Assessment of Biomass Resources in Afghanistan

Research output: NRELTechnical Report


Afghanistan is facing many challenges on its path of reconstruction and development. Among all its pressing needs, the country would benefit from the development and implementation of an energy strategy. In addition to conventional energy sources, the Afghan government is considering alternative options such as energy derived from renewable resources (wind, solar, biomass, geothermal). Biomassenergy is derived from a variety of sources -- plant-based material and residues -- and can be used in various conversion processes to yield power, heat, steam, and fuel. This study provides policymakers and industry developers with information on the biomass resource potential in Afghanistan for power/heat generation and transportation fuels production. To achieve this goal, the study estimatesthe current biomass resources and evaluates the potential resources that could be used for energy purposes.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages54
StatePublished - 2011

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/TP-6A20-49358


  • Afghan energy
  • Afghanistan
  • agricultural resources
  • animal waste
  • biogas
  • biomass
  • biomass resources
  • climate
  • crop residues
  • domestic biogas
  • domestic fuels
  • energy crops
  • feedstocks
  • forest resources
  • geography
  • irrigated lands
  • opium poppy
  • potential biomass resources
  • urban waste
  • woodland


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