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Challenges 2015, 6(1), 71-87; doi:10.3390/challe6010071

Perspectives of Feedstock Supply for Biomass-Based Energy Plant Development in India: Views from an Expert Survey

School of Forest Sciences, University of Eastern Finland, P.O. Box 111, FI-80101 Joensuu, Finland
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Received: 2 February 2015 / Revised: 8 April 2015 / Accepted: 22 April 2015 / Published: 27 April 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Bioenergy in the BRICS Countries)
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Utilization of renewable energy resources is imperative due to energy access, energy security, and energy sustainability coupled with the rising environmental concern. India is one of the largest land mass countries in the world and amply bestowed with biomass resources. Investigations on biomass supply potential, socio-economic challenges, local people attitudes, current bioenergy markets, and technologies are prerequisite while seeking to develop sustainable energy plants. The study aimed to assess expert attitudes on wood-based energy development in India. This assessment was based on the opinions of Indian Forest Service (IFS) officers who are involved in managing wood-based biomass resources in different parts of the country. The study gave emphasis to the advantages, problems, and directions of the biomass based energy development in the country. The results showed that the development of biomass-based energy plants involves a number of challenges both locally and nationally. In addition, the study also highlighted the possible benefits of developing biomass based energy plants at local and national levels. The outcomes of this study provide useful information to the policy decision makers, energy entrepreneurs, and other stakeholders in the development of biomass based energy in India. View Full-Text
Keywords: Indian forest service (IFS) officer; perception; bioenergy; supply potential; challenges; India Indian forest service (IFS) officer; perception; bioenergy; supply potential; challenges; India
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Hassan, M.K.; Natarajan, K.; Pelkonen, P.; Zyadin, A.; Pappinen, A. Perspectives of Feedstock Supply for Biomass-Based Energy Plant Development in India: Views from an Expert Survey. Challenges 2015, 6, 71-87.

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