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The Power of Biomass: Experts Disclose the Potential for Success of Bioenergy Technologies


  • Giulia Fiorese

    (FEEM and European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Environment and Sustainability)

  • Michela Catenacci


  • Valentina Bosetti

    (FEEM and CMCC - Centro Euro-Mediterraneo per i Cambiamenti Climatici)

  • Elena Verdolini

    (FEEM and CMCC - Centro Euro-Mediterraneo per i Cambiamenti Climatici)


This paper focuses on technologies which use thermo-chemical or biochemical processes to convert biomass into electricity. We present the results from an expert elicitation exercise involving sixteen leading experts coming from different EU Member States. Aim of the elicitation was to assess the potential cost reduction of RD&D (Research, Development and Demonstration) efforts and to identify barriers to the diffusion of these technologies. The research sheds light on the future potential of bioenergy technologies both in OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) and non-OECD countries. The results we present are an important input both for the integrated assessment modeling community and for policy makers who draft public RD&D strategies

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  • Giulia Fiorese & Michela Catenacci & Valentina Bosetti & Elena Verdolini, 2013. "The Power of Biomass: Experts Disclose the Potential for Success of Bioenergy Technologies," Working Papers 2013.18, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei.
  • Handle: RePEc:fem:femwpa:2013.18

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    1. Verdolini, Elena & Anadón, Laura Diaz & Baker, Erin & Bosetti, Valentina & Reis, Lara Aleluia, 2016. "The Future Prospects of Energy Technologies: Insights from Expert Elicitations," MITP: Mitigation, Innovation,and Transformation Pathways 243148, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM).
    2. Alessandra Cesaro & Vincenzo Belgiorno, 2015. "Combined Biogas and Bioethanol Production: Opportunities and Challenges for Industrial Application," Energies, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 8(8), pages 1-24, August.
    3. Anadon, Laura Diaz & Baker, Erin & Bosetti, Valentina & Reis, Lara Aleluia, 2016. "Too Early to Pick Winners: Disagreement across Experts Implies the Need to Diversify R&D Investment," MITP: Mitigation, Innovation,and Transformation Pathways 232924, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM).
    4. Baker, Erin & Bosetti, Valentina & Anadon, Laura Diaz & Henrion, Max & Aleluia Reis, Lara, 2015. "Future costs of key low-carbon energy technologies: Harmonization and aggregation of energy technology expert elicitation data," Energy Policy, Elsevier, vol. 80(C), pages 219-232.
    5. Laura Diaz Anadon & Erin Baker & Valentina Bosetti & Lara Aleluia Reis, 2016. "Expert views - and disagreements - about the potential of energy technology R&D," Climatic Change, Springer, vol. 136(3), pages 677-691, June.
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    Expert Elicitation; Research; Development and Demonstration; Bioenergy;

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    • Q42 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Energy - - - Alternative Energy Sources
    • Q55 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Environmental Economics: Technological Innovation

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