Bioenenergy Insight refers to a study by ecoprog and Fraunhofer which predicts that the worldwide production of electricity derived from biomass will increase by approximately 8 GW until 2015.  This would be an increase of 25% over current biomass production of electricity.

The construction of biomass-fired power plants is continuing to grow, mainly due to the increasing number of feed-in tariffs available for biomass-based electricity. The high cost of fossil fuels and the introduction of CO2 certificates have also played a part in this thriving market. Today around 2,000 biomass power plants generating approximately 22.5 GW are operational in more than 40 countries.

Europe is the largest market for electricity produced from biomass.  Some 1,000 biomass plants are in operation, 800 of which have come online in the last five years. By 2015, a further 9,000 biomass plants will be built, with investment in the sector increasing from €12.2 billion a year to €15.5 billion.  This growth is based on the large quantities of wood available, particularly in the Scandinavian countries of Finland and Sweden. Germany is also home to a large number of small scale biomass plants.

Behind Europe comes Brazil, China and India. China and India subsidise electricity from biomass.  Brazil has some 400 ethanol factories which use sugarcane for the production of electricity. A small number of large-scale biomass plants also exist in the US and Canada.

Within the next five years Asia is expected to overtake Europe as the world leader in the amount of energy produced from biomass.





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