Bioenergy is the energy produced from using organic matter, known as
biomass. Energy can be in the form of heating, cooling, electricity or
There are several potential biomass sources in Western Australia, including:
There are eight small power stations in the Perth metropolitan area
that use landfill gas to produce electricity. These plants currently
have an installed capacity of nearly 20 megawatts.
The Energy Resources and Infrastructure 2010 map on our publications page shows the location of landfill gas facilities in Western Australia.
Biomass can be used to generate a reliable and constant low-emissions
power supply as the fuel source can be stored and controlled. This
makes it one of the most likely options to replace coal-fired generation
supplies in the long-term.
Western Australia has significant plantation forestry and
agricultural industries, with some agricultural areas severely affected
by salinity. There are likely to be substantial amounts of waste from
these sectors and/or there is the potential to grow specific energy
crops in these areas. This biomass can then be used for locally based
power generation or production of transport fuels.
In more populated areas, there are growing amounts of both organic
waste and wastewater which might also be used to generate electricity.
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