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The market for biomass power plants will grow throughout the world in the years to come: 3,500 biomass power plants (BMPPs) will be operational in 2020. This is a growth of almost 50 per cent in 8 years. The situation is similar for the installed capacities: they will increase from 37.5 GWel today to almost 55 GWel in 2020.

The internationally increasing subsidisation of renewable energies is the main reason for this growth. Biomass has a special status among the renewable energies as generating energy from biomass can follow the demand – contrary to the energetic use of sun or wind.

The fourth edition of our study analyses the worldwide market for electricity generation from solid biomass. We have elaborated it in cooperation with energy agencies, public authorities and associations as well as with operators and plant manufacturers from the segment of electricity generation from biomass.

The Analyst version of the report “The World Market for Biomass Power Plants” includes:
• A detailed analysis of all essential political, economic, managerial and technical trends in the construction and operation of biomass power plants.
• A concrete differentiation of the current and future market volumes by country up to and including 2020, based on a transparent and comprehensible methodology.
• An overview on projects, including more than 930 new construction projects, of which more than 260 are currently under construction, more than 100 were approved and more than 500 are being planned or discussed.
• A description and analysis of the most important operators and plant manufacturers of biomass power plants throughout the world.

Table Of Contents

Biomass to Energy (Analyst version) - The World Market for Biomass Power Plants 2013/2014
Content

Preface for the Analyst version 12

Preface 13

Management summary 15

1 Background 19

1.1 Differentiation 19
1.2 Fuels 21
1.3 Reasons for incinerating biomass 24
1.4 Political promotion of electricity generation from biomass 26
1.5 Ecological critique of electricity generation from biomass 26

2 Technology 28

2.1 Delivery and processing of the fuel 28
2.2 Combustion 30
2.3 Energy generation 34
2.4 Flue gas cleaning 34

3 Costs and revenues of biomass power plants 36

3.1 Investment costs 36
3.2 Current costs 40
3.3 Revenues 42

4 Market factors worldwide 45

4.1 Legal framework 45
4.2 Biomass potential 57

5 The worldwide market for biomass power plants 60

5.1 Existing plants 60
5.2 Market development 64

6 Competition 82

6.1 Operators: competition and market shares 82
6.2 Technolog providers: competition and market shares 84

7 National markets 88

7.1 Australia 88
7.2 Austria 93
7.3 Belgium 99
7.4 Brazil 105
7.5 Bulgaria 113
7.6 Canada 117
7.7 China 124
7.8 Croatia 134
7.9 Czech Republic 138
7.10 Denmark 142
7.11 Estonia 147
7.12 Finland 151
7.13 France 158
7.14 Germany 164
7.15 Hungary 172
7.16 India 176
7.17 Indonesia 186
7.18 Ireland 190
7.19 Italy 194
7.20 Japan 201
7.21 Latvia 206
7.22 Lithuania 210
7.23 Malaysia 213
7.24 Mexico 217
7.25 Netherlands 221
7.26 Norway 227
7.27 Poland 230
7.28 Portugal 236
7.29 Romania 240
7.30 Russia 244
7.31 Serbia 249
7.32 Slovakia 252
7.33 Slovenia 255
7.34 Spain 259
7.35 Sweden 266
7.36 Switzerland 272
7.37 Thailand 277
7.38 Ukraine 281
7.39 United Kingdom 285
7.40 Uruguay 293
7.41 USA 297
7.42 Other countries 307

Data origin and methodology 312

Glossary 315

Business register 316

By specialist fields 316
Alphabetically 318



Table of figures

Figure 1: Biomass in electricity production 19
Figure 2: Overview of the different biomass fuels 22
Figure 3: Fuels by calorific value and density 25
Figure 4: Example of a biomass power plant 29
Figure 5: Example of a grate firing 30
Figure 6: Example of a fluidised bed combustion 31
Figure 7: Example of a pyrolysis process 33
Figure 8: Average specific investment costs by market region worldwide 37
Figure 9: Average specific investment costs by market region in Europe 38
Figure 10: Overview investment costs 39
Figure 11: Exemplary calculation of annual current costs of a biomass power plant 41
Figure 12: Average wood chip prices in Germany 42
Figure 13: Exemplary calculation of plant revenues 43
Figure 14: Overview of current subsidisation systems by country 48
Figure 15: EU member states targets for the development of electricity generation from biomass 53
Figure 16: Kyoto targets and status of implementation 55
Figure 17: Price development of EU certificate trading 56
Figure 18: Forest areas worldwide 57
Figure 19: Use of forests worldwide 58
Figure 20: Cultivated arable land worldwide 59
Figure 21: Biomass power plants worldwide 60
Figure 22: Biomass capacities worldwide 61
Figure 23: Average plant size by region 62
Figure 24: Shares of fuels by installed capacity by region 63
Figure 25: CHP share by installed capacity 64
Figure 26: Market forecast worldwide 65
Figure 27: Development of electricity generation capacities by market region 66
Figure 28: Increase of capacities by region and country 67
Figure 29: Market volume by region 68
Figure 30: Market volume worldwide 69
Figure 31: Market forecast new construction and maintenance 70
Figure 32: Development of number of plants by country (1/2) 72
Figure 33: Development of capacities by country (capacity Mwel) (1/2) 74
Figure 34: Market volume new construction by country (million €) (1/2) 76
Figure 35: Market volume maintenance by country (million €) (1/2) 78
Figure 36: Total market volume by country (million €) (1/2) 80
Figure 37: The world's largest BMPP operators 83
Figure 38: Market shares number of plants and installed capacity 85
Figure 39: Market shares installed capacity and market volume 86
Figure 40: Electricity generation by energy sources in Australia 88
Figure 41: Project outlook Australia 90
Figure 42: Market forecast Australia 91
[…]
Figure 200: Electricity generation by energy sources in the USA 297
Figure 201: Renewable Portfolio Standards in the USA 298
Figure 202: Commissioning of plants in the USA 299
Figure 203: Market forecast USA 301
Figure 204: Project outlook USA 302
Figure 205: Locations of plants and projects in USA 306
Figure 206: Project forecast other countries 308
Figure 207: Differentiation of market regions 312
Figure 208: Average specific investment costs by market region 314

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