Environmental Implications of Increased Biomass Energy Use, Final Report

    Research output: NRELTechnical Report


    Increased use of renewable biomass for electric power production will depend both on supply availability and on sustainability. An approximate short-term measure of sustainability is the technology's environmental impact. This report examines all elements of the biomass to electric power production cycle in terms of the known environmental impacts associated with currently available technology.The current literature base was surveyed and input was solicited from recognized leaders in the biomass to energy community. It identifies areas that need increased research and monitoring to ensure the sustainability of the renewable biomass resource.
    Original languageAmerican English
    Number of pages56
    StatePublished - 1992

    Bibliographical note

    Work performed by Consulting Design Engineers, Portland, Oregon

    NREL Publication Number

    • NREL/TP-230-4633


    • alternative energy
    • biomass
    • electric power production
    • environment


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