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Developing a bioenergy project in Victoria

In this section we outline some of the factors that need to be considered when developing bioenergy projects.

Bioenergy can be generated from many feedstocks via a variety of technologies and at many scales ranging from domestic wood heaters to small anaerobic digesters using farm waste streams through to industrial scale combined heat power plants generating hundreds of megawatts. The types of situations that are often well suited to development of bioenergy projects include where there is a:

  • Need for both heat and/or cooling and electrical energy at a particular location,
  • Readily available, cheap biomass feed supplies, or ideally
  • Waste streams being produced as part of an existing food or fibre producing enterprise requiring disposal that incurs a cost to the producer

Bioenergy can be generated using a variety of technologies and on many scales from domestic wood heaters to small anaerobic digesters that use farm waste streams, to industrial-scale combined heat and power (CHP) plants that generate hundreds of megawatts. Hence, the steps to be taken and matters to be considered when developing a bioenergy project will vary widely from project to project.

  • Bioenergy projects are particularly appropriate where:
  • Heating and/or cooling, and electrical energy are both needed
  • Cheap biomass resources are readily available
  • Waste is produced as part of an existing food or fibre-producing enterprise