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Sustainability 2017, 9(4), 567; doi:10.3390/su9040567

Biomass Energy Technological Paradigm (BETP): Trends in This Sector

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Uncertainty Decision-Making Laboratory, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610064, China
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Institute of New Energy and Low-Carbon Technology, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610064, China
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Academic Editor: Tomonobu Senjyu
Received: 24 February 2017 / Revised: 24 March 2017 / Accepted: 6 April 2017 / Published: 8 April 2017
(This article belongs to the Section Energy Sustainability)
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Abstract

Renewable energy plays a significant role in the world for obvious environmental and economic reasons with respect to the increasing energy crisis and fossil fuel environmental problems. Biomass energy, one of the most promising renewable energy technologies, has drawn increasing attention in recent years. However, biomass technologies still vary without an integrated framework. Considering the theory of a technological paradigm and implementing a literature analysis, biomass technological development was found to follow a three-stage technological paradigm, which can be divided into: BETP (biomass energy technological paradigm) competition, BETP diffusion, and BETP shift. Further, the literature review indicates that waste, like municipal solid waste (MSW), has the potential to be an important future trend in the world and waste-to-energy (WTE) is designed for sustainable waste management. Among WTE, anaerobic digestion has the potential to produce energy from waste sustainably, safely, and cost-effectively. The new BETP technological framework proposed in this paper may offer new research ideas and provide a significant reference for scholars. View Full-Text
Keywords: biomass energy; literature analysis; technological paradigm; municipal solid waste biomass energy; literature analysis; technological paradigm; municipal solid waste
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Li, M.; Luo, N.; Lu, Y. Biomass Energy Technological Paradigm (BETP): Trends in This Sector. Sustainability 2017, 9, 567.

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