salazar M. A., Morini M., Pinelli M., Spina P. R., Venturini M., Finkenrath M. and Poganietz W. R.


This paper presents a novel method to estimate the future biomass energy potential in countries with domestic markets unable to influence international markets. As a study case, the biomass energy potential in Colombia is estimated for the period 2010e2030. The prediction model is a scenario-based optimization algorithm that maximizes the yearly profit of locally producing and importing commodities in a country subject to certain constraints (domestic demand, limited area, etc.) as well as to demographic, macroeconomic and market data (e.g. domestic and international prices of commodities). The bioenergy potential associated to the production of commodities is calculated according to a methodology presented by the same authors. In order to provide a modeling framework consistent with other state-of-the-art projections, global scenarios for analysis are selected from the literature rather than formulated. Selected global scenarios highlight the influence of global biofuel use on agricultural prices, production and demand. Results predict a theoretical bioenergy potential in Colombia 56%e69% larger in 2030 than in 2010 (1.31e1.41 EJ). A sensitivity analysis shows that while a higher global biofuel use leads to a higher local bioenergy potential, its influence is less pronounced than that of agricultural yields, demand and specific energy of biomass resources

Topics: Bio-energy, Biofuels, Energy potential, Land use, Prediction
Year: 2014
DOI identifier: 10.1016/j.renene.2014.03.056
OAI identifier: oai:iris.unife.it:11392/1975612
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