The European Environment Agency has produced a report which identifies cogeneration as an important option for biomass feedstock efficiency.

The report, ‘EU bioenergy from a resource efficiency perspective’ discusses the use of bioenergy from a resource efficiency perspective and primarily looks at the potential for energy from agricultural land, although it includes forest and waste biomass in the overall analysis.

European Environment Agency

According to the EEA analysis, the most efficient energy use of biomass is for heating and electricity as well as advanced biofuels, also called ‘second generation’ biofuels.

The report concludes that: “From a resource efficiency perspective, increasing total output from a given input requires that such losses be minimised and/or used productively. Cogeneration of heat and electricity is an important option for converting biomass feedstock efficiently.”

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