The main criteria of biomass selection for energy generation in Brazil

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The principal aim of this paper is to examine the criteria assisting in the selection of biomass for energy generation in Brazil. To reach the aim, this paper adopts case study and survey research methods to collect information from four biomass energy case companies and solicits opinions from experts. The data gathered are analysed in line with a wide range of related data, including selection criteria for biomass and its importance, energy policies in Brazil, availability of biomass feedstock in Brazil and its characteristics, as well as status quo of biomass-based energy in Brazil. The findings of the paper demonstrate that there are ten main criteria in biomass selection for energy generation in Brazil. They comprise geographical conditions, availability of biomass feedstock, demand satisfaction, feedstock costs and oil prices, energy content of biomass feedstock, business and economic growth, CO2 emissions of biomass end-products, effects on soil, water and biodiversity, job creation and local community support, as well as conversion technologies. Furthermore, the research also found that these main criteria cannot be grouped on the basis of sustainability criteria, nor ranked by their importance as there is correlation between each criterion such as a cause and effect relationship, as well as some overlapping areas. Consequently, this means that when selecting biomass more comprehensive consideration is advisable.


Publication date19 May 2016
Publication titleIAMOT 2016 - 25th International Association for Management of Technology Conference, proceedings : Technology - Future thinking
EditorsLeon Pretorius
PublisherIAMOT & University of Pretoria
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)978-0-981-58178-1
Original languageEnglish
Event25th International Association for Management of Technology Conference: Technology – Future thinking - Orlando, FL, United States
Duration: 15 May 201619 May 2016


Conference25th International Association for Management of Technology Conference
Abbreviated titleIAMOT 2016
CountryUnited States
CityOrlando, FL

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  • biomass, biomass selection, Brazil, energy generations

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