China Focuses on Biomass Development
“Biomass energy has become the fourth most important energy source worldwide and one of the world’s best renewable energies, and, as a result, it behooves China to develop this energy.”
These were the opening remarks by Professor Shi Yuanchun, a leading academician at both the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Chinese Academy of Engineering as well as one of the chief sponsors of China’s biomass engineering strategy. Shi was speaking at the China Science & Technology Museum during the opening of a China Biomass Energy Exposition. The exhibit was co-sponsored by the China New Energy Chamber of Commerce (CNECC).
Shi explained that since biomass energy is renewable, clean and environmentally friendly and derived from organic raw materials like animals, plants and microorganisms as well as their discharges and wastes, it is an ideal solution for China’s rural farmers. He said that biomass is convenient to store and transport, abundant in supply and, when turned into energy, produces zero carbon dioxide emissions.
A renewable energy development strategy report released by the Chinese Academy of Engineering indicated that biomass energy capacity in China is twice that of hydropower and 3.5 times that of wind power. With the vast majority of China’s arable farmland situated in and near the high energy consuming coastal areas of eastern China, if biomass development was fully capitalized it would be equivalent to the energy in 1.2 billion tons of coal, which is more than 1.3 times the entire country’s annual energy consumption.
In addition, producing energy from biomass is a highly efficient method for dealing with the various organic wastes and discharges.
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